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July is the perfect time to shop the sale for summer fashion. Retailers are all ready moving into fall, which means if you’re a smart shopper you can score great deals on brands and pieces with a sale price tag that you might not otherwise pay full price for. You know that gorgeous, buttery taupe leather jacket or that white linen skirt that’s one-season-friendly only? Those are the pieces I’m talking about. I’m not implying shopping the sale is a justification in spending, though what I will say, is if you’re within the budget (or closer to it) now that this pricey piece is on sale, you have more room to afford to make the choice to purchase, literally.
SHOP THE SALE ON EVERY DAY STAPLES
The same goes for shopping the sale on everyday items, especially with online retailers. Aritzia, J. Crew, Banana Republic, and The Gap (to name only a few) are retailers who are home to many staple wardrobe pieces, i.e. classic tees, denim, career wear that can double and transition to casual wear, cardigans, belts, accessories, etc. Instead of going in to the store and being seduced by new fall pieces, look to these retailers online, and shop their SALE SECTION. Each of these retailers website’s have a tab in the menu that is home to items that are specifically ‘shop the sale’.
SHOP THE SALE WITH ONLINE COUPONS
If you haven’t shopped online with whomever the retailer is before, often times they will have a “sign up” coupon giving you a 15% discount or value code (some percentage) as a thank you for signing up. Don’t want another subscription in your mailbox? Use Unroll.me to categorize which emails hit your inbox real-time every day, and which will be “rolled up” and sent to you either at the end of the day or once per week. I AM IN LOVE WITH UNROLL.ME! Makes for a more productive and less distracted day.
My point with signing up to online retailers subscription notifications? These companies usually have exclusive online only shop the sale discounts, too. If you aren’t seeing these emails real-time, you won’t be tempted to constantly act on them. That said, if you know yourself and are prone to overspending when you see “new” or “sale” come across you desk, save yourself the temptation and just head in to the store vs. shopping online.
OTHER ITEMS TO SHOP THE SALE THIS TIME OF YEAR
Camping gear, al fresco dining wares, anything summer that needs to be moved out of retailers inventory to make room for the fall, i.e. air conditioners and fans, pool noodles and toys, outdoor living sets, that stunning wicker picnic basket and linen napkins you’ve had your eye on, etc. Point: now is the time to shop the sale on things that are transitioning out of season. There’s always the tail end of this year to use these things, and to save and use for next year. #score
As for department store retailers, Nordstrom has announced again this year that it’s anniversary sale will be in July. As per their website, early shop the sale access is on now through July 21st.
IMPORTANT NOTES WHEN SHOPPING THE SALE ONLINE
Always make sure you are choose to shop the website of the country you are in! Some items in the U.S. don’t ship to Canada.
Always make sure you know what currency you are shopping the sale in. Retailers that have both Canadian and U.S. will post their prices in the currency that site is in. Don’t be fooled by thinking prices are lower than they actually are by not paying attention to what currency the item is listed in.
Always makes you are aware of shipping costs and duty & taxes, if you are shopping from out of country. In the case of costly duties, forego whatever the tempting shop the sale deal is. You’ll have made an un-sale by the time whatever you’ve shopped arrives.
Look to retailers who offer free shipping, or free shipping over a certain amount spent. Don’t shop the sale to break the budget just to get free shipping. This is a justification tactic, not necessarily a wise move in shopping the sale 😉 , since saving while spending is kind of the whole point 😉
If shipping costs account for more than 10% of your purchase, think twice about ordering online if you can shop the sale in person. If shipping costs are unavoidable, ensure that you’re making a killer score by using the rule of thumb: how many miles will I get out of this piece or outfit? I.e. the return on your investment (whatever you’ve shopped the sale for), must be greater than that of shipping costs, if you’re paying a higher fee for shipping.
Shop the sale below at some of my favorite local retailers (local, minus the last two are not local) who are online and deliver 😉
Before you head to our favorite online retailer to shop the sale, head to my YouTube and watch “HOW TO SAVE MONEY AND BUDGET”. There you’ll find the exact expense template I use to save and budget, as well as my 9 money rules that help me make decisions on what to break the bank on, and what not to 🙂
Much Love, and happy spending & saving Saturday!