Under-$50 Items for When You’re Not Spending Money But Need a Little Treat

Fashion

As someone attempting to be a responsible adult, I set spending limits pretty often. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t countless items of clothing I want to buy. My friend and I even got into the habit of sending each other pieces we’re desperate to own in an attempt to stop the other from spending when we shouldn’t. I’d say it works 50% of the time. For those times when I have to stick to a budget, though, I’ve come up with a system, and that system is simple: I only consider buying pieces that are $50 or less.

I believe $50 is an amount that I can actually justify because it’s easy enough to forgo a dinner out or a gel manicure in place of a 2000s-style crop top or a bucket hat I can wear on my upcoming vacation. Shopping on Amazon comes in super handy for situations like these, as do mainstays like Zara and H&M. So if you’re on a budget like me, keep scrolling! The best of my under-$50 picks are just seconds away. 

I can’t get over how chic these are. 

The perfect Y2K crop top.

Proof that there are Zara items you can have forever. 

I’m loving this metallic salmon. 

There’s nothing better than bootcut IMO. 

I’m seemingly always on the hunt for a good everyday cardigan. I think this could be the one!

The shape on these is very Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. 

At more than half off, these shorts are a steal!

Obsessed with the neckline on this dress.

I’d pair this with a black slip skirt and low bun for a minimal ’90s look. 

These bow-scrunchie hybrids are too sweet and come in a bunch of different prints. 

Another great Amazon find. 

Flat sandals in a metallic hue are a great alternative to heels when you’re going somewhere you need to dress up a bit for. 

The fact that this structured purse has both handles and a shoulder strap makes it super versatile. 

You can never have too many white tees. 

I love a nautical look in the summertime. 

The neutral hue of these pants makes them super wearable. 

I’m big into the summer bead trend and can’t get enough of the little flowers on this necklace. 

If you’ve been thinking about taking part in the Barbiecore trend, this is your sign to try it! 

The ruched waist on this lightweight sweater is so nice. 

The Drop does it again! 

These pants are majorly on-trend. Plus, they come in a bunch of colors. 

I’ll get the most wear out of a bucket hat in a neutral color.

This is a fraction of the cost of The Frankie Shop’s version.

The price is seriously right on this cute cropped crew-neck. 

Floral, flirty, and fun!

The only pair of heeled sandals you’ll need this summer and beyond. 

Green is far and beyond the color of the season.

Pair this with some baggy cargo pants for a casual look or jeans and heels for a night out. 

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