Shopping Checklist: When to Splurge, When to Save
When it comes to shopping, it seems most of us go through cycles. First are the uber thrifty plan-ahead days where we search the entire web, wait for sales, and clip coupons for hours. Needless to say, this is tiring and can lead to restlessness, followed by a short period of binge shopping.
Like other aspects of life, shopping is best when there is a balance to be found. Buying the cheapest version of everything may end up costing you more in the long run when all your shirts shrink in the wash. On the other hand, spending too much money on items that you will wear once and then throw out in a few months is not the best use of your cash either.
To help take the confusion out of shopping we have provided for you below a break down of items you should or should not splurge on.
Splurge — Jeans. Bleached, torn, and colored jeans can be a save, but otherwise we recommend splurging on denim. AllWomenStalk.com agrees, “Jeans are definitely an item of clothing to splurge on.” They also recommend buying dark wash, straight leg jeans because they are more versatile.
Splurge — Bras. Bras and underwear are a daily necessity, and it is important to pay a little more for these items for a few reasons. First, bras need to be made of high enough quality to be supportive and fit properly. Cutting costs on undergarments means cutting quality, which means they will not last as long or fit as well as you would like them to. When it comes to bras, $20 now means potentially saving $50 in just a few weeks.
Splurge — Shoes. Similar to bras, shoes provide support. Spending a few extra dollars to ensure quality and fit will help you not only be more comfortable but also mean that your shoes will last longer. Splurge on shoes you wear year round, but save on shoes like flip-flops and sandals that are purely seasonal.
Splurge — Sweaters. You can definitely tell a difference in quality with sweaters, and for many of us come winter cardigans become a weekday uniform. WhoWhatWear.com suggests splurging on a cashmere sweater, “A good cashmere sweater is a wardrobe staple. Unfortunately, the real deal doesn’t come cheap.” They also suggest buying one in a classic silhouette and classic color, in order to assure it doesn’t go out of style.
Save — Blouses. Although there is definitely a difference in quality, blouses won’t shrink in the washing machine. In addition, there are many discount stores where you can buy blouses at good prices. Paired with a great pair of jeans and your go-to heels, it is nearly impossible to the difference in price.
Save — Costume Jewelry. Jewelry trends are some of the fastest to come and go. Gold stud earrings and classic necklaces aside, spending too much money on jewelry is just a waste if you are going to throw it aside soon, anyway. Unless they are made with precious jewels or silver and gold, most costume jewelry is made out of similar materials, regardless of price.
A general rule of thumb is to save on trendy pieces and splurge on wardrobe staples you wear more often.
What are your favorite items to save on? Comment below or tweet me @LydiaYekalam