Money is a feminist issue — and yet, women are still reluctant to talk about it. According to a recent Bustle survey of more than 1,000 Millennial women, more than 50 percent of people said they never discuss personal finances with friends, even though 28 percent reported feeling stressed out about money every single day. Bustle's Get Money series gets real about what Millennial women are doing with their money, and why — because managing your finances should feel empowering, not intimidating.
Chou has worked at DealsPlus.com for almost five years and has seen countless ways to save on clothing, she says. Here are her favorites.
Cash in on end-of-season sales: Retailers need to make room for next season arrivals, and they surely cannot hold onto seasonal pieces until next year.
Never pay full price: Browse and save items to your shopping list, and when a coupon or sale rolls around, complete your purchase.
Shopping on holidays offer some of the best prices: With countless retailers fighting for your business, it's now expected to find special discounts over holidays.
Think twice before you buy: Impulse buys waste the most money, regardless of how much you saved. If you sit on it for a bit, you'll often find that you don't want it all that badly.
Designer items are not always worth it: There are almost always similar options for a fraction of the cost.
If something isn't perfect, return it: If there's anything wrong with it, return it and apply those funds to something you actually want.
All that said, I asked several millennial women about what they spend on clothes every month, and here's what I found out.
8Ivy, 33, Deals/Shopping Expert, DealsPlus.com
Personally, I thought they'd be higher monthly amounts. However, with all the thrift stores, online stores, and deals you can get on clothes these days, I guess it makes sense to spend as little as possible — while still getting high-quality items. But if you're an impulse buyer, here's something to consider. "If you find yourself wanting to make an impulse buy, sleep on it," Brianna McGurran, student loans and personal finance expert at NerdWallet, tells Bustle. "Give yourself at least 24 hours to make sure it's something you really want and is worth the cost." Personally, I find this really works. Try it!
So big ups to the women above, as well as all of you who budget well when shopping. It's not easy, but, as the women above have demonstrated, it's definitely doable.