Hey Lauren - I was wondering, have you ever done a post on anything having to do with how your family manages finances? Since you are also a style maven and a shopper who tries to do things on a budget; I was just wondering how you make it all work. My husband and I are currently setting up a budget and I am trying to find ideas/boundaries for myself so I can learn to be a better steward with what God has provided us.
Here are some tips that will hopefully help:
1. Tithe first! "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." -Malachi 3:10 The Bible commands us to give 10% back to God. I truly believe my husband and I never want for anything because we have been faithful in the area of tithing to our local church.
2. Always check the thrift store first. I would say about 50% of my wardrobe is from Goodwill. Depending on where you live, you can find some GREAT classic pieces at thrift stores or consignment shops. Before you hit up a mall, check and make sure you don't find what you're looking for at Goodwill!
3. I usually only go shopping with a list of what I need. Here's a past post that talks about some staples I think every lady should work on building in their wardrobe. Honestly, at this point, I pretty much have all the staple pieces that I need at this moment, so when I go shopping nowadays, it's just for random accessories or new tops to remix with my staples. The reason you want to go shopping with a list, is the same reason you go grocery shopping with a list, to prevent you from buying things on a whim that you don't really need.
4. I try to not spend more than $10-$20 on any classic staple piece. Of course, I do sometimes, but that's a rare occasion. For example, if I need a staple piece like a solid pencil skirt or a solid cardigan or blazer, I will spend up to $20. Remember, if you are going to wear the same pieces a lot of different ways, (which should be your goal), then you will get your money worth on a staple piece.
5. I do not spend more than $10 on trendy pieces. Trendy pieces that you know are going to go "out of style" eventually are not something you should spend a lot of money on. I try not to spend more than $5 on my statement necklaces, because they are extremely trendy! Charlotte Russe often has $5 scarves and necklaces.
6. Always check the Retail Me Not app for any coupons. When I do go shopping at the mall, I always use coupons. Almost every store has some kind of 20% off deal at all times, so download that app, and save some more money!
7. If you don't have an income, save a little at a time, and then go shopping. My friend Melissa, a stay at home wife, says she saves $10 a week, and then when she feels she has enough saved, then she goes shopping. She follows all of the above tips as well.