Bargain Basics

While I absolutely love a good designer deal, I’m a big believer that the only way you can be a shopaholic and remain out of debt (and married) is to catch a bargain on the basics. There are a lot of good ways to do this: buy off-season, raid the clearance racks, shop the discount stores and use coupons. Or better yet, combine approaches for a dirt-cheap deal.

One of my absolute favorite places to buy basics is at the Gap. I guess they are known for their basics for a reason. The online store often offers discount codes on top of their sales and rarely are the items final sale, meaning you always have the option to return if it doesn’t work out. I also have a credit card that grants me free shipping to all Gap brands for even more savings. I’m not even getting paid to say all this, it is honestly how I go about saving money.

Sometimes the basics aren’t the most fun to shop for, as I absolutely get more excited about a Lilly Pulitzer or Tory Burch sale than a Gap sale. But to be honest, there are certain things that aren’t worth the big bucks. Who really wants to spend $100 on a white t-shirt? Even if I won the lottery tomorrow, I’d still shop at stores like the Gap, Old Navy and Target. #frugalforlife

Gap has an additional 30% off all sale items with code HAPPY though 8/20/2015. Here are my picks:


Even though it is going to be 106 degrees here in Phoenix tomorrow (let’s not talk about it), I’m shopping for sweaters. Maybe I’m in denial of the desert heat, or maybe it is wishful thinking. But what I do know is that I’m so sick of most of my summer clothes and I’m ready to bust out the layers. I’ve always been a huge fan of longer cardigan sweaters. They look good with jeans or leggings, great for work or casual wear and are as comfy as can be. This mesh open front cardigan is $20.99 (originally $59.99) with the promo code. It also has an almost perfect 5 star rating by the 50+ people who spent the time to write a review. Impressive.

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I love this fluid shadow stripe tee. It comes in white and black and with the promo code it is $13.29 (originally $29.99). I feel like it can be really hard to find a good white shirt. Some are too thin or the material looks cheap. The Gap fluid shirts are usually a looser fit and they always fit me perfectly. This top gets really great reviews so I’m going to give it a try. Although I have to admit, the girl’s face in the picture above looks like she is wondering why she isn’t wearing a necklace. Maybe it is me, but this shirt is dying for a necklace.


At first, I wasn’t sure about the Geo eyelet tee. But after looking at it a few times, I think it could be really cute, especially with a statement necklace for a pop of color. I love the eyelet front which really dresses up a standard t-shirt. The reviews all say it needs a cami underneath, but that seems like a really easy way to make this cute top work. $16.09 with the promo code ($34.99 originally).


This stripe overlay dress looks like the perfect basic summer dress. The style looks forgiving and it would be easy to pair it with a necklace or colorful flats for a cute, stylish look. $24.49 with code (originally $59.99), which is a great price for a dress.

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I know you guys are so sick of me blogging about this peplum tank and these destructed denim shorts. I own both (I might have the tank in 3 colors) and I don’t think a day goes by where I don’t wear one or the other. These two items alone have been my bargain basics of summer 2015. The tank is $9.09 – 13.29 depending on color, and the shorts are down to $13.99. If you don’t own them yet, you are missing out.

Where do you shop for your basics?