Even though Kate Gosselin has gained worldwide fame as a reality-show star, a much-interviewed TV personality, an author, a would-be dancer and now a marathoner, she’s still a busy mom first and foremost. As such, she doesn’t have much time to go clothes shopping for herself – but when she does, she looks for ways to save money.
That’s the topic of her blog this week for Coupon Cabin. As she explains, she’s come a long way from her early days as a nurse, when scrubs and T-shirts were her default choices. When she entered the public eye, she needed more professional clothes. Kate admits to having used a professional shopper “here and there when I was in an extreme pinch, but I find better sales and fits all on my own!”
Her new fitness regimen has made a difference, too – she’s in the enviable position of having to buy smaller sizes as she whittles off the weight she gained since having her large family. (Lucky!)
So how does a busy mother save on clothing? Here are Kate’s tips:
- Think savings first. Even if you prefer a particular store, you’re better off shopping at the place where you get the best discounts. “I try to stack sales and coupons and other offers together,” Kate says.
- Avoid impulse buying. “This is hard, because I am a lover of shopping by nature,” Kate confesses. And though the temptation is there to rush out and buy new outfits to fit her newly toned body, “let’s just say I try to squelch that urge.”
- If you’re on a budget, don’t blow it all on trendy clothes that will be out of style next year. “I stick to more classic styles that can be repeated despite the newest fad!” And if you have a change of heart once you get your purchases home, don’t keep them for the sake of convenience – return them for a refund.
- Weed through your wardrobe regularly and get rid of items you don’t use anymore. “I strictly adhere to the ‘if you haven’t worn it in a year, you’re not going to’ rule,” Kate says. She brings her used clothes to consignment stores so she can get a little cash back.
Kate also talks about the time she opened a store credit card when shopping for herself and the children, which, along with the store’s sale prices, helped her save $200 on her total purchase. Just a caveat – store cards are a good option if you pay off the balance every month, but if you tend to carry a balance, the fees can add up quickly.
Finally (as if you needed encouragement), Kate suggests a little splurging every once in a while, as long as you don’t overdo it. “We do deserve to look nice too, which translates into feeling good and makes us be better moms all around!”
What do you think of her advice?
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]
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