How to save money when shopping

Are you looking for more value for money when you shop? Then step this way for hints and tips that can make your money go further.

Is looking stylish all about the money spent on an outfit? Not at all. In fact, it’s possible and quite easy to dress in style while staying frugal. These days people no longer boast about how much they have spent on their wardrobe, rather they wear their bargains and the savings they have made like a badge of honour, proving you really can look good for less.

The same is true when it comes to all our shopping. Budget supermarkets like Lidl and Aldi are busier than ever as people look for value from their shop, and want to make savings that can really help when it comes to budgeting. The same is true of both BM and Home Bargains who offer real savings on home wares and toys.

Here I am showing you five clever ways to save money on your fashion and your general shopping without sacrificing quality and good looks.

  • Browse for sales. Gone are the days when one had to travel long distances to shop. Today, the world’s top retailers are available for you at the click of a mouse. Moreover, it’s possible to come across sales that offer up to 70% off at websites selling clothing and footwear by top brands by searching sites like Brand Alley and The Outnet. Sign up to email alerts so you know when sales are about to start, this will avoid you missing out on a bargain.
  • Search for coupons and latest deals. When at a store ready to check out, use your smartphone to search for clothing coupons. There are plenty of popular applications for Android and IOS.  You can also try Shop It To Me service to get regular notifications of your favourite brand clothing available on sale. Similarly, before you shop check out https://frequent-ads.com/ for the latest deals, both online and instore, this will ensure the price you pay is the best price, and may also alert you to BOGOF offers or flash sales.

  • Have a look at Charity Shops and discount shops. As we move towards a more eco friendly form of shopping, don’t forget that charity shops offer really good quality clothes at bargain prices, and do something good for both the planet and charity, stopping used clothes going to refill and supporting a good cause. In addition, discount shops and outlets can offer last seasons clothing items at bargain prices.
  • Look for clearance items. Online retailers sell out of season clothes and footwear with great discounts so keep looking for clearance items. Buying winter coats in spring and bikinis when summer is over is totally worth it.
  • Sign up for newsletters. Newsletters are a great way of finding out about sales, one day events and discounts on all your favourite products. Most online stores have them and you can also be rewarded for your shopping loyalty with special offers on your birthday, so they are definitely worth a look.

As can be seen, shopping doesn’t always have to mean spending a fortune. Shop cleverly and you will have extra money in your account at the end of each month.

 

Valentine’s Gift Ideas For The Lady In Your Life

We are now just a month from the most romantic time of the year. Yes, Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us, showering us with hearts and flowers and all levels of romance.

If the idea of Valentine’s day fills you with dread because you either don’t know what to buy, or are frankly still struggling financially to get straight after the excess of Christmas, then read on. I am going to be bringing you a whole heap of Valentine’s ideas that I promise will not break the bank and should offer enough variety to make everyone smile.

 

Lypsyl’s red fruity flavours

If you are looking for a little something for a loved one, but the budget isn’t allowing it, you could give them the gift of soft, kissable lips. Lypsyl has two very special fruity flavours that are perfect for Valentine’s day as they help to both soothe and smooth those lips making them totally kissable. The red packaging is another cute touch.

The two flavours are uplifting Strawberry and Pomegranate and revitalising Cherry & Almond, both of which deliver a dose of softly scented hydration Lypsyl sticks contains a rich, hydrating blend of natural Shea and Cocoa butters, Avocado Oil, Beeswax, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. This makes them perfect for conditioning and protecting in cold Winter weather.

Sparkling Wine Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

Another cute buy for the love of your life are the Sparkling Wine Jelly Belly Jelly Beans that come in a mini Champagne style bottle. The sparkling wine flavoured Jelly Belly beans have all the flavour of a glass of the real thing but are totally non alcoholic. The jelly beans would make a great little gesture of your love if you are not into big, ostentatious gifts, but could also work well as favours at a wedding. For just £3 these are a delightful buy that would definitely put a smile on any face.

Jenny Wren Chocolates

I don’t think you can ever really go wrong with the gift of chocolates, and if they are beautifully gift boxed, hand finished Belgian chocolates, even better. Jenny Wren chocolates were founded in July 2016 by Mike Stainfield from Tunbridge Wells. He said:

 “We make the only chocolate gift boxes that you can buy for under £10.00 and still get a ‘wow!’ from the recipient! Children also love the boxes once they’re emptied – for putting small keepsakes, toys and jewellery in! ”

The chocolates are totally delicious, a good range of soft centres and truffles that taste so divine it will be hard to eat one without then eating the whole box. I love the Fleur de Sel caramel flavour and the white mocha. But once you do eat the box, you are left with a gorgeous keepsake box that would look gorgeous on a dressing table.

The chocolates are available from Sainsbury’s, and from the 22nd January you can pick them up at the special price of £6.49, saving £1.50 on the RRP.

Castelli Art Deco Notebook from The Gifted Notebook

A thoughtful gift this Valentine’s Day could be the gift of a beautiful notebook, perfect for those who love to jot down their thoughts, notes and lists. The Gifted Notebook has a beautiful selection of notebooks, journals and pens that offer something a little different and extra special this Valentine’s day. My key pick is from the Castelli range. It is the Art Deco notebook that is a simply stunning, embossed book with a classic Art Deco rising sun style design. It comes with a gold tipped triangular pencil, is sized 130 x 210mm and has 240 pages.

