Fashion Guru says what?

Fashion Guru says what?

Confession: when my name was drawn for this topic, I might have panicked a little bit.

I am not a fashion guru. Never have been. I’m more of a, what jeans am I wearing today and what t-shirt goes with them? kinda girl. If I’m feeling particularly dressy, I’ll throw on a polo or something of the like.  And my nice tennis shoes.

That was a joke. I only have one pair of tennis shoes.  I wear flip flops when I want to dress up (and only if it’s warm enough out).

As you might have guessed by now, I had no idea what to say today, however, there is something I thought I could talk about that might be helpful to people who, like my family, are on a pretty tight budget.



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Growing up, I didn’t have to think about what I was going to wear to school because my school had uniforms (no comments from the peanut gallery). Easy peasy.  Because I have two girls who don’t wear uniforms to school, are very much into creating their own style, and still growing on the daily, it’s difficult sometimes to keep them clothed. But over the years, we’ve found ways to make them happy and spend less.

Here’s a few of those ways:

Clearance on aisle I need a bargain – <insert your favorite retail store here> We all love the clothes that Kohl’s has in the Richardson household, but they are pretty expensive in comparison to a lot of places.  When we shop there, we head straight for the 80% off racks (and 70%, and 60%). Clothes that were brand new to the market 6 months before can be purchased for less than $10 a lot of the time.  My oldest even looks for the bargain racks when she goes shopping on her own, with friends.  I’m so proud. *sniff*

***We also take advantage of the Kohl’s Cash incentives and big sales – sign up for their emails and you get pretty awesome coupons on top of all that, too.

platos-label-logoThe Plato’s Closet universe– I’m not sure if they are in every state, but they are in a lot of states throughout the U.S.  And my God, I love them.  You can take your older clothes that don’t fit anymore but are still in good shape, and get money for them. *cha-ching!* Then go spend ½ the price on things you’d get for so much more in a department store.  I’m sure there are similar places all over – Plato’s happens to be our favorite.  Google “

ShopDonateJobsGood Will Hunting – Both my girls love to go to the local thrift stores every so often, and spend their allowances or holiday / b’day money on tops and sometimes even shoes & accessories. We’ve found some pretty nice choices here. Especially for younger kids.  You just have to spend a little time and search them out.


In a world where kids go through clothes faster than you can say “how much did I pay for that?” – it’s worth it to save a few bucks here and there – hope you found some of these options helpful.

Where do you find your bargains?

Jo xoxo 6


  1. Excellent tips, Jo! I also like to stretch my dollars and shop for bargains.

  2. You are so canny and clever with your dollars, woman. Respect

  3. I love heading to the thrift store to finds steals. Best find ever? Cashmere sweater with rolled neck collar. $5. 🙂

  4. We are so heart sisters here girly. I am a second hand shopping pro! About 90% of my wardrobe is from the thrift stores or Buffalo Exchange (*like Plato’s! And I’m so excited they just opened a Plato’s in my town!)
    I also wait for holiday sales and grab up the extra percentages off the clearance stuff online and BAM.

  5. If you ever find anything in my closet that was full-price, you can bet it was likely a gift from someone. I am all about the sales and bargains. Have you checked out So awesome. =)

  6. Susan Scott Shelley says:

    I love Plato’s Closet! I found the best dresses there last summer. Ended up buying three, and I paid about twenty bucks total. Budget-buying is the only way to go for me. I look to stretch every dollar I can. Great post!

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