July 4th Weekend Sales

For many of you the July 4Th weekend starts today and there are a ton of sales going on. Now is a great time to create that summer wardrobe you’ve always wanted. If you’re anything like me a big SALE sign in red makes you jump and down with glee as if you were an 8 year old kid. After many blunders with purchasing sale items, I feel like I have mastered how to prevent myself from buying things just because their on sale. It’s really hard when you see a top for $5.99, but sometimes it’s better to leave those items in the store and take the $5.99 and buy lunch.

My tips for shopping the SALE rack:

1) Get to the store early in the morning between 1-2 hours after the store opens. This will offer you a better selection of sizes and style choices.

2) Try it on. The worst thing is to purchase a sale item and it doesn’t fit properly. You basically waisted your money.

3) Eat something before you shop, this will give you an idea of how things will look on you after your full or bloated. Have you ever bought a dress and convinced yourself that it will only look good if you don’t eat anything, who wants to be around other people looking cute and your stomach starts to growl. Not sexy!

4) Set a realistic budget. This will keep you from going in the red on your bank statements. Once you set that budget only carry that amount of cash on you. This way you won’t be tempted to spend more. DO NOT BLOW YOUR RENT MONEY on shopping. You will be homeless with a new wardrobe and no where to put it. That is not cute!

Below are a list of stores that are having sales worth mentioning:

Banana Republic

Additional 30% of sale price (in store only)

15% off $100 or more (online only)

Sizes-XS-XL and 0-16

http://www.bananarepublic.com/

Old Navy

Additional 25% off when you use your Old Navy card

Plus regular sales up to 50% off original prices

sizes XS-XXL and 2-20

http://www.oldnavy.com/

New York & Company

Additional 20% off sale items

http://www.nyandcompany.com/

Ann Taylor Loft

Additional 25% off sale items and up to 60% off regular prices

http://www.anntaylorloft.com/

The Limited

Up to 70% off original prices

sizes XS-XL and o-18

http://www.thelimited.com/

Lane Bryant

Up to 60% off regular priced items

Sizes 14-28

http://www.lanebryant.com/

Express

Box Sale starting at $9.99

Plus take an additional 30% off clearance items

Plus $15 off every $60 you spend

40% off tees and Polo’s

Sizes XS-L and 0-14

http://www.express.com/

American Eagle Outfitters

Up to 70% off sale items

sizes XXS-XXL and 0-18

http://www.ae.com/

Macy’s

Additional 25% off clearance

http://www.macys.com/

Lord & Taylor

45%-75% off sale items

Plus an additional 20% off sale items when you print out the savings pass

http://www.lordandtaylor.com/

If you sign up for email, most stores will offer an additional 15%-20% discount on your purchases

**If you are one of the many people who cannot afford to participate in the July 4Th Weekend shopping, then the budget friendly thing to do is shop your closet. Try mixing and matching different tops and bottoms to create different outfits. Many of us have tons of clothes in our closet that we have never worn or that we have worn once. This weekend is a great opportunity to DE-clutter your wardrobe.

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