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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #20

Preparing for Spring/Summer

If you’ve been a part of the Bold Blind Beauty Community for the last few months I’ve shared tips from downsizing to making the most out of what you have. Today I’d like to tackle how to update your wardrobe and save money at the same time by using technology.

Use a spreadsheet program like MS Excel or my favorite, Google Sheets:

  • Unsubscribe from all retail mailing lists. This eliminates the temptation to buy. Use a spreadsheet program to document favorite retailer’s hyperlinks to update or replenish makeup, skincare, wardrobe, shoes, and accessories.
  • Create and update a list of wants/needs. I use Google Keep a simple note-keeping app that syncs to all of my devices and has some cool features to allow for ease of organizing notes/lists by color or tags.
  • Create and maintain a spreadsheet containing a current inventory of wardrobe and accessories. This allows for ease of seeing what is needed down the road.

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Use money-saving browser extensions for online shopping:

  • Honey – automatically finds and applies coupon codes at checkout with a single click.
  • Amazon Assistant – helps you make better decisions wherever you shop online by providing order updates, cost-saving product comparisons, can save products from any website to your registries or lists.
  • Ebates – Once activated the Ebates cash back button finds coupons and promo codes, and automatically apply them when you checkout.

Exercise Discipline

This last tip isn’t technology related but is important in helping you to stick with your minimalist strategy. An example of how I do this is planning ahead of time. My spring/summer wardrobe

Here’s my spring/summer wardrobe list:

Fashion jewelry – I’m swapping out older pieces for a choker, earring cuffs, hoops, drop earrings, bracelet, necklace.

Shoes – One pair each: slides, sneakers, slingbacks, sandals (flat & heeled), flats.

Clothing – Denim dress (this has been on my list for a couple of years because I haven’t found one that speaks to me yet), white jeans, utility jacket, caftan, 3 tops.

Accessories – sunglasses and a ball cap.

It should be noted that for each new item, I get rid of an existing item. I’ll share my fall list in an upcoming post.

Do you have any fashionable cost-saving techniques to share? Please do tell.

23 thoughts on “Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #20”

  1. Hi Brigid, I’ve always been a list keeping person and I must admit spreadsheets are a bit over the top but I just can’t help myself. 😆😂😅 My impulse buying was out of control prior to my mother going into the nursing home and while it’ll never be perfection for the most part where my wardrobe is concerned I’ve been able to stick to my guns.

  2. I do not use a spread sheet but spring is usually my wardrobe planning time. I write out lists of what I have already and then write a wishlist to fill any gaps. Of course I still make an odd impulse buy…😆

  3. I’m a little OCD when it comes to organization and my computer skills come in handy for coming up with all kinds of structured processes. Clearing out is a great starting point and even if it’s a matter of having a rough idea of your belongings it’s so helpful. I’d be lying to make a claim that I document everything.

  4. You are way more organized when it comes to clothing than I am. Sounds like a great plan, but not one that I would be able to do. I am going to go through my closet, though, and get rid of things I know I’ll never wear again.

  5. Diana, your comment made me smile🙂 I actually remember you touching on your oppositeness in previous comments. 😁 Thank heavens diversity makes the world go round.💗

  6. Hi Katelon, you’re welcome and aren’t those the cutest sandals. As soon as I saw them I knew I had to make them mine. Hopefully they’ll be here in a couple of days. The thicker heels are more comfortable and much easier to walk in.

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