Like most women, I enjoy the art of shopping; and yes I believe that it truly is an art; especially when it comes to obtaining a coveted item at a fraction of the price. From experience, shopping for special occasions, can be especially challenging as most times the dazzling number that catches our eye in the store front window exceeds our budget. While I am no expert, I would like to share with you some tips I’ve learnt over the years on ‘how to shop and save,’ for events like these.
The jumpsuit seen in this post was an absolute steal, and was purchased under $50, at only $36 CAD, regularly $110 CAD from Asos an online retailer based in the UK. While I had no definite plans for this jumpsuit at the time of purchase; at a price that good, not to mention the impeccably classic style of the jumpsuit, I had to indulge. I am currently eyeing this Asos jumpsuit under $50 and have provided links for you to shop a variety of other one-shoulder jumpsuits under $50 down below. The taxi clutch in this post is by Kate Spade and was another steal of mine from the famous Cyber Monday sales a few years ago and has been one of my most treasured statement pieces for only $30USD originally $98USD. So let’s get into it, the tips I’ve used to purchase this amazing jumpsuit for under $50 and other great buys:
Browse the selection of your favourite stores
Take the time to browse the selection offered by your favourite stores online and/or in-store, to get an idea of the store’s selection, the current trends and the styles you’d like to try. Some online retailers like Asos, Nordstrom, Amazon and Gilt (to name a few) give you the option of saving your favourite items to a Wish list or a favourites catalog. This not only assists in narrowing the search for the prefect item, but it also helps you to monitor any changes in price while keeping a lists of your favourite items handy should a special event pop up.
Sign up for email alerts
Sign up for email alerts to be notified of sales, promotions and to receive special discounts. I have found it helpful to dedicate a separate email address to receiving sales promotions from my favourite stores. Some retailers like Asos often provide email subscribers with discount codes for birthdays or just randomly as an incentive for you to shop, if you haven’t purchased from their site in a while. I’ve even noticed that while they do advertise a discount code for various holiday weekends, email subscribers tend to get a code via email with a higher discount, than advertised to the general public. Tory Burch also offers their email subscribers with a $50 credit towards a purchase of a $100 or more for birthdays. So it certainly pays to sign up for email alerts.
Take advantage of End of Season Sales
End of season sales in my experience tend to offer the best discounts, as stores are determined at this point to get rid of merchandise in preparation for the upcoming new season. Summer sales typically begin at the end of June and winter sales, right after Christmas. Given the timing of these sales, you’ll still have a few months to wear new purchases before the season ends or better yet be ready for the following year’s summer or winter.
Sign up for Store Reward Programs
Signing up for store reward programs are normally free and can be quite beneficial if you are a frequent shopper of the retailer. The following stores offer great rewards programs: The Bay, Sephora, and Nordstrom. Find out more about these store’s reward programs by clicking on their names.
Stores with Semi-Annual Sales and Zara
Stores like Zara, Victoria’s Secret, Aritzia and Bath and Body Works only have major sales semi-annually, where merchandise is heavily discounted. These sales normally start at the end of June for summer sales and on Boxing Day for winter sales.
Zara typically has several markdown tiers during their sales with the end of the sale period occurring towards the end of July yielding the best deals. I would however not suggest holding out if it is an item that you absolutely love; as most of Zara’s best items sell pretty quickly. If you’ve been following me on Instagram @eyesonstyleto, and was curious about my birthday outfit, the asymmetrical skirt from that look was obtained for only $9.99 at Zara. Currently, I’m eyeing this tweed skirt from their fall collection, so wish me luck!
The 3 biggest Sales of the Year
Here are a 3 of the biggest sales to save your coin for during the year, where you are sure to score the best deals:
- Black Friday Sale – the 1st Friday after Thanksgiving in the U.S.A
- Cyber Monday Sale – the 1st Monday after the U.S.A ‘s Thanksgiving
- Boxing Day Sale – December 26
Combining all of these tips, I have found that I’ve been able to score some pretty good deals throughout the years and hope that they will be of tremendous help to you on your journey to shop and save. I have rounded up some of my favourite one-shoulder jumpsuits for under $50 below for which I get a commission for purchases or clicks made through the links in this post. Till we meet again, happy