Ask A Houston Expert: Tips On Finding Deals Shopping Online

August 19, 2014 7:00 AM

Saving money is perennially in fashion. Jackie Adams of Melodrama Boutique and Alan Javillonar of The Class Room are both experts in fashion and offer their tips for saving money on your next clothes-buying trip online.
Jackie Adams
Melodrama Boutique
5306 Almeda Road
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 523-1608

Jackie Adams has been a Houstonian since she was a teenager. She graduated from Barbara Jordan High School, then went on to get her bachelors of science in physics from Grambling State University. But her love of fashion prompted her to explore her creative side after she had done other types of work. She began as a sales representative in a clothing store but soon was promoted to a buyer. Now, she owns and operates Melodrama Boutique and uses her spare time to encourage other young girls to pursue their dreams.

Alan Javillonar
The Class Room
2534 Amherst St.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 874-0004

Alan Javillonar is the head buyer and co-owner of The Class Room, which is located in Rice Village. The boutique specializes in providing men with the fashions they want to look good at work and at play.

Follow Fashion Bloggers

Fashion bloggers are on the forefront of the latest trends and tips. Jackie Adams suggests these sites as a source for money savings online. To get great deals for online shopping, pay attention to the advertisers on those blogs. In many cases, readers of the blog may get discount codes or online coupons to use when they shop. Pay close attention, and you could stumble upon a great deal while getting advice.

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Make The Most Of Social Media

Both Alan Javillonar and Jackie Adams agree about the importance of social media. Twitter is a great place to learn about online store sales and discounts, and if you have fashion deals and shopping as one of your interests on a social media account, you can get discounts in your news feed. If you are already using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, why not put those accounts to use for saving on your next clothing purchase? Alan Javillonar also suggests signing up for online mailing lists from your favorite virtual stores to find out about deals.

Check Out Magazine Advertisements

Even in the digital age, hardcopy magazines are still popular. Jackie Adams suggests looking at the advertising in those magazines for online shopping coupon codes and deals. As with any coupons, check if there are restrictions or an expiration date with it to ensure that you don’t encounter any surprises.

Comparison Shop

Online shopping gives you the chance to see the price for a single item at several stores without leaving the comfort of your home. Alan Javillonar says that you should check prices at several online retailers to make sure that you get the best possible deal on your clothes or accessories, and online stores don’t always follow the conventional sales patterns of brick-and-mortar stores. Start looking for summer sales deals at the end of summer instead of waiting for winter to come to get clothes cheaper that you can still wear that season.

Let Google Do The Work For You

Google is so omnipresent that it has become a verb. Use this search engine to your advantage to compare prices, look for deals and find apps to help you save money. Both Jackie Adams and Alan Javillonar suggest going to Google for your first stop in looking to save money online.

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Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at