Be a smart shopper – NOW!

Ever been in a situation when your credit cards are maxed out and your wardrobe is screaming for a change? Well, I have and here’s why I decided to tell you about my story as a reformed shopaholic. And if you’re reading this post I’m sure you looking to make that change too!

Like all of you, I LOVE to shop. Well, I’m a fashion buyer and its a part of my profession to keep track of the latest in the business but its also my biggest vice. I shop when I’m happy, sad, depressed, lonely, on my period, for entertainment…so you get the drift. But a year ago, I quit my job to nurse my dog who was suffering from cancer and reality hit me… I needed to grow up! Its in times like these you introspect and come out of a storm reformed – well, at least that’s what happened to me.

I started by evaluating my wardrobe and sorted my stuff into 3 categories – Keep | Toss | Donate. Not only did I find this very therapeutic among all the turmoil of losing my pet, but it also made me realize that when I shop on impulse, I’m wasting too much money on stuff I don’t really wear. So here are my tips for making the most out of your shopping experience.

1. Make a list

Making a list of the stuff you need is the first step to reforming oneself. I browsed through different fashion blogs and websites and made wishlist of the clothes, bags, shoes I would love to have in my wardrobe.

2. Cross – Check

Its always a good habit to cross-check everything. So check your list with the things in your wardrobe under the KEEP bucket and scratch out anything that’s repetitive. This will narrow down your list to the absolute necessities.

3. Add an indulgence list

Once you have your list of what you need, add a list of things you’d “indulge” in if your had leftover cash.

4. Make a shop date – 

Make a date with your girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/mom or anyone else to go shopping with you. You are less likely to steer towards that ‘Oh! so cute’ looking pair of shoes that’s not on the list.

If you follow these steps, not only will you mange to save on a lot of money for your next shopping escapade, you’ll also have a very well stocked reformed wardrobe !

I hope this post helped some of you! Here’s a pic of me back in 2009 doing what I do best 🙂

Lots of love,

Jojo

xoxo


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