Shopping 101

Shopping is a fun activity for most women, but I do know that there are some who would rather go to the dentist than have to go shopping. I’m not that girl.  I love to shop even if I’m not buying anything. My daughters and I can spend a full day shopping.  I like to see what type of items the stores have year round.  The key is to learn how to shop so that you won’t have to stay in the stores for hours at a time.

You want to be familiar with what stores have the best bargains. This is another reason to shop often.  I’ve even asked the store clerks when their weekly sales start and when they get new merchandise in. Who doesn’t like to save money?

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You want to have a few “go-to” stores where you can always find what you want. If you don’t shop around you won’t find that store. You may find that some stores have better summer items than winter items.  You’ll want to find the stores that carry more of your size and style.  What hours are they open?  Are you able to shop after work or does their store hours only allow you to shop on the weekends?  These are all good questions to ask when looking for that “go-to” store.  Also you may have more than one “go-to” store and that’s fine.

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Keep your wardrobe of separates down to two or three basic colors for maximum versatility and ease.  Meaning you can match these colors with most of the other items in your wardrobe. This will make shopping much easier as well.

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Don’t spend a lot of money on here today gone tomorrow trend items. Buy your wardrobe foundation garments including coats and shoes in the best quality you can afford. These are items that are timeless and should last a long time.

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Here are more shopping do’s and don’ts:

Keep impulse shopping to a minimum.

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Don’t go into debt over clothes.

Shop designer labels when on sale.

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Develop an accessory wardrobe to vary the look of your outfits.

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Never shop last minute for an important or expensive garment.

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Consider the price beyond the price tag. If you can’t afford to dry clean the garment, then pass it by.

Now go Shopping……

Some Resources:  Zulily, Nordstrom, Sole Society, Jollychic, Lane Bryant, Stein Mart, Dillards, TJ Maxx, New York & Company

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