Ultimate Shopping Guide for Broke Girls

How to Look Cute on Budget

Thank you MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS – THRIFT SHOP FEAT. WANZ for inspiring this post

Hellllllo everybody

how ya doin’?

This post is all about how to be a pro shopper!! I share with y’all a few of my favorite tips and tricks that help me to shop effectively.

Am I qualified to teach you? Hellll, no.

I am not a pro and I don’t even like shopping.

I am not a ‘Fashion is my passion’ type of person. I am literally able to wear the same shirt at school I was sleeping in the night before.

Shopping for clothes is hard for me:

〰️ I am slim and tall, everything is short on me.

So when I see a cute item I think “these probably won’t fit.” And then they don’t and I’m disappointed and sad.

〰️ I hate crowd.

〰️ I think there are a bunch of other things that are better to spend money on than clothes.

Then why did I think that writing a post about shopping is a good idea?

Well, it is spring, I grew out all my clothes, I need new ones, I don’t like spending on clothes – so during the past seasons I kind of learned how to shop:

  1. Quickly
  2. Affordably

for at least a season (or until I do not grow too much).

So if you heart says:


But your bank account is like:

⛔️haha nooo…⛔️

You are at the perfect place.

Let’s get down to business, we have a lot of work to do.

Broke girls guide to look cute

1. Decide what you need before going shopping - do your research first

clean your closet often (at least at the turn of every season)

throw out or donate items that you don’t need

“One man’s trash, that’s another man’s come up”

only have things that you love

try to put together outfits from the items you left

you can also take a picture of all your main items so when you are in the shop you can have a look at the pics to see what you actually have and if the new item is compatible with what you have at home already

check that you have at home and what you actually need and make a list

when putting together the list, remember: trends are not your friends

get inspired on Pinterest and/or Tumblr

try to find your style (I am the CEO of Comfortable) It takes practice babey

reduce the chance of impulse buying by scrolling through clothes on webshops

compare prices

your mind will be cleaner and you will probably make a smarter choice

plan where you will go and what will look for in each shop

bring your list of things you need with you on your phone

2. Tips for deciding what clothes to buy in the store

don’t just wander around in a mall, that is a total time waster

go to those shops in which you found great items online first (if you are lucky, you can get everything you need and don’t need to look further)

look for that specific item

try everything on – things look so much different on the hangers, they don’t do clothes justice

ask yourself if it is really fits you or you just fell in love with it but actually it makes you look ugly.

get inspired from mannequins – usually they have good outfits

ask yourself: do I really need it?

(Or are you in the middle of Urban Outfitters, listening to store music while looking at an ugly shirt that you just think is cute?)

Will it look good together with those you already have?

If the item is more expensive, use the “one week rule” – wait a week before buying to see if you really want it

3. how to make good deals on clothing items

become a “soccer mom” and use coupon codes

wait for sales if possible

look for a similar, cheaper items online – ie: graphic tees – same look but huge differences in prices

compare prices and know your price point

decide what an item worth to you before you start searching

know the brands you love – follow them, sign up for their emails – learn about sales; know their sizing so you can shop online if you see a good deal

take advantage of online memberships

use filters when searching online (size, price point, maximum price, color, etc)

wait for major holidays, season changes – the prices will drop

skirts and shorts can be worn longer as they are harder to grow out

don’t buy straight away, check other shops too  – usually they have the same things, they are on the same trend bandwagon

buy off-season items: buy coats during spring

and no, you don’t need Gucci to look sophisticated

“They be like, Oh, that Gucci. That’s hella tight

I’m like, Yo that’s fifty dollars for a T-shirt

Limited edition, let’s do some simple addition

Fifty dollars for a T-shirt, that’s just some ignorant bitch (Shit)

I call that getting swindled and pimped (Shit)

I call that getting tricked by a business

That shirt’s hella dope”

