money-saving shopping tips
How many times have you opened up your closet packed full of clothing, only to find yourself frustrated with nothing to wear? Don’t despair -- there are ways to get that star-studded celebrity closet you’ve always dreamed of.
Savvy Shopping Expert Leanna Gregor has the scoop on how to turn your closet from drab to celebrity-fab without paying retail prices.
Mag it up
First things first: Keep up with the latest fashions and keep track of what your favorite celebrities are wearing. Consider subscribing to print magazines, but whatever you do, don’t buy these at retail price. You can get an annual subscription online for almost the same cost of one issue at the newsstand. Simply purchasing online subscriptions from retailers like Magazines.com can get you up to 70 percent off the cover price.
Shop the sale
Designer web stores change their stock more frequently than third-party retailers. This means bigger sales! Go straight to the “Sales” tab right before the season ends to pick up discounted designer wear.
Get your coupon on
Even if you’re the richest billionaire alive, there’s no excuse for leaving free money behind. Although high-end retailers don’t flaunt their coupons, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be using them. Find coupon codes for retailers like Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Bluefly and more on websites like PromotionalCodes.com, CouponWinner.com and PromoCodes.com.
Use discounted plastic
Purchase a discounted gift card through gift card exchange sites like PlasticJungle.com, where you’ll find discounted gift cards for Bloomingdale’s (6 percent off), Steve Madden (10 percent off), Urban Outfitters (18 percent off), Neiman Marcus (5 percent off) and more. You could even exchange some of your leftover holiday gift cards to earn extra cash toward your next fashion purchase.
To get the most exclusive deals from retailers, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Retailers are known to do flash sales and giveaways to their loyal fans online. For example, Banana Republic recently offered their Facebook followers 40 percent off for the whole day, so there’s huge potential for you to save—just follow your favorite brands and check back often. For a broader choice of designer retailers and discounts, follow ShopSaveShare on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates on the best online deals.
Make some dough
Sites like HelloLamode.com and RecycleYourFashions.com allow you to sell back the designer styles you no longer wear and buy new ones for cheap. This will help fill your wallet with cash and allow you to splurge on your next celebrity-inspired purchase.
Skip the schlep
Most designers offer free shipping if you meet a minimum purchase amount, which means you won’t have to drive, take the subway or schlep any heavy shopping bags. Simply enjoy shopping in the comfort of your own home and get the goods delivered right to your doorstep!
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