By this point in July, almost all stores are entering the Back to School Shopping season. For teachers, this signals the end of our Summer (mine is O-V-E-R) and the emptying of our pockets for our classroom. It is my theory that every back to school season deserves some type of “newness” from supplies, to themes, and especially your wardrobe. However, after shopping for your classroom your closet often ends up as the least likely thing to be shopped for. This year, instead of putting yourself to the side, on the merit of frugality, I want to show you 5 places you should be doing your back to school shopping for yourself as a frugalista!
Not only is Poshmark a great place to buy clothes, you can also make a few dollars! Over the summer I purged my closet and have sold a few items to make some extra money. Of course I couldn’t just sell using the app(that’d be too much like right), but I also started my Alex & Ani collection here and have purchased two bracelets for less than the price of one in the store! This app is SUPER easy to use and makes shopping affordable. Search by brand, size, or item you want and see if there’s anything you like. You can negotiate prices with a buyer and bundle items if the seller has more than one thing you’d like to buy. One of my favorite thing about shopping is that shipping is done via USPS Priority Mail, which means you’ll get your items in 2-3 days! Sign up for the app* and use code PPHYS and we’ll both get $5 to start shopping!
Oh Target…I promise I could get lost here!!! I always go in to a Target with a “list” and if it’s not the dollar spot it’s the super cute clothes and clearance rack that get me! Target is a great place to shop for basics like tanks and tees, but you can usually find a good mix of school appropriate clothes there too! Cute dresses, cardigans, and trousers are always available in the wear to work section. Here’s a tip to save a few dollars! Before you swipe your card, be sure to download the Cartwheel app and check for discounts from 5-50% in departments throughout the store!
I can remember shopping at Forever 21 in college for “nights out”. It’s amazing the way that they have changed and really embraced a multitude of age groups. As a teacher, you can find trendy pieces to mix and match with more “teacher” friendly clothes and look stylish while doing it. I love that their prices points are very budget friendly and their jewelry is definitely a winner for any girl who loves to accesorize! Don’t live near a store? Their website is stocked FULL of goodness and they often run specials for free shipping with a minimum purchase (I love free shipping!!!). Don’t think they have your size? Think again!!! Although their sizes have been know to run small, they also offer a Contemporary and Plus Size section with TONS of fabulous finds for everyone.
I heard about Zulily years ago when all of the flash sale sights were gaining popularity and never thought I’d really find anything on it. However, sites like this are gaining customers because of the variety of brands and quality they continue to give us! They are offering us brand name products (think Tom Ford, Michael Kors, etc.) at REALLY deep discounts. It also helps that you can shop for virtually any area of your house, gifts, or your classroom and it gets better since shipping can be combined for multiple orders done within the same day (remember what I said about shipping :). All sales change daily at 6amPST/9amEst and watch out for SUPER good deals around Christmas that sell out super fast!!! Sign up* here and start shopping today!
If I can say one shopping phenomenon that changed my life, it was eBay. Over the years eBay has changed and made it so much easier for us to buy items (True Life: I bought a car on eBay) you may not be able to get where you are located. Along with buying, they also make it simple to sell your items and the money is deposited directly to your PayPal account (clean out your closets and make some money my fellow frugalistas). I love eBay because you can also find items at much lower prices than in the store and even some extremely rare things you’d never imagined. Using eBay to buy items can save you tons of money and allow you to add diverse pieces to your teacher wardrobe, at a decent price!
Where are your go-to places for shopping for yourself?
*links with referral offers are marked with an asterisk