Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’re aware that the United States (like many other countries) is experiencing a recession. One question you may be asking yourself is how to look nice without spending tons of money during these tough times. I don’t proclaim to be an expert bargain shopper but I’ve been helping myself. Here are some of things I’ve been doing:
(1) Shopping at stores like Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Target etc. on the discount racks. I’ve been successful so far. Yeah, it takes some digging through the racks but I’ve scored some inexpensive but quality items. I admit I used to hate digging through all that stuff but desperate times call for desperate measures…
(2) Waiting for an item I like to go on sale. Sometimes it’s difficult to pass up something you feel that you MUST have. However, I’ve exercised a little patience and come away with some great stuff. For instance, I have been eyeing this shirt dress at Target but couldn’t bring myself to pay $40 for it. Since I’m in Target pretty often I kept checking back to see if it was on sale and sure enough, I just saw it on sale today for $18. Now, this plan doesn’t work all the time. (Especially if need a bigger size like a large or extra large). I guess the point is that you must think strategically…as if you’re a stealth ninja preparing to attack. Sometimes you can wait, other times you might need to grab the item before it’s gone.
(3) Go shopping- in your closet! If you’re like me, you have some clothing that you don’t wear very often. I’ve started thinking about how I can wear them more. Can I pair it with a new shirt, jacket, or a pair of pants that I recently bought? Would a new accessory make it pop? How about different shoes? Surprisingly, I’ve found some use for my infrequently worn items.
(4) Utilizing consignment shops. One of my favorite stores is Buffalo Exchange. Not only do they have used and new clothing you can buy but you can also sell items too! In some instances you might be able to trade. So if solution number 3 didn’t work for you maybe this one will.
(5) Shopping at a thrift store. Okay, this one was hard for me. I come from a culture where people frown upon wearing used clothing. I had a whole psychological thing about thrift stores. I’d start itching just imagining whose skin the clothing had been rubbing up against, LOL! Finally, one day I took the step and went to a thrift store (way out in the suburbs, lol.) Anyway, I spent $20 and came away with a nice blazer and two shirts. I just washed those bad boys in hot water!
(6) Wearing a different hijab with an outfit. As I mentioned in another post, most people seem to think you have on a different outfit if you switch up the hijab. I was shocked when other Muslimahs didn’t seem to notice my little trick either! Unless your outfit is a very memorable one, if you space out the days, people won’t notice it’s the same outfit. It seems like if your hijab is pretty or memorable in some way, people are focused on it rather than your entire outfit. 😉 You can also switch up the accessories, shoes, and jacket (if you’re wearing one.)
(7) Work that plain abaya! If you wear abayas then I’m sure you know by now- a plain abaya is three or more outfits in one. That’s right! Rock different accessories, jackets and shoes for a new look. I’ve found cheap jackets at the thrift store and on the discount rack in Target!
Fellow recessionistas, what other advice do you have to offer?