Spring is the ideal time to go through your wardrobe and get rid of clothes you no longer need or accessories you don’t wear any more. It’s also the perfect time to spice up your existing collection with something new you’ll be able to strut this season. Whether it be a fun colorful dress or an elegant pair of earrings, the item will definitely elevate your everyday look. Plus, you’ll feel much happier knowing that you’ve treated yourself to something new.
However, when shopping on a limited budget, it may be difficult to purchase everything you want at once. How many times have you found the perfect necklace or wristwatch yet were unable to buy it right away due to the high price tag? Clothes are usually easier to shop for, as you can find different discounts but when it comes to jewelry, not only is it more expensive, but it is also very hard to find quality pieces at a low cost. Don’t worry as we’re here to help with that. Keep reading for our short list of three hacks to buying affordable jewelry you’ll wear for a long time.
When you’re operating with limited funds, it’s important to have a list of priorities to avoid purchasing items you don’t need at the moment. For instance, let’s say that you’re invited to a bridal shower and you need an elegant necklace for the occasion. If a necklace is a top-priority item, you should definitely add it to your list and start browsing for one. Nowadays, most websites also have an “add to favorites” section, so you can also use this useful feature. Once you’ve gone through several websites, you can look back at the list of necklaces you’ve compiled and pick the most affordable one that matches your style and is suitable for the event.
Naturally, you can also find inspiration in magazines or visit a shopping mall where you compare the prices and add those items to the wishlist. An organized list helps keep you within the budget and focus on items that you need. You should follow this rule not only when it comes to jewelry, but try to apply it to other shopping sprees as well—clothes, appliances, groceries, etc.
If you’re an avid shopper, you’ve probably noticed it’s better to turn to your local stores than to big commercial chains when looking for a good deal. There are many positive sides to buying from your local stores as you’ll not only be confident about the quality but you’ll get to know your city better as locals always have a story to share. We recommend this especially when you’re visiting a new city—there’s no better way to get to know a new city than communicating with local store owners as they’ll know which places and restaurants to recommend.
Local stores are usually smaller and the staff functions like a nuclear family—they stick together and are always looking forward to sharing their expertise with you. So, the next time you’re in search of a luxury watch or a vintage brooch, put on your coat, head down to the nearby jewelry store and have the professionals help you pick out an item according to your budget.
You know what they say: “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” However, the company of such a friend comes with a high price tag, so it’s important to have in mind the variety of materials available. Of course, we don’t mean to discourage you from purchasing a diamond—if that’s something you really want, then try to save money until you’re finally able to get the diamond you deserve. For instance, lab-grown diamonds are growing in popularity day by day, so if a diamond is what you’re looking for, this is a less expensive option.
Also, sterling silver jewelry is always trendy and it’s very easy to combine with different looks and styles. Whether you’re attending a wedding or going out for a coffee with your girls, a piece of sterling silver jewelry will complement your outfit perfectly.
Hopefully, our three tips have given you an idea on how you can expand your jewelry collection and still manage to save a penny or two. There’s always a less expensive alternative, you just have to do your research and visit several stores or websites before making your final purchase.