In partnership with Dubli, however all opinions are my own.
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Ever since we started renovating properties and turning them into vacation rentals 4 years ago, my clothing budget has dwindled to a fraction of what it used to be as Nikko and I decided that for a few years, it would be smarter to be super disciplined and put our ‘lifestyle’ budget towards our investments. However, my love for fashion (and shopping in general, let’s be real) didn’t exactly shrink along with my budget. Because of this, I’ve become an expert in finding crafty ways to get my hands on those dream investment items without shelling out my entire budget for the month.
I already mentioned Dubli, the leading global cash back site, when I shared about how we saved money on our trip to Vegas this year, but because Dubli has over 12,000 amazing retailers available on their site to shop (and get cash back from), I actually use it for most of my clothing and accessory purchases as well.
In fact, this entire outfit was purchased using Dubli, believe it or not! And I saved between 3-30% on each of the items thanks to them. And that, my friends, is how I have managed to (mostly) stay on budget.
But that’s not my only trick.
Since I love to shop, I allocate some of the money I save each month (by shopping for everyday items, such as toilet paper, white vinegar, olive oil, etc.) towards my shopping fund for the bigger ticket investments. When I have something in mind that I’d really like to buy (such as a Staud purse or Maryam Nassir Zadeh shoes for example), I hold off until I’ve made enough back to pay for it right out of my Dubli account. Not only does it keep me from breaking my monthly budget, but it also gives me time to think about the item I want, how I plan to incorporate it into my pre-existing wardrobe, and to make sure it’s something I’m really going to love for the long haul. And in this sense, Dubli has actually also helped me maintain a strong style vision that is safe from the convolution of impulse buys. Win win!
To illustrate how much goodness there is on Dubli, here are a few of the items I’ve been eyeing from some of my favorite shops. All of them are full price at the moment, but with Dubli, I can save up to 30% without anything ever actually going on sale:
What big investment item would you use your Dubli savings on?