HOW TO STICK TO YOUR SHOPPING BUDGET

Guest Blogger - April Clark, Fashion Aficionado, Beauty, Lifestyle Blogger​​

Shopping is always a good idea! Staying on budget is better.  With over 200 retailers at Crabtree Valley Mall navigating the best deals for your budget can be overwhelming.  After you make a budget you’ll need to do additional things to keep you on track.  Here are tips to help you shop, and save.

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Did you know you can receive savings and updates from your favorite retailers with the Crabtree Valley Mall newsletter?  Every week, Crabtree will send you a newsletter full of events, sales and tips to make your shopping experience better.  As a subscriber you’ll receive information about seasonal sales, store openings that typically give shoppers specials for their grand opening and special events like trunk shows where designers come to retail stores and sometimes offer specials for shoppers.  Being a subscriber to the mall newsletter keeps you “in the know” about savings that many don’t know about!

THINK IN COLOR PALLETS

Before you head out to the mall, peruse your closet and get a sense of what colors you want to wear in the upcoming season. Creating a color pallet will help you mix and match to plan your wardrobe with more thought.  A color pallet will help you only purchase what you need, hence allowing you to purchase quality items that you will wear all season.  A color pallet can save you time and money and have your seasonal wardrobe looking suitable.

CARE FOR YOUR CLOTHING

Be sure to visit Crabtree Cleaners located on lower level G to keep your wardrobe cared for after you shop. Caring for your wardrobe with good dry cleaning will make sure you’re wearing what you purchased rather than spending more money on the same item because you didn’t launder correctly.  Also plan to alter your clothing as well.  At Lee’s Tailor, you can get your new purchases altered quickly.  Alterations are the number one reason people do not wear their clothing.  Many shoppers purchase clothing with the intent of getting their items altered and never do, leaving a lot of clothing sitting in their closet that turns out to be a waste of money.  After your purchase, go directly to Lee’s to get your items tailored.

PLAN YOUR FAMILY’S WARDROBE IN ADVANCE

Plan your vacations, sports activities and career wardrobe in advance.  Take the time to plan your whole family’s wardrobe needs from head to toe. Ask each member to make a list of needs and coordinate your shopping trip accordingly.  By planning each member’s wardrobe needs in advance you can coordinate which stores you need to shop, saving you a lot of time and time is money!

CHOOSE YOUR SHOPPING PARTNER WISELY

If you plan to shop with someone make sure they know your budget and plan.  A good shopping partner will help you stay on task and two sets of eyes are better than one.  If you’re shopping with the kids be sure to take them for a snack at the food court and add a break to the play area to keep them happy and you sane.  Avoid shopping with someone who’d rather be somewhere else. A cranky shopper makes you rush; thus you’re purchasing items you don’t need or items that are not in the budget.

MAKE ONE SPECIAL PURCHASE JUST FOR YOURSELF!

Plan a splurge item in your budget, something that is not on your list.  Shopping should be fun! All budget and no treat makes a shopping trip a dreadful task.  As you’re shopping, treat yourself to something that is not on your list.  You’re bound to find something that speaks to you while shopping, go ahead and get it! A little reward for saving on your wardrobe is a nice little way of making your shopping trip worthwhile.