How to save money when shopping

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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.

 

We Need To Talk About Savvy Shopping!

Do you adore shopping like me? Some people see it as a sport, even a hobby? Even if you don’t love to shop, you’ll still need to buy things at some point. So check out my tips for savvy shoppers below and get the most for your money.

Your Credit Cards

Many of your purchases, particularly when you are shopping online, are made on credit cards. This seems to be a good thing, you have protection if your items don’t turn up, and can then pay on a buy now pay later basis. But is this really such a good idea, and how much do you actually end up spending on your item? The answer is that this is fine if you pay off what you owe at the end of each month. If you don’t, your payments could actually be made up more of interest than actually paying off your balance, and that balance will grow every week. