Factory stores save college students money

Hey my fashion people!! This week has been something else… I am pledging a social club at my school and I’ve been busy to say the least but oh the memories I have made! All of my fellow fashionistas would be pretty disappointed in me this week. My fashion sense has gone out the window. Late nights and early mornings cause one to loose sight of what really matters- what you wear.

Have no fear though! I am still here to give tip No. 2 of some ways to save some money on a college budget!


Without a doubt, factory store shopping is one of my most favorite ways to save money. Some people think factory stores or outlet stores are SO last season but I say if it is cute, it is cute. There is no need to worry about when it came out or if it came out in the “real store” if you can make it work with your style! Here is an example!

Here is why one should consider an outlet/factory store.  A plain v-neck sweater from J. Crew Factory Store cost $34.50 (plus an extra 30% off through September 24th) whereas an almost identical plain v-neck sweater from J. Crew is $79.50 (with an extra 25% off through September 26th). Both sweaters can be rocked this fall so why spend the extra money just to be able to say, “It is from the real store.” Guess what, both are going to hold the same tag!!

*Disclaimer: sometimes factory stores do not honor student discounts. J. Crew Factory does honor it on certain occasions. If the entire store is a certain amount off, lets say 40% off, you cannot combine your discount. Here are the terms of conditions as listed on the J. Crew website.

I know this is a short post and I apologize for that! Hope you guys can still gain something from this!!

What are you all’s favorite factory store stories? Any good bargains you’ve seen lately? Help a fashion sister out!

Happy shopping until next week!

XOXO, Alex