5 Ways to Fashionably Shop on a Budget

Meghan Buckman, Social Media Editor

College students may not always have time to shop in stores, let alone afford it.

However, there are several tips and tricks on how to save money. Shopping online or thrifting is an efficient way to satisfy the need for fashionable clothing. All it takes is a bit more scrolling to find the best deals to renew your wardrobe.

Here are some convenient ways to save while still maintaining your personal style:

  1. Fashion Nova

It’s an online store that has taken the internet by storm. With celebrity endorsers like Kylie Jenner and Cardi B, and not to mention incredibly low prices, why wouldn’t it be the store to click on? You can find jeans as low as $19.99 and shoes under $10. Santa Rosa Junior College student, Jackie Cao, 20, said, “I really like their jeans because they’re affordable compared to Levi’s. They have nice material and shipping is fast.” Fashion Nova’s provides many promotion codes with, at least, 15 to 20 percent off when you apply to their newsletter. The store promotes affordable looks from sporty to “girl’s night out.”

Here’s the link: https://www.fashionnova.com/

  1. thredUP

This website has fashionable hand-me-downs for women and kids. As it says on the site, it’s known as “the largest online consignment and thrift store.” Steve Madden and Marc Jacobs are a couple of the many that are marked down to 80 percent off. thredUP makes thrifting mainstream with making your first order 40 percent off. Boho brands like Anthropologie, Free People, and H&M are available for half off their normal price. Maternity, Juniors, and Plus sections are provided as well as a wide variety of accessories from belts to makeup bags.

Here’s the link: https://www.thredup.com/

  1. Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway is the number one site to visit for affordable designer clothes. This site allows people to rent a $1,000 dress for $100 over a four day period. Rent the Runway is perfect for renting an outfit for any occasion. Top name-brand designers like Vera Wang, Galvan and Badgley Mischka are just some of the many that run the site with elegant dresses for less. This website gives women a chance to “enter their dream closet”. There are three simple steps: Rent Designer Pieces, Love the Fit, and Return for Free. SRJC students can find reviews and pictures of customers wearing their rental on just about every item. Designer shoes and handbags are available to rent as well.

Here’s the link: https://www.renttherunway.com/

  1. Honey App

Want to still shop at your favorite stores but wish you had better deals? Download the Honey App on your MacBook or PC and you’ll have access to a wide variety of promotion codes to mainstream stores. Stores like Target, Forever 21 and Macy’s are on the site with deals students wouldn’t find in store. There is no catch to these codes, you can copy and paste them to your check out online.I enjoy how Honey automatically applies coupon codes to my shopping cart. It finds the best deals on web,” said SRJC Sociology student, Cristal Lopez, 19. Create an account now to start earning Honey Gold, a point system that goes towards your savings. You can spend your Honey Gold towards your purchases.

Here’s the link: https://www.joinhoney.com/

  1. Depop App

Depop is a mobile app that is meant for buying and selling hipster and millennial directed clothing. With access at your fingertips, you can find thrift items as low as $10. The app has a similar look to Instagram which makes it easy to tap on items and accounts. The unique aspect of this store is the Bohemian-Retro style it provides. Old-school, original band t-shirts, vintage baseball jerseys, classic Calvin Klein jeans and mini skirts with printed flames are some of the items people are selling. If you’re looking for vintage 80’s/90’s wear, this is the app to download. For selling, creating an account will be easy.

Here’s the link: https://www.depop.com/

With these five options, SRJC students can save money while buying from high-end designers. From great thrift deals to promotions, your bank account will see a positive change. Happy Fall shopping!