If you’re a shoe lover like me, you appreciate finding quality pairs of shoes on a budget. It can be done – believe it or not. Brand names don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Here are my tips when it comes to summer sandal bargain hunting
- ASK – don’t be afraid to ask a sales associate if the store is offering a discount at the moment.
- SURF THE WEB – following fashion blogger accounts that relate to bargain shopping is always a quick way to learn about a deal.
- DON’T JUMP THE GUN – purchasing the first item you see on the web is sometimes not good for the wallet. Instead, place the item in your cart and browse the web to see if you can find the item at a lower cost. Or, go to some in-store retailers to see if they have your item or something like it.
- LINGO – educated yourself on the language used with discounts, sales and BOGOs. Sometimes the offers in stores don’t match what they’re advertising.
- PLAN – planning out the items you want to purchase is important. Think about what you need, what could be a benefit to add to your collection. Planning avoids a waste of money.
- PAY IN CASH – paying in cash is key. Piling up the credit card bill is never a good thing, cash helps you keep track of where you’re money is going.. So make sure it’s worth it!
I recently went to TJ Maxx specifically looking for flat summer sandals. I chose TJ Maxx because I always have luck there and I believe they have great quality for great price. For example, I found three pairs of beautiful, flat summer sandals. The brands were Vince Camuto, BCBG Generation, and Steve Madden – all higher quality brands. Each pair was adorable and I wanted them all, but first I had to decide about the prices. The Vince Camuto’s were marked on sale at $24, they had originally been $70 then discounted to $49.99 and eventually put on sale to $24. The Steve Madden’s were marked at the same price of $24 and the BCBG Generation’s at $19.99. Because each of these sandals were marked down multiple times, I knew I must have them. But I wanted to make sure that the mark downs were not because of defects. I checked each pair a couple times and tried them on and walked around. All seemed well so I purchased! This little story was just to share an example of how I shop for bargains and what I look for in items I purchase. I hope you found this helpful!