If you're anything like me, sale racks lure you in. I often find myself in Old Navy and being tempted to buy items only because they're $5.
Because I know myself and know that I will do this, and then end up with items that I don't love, I have come up with a few shopping guidelines. Now every time I take an item off the rack, I ask myself these three questions:
1. Do I love it?
2. Will I wear it?
3. Does it fit in with the style of my current wardrobe?
Now, I still occasionally buy things that I don't end up loving, but with these guidelines I buy more things that I really love and will wear. Being frugal is not just about buying a $5 skirt; being frugal is spending your money on something that you'll actually wear. Think about it as price per wearing. A five dollar skirt that you never wear will remain five dollars. The price per wearing for a twenty dollar skirt that you wear once a week will soon cost only a few cents.
So the next time a sale rack lures you in, think about these three questions and make sure you're spending your money on something that you actually want and really love. Your wallet and closet space will thank you.