When I first relocated back to Washington, D.C., I was gung ho about being a frugalista.
And I’ve got to admit, making the transition from a fashion-loving full-time employee to a penny-pinching grad student has been an adventure–and then some!
As I reach my one-year anniversary of living in the nation’s capital, here are five frugal shopping habits that got me through the past twelve months.
These sister stores, part of the TJX Companies, have been a life saver. Marshalls was a godsend when I was furnishing my apartment. From kitchen utensils to cushions for my couch, I found just about everything I needed. I’ve had the same kind of luck at T.J. Maxx where I find all my fave beauty brands like The Body Shop, Joico and Mizani.
I’m a huge fan of Nordstrom–when I’m earning a monthly paycheck! So the department store’s budget-friendly alternative, Nordstrom Rack, has been a delight to shop. I’ve scored deep discounts on everything from Neutrogena products to NYX cosmetics to designer clothing every time I’ve visited.
The Retail Me Not website and app taught me that bargains aren’t only found at self-proclaimed discount stores. I especially love this tool because it shows me where the best sales and promotions are, based on my location, and because it has a great balance of mainstream and less-known brands.
Fear not, it’s available for both Apple and Android users.
Target–always a favorite–has been like a second home. (No, I’m not kidding).
It’s where I get everything at great prices: groceries, stationery, cleaning supplies, home decor, clothing–and the list can go on and on. It also helps that the store is open super late, which fits with my crazy student schedule.
A girl’s gotta have her beauty products. And here’s what I love about Ulta: it seems like there’s always a coupon or promotion available.
Now tell me, what are some of your favorite frugal-friendly places to shop?