So being an ex-shopaholic I think I am an expert on ways to shackle your shopping habits and save more money to throw at your debt. This year I have totally changed my spending habits and have come up with ways to feed my shopaholic addiction and still stay on budget.
1. Limit your purchases to the sale racks. I know this can be hard for some people. To be honest I personally hate sale racks for they always resemble a knock-off thrifty garage sale special, and sport a display that says….pure confusion. It can be exhausting to sift through all the garments, but scoring a ruffled modern vintage top for $7.00 is always totally worth it. The key is to only buy items that you know you’re actually going to wear and purchase items that are off-season for pennies.
2. Shop at the Thrift store. This point has been discussed so many times, that I refuse to go in-depth. I am very picky on what I purchase at Thrift Stores and Garage Sales. In fact I normally only purchase household items and books, but with patience you can find great deals that will not put a dent in your pocket.
3. Store Department Coupons! When people hear about coupons they immediately think about the grocery store. Yes…one episode of extreme couponing on TLC, there will be no doubt in your mind how effective couponing can be at your local grocery store. What people don’t think about is coupons can also be effective in department stores to purchase clothes and household items.
For an example I purchased an outfit while on leave with my family that totaled $88.99. Well after utilizing my moms $15.00 off coupon combined with my sisters coupon she pulled up on her cellphone from an App….I only paid $34.99 for the outfit! Yes thats a whopping 50% off an outfit that I can’t wait to rock this holiday season.
4. Inventory Time! Go through your closet piece by piece and you will be surprised of the items of clothing you have that you never worn, or only wore one time and for some reason forgot you had it. I decided to declutter my closet and I was so surprised to find items that I have long forgot about. Instead of buying more clothes I started wearing these refound garments…..and it actually appears that I have updated my wardrobe….Lol!
5. Limit your purchase per payday. In the beginning of this journey to pursue a debt free status, I knew that I couldn’t just stop spending cold turkey. What I did was limit myself to one outfit a payday, then after a couple of months I limited myself to one outfit a month. Now that I know what’s in my wardrobe, I only buy items to compliment what I already have, such as a camisole, matching jacket, or the right accessory to complete a specific look. This way I don’t waste money.
So what are your ideas for curbing your shopaholic ways?