Learn How to Shop

Welcome to The Budget Fashionista Learn How to Shop Guide. Here you’ll find our best strategies for shopping like a pro and saving money at your favorite fashion retailers. You’ll find store-specific tips for many retailers including ShopBop, Ulta Beauty, Dillard’s, Bloomingdales and more. Also see our tips on shopping thrift stores and trendy stores.

We also love the “shopping list” post. Posts like “Best Occasion Dresses under $75” give you an easy set of trendy pieces to make your shopping uber efficient.

One overlooked side of shopping for clothes is returning clothes. After all, it happens sometimes that you buy a piece and then your opinion changes when you get it home. Some of our most popular posts cover return policies, from Payless to Saks.

How to Shop Guide from Budget Fashionista

If you’re not sure where to start reading, try these posts and topics:

How to Shop MarshallsHow to Shop New York & CompanyReturn policies for your favorite retailers

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How to Limit Your Holiday Spending (And Then Recover!)

157.1 million Americans are about to be hit with holiday debt. December is, for many families, one of the most expensive months of the year. This year, the average spend on holiday gifts is $738...
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Ugly Christmas Sweaters On a Budget

Ugly Christmas sweaters have gone from a common thread to an in-demand trend. If you’re still in need of an ugly statement-maker, we have some inspiration for you! Here are four ugly Christmas sweaters...
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Dealspotr Review: Bargain Shopper’s Dream or Just Another Coupon Site?

Fashionistas, I am an influencer in the Dealspotr community and I am being compensated for this Dealspotr review. (Read on to see how too can earn a few bucks on Dealspotr!) All opinions are my...
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Holiday Outfits: A Look for Every Celebration

How are you spending the holidays this year? From friend to friend, family to family, even year to year, we each celebrate the holidays differently. You may have settled into long-standing traditions that have been...
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Dressing for your Body Type — Top 3 Tips

Trends come and go, but your body shape is always going to stay the same. True, you may gain or lose weight, but in general your proportions aren’t going to change much. That doesn’t have...
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10 One Piece Swimsuits That Are Better Than Bikinis

The one-piece party doesn’t stop at bodysuits! We’re truckin’ right on through the summer season with options fit for the waterfront. In a cabana by the pool or under an umbrella on the beach, the one-piece...
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Never Pay Full Price for Fashion: 6 Rules to Live By

One of the Internet’s biggest conveniences in regards to a hefty shopping habit, is the ability to check prices on demand. But the consequence of this convenience is the gnawing compulsion to find the best...
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How to Shop Macy’s — 12 Ways to Save

Hundreds of millions of people shop at Macy’s. The department store chain uses its 750 retail locations plus to deliver a wide range of fashion, beauty and accessory items to fashionistas and fashionistos...
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Affordable Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

Your wedding day is on the calendar and you want to look and feel like a million bucks. But you’ve got this nagging feeling that your age might limit your selection of dresses. If...
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Dos and Don’ts of Last-Second Holiday Shopping (Sponsored)

It’s nearly the last second before Christmas and I still have shopping to do. Hopefully my dad and nephews don’t read my blog, because they’d be disappointed to know I’ve shopped for everyone but them...
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Jason Wu: What You Didn't Know About this Fashion Icon

New York Fashion Week brought many up-and-coming fashion designers to the forefront, including Georgine, Kempner, Vivienne Hu, as well as some industry professionals like Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and Rachel Zoe. However, the real...
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School Supplies for Fashionistas of Every Age

Freshly sharpened pencils. Blank planners. Spiral bound notebooks. The best part of the back-to-school season was always the shopping, and nothing’s on our mind quite like stylish school supplies. Hands down, one of the...


Bodycon, short for body-conscious, is a popular style of dress characterized by its stretch, figure-hugging fabric and seductive style designed to show off a woman’s curves. The bodycon dress was first introduced to the...
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Are You Trying This? The Personal Online Stylist

Ten years ago, finding new and unique brands required heavy boutique shopping. It was one of the only ways to guarantee you weren’t caught sporting the same department store wares as friends or classmates....
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Family Dollar Fashion: New Line for Women

Have you heard about Family Dollar’s new line of women’s fashion? Yep, Family Dollar — the neighborhood store that’s made a name for itself by offering low prices on stuff you need everyday —...
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The Real Deal: Swimwear Care

When they’re splashing with chlorine, sweat, salt water and sand, it’s tough to remember that your swimsuits are less like activewear than we’d like to admit. They’re delicates, plain and simple, made with fragile...
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Help! I’m 56 Years Old, What Do I Wear To A Black Tie Wedding?

Here at Budget Fashionista, we love to help out with your style dilemmas, and the latest question that landed in our inbox is something we knew that many women could relate too. Donna asks:...
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Mother Of The Bride: 6 Ways To Look Your Best For The Big Day

Being the Mother of the bride (or groom) is enough to break most put-together women out into a cold sweat. You probably haven’t agonized over one outfit since your own wedding day. Yet it’s...
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Fashion Boutiques On-the-Go: How to Shop a Fashion Truck

The fashion truck brings personalized service and unique garments to an event near you. Here are 5 ways to maximize your mobile boutique shopping experience.
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Secrets from Inside the Sample Sale

You might imagine it takes a certain type of girl to spend her morning queuing up in some of the oddest or sketchiest parts of the city — all for a few bucks knocked...

Perfect-Fit Bras: Too Good to Be True?

Finding the perfect bra may seem like an unattainable goal, whether you’re an athletic A or a full-figured DD. Don’t lose faith, fashionistas! With constant innovations in the intimates industry, we may be one...
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