Now that we are married and my budget is a little bit tighter, my mission when shopping for clothes is to find good bargains and deals. After pay day, instead of heading to some of my favourite clothing stores (which happen to be the more expensive shops – curse my expensive taste!), I decided to pop in at Mr Price and Ackermans to find some affordable items to add to my wardrobe.
Before I show you what items I bought, I thought I’d share the 5 things I keep in mind when shopping at affordable clothing stores:
1. Do I really need this or is it in my basket because it’s affordable?
Sometimes when I find a pretty item of clothing on sale, I like to put it in my basket simply because it’s an item that I can afford. Over the years, I’ve practiced self control and I’ve asked myself: do I want this because I know this is something I will wear or do I want it because it’s cheap and under R100? Most of the time, I find myself putting the item back on the rack, and going home with only the items I know I’ll wear time and again.
2. Wardrobe staples: quality vs. price
When it comes to essentials and wardrobe staples, I like to buy good quality items rather than clothes that are cheap and of poor quality. That being said, just because a dress or a top is expensive, doesn’t mean that the quality is good. So when shopping for essentials, I like to examine the item and make sure it’s a good quality garment that will last for a long time. Some of the essentials that I like to shell out on include classic skinny jeans, jackets, neutral colour tops and shirts (items that I know I’ll wear for a few seasons).
3. Trendy items: quality vs. price
I don’t like to spend a lot of money on clothes that are in fashion. By the time the next season arrives, I know that I might not want to wear these items, and I don’t want to spend money on clothes that I’ll only wear once or twice. For clothing items that are in fashion, I’m also not too bothered about the quality, as I know it won’t survive more than one season in my cupboard.
4. Value vs price
I always go for good value for money. In the past, I used to believe the more expensive stores were where I could find the best value, but nowadays, I find that some of the budget-friendly shops offer really good value for money. I’ve purchased expensive clothing from Woolworths and Cotton On that hasn’t lasted long and I’ve bought similar items from Mr Price, Ackermans, Pep and the like that have lasted for years.
5. Comfort and fit
I find that some of the clothing items at the more affordable outlets don’t always fit me very well. Sometimes the pants are baggy in all the wrong places, or the shirt is tight around the bust but loose in other places. When this happens, I’d rather leave the item and look elsewhere. I find that some of the more expensive shops sell clothes that just fit better, but this isn’t always the case. It’s for this reason that I like to do a little bit of shopping everywhere before I swipe my card.
Budget Haul: Mr Price and Ackermans
Now that I’ve shared some of my shopping tips with you, take a look at my Mr Price and Ackermans budget haul. I hope this gives you a little bit of inspiration for your next affordable clothing shopping spree!
Tan skinny jeans – R189.95
Denim skinny jeans – R199.95
Boxy button down top – R119.99
Stripped pullover – R159.99
Button down culottes – R179.99