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Great Deals at Mall Stores!
Budget Friendly Shopping at the Mall
Anyone who knows me can tell you that I like a good deal. If it is full priced or too expensive, I am not buying it. Some might even dare call me cheap or stingy. That is OK. I still have enough money to pay my rent and bills, so who cares what anyone else thinks?
Plenty of people will tell you there are no great deals at the mall. I know some people that shop only at discount stores, thrift stores, and/or dollar stores. Let me assure you, if you know where to look, you can find a great deal at the mall. If your friends are going to mall and you feel silly not being able to go, trust me, you can go.
In general, here are my rules for mall shopping:
- I never buy any designer clothing, purses, shoes, etc. It is a waste of money.
- I don't let other people convince me I need brand names. Often, these are the same people that can't afford to pay their bills and have to borrow money from someone else.
- I avoid stores if I know I cannot afford their products. This includes Coach, Louis Vuitton, Abercrombie & Fitch, etc. Why walk in and feel sad that I can't afford anything in their store?
- If you have a budget, stick to it. If you are a few dollars over, don't beat yourself up over it. Just buy one less item at the grocery store next time you go (like that frozen pizza you probably shouldn't eat anyway).
- If you are undecided about an item, walk away. If you are still thinking about it a week later, maybe it is worth buying. Chances are, you won't even remember it an hour later.
So I know what you are thinking - give me the good stuff! Tell me where I can shop that is just as inexpensive as Walmart or Target. I'm getting there.
The Icing and Claire's
When it comes to jewelry, I do not want to spend a lot of money. If you are looking to buy a nice piece of jewelry to last years, you are going to have to shell out some real money. If you are looking for something trendy, why buy real gold or silver? You can shop at either Claire's or The Icing and get something really cute.
Plenty of people are under the impression that both shops are geared towards teenagers. It is true that plenty of teens shop at both stores. However, there are plenty of classy earrings, necklaces, and rings that anyone can wear. Are they going to last for years? Maybe not. Is it something trendy that will be out of style in a year or two anyway? If the answer is yes, why not buy it?
I wear lots of jewelry from Claire's and The Icing and some of it is years old. However, I can't promise that everything will last years, but most really will hold up a long time. All of the earrings are for sensitive ears, so I don't have any problems with allergic reactions. Usually both stores offer some type of "Buy 1 Get 1" or "Buy 2 Get 1" deal for their jewelry. Often you can walk out with a few items for $15 or less. I personally feel like that is a great deal.
While you're there, check out the handbags (normally $25 or less) and the hair accessories. I have two different handbags from Claire's and a number of hair accessories from both stores that are really attractive. I get compliments on the handbags all the time, and no, they do not look like something a 13 year old would use.
Do you need some shoes for a special occasion? Please don't tell me you are thinking about going to some high priced store for a pair of shoes you may only wear once. You need to go to Payless.
There was a time when Payless did not have the best selection in shoes. If you shopped at Payless, it was because you did not have a choice. That is all in the past now. Payless offers a number of different types of shoes, really high quality brands, and great prices. What I like best about shopping at Payless is that they sell shoes that I want to wear. If I do go into a more expensive store to look at shoes, I often find the colors or the styles of the shoes just are not as nice as Payless. The fact that Payless is so low priced makes the whole shopping experience even better.
H & M
I recently discovered the joy of H & M shopping about 5 years ago. I used to see the store at malls, but assume it would be too expensive. I saw the outfits from H & M and thought they looked expensive. As it turns out, this is not the case.
I would say the average price of a shirt at H & M is going to be somewhere between $15 to $25. Often, H & M puts items on sale to clear them out of the store fast. When this occurs, the average shirts goes for about $10. You really can't beat that for a new shirt. Of course, H & M sells more than just shirts. You can buy dress pants, jeans, dresses, and accessories as well.
I've found that H & M's clothing is usually very high quality. I have not had any issues with tears or rips. Obviously I am not the only person that feels H & M sells high quality items. I read an article recently about First Lady Michelle Obama wearing an H & M dress. Everyone knows she is known for her good taste.
New York & Company
New York & Company is another example of a store that looks as if it will be expensive, but it is not. I feel like New York & Company is the best place to go if you need to buy a lot, but spend a little.
The first thing you should do is sign up on their website to receive email coupons. New York & Company is known for their coupon deals. Often they will send a coupon for $30 off of a $75 purchase, or $75 off a $150 purchase. You can also buy sale items and still use the coupon. One day, I spent less than $80 and walked away with merchandise worth about $200.
So if you are about to start a new job and need some professional clothing, this would be your best deal at the mall. Perhaps you've just lost a lot of weight and need all new sizes; once again, this is the perfect place to get a ton of clothes at a discounted price. Even if you only need just a shirt or two, the sale prices are pretty decent without the coupon. You can often get a nice dress shirt for about $15.
I am sure there are plenty of stores I am missing. Every mall has different shops and every store can have a great deal here and there. The stores I listed are stores where I frequently shop, I know their merchandise is high quality, and I know they are located at most malls. I do know you can get some great deals at Old Navy or Forever 21, but sometimes I feel the quality is lacking. You can get lucky sometimes at either store, but the quality is not consistent. I've also starting shopping at a new store at the mall called Love Culture, but this store does not exist at most malls yet. However, I do highly recommend it if you find it at a mall near you.
I hope you've found my advice helpful. I am sure everyone has their own take on finding a bargain, but I just want readers to know you can shop at the mall and get some great, low priced items. Happy shopping!
Low Budget Mall Shopping Links
Jewelry, accessories, and fashion for young women.
Accessories, jewelry and fashion for young women.
- Payless Shoes
Shop Online or Nearest Store for Women's Shoes, Children's Shoes, Men's Shoes, and Designer Shoe Styles
Check out H & M's products.
- New York & Company
New York Company - sign up for emails, and browse for clothing and more.
- Old Navy
Old Navy shopping through Gap.com.
- Forever 21
Forever21.com offers the most current fashions for women and men. Shop Forever21.com and find the best selection of fashion tops, dresses, denim, shoes, accessories, jewelry, lingerie, 21 special items, and more!
- LOVE CULTURE
Welcome to Love Culture. Shop the latest styles for women, shoes, jewelry and accessories.