11 Staples We Can Actually Afford After The Holidays

Illustrated by Chloe Seroussi.
After splurging on rad gifts for our entire fam and closest pals (okay, and maybe ourselves, too), a quick glance at our account balance on December 26 can be a harsh reality check. While our first instinct might be to swear off shopping sprees, morning lattes, and, well, any form of treating ourselves until 2018, we're not in the business of self-deprivation — plus, where's the fun in that?

In lieu of making New Year's resolutions that likely won't stick, we're getting on a realistic post-holiday budget. First order of business? Being smarter about where we're buying the stuff still on our winter wish list. So instead of blowing an entire paycheck on those fancy thigh-high boots we’ve been eyeing, we’re scooping up a pair that’s just as stylish but totally affordable from Primark — along with a handful of other pieces that don’t cost a cent over $35. From raw-hem jeans to patent-leather skirts to quilted puffer coats, the 11 buys ahead will keep us on-trend and our finances under control. Talk about starting the new year off with a bang.

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