Fashion for Cheap: How To Be Fashionble on a Budget

Now and days everything that is trending in fashion is branded for obscene prices. A camisole for $10.00-$15.00 per color? I don’t think so. More like $2-$5 for and maybe $7 for a bundle. From shoes to camisoles, there’s no way to get around the hottest fashion and that expensive price tag. Fortunately, there are better ways to get equivalent or name brands for a cheaper price (more bang for your buck). Second hand stores, bundling discounts, and cashback are great methods of buying fashion for cheap.

Second Hand Stores (thrift stores)

Thrift stores collect donated items, items, bought by the quality/pound or from their own homes (consignment). Thrift stores have anything you need from household products to prom dresses for those that cannot afford those luxuries. Second hand stores benefit the community with every purchase and donation such as the Goodwill and the Salvation Army. If you love browsing for bargains, creating outfits, or bringing back old styles back, then these are for you. Below are some great places to go to emulate and create fashion trends.

Goodwill- This by far is the best second hand store that I personally purchase and donate to. Goodwill uses their funds and donations to give back to the community through jobs and other activities. At the Goodwill, you can purchase two carts worth of clothes for less than $50 including household items. They have a little bit of everything for the whole family.

There was a point to where I was so broke I couldn’t afford gas to get to work.  I had recently started a new position within my workplace. The only wardrobe that I owned was scrubs, I needed to buy business clothes for my cubicle position. I didn’t have business clothes type money, so I deciding to go to the Goodwill was number 1 on my list. Low and behold I found 4 outfits for less that $20 (slacks, skirt, dress, and a few blouses). Being able to interchange the shirts and blouses to make different outfits was a blessing. My whole life even from when I was young, Goodwill has always been the place to go. The saying of “one persons’ trash is another persons’ treasure” is of truth in my life. Enough of my jibber-jabber, on to the next store.

Salvation Army– This is another second hand store that uses their funds and donations to give back to the community through jobs and other activities. I tend to donate for the kids and teens during the holidays when I have it. Lately when I go to the Salvation Army to shop, I have noticed that their products have become a tad bit expensive in a town that should not have thrift prices that high (in my opinion). It all depends on the area that they are located in for their prices.

Oshkosh B’gosh– This store is mainly kids and teen clothing. They sell and accept donations for name brand apparel. Oshkosh B’gosh sells them for cheaper prices than retail. I have not bought anything or donated to them, but have friends who have. I do not usually donate to them because I do not have children clothes to donate and I have witnessed their donating process and it was intense. It was not worth the price that they give for clothes and the pickiness of what they accept as a donation versus what they sell. If you have experiences please feel free to inform me.

Consignment Shops– These shops are usually the owner’s clothes, bought or donated clothes from other individuals, possibly family or the local community. Consignment shops usually buy clothing and see them, then give a portion of the funds to individual who donated them. They are more of a third party, in-person, clothing seller. Always be mindful of the consignment shops that you donate to for funds due to not receiving the correct portion of money that is owed to you through your clothing purchase. To buy from them is like shopping at any thrift store.

Flea Market– The good ol’ flea Markets allow for clothes, shoes, and accessories to be sold at cheap places. Be careful of where you go and what you buy. I have been to plenty of flea markets from Cowtown and Berlin Market in New Jersey, New Castle Farmers Market in Delaware, and Aquaduck in New York. These are some of the flea markets in my area that I have visited and loved.

Bundling Discounts

Bundling discounts, that’s what I do. I tend to use store and manufacturer coupons or VIP/subscriber discounts in one shopping trip to get more clothes for the price. For example, Kohl’s is a great example of where you can get name brand clothing, use your Kohl’s cash with a circular coupon, and coupons that state an additional percentage off with your purchase. Rewarding benefits like special or flash sales can occur from signing up for subscriber lists for companies that you admire. Especially when you have special coupons  for extra savings of 30, 40, or 50% off with free shipping over a certain amount. These are the times to splurge on those items that you have been eyeing for a while.


This is by far my favorite method of obtaining clothing to be up-to-date in fashion. As mentioned before, this method is what I use with bundling discounts. Along with coupons and other methods of bundling discounts, I go the extra mile to get a little more discount off of my purchase through Ebates or through a credit or debit cards reward programs. This gives a portion of your own purchase back to you. You may not see the reward back instantly. It may appear on the next billing statement or on the next big fat check from Ebates. Definitely comes in handy when buying those items that have been sitting in your wish list collecting dust. Check every crevice, nook, and cranny for benefits through financial cards, your job, or small rewards cards like Plenti, AAA, and more. Feel free to visit my post on Ebates.

If you have tried any of these ways or have methods in which you buy fashion, whether name brands or not, feel free to comment and let me know your experience. I am always open to new ways to save.

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