I know every girl probably says this, but I am all Kate Spade taste on a Target budget. The good news is that there is absolutely nothing I love more in the world than getting a good deal on something.
A few (super easy) tricks and habits I’ve picked up over the years:
1. Browser Window Shopping. It’s a slippery slope, no doubt, but spend some time looking around at what high-end retailers and designers are offering. It’s the easiest way to know what’s really current, and what knock-off, spin-off designs are closest to the real thing to achieve that luxe look.
Top and Bottom Left: Kate Spade, approx. $100-$200; Bottom Right: Liz Claiborne, $30 at Marshall’s
2. Wishlists. Almost everything ever will go on sale. Save things you want to buy on a Pinterest board and click through every now and then to see if the price has dropped. This is particularly helpful if you are an Anthropologie addict like me – they have a Wishlist function that shows you the price and availability of everything you’ve added, all on one page. You’d be surprised how often $100+ items go down to prices like $29.95 and even $9.95 before they go completely out of stock. If you wear unusual sizes, this is particularly effective.
3. Selectively Spamming Yourself. Sign up to receive emails from your favorite stores. I know this seems obvious, but you’d be surprised the amount of perks given to subscribers these days. My favorites – Ann Taylor and LOFT and their quite regular 40% Friends and Family discounts, and Kate Spade’s 75% off flash sales. Just recently signed up for Kohl’s emails – they too have some great coupons, but the frequency is a little overwhelming.
4. Daily Discount Sites. I frequent Gilt.com, RueLaLa.com, OneKingsLane.com and Fab.com pretty much daily. (Pathetic, I know) A lot of the time they have high-end designers discounted to amounts that are still completely unreasonable, but if you watch for it, they’ll have “real people” brands at quite good prices. Plus there’s that whole “refer a friend, get X amount of spending money” that each site has. Not too shabby.