I love to shop! It’s just fun and actually gives me a lift. This weekend I went to a shopping mall with a friend, primarily to exchange something. But, who am I kidding? It’s difficult to be at a mall and not find something to buy!
Loving to shop and not spending a lot of money might sound like polar opposites. But they can go hand-in-hand. I love to shop, and I love to get a deal, whether it’s a sale or a coupon or a rewards incentive. I would say that the majority of my clothes and accessories were purchased at less than full price.
I’m going to go out on a limb and venture a guess: You like to buy things at less than full price too. Am I right? I’m pretty sure that just about anything you want to add to your wardrobe or accessory collection is available someplace for a discounted price. If it’s not, you can probably find something very similar that is.
Here are some examples of a few great deals I recently found (and to which I succumbed!):
Melissa Shoes, 50% off sale: I have been pining for a pair of Melissa shoes for a couple of years after I saw my first pair at a boutique in Carmel (CA). They’re unique and different (which always attracts me), made of a patented plastic material. I liked the line so much that I’d bookmarked it on my computer. The other day I accidentally clicked on the link and discovered a 50% off sale on many Melissa styles. Imagine my excitement! I order a few pairs (a couple are going back) and love them. The sale is still active and you can check it out here.
Corso Como Booties, super low price: I have been looking for a pair of booties with a bit of a heel (most of my booties are flat). I was browsing the Nordstrom online shoe department and found a pair of booties that fit the bill. I have another pair of boots from the line so I knew they were good quality and comfortable. The price was $167.95. A little more than I was willing to pay. I decided to do a search and found the SAME SHOES at Amazon for $48 – I’m serious!! I have no idea why they were so inexpensive. You bet I ordered those really fast (they are no longer available on Amazon for that price). Want to see some Corso Como shoe styles? Click here. Also Nordstrom has lots of shoe styles on sale – click here to browse.
Charming Charlie, sale and coupon: Have you been introduced to Charming Charlie? I didn’t think I’d like this store when my friend encouraged me to go in the first time. Charming Charlie is a contemporary jewelry and accessories retailer. They have some clothing items, but mostly accessories. It’s visually impactful because the store is organized by color – all items in a particular color are merchandised together. The best part is that almost nothing costs over $40! It’s a trendy selection and with the low price points doesn’t offer luxury brands or designer quality. But if you have a discerning eye, you can definitely find some fun things and great deals. This weekend I scored a crossbody bag AND a large work tote . . . for $36 total – $29 (full price) for the cross body and $27 (sale price) for the tote (this included a $20 off coupon that I’d received via email). Check out their current sale here.
Want to Get Great Shopping Deals?
I’m sharing these three stories with you because . . . well, to illustrate that you can put together really great outfits without breaking the bank. You just need to be willing to be patient at times and wait for a sale, or be committed to searching online for the best price.
Another way to have access to retailers’ special deals or coupons is to sign up for their email newsletters or notices. Email subscribers usually receive special discounts, coupons, early sale notifications, and friends and family sale invitations. I have subscribed to quite a few retailers. But NOT before I created a separate email address just for this type of communication. I want to keep up to date on promotions from some of my favorite stores and online retailers but don’t want to overwhelm my personal email inbox (or myself). If you think that would work for you, create an email that is easy for you to differentiate from your personal or business emails (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org).
If the thought of all those emails funneling into your inbox kicks you into anxiety mode, I have a solution. When I learn about a great sale or deal that I think you would be interested in knowing about, I will share it with you on the Dez & Dot site, Facebook page, or Instagram.
Being in the know about all these “purchasing opportunities” can be a little dangerous (how many clothes can our closets hold!). But if we can be a little disciplined in our shopping habits and keep a list of what we really need, i.e., where were need to fill in (see last week’s post), then keeping up on some of these chances to buy on sale or at a discount makes sense.
P.S. The cover photo of this post is from the Kate Spade outlet store in Vacaville, CA. If you are a Kate Spade fan but don’t think you can afford her designs, think again, and get yourself to a Kate Spade outlet!