Hello Lovelies, Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. I got my financial aid check yesterday so I'm thinking about doing a little online shopping later. Nothing big, just a little pick me up for enduring my forced shopping break. Which got me to thinking about how to deal with a shopping habit when you're flat broke. As you know I've been dealing with finance troubles for the past year. I've had to get creative when it comes to shopping and getting my fix. Here are some things that help get me through the dry spells.
1. GO TO DOLLAR TREE (or any dollar store)
I've found makeup, lotion and other beauty essentials at Dollar Tree. Yes, they sell cheap off brands, but I've been lucky and found name brands such as L'oreal, Maybelline. Cover Girl, Almay and more. I buy lotion for my purse all the time. They have the name brands of these as well. I love the Udderly Smooth brand. I've found Nivea body lotion, as well. You could buy a whole set of dishes for under ten bucks if you're so inclined, and back to school is a breeze. On my last Dollar Tree quick fix, I walked out with socks, face cloths to do a facial with, bobby pins, moisturizing under eye pads (they work too!), a compact mirror, a brush for my purse and lotion. A bag full of goodies for under ten dollars.
2. OLD GIFT CARDS
We all have them laying around. Gift cards we got for Christmas, or birthdays that aren't completely used but don't have enough to really buy anything big. Before you throw them away check the balance then head to Ebay.
3. BROWSE ONLINE
I do this one all the time. When I'm broke and can't shop, I go to my favorite online stores and choose things for later. I put things I want in my cart and when I have money I go back and go through and buy what I really want.
4.GO WINDOW SHOPPING
Similar to online browsing but a different kind of fun. Actually going and seeing the clothes or other items in person adds a whole new dimension to shopping. I love walking through the stores and looking at all the new clothes and displays.
5. GO GROCERY SHOPPING
If you're like me you don't consider grocery shopping "real" shopping. Its a necessary chore that has to be done. I am no fan of grocery hopping, but last summer I did discover that it can be used as a shopping fix if done right. Sine grocery shopping is necessary its justifiable which takes away guilt associated with other shopping.
Those are just a few ways to get through a shopping break. What about you? What do you do when shopping isn't an option and you need a quick fix? Send me a message and let me know :)