Blogging on a Budget

Budgeting is an important part of my life, and in blogging too! Here are a few things I've learned about blogging on a budget that have helped me so much with my side hustle over the last few years:

1. Re-wear pieces & go thrift shopping

I am a proud outfit-repeater. I don't wear the exact look per-say, but I do re-style a lot of pieces over and over until I exhaust the item and donate it.

For example, I have worn this pink suit SO many times but I have styled it different every time. I have linked all the looks below for reference:

Second-hand shopping or thrifting has also been a huge part of my life recently and helped a lot with creating unique looks on a budget. I can always find something trendy for a super reasonable price and it's such a thrill to look for vintage pieces. I love it!

2. DIY

If you can, you should try to do everything yourself. Your own branding, graphics, photography and even website hosting / maintenance. 

Website: There are lots of tutorials you can watch online and lots of budget friendly options for hosting. I buy my domain from Go Daddy and host with Blogger. It's SO easy to use and I've kept this expense under $20CAD a year, which is great.

Banding + Graphics: No one knows your blog better than you, so it's great if you can do graphics on your own too! I used to always love using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop until I found Canva where I can make good graphics just as easily (and for free!). 

 Shooting: I do a lot of product photography in my apartment with props I already own, and I'm so thankful that my apartment has great lighting. When it comes to photos of myself, a good selfie on my tripod is very handy. I got my camera + tripod on Kijiji for SUCH a good deal and I've been using them for over 4 years now. 

In terms of street style and other outings, I always ask a friend for help! Neg and I usually shoot on the weekends where we plan a day to hang out and get content, and then other times I'll ask a friend or family member to shoot me while we're out. This works great as long as they are willing to help!

I have never paid a photographer and have only rented a studio one time (shooting creative for my music). Renting a studio can be great in the winter when it gets super cold, but there are also lots of other ways to deal with shooting in colder months (for free) and I would be happy to share my tips for blogging in the winter in another post, if requested!

3. Plan everything ahead

What has really helped me to not spend so much money (and wasted time) is to have everything planned out ahead. Content ideas, writing, photos for social feeds, etc. should all be planned as much in advance as possible. Even if a day downtown consists of shooting at a cafĂ© where I need to purchase something, I always make sure I know where that location is and what my spending limit is ahead of time. 

Fortunately, I live downtown and already have a monthly transit pass, but for a lot of other bloggers, they need to pay for transit and it's a long way to come into the city for location shooting and other go-to spots. It's very important to budget what you are spending and what is reasonable for you before committing to traveling all over the place. 

Example: have a plan that makes sense so that you are going to places in order instead of back and forth and jumping on and off the subway!

I hope that you find hose tips helpful! If you are a blogger as well, what have you learned about budgeting for your blog? 

Thanks for reading today!

Wearing: Zara Suit, H&M Faux Fur Jacket, Ross Leopard Fanny Pack, Boohoo Booties, Necessities Hair Clips

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