4 Ways to live Bougie without Going Broke

When I buy something I want it to be durable, long lasting, well-designed, and luxurious. Most of the time all of those details mean that whatever I am about to buy is usually on the more expensive side.

Time and time again, usually from people who don’t know me that well, I hear that my taste is too expensive and that I must spend a lot of money. When I hear that it’s always hilarious to me because I save more than any one that I know. Even when I go on vacation…put I already posted about that (I’ll link below).

So to help all of you out there trying to figure out how to afford that new bag from Loewe or that amazing iPhone 13 please see below. If you would like to continue to waste money and learn how to cut back the hard way weeelll…this post isn’t for you.

1.) Cut out unnecessary spending. – I get it you’re addicted to coffee…but Starbucks every day doesn’t have to be a thing. Learn how to make your own coffee at home and save a few dollars a day. Same goes for eating out everyday and/or cooking extravagant, multi-ingredient meals. Just the basics will do. Trust me, I cook very good meals and don’t spend hundreds of dollars a week at the grocery store. I go probably once a month, if that and that is just for sides like pasta or frozen (I know I said the dreaded words) vegetables. But I like frozen broccoli so, “hey! What’s a girl to do?” I eat out once every two weeks…maybe.

2.) Learn WHEN to buy things. – When I buy clothes (especially when they are the basics) I do not buy in season. There is no need to buy a sweater for work or a nice jacket for full-price at the beginning of winter. Especially when there will probably be some really cute boots or an amazing designer coat that you want. End of season sales are real and they are here. Right before back to school shopping starts in the summer, go and buy the nice shorts or espadrilles that you were eyeing all summer – they are on sale now. When the snow is beginning to melt, pick up some cute sweaters and turtlenecks from the clearance section – Nordstrom needs space for their new Easter dresses. Be smart. If they are a staple boot or shoe, like Air Forces, just get them. They will never go on sale and might even go up when a sale is on so that stores can recoup costs.

3.) Always buy from the sale section! – Similar to section two but I thought I would repeat it in a new way, so there is no confusion. For your purchases that are not extraordinary there is no reason to break the bank. Loewe has new concept purses coming out for S/S 2022. Why waste that money on a random blouse. Nordstrom, Macys, SAKS, even Neimans has a sale section…like what are you not getting?

4.) Decide on your non-negotiables. – I do not buy cheap jeans. I just will not. I can’t. Every time I go to the store to buy jeans that are less expensive they either don’t fit right, smell weird, or just feel cheap. So I gave up and I only buy jeans from brands that come recommended or Levi, my old faithful. I know that these things will be a little more expensive than what my friends and family are wearing. However, I would rather spend $40 more dollars on a pair of jeans now than have to buy new jeans every 3 months due to fading or tears. Having jeans last is worth it to me. Same for shoes and dresses. Meanwhile, my bestie has been living in these really freaking cute Fashionnova jeans and they work wonderfully for her. Me…not so much. :-/

Bonus: Drop the gym membership. Unless your gym is centrally located, or otherwise very convenient to you on your daily commute, let it go. You never go. I never go. We never go. What I will do though, is turn on Youtube to my favorite yogi or my favorite 10 minute abs and 15 min cardio set and play those both back to back twice and work out just as hard if not harder from the comfort on my living room whilst saving money. Just do it (pun intended).

Honestly, it all comes down to sacrifice and what you deem as a necessity. What will you do or not do to get the nice things that you want. I do not pay for some streaming services and I drink Starbucks *twice* (seriously, two gingerbread mocha lattes with oat milk please) a year. Chick-fil-a, however, sees me every other week but only with coupons and I recently bought $400 boots on sale – that I will keep for life.

How bad do you want what you want?

Okay, what tips do you all have to save money for things that you want or need? Leave a comment below!

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