I love the fact that you can have this wrapped and gift boxed for an extra £2.99, making this a real beautiful gift that will be treasured. Definitely one that would be high up on my list.

7th Heaven Complete Pamper Pack

Montagne Jeunesse create the fabulous 7th Heaven masks, a range that includes facial masks and scrubs, hair masks, hand and nail treatments, and treatments that can be used on the feet as part of a pedicure. Their range is multi-award-winning, natural, vegetarian, high performing, Cruelty Free and PETA-approved. Their ultimate gift pack combines all of these as part of the Ultimate pamper kit, and this could be a knockout gift for a loved one this Valentine’s Day. This is the ultimate gift of me time in one wonderful, pink package, and for just £19.99 this could be the answer to your gift queries.

You can pick up your own pamper pack from Argos, click here to view.

 

Christmas Gift Ideas: Beauty Gifts and Stocking Fillers

Today I am turning my attention towards bath and beauty, and, more specifically, gift ideas in this area. The majority of gifts in this guide are unisex, and would work for a range of age groups and tastes.

Beauty gifts are always popular at Christmas, and look glamorous and luxurious sitting under the tree. They also take away the issues that can arise with fashion gifts, namely which size to buy, which colour etc.

Here are some ideas for beauty gifts that won’t break the bank but will look like you’ve made an effort to get something wonderful.

Urban Veda Gift Sets

Urban Veda is a gorgeous natural skincare brand that creates products that suit you based on your skin type and your ‘dosha’. If that has sparked your interest, and maybe had you thinking my what? then let me explain a little further.

Dosha is an Ayurvedic term to describe the physical and emotional tendencies within the mind and body. You can find out more about your dosha by taking part in the Urban Veda questionaire which you can find right here, and can then tailor your choices to your answers.

This Christmas Urban Veda have created a wonderful range of gift sets that look and smell wonderful and are based around you dosha and body needs. The ranges are soothing, reviving, purifying and radiance and are unisex, making them ideal for all the family. They are also certified vegan and cruelty free, which makes them a gift that could tick lots of boxes if you are looking for something both luxurious and ethical. The gift sets start at £11.99, with the ‘Body Ritual Set’ containing 3 full sized products being the hero of the range.

Urban Veda products are just wonderful – this is a range that is definitely one to watch.

Purifying Body Ritual Set
£29.99 | 650ml Click to visit Urban Veda

Radiance Body Ritual Set
£29.99 | 650ml Click to visit Urban Veda

Soothing Body Ritual Set
£29.99 | 650ml Click to visit Urban Veda

Reviving Body Ritual Set
£29.99 | 650ml Click to visit Urban Veda

Curaprox Black is White Toothpaste set

A sparkling white smile is something we all aspire to, but cosmetic dentistry may be something that is well out of our price range. Curaprox “Black Is White” toothpaste naturally strengthens and whitens teeth.

The toothpaste contains activated carbon which absorbs particles which would normally grind enamel away; preventing discolouration from caffeine, nicotine and red wine. The hydroxylapatie in Black Is White snuggles up to the tooth enamel, acting a thin film. As a result, it protects the enamel and even fills small holes, promising optimal results and glistening white teeth. It has double protection against tooth decay from the sodium fluoride and its enzymatic system and has no bleaching properties.

This Christmas Curaprox have put together a gift idea which features a lemon version of the toothpaste and a limited edition ultra soft toothbrush. At £19.95 this is a really great stocking filler.

Charcoal Whitening toothpaste – Black is White £19.95 Click to visit Curaprox

7th Heaven Top to Toe Treats

Award-winning beauty brand 7th Heaven is the world’s number 1 face mask brand, It’s products are completely natural and cruelty free, and come in a range of wonderful flavours and scents, providing the perfect quick fix pick me up for tired winter skin.
This Christmas 7th Heaven has launched a wonderful range  of christmas goody boxes and hampers, topped up with fantastic treats for your skin, hair and body. A key gift that would be much appreciated in any beauty buffs Christmas stocking this year is the Top to Toe treats tin. This contains a range of products for the hair, face and body including masks, scrubs and hair treatments that will leave your body nourished and soft from head to toe.
The tin contains a Black Raspberry Scrub, Goji Body Smoothie, Foot Soak Foot Lotion, Coconut Protein Hair Rescue, Manuka Honey Hair Rescue Mask, Exfoliator & Masque in 1, Red Hot Earth Self Heating Sauna Mask, Strawberry Souffle Mask, Passion Peel Off, Dead Sea Spa Mask, Creamy Coconut Mask and Manuka Honey Peel Off Mask. It costs just £9.99 and can be picked up from Argos. A definite hit for the beauty aficionado.

Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Top to Toe Treats Tin £9.99 Click to visit Argos

Mio Skincare Liquid Yoga

Mio Skincare’s Liquid Yoga Bath Soak is my idea of the perfect pampering bath treat. It promises to relax, ease muscles and re-energise your body, and I can confirm it does all three, making it a wonderful pick me up for tired, aching bones.

I always have a bottle of this in my bathroom and think this is a great gift idea for a new mum, a gym or fitness body, or anyone whose idea of relaxing is to take a lovely soothing bath.

Mio Skincare Liquid Yoga Bath Soak (200ml) now £17.42 Click to visit Mio Skincare