The Formula For Shopping Success

Achieving style on a budget is a simple formula that boils down to two principles. You have to know when to shop and how to shop. If you can master those two techniques, then you are well on your way to red carpet style on a shoestring budget.

When to Shop

Like any other business, retail has seasons and cycles that dictate what happens when. If you follow those cycles, then you can score major finds on the cheap. For example, January is all about clearance in retail and stores are taking major markdowns as they prepare for the onslaught of spring goods that are about to arrive. Now is the time to stock up on coats and boots that can be tucked away for next year. If you stick with basic colors, then they will look fresh and new when you break them out next year. January is also the time when the older models for electronics are discounted to make the showroom ready for the latest and greatest that vendors have to offer. Next month look for deals on jewelry just in time for Valentine’s Day. If you are looking to score a new swimsuit, then hit your favorite retailer in August, they will be having one final clearance sale before returning items to the vendor for pennies on the dollar. The best time to buy that great pair of jeans is in October once the babies have gone back to school.  Each month has its own item that is headed out the door and is now a major deal. If you know when to shop, then you have won half the battle and you will never pay retail again. For me that just means that I can get twice as much.

Fall Outerwear

How to Shop

The other part of the style equation is about knowing how to shop, which is my favorite part of the quest. When it comes to knowing how to shop, that means that you never leave home without a coupon or a stash of rewards points. When you combine a great sale and a coupon or a bundle of rewards points, then for the most part things are almost free. Just last week, I used the $20 in rewards points that I earned Christmas shopping for the family and combined them with a spring preview sale where I paid $4 for two pairs of shorts that I will wear this spring and summer. The trick is to sign up for email alerts from the stores that you frequent most often. There is not a day that goes by where there is not some type of coupon available. If you do leave home without one then just ask, most retailers have extras. Almost all of those coupons can also be combined with sales to get an even better deal. For example, with the jacket featured here, it retailed at $130 and was on sale for ½ off. Then, I used a coupon where I got another $30 off and only paid $35 for a $130 jacket. That’s a grand slam if I do say so myself. Finally, if you are on Pinterest then sign up for, this site will notify you when anything that you have pinned on Pinterest goes on sale. It takes the guess work out of shopping…just plan, pin and save.

Shopping is my sport of choice and scoring the big deal is my version of a grand slam. I hope this helps in your quest to achieve your own version of style on a budget. Thanks for taking the time to visit the place where budget and style meet and feel free to leave a shout out to the great deals you were able to find on your own shopping adventure.

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About @mfashforward

I am a fashion obsessed working mom of twin teenagers. I have spent my career in the retail industry dressing others on a daily basis. Now, I must strike a delicate balance by remaining fashion forward and having my teenagers still acknowledge my existence. Follow me on a journey into my fashion world.

Posted on January 3, 2013, in Affordable, Bargain Shopping, Fall, Fashion, Fashion Trends, Shopping, Style, Stylist and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Love that coat! Even I know it’s a classic! 🙂

  2. Love your blog. Would you like to guest post at Family Travels on a Budget sometime to share budget friendly vacation fashion ideas?

  3. Love the tips! Just found your blog on the Grow Your Blog blog hop! Love the jacket you picked, very pretty!

    xo Michelle

    Fierce & Fashionable

  4. Hi Leslie! Good tips! I love finding deals. Stopping by from the GFC hop. Liked your FB page.
    Btw, I just posted on a deal, if you care to read:

  5. I love this! Thank you for the great tips. Stopping by from the Thumping Thursday Blog Hop. Can’t wait to read more!


  6. Hi Leslie! These are great tips! I knew about the seasonal shopping but have never really put it to good use and I have never bothered with coupons much. You’ve given me a new resolution! I’m going to start paying more attention and saving money. Thanks for the advice. I’m visiting from the Grow Your Blog Hop and am following via FB and Twitter.If you like shabby chic and vintage furniture stop by for a visit or join us on Tuesday for Transformed Tuesday and check out all the great links. Hugs, Peggy~PJH Designs

  7. Excellent tips…I always shop out of season with great success. Shopping is also my sport and I can really appreciate a great grand slam. I found you through the blog hop and hope you will stop by to say hello!!

  8. Hi! I’m your newest follower. Please stop by and say hi when you have a chance. I’m also hosting a blog hop – if you would like to join us 🙂 Hope you’re having an awesome week.

    April from:
    A Mommy’s Blog Design

  9. Love the style of that coat. What a great find!

  10. End of season clearance sales are the best! I’m hoping to score some good deals myself now!

    The Tiny Heart

  11. great tips. Happy New Year wishes and thank you for sharing at the hop. I hope you will stop by again soon. I posted the new giveaway! xo

  12. Great tips! I always buy my winter coats at the end of the season! Thanks for linking up! Hope to see you back this week.
    Penniless Socialite
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