I’m back again with your Friday Fashion Fix!
Lately, I’ve been catching this Target commercial where the term ‘Frugalista’ was used to describe their kind of customer. Don’t know what a frugalista is? Well since the recession hit, people have been more careful of how their money is being spent, me included. So a frugalista is simply someone who is going to smart about how and where they spend their money or in Target’s case, one of their customers.
That commercial literally spoke to me. This past summer, I spent it with someone that taught me a WHOLE lot in the money department and I’m sure they don’t even know it. Now I’m not a frugal person with money and neither am I a lavish money spender but I can be reckless with it at times. I’m just going to put it out there because this is all a part of my healing process. I’ve been making changes to my spending habits and the difference is not yet clear but I’m getting there. I don’t get that impulse to buy anymore, which is good. One thing I’ve been doing when I go to a store and pick up an item, I literally stop and think about it. ‘Do I really need this?’ And nine times out of ten, I don’t so I just leave it where I found it. Simple as that.
I’m not familiar with other Africans countries but as Nigerians, we come from a culture where our parents would spend a couple of hundreds on lace for that your uncle’s wedding and then another amount for the tailor to make it. I know of some people who would spend their paycheck at that same wedding spraying it on the live band’s lead singer that is praising him or her. Yes, ladies are just as guilty. It’s a sad truth.
What am I saying? Let’s be a little responsible with the money we make. Let’s make it work for us.
How do we go about that?
THRIFT SHOPS! Now this is not the only option but it is the most resourceful one. Have patience and look through those clothes. You will always find something. If you’re not the one to wear second hand clothing.
REINVENT YOUR CLOTHES. Whatever old clothing you have take it to your nearest dry cleaners and have them make it into a new. Pick a design and show it to them, they should be able to do it for you.
If your don’t want to go through the trouble, simply BUY CLOTHES WITH LOWER PRICE TAGS. Trust me, no one will know the difference unless you tell them. It’s something new and cheap all at the same time.
If you love your name brands, SAMPLE SALES are the way to go! All these designers are always producing clothes that do not make it down the runway or to the stores. Sample sales are there to get rid of all their excess. The best thing about sample sales is that each piece is a one of a kind design so believe that no one else will have that cute dress you found. Plus the prices are always marked down 50, 75 and sometimes 95 percent so do your self a favor and look for a sample sale in your area.
Or you can shop at Target (and no they are not paying me for this shameless advertising I’m doing)
All I’m saying is let’s try and keep most of our money in our pockets. Lord knows I’m trying.