To be fashionable is one thing but to be fashionable on a budget is another. The fact that my parents have mastered the art of bargain hunting really aids my chances of finding great deals. However, for those of you that aren’t so lucky here’s all the tips and tricks I’ve accumulated so far.

Do your research

Some of the best discount stores, in South Africa, are right under your nose – you just need to know where to look. Woodmead retail-park is the best place to find quality at a great price. Forever New has a store in Woodmead, where the clothes that don’t get sold in their retail outlets end up, as well as Billabong – which is having a massive closing down sale. Cape Town also has a centre similar to Woodmead called Access Park. Access Park has a variety of well-known brands at discounted prices – including Steve Madden shoes at a fraction of the original price. When I was in Cape Town my family and I found amazing deals when we shopped around in Access Park. Their Levi’s, Forever New and Steve Maddens stores are absolutely worth your time and money.

Know your worth

By this, I mean that you shouldn’t spend your money just because there’s a sale and just because you have money to spend. The best bargains I find are items I’ve had my eye on for a while that get discounted at seasonal sales. This allows me to avoid compromising on quality and to get something I’ll use indefinitely. I usually avoid Cotton on’s and Factorie’s sales as I find their clothing’s wear period is much shorter than other brands that are at times cheaper.

Be tech savvy

South Africa’s community of online stores has stepped up their game. Superbalist continually has great sales and I personally find that their clothes are of great quality. The cool thing about shopping from an online store, like Superbalist, is that you can add items to your wishlist and get notified via email if the item gets back into stock. I’ve also experienced that items on my wishlist go on sale pretty quickly: so keeping an eye on them every so often eventually pays off. Online shopping can also give you a means by which you can compare online prices to retail ones so that you have more luck at spotting great deals and making wise purchases. Something that is linked to wise purchases is timeless ones. When surveying sale racks you should do so with specific criteria in mind. The best purchases will be those that last you a lifetime without looking outdated. This is why opting for something timeless instead of trendy will benefit you more in the long run.

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