How To Be A Smart Shopper By Asking Yourself 6 Simple Questions

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While sipping tea with a friend over girl talk, she uttered the most beautiful phase “I’m tired of spending money on clothes, bags and material things, I’d rather spend money on experiences”. This instantly hit home. As someone who always wants to travel and have a good time whether it’s dinner with friends or doing something completely out of the norm, I’m always seeking new experiences. But my wallet only reaches so far. Then I thought, can someone have it all? Be fashionable and trendy but still have money to enjoy life’s other pleasures. In my life, what has to change in order for me to be able to have more quality experiences? I did the math and realized that I shop too much and a lot of clothes and accessories have been sitting untouched for months, maybe even years, some pieces don’t even suit my style today. On a regular days I wear the same jeans, the same sneakers, I only use 3 of the 20 bags I have. I realized that something has to change; I need to be a smart shopper. 

After realizing how much my style has evolved over the past 2 years and how I repeat wear the same staples pieces, there wasn’t a need for me to buy unnecessary garments. Yes, they look good modeled over the internet but do I need to purchase yet another pair of ripped jeans when I know I’m going to wear the same ones I’ve been wearing for the past 3 months. I realized that I needed to change the way I purchased items, you know? Be a smart shopper! Instead of being the quick impulse buyer that I am, I decided I needed to ask myself these 6 questions first:

Do I have something similar already in my closet?

How many outfits can I create with this one piece?

Have I searched online for the best prices or a better alternative?

Do I absolutely need this?

Does this item align with my style RIGHT NOW?

What am I buying this for?

By asking myself these questions and being honest with my answer, I can make a smart purchase and know I didn’t just add another item to my closet that will probably only be worn once and collect dust. And all the money I will be saving can be used more wisely, whether I save it, book a ticket or have an amazing night out.

As a result of this new found knowledge, I did some MAJOR closet cleaning. I figured what is the point in saving a shirt that I haven’t worn in 3 years. Do I expected one day to finally wear it?! I don’t think so! It’s time to let go and continue on this smart shopper stride. So I’ve taken to Poshmark and am selling a bunch of goodies! Feel free to check out my closet HERE.

This outfit represents my current style so well. I’m really into the minimal look, clean black and white and not wearing too much. This ASOS white top is actually one I purchased off of Poshmark for $10 and these Fashion Nova jeans are a perfect staples pieces to keep in your closet for fall. Fashion Nova just launched there Plus Size Curves line and all my fabulous readers can get 15% off their purchase by using my coupon code: NATALIAXO . You can thank me later!

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11 Comments

  1. 09/28/2016 / 1:05 PM

    I couldn’t agree more and so glad you’re shifting your investments toward experiences. Thanks for the tips for resale-buy used.

  2. 09/28/2016 / 1:43 PM

    Love this black & white look on you! And you are totally right… experiences are way more memorable than material things.
    XOXO,
    Mei

  3. 09/28/2016 / 2:45 PM

    I love that top! I also have started to feel that way and started to dream of traveling. So next year I have 2 trips I want to take and it’s going to be my goal to take them 🙂

  4. 09/28/2016 / 3:34 PM

    First, I love that top! Second, I think I was more fashion conscious when I was working outside the home – I don’t think I’ve spent more than $100 on clothes in the last year. But I did take a trip to Martinique in March – so that’s my wardrobe budget – well spent.

    • 09/28/2016 / 5:26 PM

      Right! I worked at home for about 2 years and i barely shopped but between blogging and events and just being a girl i’m always online shopping. The change is a must!

  5. 09/28/2016 / 4:55 PM

    I Love this post and I’m also working thru my closet. Retail therapy has been very good to me but I am over it. You look fabulous in all your clothes and I know it must be hard to part ways with some good stuff. But, Travel and vacations are so worth it. Kudos!! . . . @kurves will also be following you on Poshmark.

  6. 09/28/2016 / 5:29 PM

    Retail therapy is over rated. Id prefer some beach therapy !

  7. 09/29/2016 / 12:05 PM

    This outfit looks so great on you! It seems so simple to put together, but I would have never looked this good! Ha!!
    Also, I rarely spend money on clothes (and it shows sometimes) but I do wish I had a better fashion sense. I agree that experiences are worth more than clothes.

  8. 09/29/2016 / 6:46 PM

    The jeans look awesome on you!
    But you are so right, time to start making these memories!

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