Staying Fashionable On A College Budget

Prior to starting college, I thought that whole “broke college student” was just a figure of speech. HA. I wish I still thought that. As my first semester of college came, I got a rude awakening. Not working for the first time since I was 16, I forgot how fast money goes when you are not making a paycheck every week.

As an open shopaholic, I quickly needed to learn ways to save money and still satisfy my inner fashionista. Here are some tips and tricks that I live by!

Embrace your inner bargain shopper: Marshalls, TJ-Maxx, and Nordstrom Rack are literally the stores that have saved me so much money. They have brands from Givenchy, Sanctuary, to even Gucci. Some of the best designers at quality prices, that cannot be beat. However, when I go back and try to link you guys to these amazing deals and brands, I find it very hard. It truly takes time and consistency to go into stores like those mentioned above to find amazing steals like these!


Shoes: Adrienne Vittadini $20 Nordstrom Rack, Pants: Belle Vere $8.00 T.J. Maxx, Sweater: Cynthia Rowley $16.99 T.J. Maxx


Phone Apps: I do not know about you, but my motto is “every little bit counts”. I installed a phone app called Shopkick. This app allows you to walk into stores, scan different products, and make purchases all towards a point system. With the points you gain, you can then purchase gift cards to various stores. From Uber to Tori Burch, you can even claim your ‘kicks’ for a cruise vacation! Since I started using Shopkick, I have earned over 46,000 kicks which is more than $175 in gift cards to my favorite stores.


Shoes: Michael Kors $39.99 Marshall’s, Leather Leggings: Boomboom Jeans $6 T.J. Maxx, Shirt: Dalia $13 Nordstrom Rack, Jacket: Love Tree $24.99 T.J. Maxx


Budget: The word budget always has been quite scary and frankly too adultish for me. However, after I learned what budgeting really means, I quickly knew it was something I needed to learn. Assessing what I have and allotting how much I can spend each week on food and recreational activities, I learned a plan that would help me stay out of trouble. It is so hard to fall into a rhythm when you are getting a steady income. By constructing a personalized plan, it can really help you get organized to set yourself up for financial success in college.

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Stay Haute,


Photos by: @w.atsername

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Well Hello! My name is Ally, the girl behind the food, fashion, and travel blog, Haute and Hungry! Based in Chicago, I navigate the city in search of tasteful fashion and even tastier food!
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