I'm a student. I don't have much money. I am also a teenage girl. Most teenage girls love shopping. I love buying new clothes and stuff to show off whenever I can. Therefore, being a student and a shopping splurge junkie is probably one of the hardest things in the world.
Whatever situation you find yourself in, whether it be that you are a parent, in-dept, part-time employed or barely affording your monthly rent and bills... shopping for clothes can easily become a guilt trip. Therefore, I have created some form of helpful guide filled with as much advice I can give on saving your pennies but still participating in your dying shopping needs.
1) Charity/thrift shops are not scary
"Oh my god, you shop in charity shops?" Yes. All the damn time. Do you even know some of the treasures you can find in those godly places? That dress you once saw in that expensive high-street shop the other day? It's right there on a charity shop rail for 60% off because it's previous owner wore it a couple times and got bored of it. Tops for £4, jeans for £6, dresses for £5... the possibilities go on! Charity shops do not sell bad clothing because if they did; so many people your age wouldn't go there - and yes, people your age shop there too. In fact, they're probably taking all the things you wish you had before you do. Once that amazingly cheap pair of jeans are gone, they're gone! I love shopping in these types of shops because every bargain you find is a competition to your next one.
2) Nobody knows you wore that same dress two weeks ago
My best friend is literally 100% guilty of this. She gives me all her new clothes almost every single month because she has worn them once and feels like she can't wear them ever again... Cast your mind back to two weeks ago, and focus on a time you hung out/went out with a friend. Do you remember what they were wearing? Probably not. The only person who notices the stuff you are wearing the most is you. So if you don't remember, then why would they? But if this still bothers you, keep in mind the group of friends or people you wore that outfit with. If you wore that super statement blue dress with your work friends one Saturday night, wear it at your best friend's birthday party another night. After that, you could wear it to a family dinner, etc etc. The moral is... don't splash out the cash before you've even gone out to spend more money on drinks etc, just to get a new outfit for the night.
3) Clothes/accessory swap with friends
That old top you wear all the time is literally boring to look at now. Those shoes you used to turn to during every fashion crisis are making you yawn. Surprisingly though, for somebody who hasn't had to see those items in their cupboard/closet everyday thinks they are cute and wouldn't pass wearing them any day. Same goes for you. You know that cardigan or pair of shorts that your best friend wears every so often? She might be thinking of throwing it out soon, and she would never of known you liked it. Ask around to some friends with a similar fashion taste about if they would like some clothes you're throwing out. Then suggest a swap with some of their own stuff that doesn't appeal to them anymore. You would be surprised what some people would consider 'old'.
4) Ebay isn't only helpful for buying stuff
You're desperate to dump a ton of clothes on your 'floor-drobe', but you know that means you are going to have less clothing options afterwards. Here's a good tip. You can easily list them all on eBay at the same time, to be bided for by other people until a particular time and date. That way you can package them all up, take one single trip to the post office, and ship them all away to the bidders, all at the same time! Receiving all the money for these clothes at the same time makes you gain a chunk of extra spending money as well as freeing some space in your cluttered bedroom!
5) Get crafty
I once owned a denim jacket that I wore with almost every outfit because it simply went with everything. After a while though, the old thing became boring to me and I felt as if everybody knew me for wearing the stinking thing. A pair of scissors and some creativity later, I had basically a brand new denim jacket after cutting off the sleeves. The new sleeve-less jacket I had was barely any different from what I had before, but looked like an entirely different piece of clothing. It looked super nice with my outfits just as well as it did when it had sleeves. That didn't even take much creativity and it gave me an extra year of more wears. Changing your pair of jeans into a pair of shorts is just another idea of many more (cutting the leg length shorter, and then making a 2cm fold on each leg before stitching it up to hide any fraying). Don't be afraid of trying something new with the piece of clothing that you were going to throw away anyway.
6) Don't be 'that guy'
Before you go shopping for all those clothes you supposedly need, don't be one of those people who have a big bunch of stuffed clothes in their bottom drawer that they haven't checked in months, or a pile of dusting clothes sitting at the bottom of their cupboard. Don't do any wasted splurges on clothes you literally already have.
7) Make that extra effort to sale shop
Back when I had even littler money than I do now, I only ever used to clothes shop during a sale. Make a list of clothes you need, and try to 'get by' with the clothes you have until a next sale hits in one of your favourite clothing stores. Once there is a discount going on, work your way down the list of those clothes that you have been waiting to buy (and not some last minute finding you saw... unless you have a little extra savings left over!)
I hope this helped some of you shopaholic gremlins! Let me know if it did and leave some of your own tips, tricks and advice in the comment section below!
Love and hugs,