2 Wise Ways to Shop on a Budget

There are two well-known nuggets of wisdom that will help anyone stay on a budget when grocery shopping. They are also brilliant policies for anyone shopping for clothing:

1. Don’t shop hungry

An empty belly makes the mind less focused. It is human nature to kick into survival mode when in any physical need. If you are feeling weak and desperate, any food placed before you is appealing–no matter what the menu plan was for the week. The same is true for clothing shopping. If you go shopping when you feel unattractive and underprivileged, any new outfit may be appealing, no matter what you actually need.

Wether you like to shop or not is a big indicator of your Img.ID:

C: I shop very seldom
N: I shop very practically
D: I love to shop
I: I like new things but mostly shop for others
R: I love to shop for shoes (even if I don’t always wear them)
G: I am a very smart shopper 

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It is wise to shop when you are well-rested, fed, comfortable and focused.

It is also wise to dress to the level of your need:

  • dress up when shopping for dresses
  • wear sneakers when looking for sports gear

It is hard to be focused on finding formal clothing when in workout clothes, just as it is no fun to try on comfortable clothes when you are all dressed up.

This, of course, brings us to the fact that there should be a plan.

2. Bring a list

Two weeks ago, I blogged on doing a complete Closet Clean Out. Last week we focused on treating your closet like a suitcase and completing as many outfits as we could after doing a Wardrobe Weeding. If you did all this,  you know your need.

It is wise to stay focused.

Will one white button down shirt complete another outfit for you? Then that is your need.

If you grocery shop with a list, then a clothing list may work for you, write down the color and type of each clothing item you need.

If you, like me, don’t like to be told what to do, (even by the self-written list), or if you forget what you need as soon as you enter the store, then try one of my two favorite tricks:

  1. Take pictures of the incomplete outfits. Put matching items together and take a photograph to help you compare the colors and styles of what you are shopping for to what you already have. You can make an album on your smart phone for easy access. (Albums also make a great resource later, when you cannot think of what to wear!)
  2. Bring mis-match items with you. Is there one piece (a shirt, slacks, pair of shoes) that you really love but have nothing to wear with it? Pack it up and bring it right into the dressing room to try it on with whatever you need to purchase to make it complete.
If you fear this may look suspiciously like shop lifting; don’t–this is completely legal. You own your mis-match just as much as you own the clothes you are wearing.Just be sure to expose it as you come into the store and tell the dressing room lady you have it. Trust me, you will not only be released of any judgment, you will be admired for being one of the few women who shop with a plan!

Keeping a budget is all about having a purpose and a plan.

You do not need an elaborate closet to be confident or beautiful. You simply need to Know Who You Are and how you want to portray yourself. Once you understand your image and know your wardrobe needs, it’s easy to stay on your budget because the decision making is simplified. Choices are no longer overwhelming or tempting when you know what you are looking for.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. –Matthew 7:


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About Catrina

Catrina Welch has been helping others with their image for more than 30 years. As a licensed cosmologist, certified image consultant and Biblical life-coach, she is well aware that image issues are far more difficult for some styles than they are for others. After her first husband left her while pregnant, she learned first hand that the greatest antidote to Confidence Conflicts is to know who you are, including your personal image identity. She developed a systematic way of doing image assessments for large groups, which she calls a “Supreme MakeOver.” Catrina is the author of five books, including “Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You, with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul.” She is the mother of four children. Catrina and Ron, her husband of twenty-five years, live on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. For more information about Supreme MakeOvers or having Catrina speak at your next event, email her at catrina@catrinawelch.com

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