The changing of the seasons brings the desire for new things, including the clothes you wear every day, a spring make-up makeover, tanning in time for warmer weather and other ways to welcome the season with a new look. If you pull out last year’s spring outfits from your closet and think, “meh” — you could be in serious need of a wardrobe refresh. But how can you revamp your look while also staying on budget?
Here are 3 tips to help you update your wardrobe — and a few other things — while still keeping an eye on your finances.
1. Set your budget — and stick to it
Because it can be easy to get carried away with online shopping, it’s always a good idea to set a budget limit you know you can handle, based on your current income and expenses. And it’s easier to stick to your budget if you shop smart — don’t grab the first deal you see, but look around for special sales that give you the biggest bang for your hard-earned buck.
For example, the Zip Fest four-day sale from March 31 through April 3 offers incredible deals you can take advantage of when you make your purchases using Zip (formerly Quadpay), an app that lets you buy today and pay for your purchase in 4 installments. Fees apply. You simply shop anywhere and choose Zip at checkout to pay later. You pay the first installment up front, and the other 3 payments over the next six weeks. Subject to qualification.
Here are some of the one-of-a-kind deals you can snag during Zip Fest — just make sure you check out with Zip and use the noted promo code to get each fantastic deal.
Fabulous fashion finds to update your look:
- Fashion Nova offers 30-80% off sitewide + an extra 10% off with code Zipfest10
- Revolve will give you extra 10% off, using promo code ZIP10 (exclusions apply)
- Nasty Gal is offering an extra 15% off with code ZIPFEST
- Illesteva fashion eyewear for 15% off with code ZIPFEST (exclusive offer)
Pick up your favorite team’s gear, player’s jerseys and more at Fanatics — when you spend $125, you’ll get $20 off when you check out with Zip and use promo code 20ZIP125. Or check out the deal at Lids for your favorite team’s headgear: Spend $125+ and get $20 off with code Zip22 (exclusive offer). You can also get sports gear or customize t-shirts, hats and more at Fathead for 20% off sitewide with code Zipfest20 (exclusions apply) (exclusive offer).
But fashion isn’t everything you can find during Zip Fest. Need to upgrade your electronics or gaming gear? At Newegg you can spend $250 or more and get $25 off (check out with Zip and use promo code ZIPFEST25). Looking for a special event or concert? Sign up for TickPick Sweeps for a chance at $1,000 in TickPick credit. Enter your email address to win and get extra entries for following Zip and TickPick.
2. Be smart when using buy now pay later
The key to using a payment option like Zip smartly is to plan ahead, and to keep track of your purchases. Fortunately, at checkout, you’ll know the exact amount of the installment payments for your purchase over the next 6 weeks. And Zip will automatically send you reminders so you won’t forget due dates. That way, you’ll be able to adjust your budget accordingly, moving forward. Spreading your purchase cost over several weeks is a way to budget.
3. Swap out the old to make room for the new
One effective way to give your closet a makeover is by discarding items that no longer bring you joy. Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to let others enjoy your gently used items, while also recouping some of the money you spent on them.
Another special offer is taking place during Zip Fest on Mercari, the online resale marketplace, where you can get $10 off of your last installment payment if you spend $100 or more in a single transaction and check out with Zip. It’s a popular site for selling unused items or finding unique gifts (for yourself and others!), from clothing and electronics to home decor and more.
With these tips, you can shop smart, thanks to exciting new additions to spruce up your wardrobe in time for some fun in the sun!