Are you a Fashionista on a budget? Whether or not you have to or choose to, most of us are. I grew up with a dad who hardly ever said no, but with a mom who only spent money when needed. I would like to say I am somewhere in the middle of the two of them. I personally like nice things in life, but also am a future planner as far as my family goes. It took me a long time to really grasp that money doesn't grow on trees. As a child , I thought if there was something I wanted, well then it was easy. Just buy it right? I remember one incidence in high school where I wanted a new homecoming dress and my sweet frugal momma told me NO! She said that I could wear something already in my closet! What? I thought that was the end of the world. At 16 years old, I had to wear something I've already worn to a dance? (I know terrible lol) At that moment, I was going to teach her a lesson. I decided I was going to run away from home to her best friends house which happened to be like my second momma (BTW...she lived in the neighborhood across the street). I was going to show her wasn't I? Except my mom grew up in a very strict home, so she didn't care. She wasn't giving in to me. So in the end, I came home without a new homecoming dress (I know pitiful right). It wasn't until college though, that I lived out on my own, had a job and was forced to pay bills, that I learned true responsibility and how to really budget. When I was in college, I had to watch every penny I spent. Now I don't mind paying full price for an item if I love it. I also believe that you get what you pay for. There are many ways to get great quality fashion on a budget.
When I opened up Miss Priss, I wanted everyone to be able to afford to come shop. I wanted great quality at good prices. No matter who walked through my doors, I wanted them to be able to find something no matter what their budget was. Miss Priss offers many different ways of saving a buck. We always have sale racks. You will never come in the store and not find at least one sale rack 50% - 75% off. Secondly, we always put coupons out there in publications. That way, you can use a percentage off when you come in. Thirdly, we are the only boutique in Tuscaloosa that has a membership program. You can buy a membership card for $20.00 and you receive 25% off on all regular priced merchandise for an entire year. How awesome is that? We offer many different outlets to save our customers some money. Also, we have an email list that our customers can sign up for and you will be notified when a big sale happens and when we have huge events. Those customers are always the first to be in the loop of what is happening at Miss Priss.
If your goal in life is to save money, but look fashionably fabulous, then you have to be smart about shopping. Know where to save and where to splurge. Many of you may not know this, but there is a cost-per-wear formula. If you know you will wear it a lot, it is worth spending the money on that item. Divide the cost of the item by the number of times you plan to wear it. Example, a pair of $40.00 jeans worn 20 times has a cost-per-wear of $2.00. If you want to shop on a budget, aim for a cost-per-wear of less than $3.00. It's very simple. Do not only set a budget for your money, also set a budget for your time. Don't wander around a shopping center as you would not have anything better to do. Your boredom might lead to you mindlessly spending money. One thing I've always heard my customers say is that they love coming in Miss Priss because it's quick and easy. They can run in and run out, get what they want or need and be done.
Now one rule I have always had and tried my best to stick by is if I add one item in my closet, then I take one item out. For example, if I purchase three new shirts and one pair of pants, then I remove three shirts and one pair of pants from my wardrobe that I haven't worn in a long time. Most likely, if I haven't worn them by then, I probably wouldn't again. That way, my closet stays organized and clean and does't get junky. You can donate to your local charity or sell your old items. If you have nice things you don't wear or use, consider donating or selling them so you can replace with new and more in style merchandise.
What are your classics? Some customers want to shop for the latest trendiest styles no matter if they might not be in style a year from now and some of my customers choose more classic styles, that way they can wear it for a long time. I personally again, am somewhere in the middle. I'm always in the middle (LOL) but if I like something, I get it whether it is a classic or something that could possibly not be in style next year. The classic look depends on your style. When I thing of classics, I think of items that I will wear all the time. Items that really pull a lot of your wardrobe together. For me, dark skinny jeans are a classic. I can dress them up for a night out or down for chilling with friends. Another classic for me is taupe booties like the ones we have recently posted on our social media. They go with everything and they last for years. My advise is focus on what you really love. Twenty tops that can go with ten pants will give you 200 outfits. How cool is that?
With Christmas around the corner, all of this might be very helpful. Shopping on a budget is not hard, you just have to shop smart. Miss Priss is always here to help you fulfill your wants and needs at a reasonable price.