With that said, Frugalista Tip #1: Shop Often! Might sound a little silly, and with a very fiscally conservative husband like mine, you'd think I would drive him nuts. And, let's be real: I do. But not for my shopping habits (for the most part). My favorite go-to store for really good deals is Target. They're just not afraid to mark their things down and I appreciate that. And I have an unhealthy obsession with Target which may or may not result in hives and rocking in the corner should I not get my fix every 3 days or so. But the good thing about this is that I can scout out the deals. I have my typical route that I take and I know when things will be getting marked down soon. This isn't just for clothes, I love to buy wrapping paper, notecards and stationary, household items, you name it! But I like to shop often enough that I know when something's going to be marked down soon.
Here's an example of a recent very successful trip. First, it was a cardigan-filled day! I have a small obsession with cardigans. I love them all year long, over dresses, dressed up, dressed down, any way!
Take a look at this cutie! When I first saw it, I wasn't that impressed, but I got to thinking about my yellow shoes and belt at home and thought it might work. Plus, it was $6.24, so I couldn't stop thinking about it. Had.To.Have. I like to think that cardigans are the (not-so) new blazer if worn the right way. I even wore this to a meeting where all of my colleagues (myself included) tend to pull out all the stops so they can try to impress everyone else. This usually means a suit.suit.suit. However, I wore this outfit and didn't feel dressed down at all, plus I got several compliments so that was fun for the attention whore in me.
During the same trip, I got 4 other cardigans and a dress. Yes, I broke a rule that I try to stick to, which is not to buy the same thing in every color available. But I couldn't decide between the pink and the green and had the perfect shoes for the pink one, so I Had.To.Have. Also, the other cardigans (including a plain black which isn't shown) were only $4something, so I couldn't pass them up...they'll go with everything. The dress? Cute, right? $7something. And the best part-I almost bought it when it was a whopping $20! (Crazy thoughts!)
This is the exact reason that I shop often...you are there when the big deals hit and you can swoop in and BAM! you now have at least a dozen new outfit options for less than $40!
Lastly, in some not-so-frugal news, I am in LOVE with Addison Montgomery's wardrobe. Granted, I don't think she hits the clearance racks at Target too often, but if I had to pick any wardrobe on TV, I think I would choose hers. I love her abundance of patterned dresses which always have *the* perfect accessories. I'd wear dresses like that every day if I, too, was 7 feet tall and delicious looking. (Um, yeah...5'6" and chubby...notsomuch.) I also love how she wears skirts with very feminine tops, another of my favorite looks.
How about YOU? Anybody that you would trade wardrobes with in a heartbeat?
Check this classy lady out!