Hello! I'm Ashleigh! I live in Michigan with my family of 3 girls (4 year old twins and a 2 year old), husband and abnormally large lab mix. Since I was little, I have loved to save money, but my bargaining skills were kicked up a notch when we found out we were having twins. I can spot a red clearance sticker from a mile away! I write tips and recipes on my blog Being Cheap is Easy and also on Recipes4Living. I love to cook, read, listen to music and watch anything on Bravo (so addicting!). Say hello on Twitter or Instagram!
Ahh, Spring has sprung! Okay, not really since I’m looking out my wind
ow at snow on the ground, but there is hope…right?
After a winter of comfy sweaters and boots, Spring is a time to freshen up your wardrobe with bright colors and fresh clothes. Even on a tight budget, many stores have some fun options—all under $25. I’ve scanned a few popular websites for deals…and most of these are available in stores too! Did you know TJ Maxx has a website now?!
From the stores I browsed: American Eagle, Target, Kohls and TJ Maxx, there were some major sales going on! This week (until March 29), Target has Buy 1, Get 50% off clothes and shoes! At American Eagle, they have free shipping on all shoes. Treat yourself this week, Mama!
Let’s start off with accessories! I love to grab bright scarves and purses to make an outfit more exciting. Plus, you can find cheap earrings or necklaces anywhere! Little touches like that make a big difference—they can take your outfit to the next level. I also love fun headbands for rushed mornings. Big purses can get in the way, try a crossbody and only carry the essentials.
I am so excited to wear flats again after 5+ months of boots! Even if an outfit is plain, a fun flat will really add character. All of the shoes pictured are under $25! Take advantage of the Target Buy 1 Get 50% off sale this week for extra savings. As much as I love flip flops, dressier sandals will make an outfit look more put together.
Links (from top to bottom, clockwise): Target ‘Lady’ Sandals $20, Target Laksha $20, Target Esma Sandal $15 (FYI: I’ve purchased these for the last 3 years and love them!), AE Braided Sandal $25, AE Chambray Flat $25, AE Cap Toe Flat $25 (I also have 3 pairs of these!), AE Printed Espadrille $25
I am guilty: I love yoga pants and leggings. Hello! They are super comfy! I’ve searched high and low and shockingly, I found my favorite jeans at Kohls & Target…for under $25. Go figure! I love the boyfriend style jean from Target for running errands or school drop-offs…just cuff them and pair with a cute t-shirt and scarf. The skinny jeans from Kohls are Apt 9 and come in various washes. I usually can grab these for about $15 on a 20% off day. When it gets warmer, a maxi skirt is a perfect way to stay comfy, but avoid the yoga pants. Keep your eyes peeled for on Target Cartwheel for extra savings.
I find it’s easy to save on tops: simply stock up on basic colors of a v-neck or scoopneck style at Target or Old Navy! Buy a few cute tops for date nights or other events and dress up the basics with fun accessories. All of the stores I browsed had cute tops under $20! Since it is still chilly, cardigans are great to have on hand…also they can be worn on chilly summer nights. I love the colors they have available of the Target boyfriend style!
Links (counter-clockwise from top): Target v-neck $10 (watch for sales!), TJ Maxx Slub Knit Tee $17, TJ Maxx Geo Tee $20, TJ Maxx Mixed Media $17, TJ Maxx striped shawl cardigan $20 and Target Boyfriend Cardigan $20 (these go on sale for $15 quite frequently!)
Obviously, I’m not saying to go out and buy everything…but Moms need to realize it’s okay to treat yourself sometimes! Watch for sales and coupons and buy a shirt or two–you deserve it!!
What is your seasonal budget?
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