Online Shopping on a Budget: The Best Sites

In my last post, I shared all about saving money.  Today I’m flipping the script and talking about spending money. I’ve been a saver my entire life, and I get genuine anxiety spending money. I’ve perfected the art of hunting for deals, coupons, and money saving options. When I do shop online, I’m always on the lookout for sites that:

  1. Frequently run promotions
  2. Offer free shipping
  3. Tend to have hidden coupon codes

If you’re like me and you love online shopping but don’t want to spend a ton of money, I compiled a list of the shops I use to get the most bang for my buck!


Oh, Hautelook. I absolutely adore this website. Everyday it has a bunch of new sales on the best brands that I normally wouldn’t be able to afford. I have gotten Steve Madden boots for just under forty dollars, Urban Decay foundation for five dollars, and a few other really cool big name stuff for super cheap. They often have Rachel Zoe, Betsey Johnson, Steve Madden, Stila, Lorac, and other brands for a steep discount. I highly recommend this website if you have expensive taste but an empty wallet.


Asos was my favorite place to look for dance dresses in high school. They have a ton of fashionable clothing for a huge range of prices. They have dresses from ten dollars to two hundred dollars. Their sales are amazing and their shipping is free. Plus, if you’re a college student they have pretty frequent sales offering you 25% off, and that’s awesome!


As much as I love Tobi, I will admit that it is hit and miss. They’ve started selling more and more club-esque outfits whereas I’m usually on the hunt for big comfy sweaters and fuzzy socks. But, I can still always find at least a few things I like there. You might look at the site and think to yourself, “they really aren’t all that cheap…” but what I haven’t told you yet: your first order is half off! Plus they do half of sales at least once a month!


I love H&M for cheap, cute clothes. I recently got two dresses and a super cute peplum top for less than forty dollars with shipping. They always have super cute in season items on sale, (like this great sweater!) and their shipping is fast and relatively cheap. I will caution you, though: their dresses often run super small. As in for any non-stretch dress I wear about 4 sizes up my regular size. So be wary and get to know their sizing system before you make an order!


If you have an event to go to and a slightly larger budget, then I recommend Lulu’s. I purchased several dresses for high school dances there in the fifty to one hundred dollar range, and the quality was fantastic and the shipping was cheap. They have a huge variety of clothing, though I have only ever bought dresses. They have some incredible sales though!

Rent The Runway

Rent the Runway lets you rent super expensive designer gowns for a fraction of the price. There is a huge variety and they are all gorgeous. They also rent accessories so you can complete your look! Worried the gown won’t fit? They will send you two sizes, at no extra charge to you. This is a great site to use if you’re going to a ball or other black tie event and don’t want to fork over an arm and a leg for a dress you’ll only wear once. As an added bonus – the people who rent the dresses often upload photos of themselves wearing the gown so you can see how it looks on all body types!

Get a Discount at Student Rate.

Student Rate has a huge list of sites that college students can get discounts at. Plus they offer exclusive giveaways for their members and it’s free to join! Their discounts span over categories like clothes, travel, textbooks, and more! If you’re a student you should absolutely be a student rate member – it’s free!

What are your favorite places to shop online? I’m always on the search for great new stores!