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Bargain Hunting With A Broke Girl's Blog

Bargain Hunting With A Broke Girl’s Blog

| On 15, Oct 2014

Whether you are on a student budget, saving up for a big purchase like a house or trip, or just hate spending your hard earned cash on frivolous things, Prudence Richardson from A Broke Girl’s Blog has your back!

The Brisbane local has caviar taste with a shoestring budget, and knows how to work the two together. Growing up on a diet of high end magazines and blogs Prudence has an eye for style, but like many can not realistically afford the object of her desires. From this A Broke Girl’s Blog was born, where Prudence shares and fuels her very affordable fashion habit. We chatted with Prudence to uncover the best bargain spots in Brisbane, and online, as well as tips for nailing your next purchase.

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CD: Where are your favourite places to shop in Brisbane for a bargain?

Prudence: A few of my favourites are Glassons, Temt, Melrose Avenue at Westfield Chermside, Littlelace in Elizabeth Arcade, Topshop, DFO and Confessions Boutique Shoes at Westfield Chermside. During sale time David Jones is my must look to snag designer wear for less. Some other favourites are places you might not think to look in but always deliver the goods like Target, Trade Secret and Kmart.



CD: What are your dos and don’ts when bargain shopping?

Prudence: Always look for quality in affordable items. Don’t stock up on pieces just because they are cheap. Try the store out, try the style out and if they last and you get wear out of them, THEN go back for seconds. Otherwise you might find yourself with four pairs of broken shoes.

I always try to keep an eye out for investment pieces; these are the basics, your wardrobe necessities. For me that’s a loose fit tee (in every colour), leather-look pants, boyfriend jeans and my dream leather jacket. These are items I will never get rid of and always rescue me when I can’t find anything else to wear, or are perfect to simply complete a look! It’s hard to avoid a few trend and season driven items here and there, so go for it! Be careful not to fill up your wardrobe with current trend prints or summer items; in the end you’ll give it all the flick once the season changes.

Always shop around. If you find something you love, check out your other favourite stores first before settling on a purchase. Chances are you’ll find a similar piece for less! Lastly, always look out for discount codes. There are a number of sites that seek out offer discount codes for a great range of stores (My Uni Days is awesome for students).

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CD: What are your favourite online stores for great inexpensive pieces?

Prudence: Beginning Boutique, Tweet Tweet Fashion, Therapy Shoes, Runway Scout, Glassons, Quay Eyeware, Market HQ, Boohoo and Missguided. As well as the obvious The Iconic, ASOS and eBay to get your hands on designer pieces for less!

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CD: What was your last fashion purchase?

Prudence: I think my last purchase was a boyfriend shirt from Target. It’s a long sleeve button-up made in a white linen fabric and it fits into my wardrobe seamlessly! It was just $30 and I’ve worn it with everything, from denim shorts to my leather-look pants and a striped skirt; definitely a staple!

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FOM 17CD: What is your favourite piece at the moment? 

Prudence: I have a few pieces in my wardrobe I don’t think I could live without…. But one of my most recent loves would have to be my Leopard Paint It Red Knit, which was just $49 from Market HQ.


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CD: Who are your style icons?

Prudence: Definitely Christine Centenera, Olivia Palermo and the Olsen twins! Although I couldn’t afford a thing they wear…

For a regular update on all things bargain head to Prudence’s blog or for a daily update follow along on Instagram @abrokegirlsblog


Images courtesy of Erin Cook, Grace Markham and Jenna Holmes.