splurge vs save

I’m mostly a saver, but I do splurge when I think I’ll get the most bang for my buck.  Some items in my closet were marked down after a mark down then 50% off of that red priced tag.  I love hitting a good sale- I just feel so smart!  It makes me giddy.  I’m always so proud of getting something at a good price and if I didn’t get something on sale, I feel a little embarrassed.  I honestly think I have a disease that forces me to blurt out how much something cost when people compliment me.  I think I’m probably too old to shop at forever 21 (like 9 years too old) but then I’m also too cheap to get basics elsewhere.  When I do shop there, I search for the things I’m currently stuck on and just can’t shake for the momenttassels, embroidered, boho , floral .. I always order a size or two up there as well.  But I just like things a little bigger rather than tighter on me.  ASOS is another place I spot a lot of keepers for little cash.  Their love line is affordable and basic enough that with the right jewelry look classic.  I’ve been obsessed with mara hoffman (25% off with code INTHEFAMILY14) for a few years now, but just can’t bring myself to spend that kind of cash on a piece… even when they go on sale.  I did find this knock off for $33!  and so it’s not perfectly mara, but it sure would look good on a little pregnant lady or well, anybody this summer.
Though on the splurge side of things, I always love to get a great print.  When tory came out with this “madura” print in these pants and the price dropped significantly I pulled the trigger.  But only after watching them for quite a while.  And I love those darned pants – always get compliments on them!
I also think there are brands that I love to wear for special occasions – camilyn beth is a big duh for that, lilly, rachel pally, and a beautiful dress from Anthro all have staying power in my wardrobe.  Though they are all quite a bit of pocket change to get – they identify with my personal style that hasn’t changed in ages.  So I get the most for my money by wearing them over and over – plus I think a good dress from those brands is pretty much timeless.

Would love to know what you save on & what you scrimp on?


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  • Reply MW814

    Handbags–I splurge on handbags. I don't pay full price for anything else in my wardrobe. I allow myself 2 a year.

    April 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Victoria B

    I usually splurge on dresses for work. Since most of the time I'm either dressed for work or in pjs. I also oscillate on splurging on shoes or not. Our feet are so important, but mine always get beat up, so I feel very torn on that one.
    But honestly, I rarely shop for clothes. I shop for home decor much more than anything else and I like to save on that whenever I can!

    April 16, 2014 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Cams DiPaola

    I do the same, Sarah! If it's a trendy type thing…I buy cheap-o, but classic clothing I know that I will wear for years to come…I try to save for and buy from my favorites – J.Crew, Anthro, etc. It's just worth it. I am trying to become a better sale hunter though! I don't try hard enough there. Ps. I have that white maxi with the embroidery. LOVE it. I have gotten so many compliments because of it.


    April 16, 2014 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply Jillian Manesh

    great picks! i love a good sale and im the same way whenever someone compliments something i am wearing i always tell them where it's from and if i got a deal!! and then im really disappointed when others dont do the same and i have to ask them where they bought it! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    April 16, 2014 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    I've been thinking of that mara knock off white dress ever since you pinned it! Seriously thinking about getting it to dress my bump this summer!

    April 16, 2014 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply eliz

    I am like you…I splurge and save…I save on shoes…because I mess them up quick since I usually wear heels…but I also splurge on brown and black comfort heels for work. I splurge on a good pair of jeans…and handbags. It is a give and take…can't splurge on everything! Especially when I have things to buy for our new house..and a vacation coming up soon! haha

    April 24, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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