What's the single best decision about money you've made?
The single best decision I ever made about saving money was, to not sacrifice quality for a cheaper price. I can shop high end stores and pay the same as I would at a national chain box retailer. Plus the quality of the items i get will last a lot longer therefore saving me even more in the end.
As a family of women I had to become creative since my daughters are very brand specific. When my girls were younger they both loved Justice clothing store. To many and myself that store can be extremely expensive. I studied their sale practices and used it to my advantage a lot. Justice every month puts out a 40% off coupon on the internet or in their advertisements to home. I only ever purchased on that coupon. In addition they always have a spend $50.00 get $25.00 in Justice bucks to spend next month. I loved shopping there! I would also only buy jeans that were traditional styles and not seasonal. This would allow my girls to be season trendy with their tops. I always bought jeans off the clearance rack at 50% off the mark down price.
Now that my girls are older they continue their brand specific ways. I call them BRAND DIVAS. Now, they brought my savings challenge to an all new level. They wanted Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister and Victoria Secret.
So lets start with Abercrombie and Fitch for kids. If you really look at their styles from season to season they are very similar. The t-shirts retail for $22.00 full price. After 2 months in the store they will mark them down to $12.00 and place them in the clearance area. On a regular cycle Abercrombie and Fitch will have a 40% off your entire purchase or a 50% off the red line sale. I will end up with a $100.00 outfit for my daughter for just $25.00. Hollister is owned by Abercrombie and Fitch so the sales cycles are the same even down to the day they have the sale and type of sale.
Now Victoria Secret, the store I struggle with the most. We shop they're yearly semi-annual sales and we also participate on any and all store giveaways. This is one I am not a master at yet. But, I guarantee it will come soon.
Another store we frequent is Old Navy. We live for their flip flop sale where they are $1.00 a pair. They also have a $2.00 tank sale and various other GREAT on e day sales. Keep an eye out for their clearance sales also. you can score ladies shirts for less than $3.00.
Never settle on quality. You deserve the best! Just keep your eyes open for sales and special discounts. You would be amazed what you can find.