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5 Tips For Cute Clothes On A Budget

Because Fashion Doesn't Always Mean A Huge Price Tag

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Among my friends, or people who know me at all, I'm a pretty cheap person. I love dressing cute, and can fall in love with an outfit like that, but I'm also a broke college student. I've done a lot of shopping for cute clothes recently, and found a few tips that really make the difference. Without further ado, here are 10 Tips for cute outfits on a budget!

Shop On The Off Season

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If you're a growing teen, this might not work as well, as it is hard to gauge what size you'll be next year. If you've stopped growing, try this tip! Go into your favorite retailer at the end of the season, and see what deals they have. Many stores are trying to get rid of their excess, and thus give out many sales. Buy an outfit for next year, often up to 50% off!

Check Clearance First

How many times have you gone into a store, fallen in love with an outfit, only to find that the price was the equivalent of your monthly grocery expenses? It's hard to leave a piece you love, so you'll either walk away upset, or you'll buy the piece and feel bad about the price shortly afterward. Before you check anywhere else in a retailer, go to the back, where clearance items are typically stored. They may not be the height of fashion, but you can find really cute pieces of outfits back there, for a lot less than they would be typically.

Don't Shop At Your Favorite (expensive) Store

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Now, I'm not saying you should stop there altogether, just maybe don't go there as often. Checking stores that aren't name brand, such as Walmart or Target can reveal some pretty amazing deals. I bought a really cute swimsuit for about $20 from Target, and it lasted for years until I got rid of it because it didn't fit anymore.

Every time I go to Walmart, I search the racks, including clearance racks (Walmart prices are already low, but sometimes clearance can go as low as $3 for something you'd pay a whole lot more for, at a name store), and often find another friend to buy. Walmart can have great, in-style tops, skirts, pants, and shoes between $10-$20.Just because you're going cheaper, doesn't always mean it's going to be ugly or of bad quality.

Shop Online

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Online stores or marketplaces like Amazon and Zulily Can give great deals, with quality (I'm actually wearing a Zulily tunic-shirt right now). Amazon often has really cheap things, like shirts as low as $5, and a perfect Spring dress for less than $10. I do caution that Amazon's clothing is a little hit or miss because Amazon does not actually produce the clothes, they provide a market for others to sell them. Sometimes those sellers make really cheap clothing.

Zulily does better here, and I haven't gotten one thing I didn't love from them. They come exactly like the pictures show. I believe Zulily also just provides a marketplace, but they must do some sort of quality check, as all of the outfits I have bought were in great condition.

Shop Used--Wait, don't go before you read it!!

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The final, and probably most resented tip is to shop at stores that sell used clothing. My favorite is Goodwill, but I know there are other stores that do the same thing. The great thing about these stores is that they are able to sell really cheap. And I mean really cheap. At Goodwill, all tags have a color, based on a day-of-the-week setup(ex. Monday=Gray). When a color's barb gets its day, that piece can go on sale, I believe it's always 50% off. In addition to that, they often have another sale going on, some pieces of clothing as low as a dollar.

One reason people avoid these stores is because clothes are not washed from donation to your purchase. Some people are afraid of germs, others afraid of bugs or something. Solution: inspect the item of clothing before purchase, and wash them, as soon as you get home. Another reason people avoid these stores is because they believe they won't find anything. However, there are a ton of cute items there, I almost always find something good Plus, you can quality-check the pieces yourself, before purchase.

And those are my tips! I hope that you enjoyed reading and that you learned something. This list is supposed to help get a bargain, but these tips won't always get you the LOWEST price. There will be some varying, but they should help you get a good deal most of the time! Happy hunting!

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It is your job to love him. But it is not your job to teach him how to love you back.

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I see. this way too often, honestly it upsets me and breaks my heart. It breaks my heart when I see a girl begging her boyfriend to put her on her Snapchat story. It breaks my heart when I see a girl begging her boyfriend to get off a video game and spend time with her. It breaks my heart when I see a girl doodling on a napkin at the dinner table and her boyfriend is on his phone and hasn't even looked up at her once. These things break my heart because this girl, whoever she may be, maybe it is you? She deserves a man. What she has though, is a boy. And before you say anything, yes, there is a huge difference.

I was that girl once. I begged and begged my ex-boyfriend all the time to put me on his Snapchat story. You may be reading this and be thinking "Wow she's a little attention seeking." No, that is not it at all. A simple act of being posted about made me feel special, loved, missed at times, and served as reassurance and a word of affirmation for me. Do you want to know something silly? Maybe you've done it too. Sometimes I would do something crazy to get his attention. Something funny, and silly and random just so he would post me on his story and I wouldn't have to ask.

At the dinner table, I was that girl that while he was on his phone I was sliding him notes on a napkin saying "I love you" or "Hi" or funny jokes to get his full and undivided attention.

At home, I was the girl that used to literally throw myself at him while he was playing video games to try and get him to press pause for two minutes and pay attention to me and have a conversation with me.

You see, I was that girl. But I refuse to ever be that girl again. If you are that girl, stop what you're doing.

It is your job to love him. But it is not your job to teach him how to love you back.

There is a big difference between a boy and a man. Contrary to what society may believe most boys don't actually turn into men until they are almost 40. Scary for us girls right? But here's the kicker and to be honest it has nothing to do with age.

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You are dating a boy not a man. I hate to break that to you. I really do. It's the hardest news you'll ever receive. Why? Well because

You can't fix him, you can't teach him, and you can't change a boy into a man. They have to do it on their own

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