Best Places to Shop on A Budget

April 7, 2019

Whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate, one of the hardest aspects about being in college is budgeting your finances. Specifically, how to afford any decent clothing in the retail world when you have to pay rent and buy groceries. Well, if you’re interested in building a solid wardrobe, here are six fairly-priced and eclectic shops where you can get clad for less cash.



American Eagle


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This is probably a personal favorite. They always have great prices, but their online clearance section never fails. You can score jeans for anywhere from $19 to $29, and their t-shirt prices can get as low as $9! There are plenty of trendy options to pick from as well, such as a variety of flannel, crop tops, jumpsuits, and graphic tees. Typically, American Eagle has sales once to twice a week with discounts ranging from 20% to 40% off. Highly recommend for your daily wardrobe needs.




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Target is a prime place to shop in general, but their assortment of clothing options is amazing. They always have a top notch bathing suit collection during the summer and a hefty selection of casual and professional attire all year round. Specifically, this is a great store to purchase jeans as there’s always some sort of deal going on and Target can be relied on to have a wide range of sizes in stock.. To top it off, their accessory section is surprisingly excellent.






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While not everyone is a fan of following trends, H&M is one of those great chains where you can find just about anything regardless of how “in-season” it is. They have amazing style, and various “lookbooks” that pair outfits together perfectly. Most of these trendy steals vary from $20-$40 a piece, so pick and choose wisely. However, most basics like t shirts are around $5 or $5, so you can mix and match it up. As a secret bonus, they actually carry a pretty phenomenal assortment of shoes that can serve the largest to the smalles of feet.



Old Navy


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Hands down, Old Navy is the best place to find deals. There’s a sale going on in their locations just about every day, from 25% off and beyond. Buy one, get one half-off deals are almost always going on, and they practically try to give clothes away in their clearance section. Their pants have substantial durable and affordable pricing. Most of their sizes come with petite and plus size options, so if you are one that fluctuates in their proportions, Old Navy is very forgiving.


Nordstrom Rack


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This next one is for those in love with labels. If you want great deals on high-end threads, Nordstrom Rack is where you want to be. They have Free People, BCBG, Alice and Olivia, and more in their catalogues. While their price ranges are a bit more costly than those of the other listed stores, you are paying for a brand. So, if that matters to you, you can find nicer last season upper echelon clothing for under $100. The best feature Nordstrom Rack has to offer is occasion wear: cocktail dresses for women, and suits for men. No one will ever know they’re from two seasons ago!




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Similarly to Nordstrom Rack, you pay for a name in Poshmark shops. The difference? It’s a little less expensive, and all of their clothing is gently worn. However, you end up getting amazing items discounted anywhere between 50%-70% off.


No matter where you shop, never forget that what’s most important is to feel like yourself. These are just a handful of stores that can make your life, and wardrobe, more affordable.






Olivia Orme is a twenty-two-year-old recent graduate of Wofford College. She majored in English and Government, but her true passion is creative writing. She has written poetry for the last decade, but has plenty of opinions on lifestyle, beauty, and body positivity. She is currently a kindergarten teaching assistant, but wants to go back to graduate school for a Master’s in English. She aspires to write a children’s book series someday. You can always find her with a cup of coffee, or talking about Riverdale.


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