The awesome b-gyaru store LB-03 in Osaka OPA
Clothes are so awesome aren’t they? I don’t drink much, I try not to indulge in sweets, I cook at home a ton lately, so clothes and traveling are my only vices, and my animals But I need to stop shopping because I’m saving up for my trip to Tokyo in March.
If you’re like me are saving or in need of a few tips to curb their spending here’s what I’m doing.
I’m accompanying this post with photos from June 2012 from when I was in Osaka at their fabulous OPA mall. (Previous picture posts in OPA 2011 - here and here , 2010 and a lot of shop staff pictures found here ).
Joyrich originally an LA store, but has flourished in Japan.
1) Shop for goals
I think this one is something I’ve tried to do lately with good results. For me it’s workout related. So I try to only indulge myself if I hit my workout goals for 2 weeks. Fitness and fabulous clothes, win win!
Also, if I have so much a percentage in my bank account I’ll then buy something, but I won’t empty my spending account for an item of clothing. I love buying clothes but I really hate the sad nervous feeling of having an empty bank account afterwards. So buying 50% or so in my account has really helped me not regret shopping.
A couple walks by even the cutest Dazzlin’ store.
2) Shop for needs
So those shoes may be super cute but do you need heels in snowy winter? Maybe you need a new coat instead but those heels are the hot girl in high school getting all the attention when you really need a fun spunky practical girl like in all those high school romance movies.
Spend more money on the things you’ll wear more like shoes and coats and less on the top you’ll wear only twice a month. This way your money goes to essentials and not excess. Below is the best list I can leave on how to shop smart during winter-time.
Go on girl, buy that top from Spiral Girl in the middle of summer. Especially if it’s on sale.
3) Reblog the cute clothes you like on tumblr
Reblog, reblog, reblog. If you reblog something you own it right? If so I own 80,000 cats, high fashion garments, Liz Lisa and a lot of skies. I’M RICH! But telling somethng you think something is cute is often fulfilling.
4) Be aware of sales seasons
Buying something you need is great, but finding out a week later it went on sale for 1/2 off is lady cockblock at its finest.
Worst times to shop:
February | end of May for Spring clothes
October – November for Autumn clothes
Best times to shop:
December – January for Winter clothes
June – July for Summer clothes
Mid season sales are the best time to get your fix on for the season, but buy sparingly. Silver week (September 18th – 22nd) and Golden Week (April 29 – May 5th) sales often offer good set deals.
If you’re in Japan during the bad seasons, wait for novelties. Most every store in Japan has in person novelties during non-big sale times. If you really want to shop it pays to wait. Liz Lisa every other week seems to have great in store novelties (webstore y u no the same )
Datura and Lands of Eden advertising their great sales since it was June. Work that pole girl.
5) If all else fails. Put things in your shopping cart, close the window
Do it as many times as you want. Put everything you love in the cart. Look at the price tag. Have sticker shock. Close the computer window. Rinse, repeat. You’re still safe!
No cute shop staff of Garula, I can’t come in. Saving my yen.
Stay strong! We can do it together!
Gals I’m big on stop helping each other out instead of putting each other down (more of this in the community please ) . So what are your tips on not spending even if you really get the urge. Or tips on saving! Leave them below