Answer: Fun question! My husband was the thriftiest person you could have ever met. The only thing he loved more than a good coupon was an even better bargain. He considered it one of life’s greatest thrills to get a price down as low as he could (He could have totally been on one of those coupon obsessive reality shows).
I laughed years ago, but he engrained something within me to never pay full price and to always, always use a coupon. Seriously, it’s like deep within. Sometimes if I don’t have a coupon with me I will literally be in the dressing room maniacally searching for one on my phone!
All of that backstory brings me to my answer; I don’t like to spend a huge amount of money on clothes. If money were no object of course I would love all of the clothes I see in the magazines. For me that is not real life and trust me, you can find cute things that aren’t always designer. Side-note: I grew up as a tomboy and only started really “trying” to dress like a cute girl when I hit my mid-twenties. Sometimes, in many ways, I feel like I’m still trying to get the hang of it.
Here’s another thing about me, I don’t like to shop. I don’t even like malls. You will maybe catch me there once or twice a year. I buy a lot of my clothes online and have gotten really good at making good picks for my body type that I don’t end up having to return. Bonus, you can also get great online coupons to get the clothes on deeper discount.
For me, my favorite stores to shop are Loft, Old Navy, H&M, TJ Maxx and Ross. There are others I will wander into (with a coupon-ha!) and check out what they have, but those 5 are my main stays. They all seem to have a great variety of clothing to fit all shapes and sizes.
For my kiddos I like Baby Gap, Old Navy, H&M, Zara, and Zulilly. I try to buy them a season ahead so the clothes are even cheaper. For example, once all of the winter stuff goes on sale I will go ahead and buy their clothes for next winter in bigger sizes. Baby Gap, for example, will slash their children’s clothes by about 20-30% in the clearance section and then send out a coupon that will give you an additional 50% off anything on their site. So basically you are getting Baby Gap clothes for around 80% of the original price. That is how I get a lot of really cute clothes for WAY cheaper. Email lists and Internet coupons are my best friends when it comes to clothes buying.
There are lots of tricks to the trade, but those are mine! Feel free to share yours in the comments below. Thanks for your question Staci!