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Work It This Winter: Looking Good On a Budget

Amanda Bateman - sweater from Goodwill $4.00 Bobby Walch - shirt from Old Navy $3.00

by Amanda Bateman & Bobby Walch

Amanda Bateman - sweater from Goodwill $4.00 Bobby Walch - shirt from Old Navy $3.00

Amanda Bateman – sweater from Goodwill $4.00
Bobby Walch – shirt from Old Navy $3.00

You don’t have to sacrifice your style just because you’re a college student.. Sure, every once in a while it’s nice to cheat and wear pajama pants to your 8:00 a.m. class. Most days, though, you want to look your best. There are plenty of local shopping options and tips that can help you look good on a budget. Here are our favorites:

    1. Take advantage of student discounts. Know your Pitt-Plus businesses. Many businesses in the area offer discounts to Pitt-Greensburg students. You can find the list at Plato’s Closet gives 10% off to Pitt-Greensburg students, and many mall restaurants give discounts, too, if you want to eat out on your shopping trip. Also, keep an eye out for other stores that offer general student discounts. High-end stores like J. Crew and Banana Republic offer 15% off to students with ID.
    2. Thrift Stores are your friend. There are so many thrift stores in the Greensburg area. Goodwill, located across the street from the mall, offers a 10% discount to students with ID. Another favorite is the Salvation Army in Latrobe, which provides calendars with daily deals so that you can plan your visit ahead of time. Thrift stores offer items that you won’t find in mall stores and might give you inspiration for outfits.
  • Walmart isn’t the enemy. We know, Walmart isn’t where the cool kids shop. However, Walmart has really been stepping up its apparel department. It’s a great store for staples like solid colored t-shirts and tank tops.

“A girl in my class asked me if my winter coat was Columbia,”said  Pitt-Greensburg student Danielle Shick. “I got it at Walmart.”


Take advantage of stores like Walmart and Target. You never know what you might find.

  • Sign up for mailing lists. When the cashier asks for your email as you’re checking out, give it to them. Chances are, you’ll receive coupons and notifications for upcoming sales. This is a great way to find out about deals during the holiday season, too, which is often the best time to shop. If you want to avoid spam, you can always set up an email address specifically for mailing lists.
  • Keep your cool in the store. If you do decide to shop at the mall, have a plan. Know what you’re looking for when you’re shopping and how much you plan to spend. Find a strategy that works best for you. We suggest starting in the back of the store and working your way to the front. Clearance items are usually kept in the back, so the cheaper items will catch your attention first if you start there. If you’re ever unsure about a potential purchase, put the item somewhere you’ll remember it and walk away. If you’re still thinking about it later, go back and buy it.
  • Don’t be afraid to recycle. Before you run off and buy the new designs in the storefront window, go through the clothes in your wardrobe. This gives you an opportunity to make room for new clothes. You may find a retired coat or t-shirt that has made a fashion comeback. This also works as an alternative to buying a new wardrobe after dieting and weight loss.

Good luck finding those deals, and happy shopping.

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