With Christmas just round the corner, and the typical “oh shit I spent how much” thought on the 1st of Jan we’ve noticed that many of our followers are discussing reducing spending or full bans on buying, well we think we have a few tips to cut those costs as we know how much you like to shop . . .
Sign Up For News Letters
Make sure your signed up for all your fave brands newsletters, and social media accounts, this will mean you get to find out about any promos, discount codes, flash sales they have on.
Wait For The Sales
Well this one is self explanatory, but its still good advice, and more and more stores are rotating sales to be more than just Jan. We noticed out of 20 shops locally on our High St 50% have some form of sale on at the moment, and others have just finished theirs.
Have A Penny Jar
This year the FW Christmas and New Year expenses are being paid out of our penny jar, all year we have dillegently stuck our coins in the pot at the end of the day and while you won’t notice the savings on a daily basis, that jar soon fills up. As a blog that is not happy with the credit/store cards offering we firmly believe in only spending what you have and now we can swim in our coins like Scrooge McDuck in his vault.
Have Swap Meets With Your Friends
The most cost effective way to save money is to not spend it at all, and get a second item out of what you have paid for. Swapping items with friends is free and means you both have something new to wear, don’t believe us, well Vogue hosts swap meets and they consider themselves the guardians of cool.
Find A Good Charity Shop
A good charity shop is rare but boy does it make you happy, think about the style you want then the people in an area, and start that search. We love our local Shelter shop as it always has a gem, and you get a glow from helping others.
This is an obvious one but we couldn’t leave it out, a great place to hunt for bargains, but make sure you don’t get bidding fever.
Keep A Note Of The Sizes You Need At Each Brand
We note that for many people they will have things they have bought that then don’t fit, common in the online shopping world, and many never get returned so its wasted money. We have a list of the right sizes from the stores we order from online. You may have read our previous blog on how sizing is not consistent and research shows that what should be a 10 can be an or a 12 in reality depending on the store. So know your store sizing policies and you won’t have any more buys that were no good in your wardrobe.
Try In Store To See How It Looks Then Check The Online Price
especially good if you have a discount code, and with many stores or independent comparison companies now having an app you can check there and then in the store to see the online price.
Check Returns Costs For Online Purchases
We have noted return costs up to £10, so beware if your ordering online that even if you don’t like it you won’t get your full money back. if you have to pay for shipping and returns you could lose a lot of money.
Buy Early/Prior To A Season
Its simple, thick coats are cheaper in the summer, if you wait for the frosts the market forces will have pushed up the cost, buying early for that year is cheaper, as is buying at the end of the winter and putting away for next year.
Buy Lots Of Accessories
Accessories change looks and keep things fresh, and are a lot cheaper than that new dress
Don’t Impulse Buy
No need to explain, we all have that item that mocks our spending
Sell Items You No Longer Want
Fund the new buy selling the old
Learn How To Repair Items
Yep, thanks Grandma you have saved me £50 on a new wool jumper this weekend by sewing up my damaged one.