4. how to put together a closet that is cheap but functional and enough - aka clothing items that worth spending your money on

aim for a capsule wardrobe where every item matches most


effortless – brainless – lazy – easy – no effort – throw together for early mornings

use the rule of three = each item you buy must be:

usable 3 different ways, or

for 3 different occasions, or

match 3 different looking outfits

This method helps you to pick clothes that you will rewear a lot

buy simple items, no patterns – easier to match them

go for quality over quantity for sure, but it doesn’t mean that you should spend a lot:

ie: if a white shirt is clean and ironed no-one will see the difference between expensive and cheap

color palette ideas:

basics +  neutrals + add a few cool items

blush + white

blush + grey

grey + white

white + caramel

navy blue + grey

+ add a pop of color if you like

skip trends as they are out of fashion after a couple of months – complete money waster

Buy basic items first

couple of ideas:

jeans + t-shirt + cool sneakers + accessories

oversize top + skinny jeans or other form-fitting pants

simple skirt + white t-shirt

add a leather jacket if weather permits – a nice piece levels up your outfit in an instant

t-shirt – knot it! It looks like you used much more brainpower than you actually did

use one accent color ie cognac

add converse or nike air force 1 or Martens or cute sandals


pay attention to fabric

looks expensive: linen, faux suede, cotton

looks cheap: rayon, acrylic

case-by-case basis: polyester

know your colors

it depends on your skin-tone and hair color

5. Thrift

Hey Macklemore? Can we go thrift shopping?

“What, what, what, what

What, what, what, what

What, what, what, what

What, what, what, what

What, what, what, what

What, what, what, what

What, what, what, what

What, what, what, what

I’m gonna pop some tags

Only got twenty dollars in my pocket

I, I, I’m hunting, looking for a come-up

This is fucking awesome

Nah walk up to the club like, what up, I got a big ✴︎✴︎✴︎!

I’m just pumped, just bought some shit from the thrift shop”

Is thrifting a cheap or bougie thing to do? Because if your thrift you actually have other people to break your clothes for you. Just sayin’.

Also, thrifting is having somebody else to pay retail price for you and you buy it for much cheaper.

Vintage and 80-90s fashion is in these days, find original items in thrift stores for less 🙂

“I wear your granddad’s clothes

I look incredible

I’m in this big ass coat

From that thrift shop down the road”

buy fun pieces, experiment

watch Bestdressed on Youtube – thank me later

Extremely fun fact: by thrifting, you’re not just looking like the coolest stranger things fan, you’re also saving the planet by avoiding fast fashion!

The only issue with the increasing trendiness of thrifting is that all the thrift stores are increasing their prices crazily. They seem to be paying attention to which brands are popular and marking them way up.

Just wash them. Throughly.

“Dressed in all pink, ‘cept my gator shoes, those are green

Draped in a leopard mink, girls standin’ next to me

Probably shoulda washed this, smells like R. Kelly’s sheets


But shit, it was ninety-nine cents! (Bag it) Coppin’ it, washin’ it

‘Bout to go and get some compliments

Passin’ up on those moccasins someone else’s been walkin’ in them

Bummy and grungy, fuck it man, I am stuntin’ and flossin’ and

And savin’ my money and I’m hella happy that’s a bargain, bitch

I’ma take your grandpa’s style, I’ma take your grandpa’s style

No for real ask your grandpa can I have his hand-me-downs?”


That all being said, it is completely okay to occasionally buy an item if you fell in love with it and can afford.

And remember:

☝︎ No one will love you for your clothes anyway. No one really cares.

☝︎ You shouldn’t mix up school with runway.

☝︎ Communing do not need to be sexy

☝︎ Do not hoard. There is already a huge problem with waste, don’t make it worse.

☝︎ Never go broke over a good deal – I mean the “if I spend more, I will get free shipping” kind of stuff or “buy 3 items for the price of 2” when you know that you only need a single item.

So.. who else has worn the same shirt to school that they slept in the night before?

aggressive ✌️sign

My additional tips:

☝︎ Always use deodorant

☝︎ Do your hair if you feel ugly

☝︎ You do you.

Thank you for reading my post.

You deserve 10,000 awesome points.

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