Shopping at Marshalls and T.J.Maxx: Things You Should Know

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For many years, I had a love-hate relationship with TJX stores. You know, the family of discount stores that includes HomeGoods, Marshalls and T.J.Maxx.

Finding clothing in my size was a rare occurrence. Finding size-six shoes, even rarer. And scoring items I needed in a complete set was a miracle. Think: curtain panels for a space with more than two windows or dinnerware for a party of six.

Recently, I realized I’ve been going about my shopping at TJX stores all wrong.

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Six Things to Think About Before Your Next Shopping Trip

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A couple days ago, I attempted to clear out my closet. It was more overwhelming than I expected and took longer than I planned (I’m still not done!).

As I struggled with what to keep, toss and give away, I realized why I had so many things in my closet but could hardly ever find anything to wear: bad shopping habits.

Today, this post isn’t just for my readers but it’s also for me–things I need to remember and pay attention to before I ever head out on a shopping trip or buy online again.

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Minding My Money: How I Transitioned from Employee to Grad Student

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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.

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