Wet Seal Earrings ($6)
I basically own this outfit. With the exception of the necklace, I have each of these pieces in my wardrobe. So why create a post about it? Discounts. That’s why.
When I purchased each of the items from this set, they were all on sale. Major sale. For example: the Cole Haan shoes. They are originally $200, which is way out of my price range (plus my mom would murder me if she ever found out I spent that much on shoes.) I researched black pumps that would be comfortable to work in for several weeks, and everyone said these Cole Haan’s were the best. I searched for them every couple of weeks waiting for the price to drop, and about a month ago I found them for $70. I snapped them up with an additional coupon I had from Swagbucks.com, and got them for $40. The gold bracelet? From a J.Crew clearance store for $20. Cigarette pants? Semi-annual sale at Nordstrom, $55. People always ask me how I can afford such great pieces on a teacher’s salary. The truth is that I constantly check items to see if they’ve been reduced or try to find a coupon for a discount. There are several great resources to find deals on the internet, and I thought I’d share a few of my favorites.
: Swagbucks is a website that gives you points for everyday things: clicking on links, watching videos, searching the internet… the list goes on. You earn points that you can eventually trade in for gift cards to all kinds of different retailers. I have used this for myself as well as to buy Christmas gifts. Everyone loves free money!
: This website is amazing. You simply type in what you’re looking for (i.e. Black Cole Haan pumps) and every possible option comes up, gives a price, and links directly to the website where you can purchase it. This tool is great to use when searching for broad items, like a pencil skirt, or for very specific items to compare prices.
: This website is similar to many discount websites that have 48-hour sales but often has plus size designer clothing for sale.
: Both of these sites have amazing plus size clothing but they are usually out of my price range. I signed up for their e-mails to see when their big sales are and can often find great items for half the price.
! If you find an item that you feel like you must have right away, check Google and see if you can find a coupon code for the retailer that’s selling it. Sometimes you can find awesome codes that will save you up to 30%. I also hardly ever pay shipping because those coupon codes are often easy to come by.
Sometimes it just takes a little bit of work to find a good deal. If you have patience, you can save a ton and still look amazing. What are some of your favorite ways to save money online?