Maybe you like shopping or maybe you avoid it like the plague! Either way, here are a few ideas to keep shopping fun, frugal, and fruitful.
Before You Shop
- Plan to make your shopping day fun with family and friends!
- Ask someone you admire where she shops. If she has time, ask if she might go shopping with you. It's great to get new ideas from friends.
- The mall is not the only place in the world to purchase clothing. Boutiques, consignment and thrift stores, outlets, vintage shops, and seasonal shopping conventions can be fun!
- Budget how much you are willing to spend. It is easy to go a little crazy with money once you're at a store. By having a spending plan, you won’t have to guess about what you can buy.
- Do some research online before you go. You'll have a better idea of pricing and style.
As You Shop
- Wear comfy ballet flats and an outfit you won't mind changing in and out of. (Tip: I find it's good to wear a basic color camie to use as I try on lower cut tops and dresses.)
- Wear your best undergarments to properly fit in clothing.
- Pack an over-sized tote to carry small water bottles, granola/energy bars for when you are hungry but don't have time to stop for a meal. (Keep tote light so it won't get heavy through your shopping day.)
- Keep an open mind to color and cut!
- TRY EVERYTHING ON! Even if you're halfway interested, things always look different on the hanger.
- Show Christ's love to those with whom you come in contact.
- Consider minor alterations to clothing items.
- Expect to walk out of a store empty-handed. It's okay not to buy something at a store. Not all stores carry brands for all body types.
- If it's not on sale, it's not worth it. Keep watch on an expensive item; retailers know they can't sell marked-up items. Be wise with your pocketbook!
For me personally, I prefer not to do marathon shopping days. I much prefer shopping at my leisure. I try to keep a running list of items the family needs for when I have time to shop. I try not to have a big mission item I am searching for, e.g., an Easter dress the day before Resurrection Sunday... bad idea. I find that I buy more of my personal style when not having to hunt on a deadline.
If you have to spend a day on a marathon shopping trip due to family scheduling or you like to shop more sporadically (I do do both), remember above all to consider Christ in all that you do -- as you should always do ;)