Tips for Budget Shopping Success

1. Buy Classy Basics:

Investing in quality basics is always a great idea, like jeans, trousers, tops in basic colors, traditional coats, cardigans and classic dresses. You can combine these basic pieces with trendy outfits to create your own individual style. Always remember, that trends come and go, but classics will always be in style.

2. Go Social:

Hello ladies, we live in the twenty-first century, which is great for using social networking to find the best deals in town. Become fans of your favorite stores on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. I can honestly say this is an awesome way to stay up to date with the latest deals and private sales. In addition, follow blogs that give savings advice, word-of-mouth is a great way to stay in the discount loop.

3. Compare prices before purchasing:

Of course when you're buying a basic tank top or pair of jeans shopping around isn't always the most convenient thing to do, but when it comes to big ticket items or something you just can't do without do your research. Utilizing the many resources available is to your advantage, my motto is, "you can always find it cheaper, never buy full-priced ANYTHING." You can do quick and easy price comparisons on websites such as, pricegrabber and shopstyle.

4. Innovate with accessories:

I can't stress this one enough; accessories can turn the simplest outfit into a timeless look. Set aside a small budget for jewelry and accessories, or a large budget if you're like me. My personal favorites this season are oversized funky rings, dark nail polishes, skinny belts that can be worn on the hip or waist, layering necklaces, decorative hairpins and oxford flats. Whatever your style, if you use accessories innovatively to complement an outfit it will make all the difference.

5. Get creative with old clothes:

I know every diva has accumulated a large sum of clothes that never seem to leave the closet and simply take up space. Take the time to re-invent your out of date clothing into trendy looks. You have to use your imagination here girls, turn old dresses into tops, turn those high waters into shorts or capri's, spruce things up by adding lace or ruffles. You can also exchange old clothes amongst friends; one person's garbage is another person's treasure.

6. Be friendly with the sales associates:

People find this tip amusing, but I promise it really works. Many stores aren't going to offer discounts up front so you have to speak up. Compliment the sales associate and make small talk, you will find that this works wonders. When it is time to ring up your purchases don't be afraid to speak up and ask if there are any discounts, most of the time there are! You'll be happy when you save an extra twenty percent off that can be used somewhere else.

7. Shop at thirft shops and consignment stores:

Many divas would turn up their noses to this last tip, but I have no shame saying that I enjoy shopping in re-sale stores. The truth is you can find some awesome pieces, and you don't have to worry about being scene out in the same outfit as someone else. Not to mention, consignment shops and thrift stores in populated areas usually carry trendy pieces for a fraction of the cost.

For extra budgeting tips view the link above. Bruce Marshall clothing designer and stylist, gives his opinion on dressing well for less.