How To Be A Fashionista on A Budget

I consider myself a self-proclaimed fashionista. I like to dress differently than whats in “style” I HATE blending in. Fun prints, bold colors, sexy but not revealing… Now that’s my style.

Being a fashionista can definitely break the bank if you let it get the better of you. Not I. I am frugal as can be. You’d be surprised how cheap my outfits are. Today I will be sharing with you all where & how I shop as well as how I save tons of money doing it.

Related: 9 Ways I Save Money on Toddler Clothes

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Frugal Fashionista

I’ll be honest I usually shop at the same stores (online) just because I know I like their clothes & they always have good sales. I ALWAYS head to the sale/clearance tab first even if I have tons of money to blow. I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to spend lots of money on clothes to look good. I also NEVER spend more than $10 on an item, unless it’s shoes. You work the clothes they don’t work you!


TJ Maxx – Go to for brand-name clothing! You can find the cutest pieces for under $10

H&M – They have big sales every so often I stock up on their clothes when the sales occur. I really like the styles they offer. Great place to stock up on basics as well they can go as low as under $2.

Forever 21 – Best for basic pieces! I’ve lived in their leggings since HS. Their clothes are cute but I think its overpriced (in my cheap mind) lol so I also stock on cute pieces when sales occur. They also have very cute accessories/Jewelry which they will drop as low as $1.

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Yes, this is super important IF you love saving money. Honey is a chrome extension (only works on Google Chrome) that automatically finds & applies coupon codes at checkout. All you need to do is click on the Honey button during checkout and Honey will automatically apply coupon codes to your shopping cart.


There are times when unfortunately no promo codes can be found but in those cases, Honey usually gives you the opportunity to earn cash back. Like I mentioned above, I use this everytime I shop online for optimal savings.


TJ Maxx – If you have the time to go into this store I definitely recommend it. Even tho I personally enjoy shopping online, actually going inside has its perks. They often price down items ever more than online as low as $1. The clearance aisle is awesome it’s pretty small and hidden towards the back of the store but I’ve scored so many cute home decor pieces for under $10

Ross – This was the store that opened my eyes to the world of cheap cute clothes. I’m not sure how I discovered it but I remember the first time I stepped foot in this store I walked out with a cartful of stuff for a little over $100 – THAT’S A DEAL!! Honestly, after that experience, I stopped shopping at the mall.

Walmart – Where I live, many talk down on Walmart’s clothing selection. Do you all realize that you have complimented many of my Walmart OOTDs? Basic pieces are so incredibly cheap, especially on clearance. They have also released a clothing line called Time and True that is to die for! So cute, so comfortable, & so cheap!!

Goodwill Outlet – Thanks to my MIL I discovered this hidden gem. This store was what fueled my inner fashionista! Clothes are sold by the pound people!! So easy to find NWT clothing for the whole family. I, of course, have scooped up used articles of clothing because they were in excellent condition, name brand, and worth a few cents when paying by the pound. If you think you are too good for Goodwill all power to you. I personally enjoy saving my money. Many of my unique blouses come from here. you find things you normally wouldn’t at a regular store and I love it. I can dress everything knowing that no one around me will be wearing the same thing as me.



I hope this post has helped many of you. You will see this post constantly evolving into a longer more detailed post on how to be a fashionista on a budget. Are there websites/stores that I should be checking out?



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30 Replies to “How To Be A Fashionista on A Budget”

    1. Hey Ashley 🙂

      Thank you! Whats in style fluctuates so much whats the point on spending so much on clothes? If it looks good on you and its cheap – It’s a win!! I recently stepped foot in Burlington… It might just be my new fav! Much bigger selection and so affordable

  1. I really like this post. I’m just now trying to create my signature style by reducing the amount of clothes I buy. Great tips on how to buy with a budget in mind. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Maria! Basic pieces are the best because you can dress them down or up depending on the occasion. Besides, styles change so much might as well go for basics and throw in statement pieces depending on the season’s style.

  2. I tried to shop at Walmart and agree they have some really nice pieces. But if they are not on sale or “clearance”…well I’ve found some good things at Kohl’s with my 30% off that end up being about the same price as a full price Walmart piece. That said, I’m a HUGE Walmart fan and continue to browse their clothes looking for some great deals.

    1. Hi Sarah!

      I have never bought a full price article of clothing from WM. I stick to clearance racks because I am cheap. I still have a lot of luck with finding the cutest pieces tho. Kohls is overpriced for me honestly. They do have some amazing sales but most of the time my size is always sold out 🙁

  3. Love the tips. I’m pretty frugal and picky about my clothes. I’m always in the clearance section. You never know what you’ll find.

  4. Thanks for sharing all of these tips! My husband will appreciate it! I need remind myself to set a budget for clothes as I love clothes shopping!

    1. Hey Kylie 🙂

      Happy to help. I shop a lot but I try to keep every item under $5 max $10. Helps fulfil my urge to shop but without breaking the bank. The Honey extension I talked about has helped a lot as well.

    1. Thanks, Cindy! We get so used to certain stores that we don’t even open our minds up to more lol. I love reading other blogs for cheap clothing store recommendations.

  5. Such a great post! I love me a good bargain. I love shopping on sales, why pay full price when you can buy two items in the price of one? You work the clothes, they don’t work you, couldn’t agree more with that

  6. This is so true and great advice! Especially now that I’m putting myself second for my little ones and am a stay at home mom. Something I NEVER thought I would be.

  7. Did you say budget???? I love shopping for quality clothes that look expensive, but are just the opposite. Plus, the tips you gave for shopping online are true– you can often find great deals online that they don’t have in the store an the great thing about that is they usually have a greater selection of sizes. Please keep the fashionably frugal tips flowing– chicks like me need them!

  8. Thanks for sharing. I don’t even think of going to some of these stores. A couple of years ago, I bought this fleece jacket at Walmart and I always get so many compliments on it. I have stuff that is way more expensive, but they seem to notice the jacket from Walmart the most.

    1. Darcey,

      It seems to always work that way. You buy something super expensive – no one notices. You buy a %5 shirt from Goodwill and it seems like the whole community gathers around to compliment it lol. Funny how things work.

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