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Budget Basics: Saving Money on Everyday Fashion Basics

While a lot of us love expensive designer things there is a thin line between common sense and stupidity. What I mean is simple, I like nice things who doesn’t, but will I not pay my rent or car note in an effort to have the next “it” bag…absolutely not! It’s just not that serious for me. There are plenty of ways to be fashionable and not break the bank! Hell, even the richest people believe in dressing hi-lo. Don’t understand what that means??

It’s simply pairing your expensive items with lower price items for a rich look!

Case in point….

I have on Christian Louboutin Heels with a dress from ASOS and coat from Old Navy...

My shoes and bag (not pictured) cost more than my entire outfit!

To save money on your everyday basics, I have a few suggestions:

  • To buy quality designer shoes at a fraction of the cost shop at shoe warehouses, this is a great place to get major brands for 1/3rd of the retail price.
  • For everyday basics like tanks tops, jeans, etc. in a variety of colors, I suggest you shop at budget friendly stores like Forever 21, Nordstrom Rack or Old Navy.
  • For beauty basics, I suggest you shop at your local superstores, drugstore and/or pharmacy. These stores often accept coupons and run weekly sales.
  • And how can I forget about your local consignment/thrift stores the perfect place to find budget friendly pieces.

Now if you are like me and love a good shoe or bag and must spend the big bucks, if you cut corners everywhere else you will have enough for that big purchase and still not break your bank!

Tell me some ways you save on your everyday fashion basics?

“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Fifth Third Bank via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Fifth Third Bank.”

About the author

Raijean Stroud

Fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger based in Chicago and founder of, Swa-Rai Media Group and Bleeding Heart Project. Launched in 2010, Swa-Rai discusses a range of topics including: fashion, beauty and lifestyle experiences which includes travel, tech, family, dining and so much more! When not in Chicago, Raijean can be found traveling around the country covering some of the hottest events! She can be spotted in places such as New York for covering events such as Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LA for Lucky FABB and more! When she's not traveling she's in Chicago, interviewing celebrities and covering exclusive events.

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  • Good pointers you listed. Love your coat. I just got into shopping at second hand stores-goodwills and thrift stores. they offer good prices on their items, and the prices are even better when you go on a day when its 1/2 off.I’m a big fan of M.A.C. cosmetics and at one point only used their line, but now i have introduced others brands of makeup into my life and I can see the savings and some is just as good as M.A.C.
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  • Great tips!! Forever 21 has the best wife beaters!! Neimans last call website is also one of my secret weapons!!

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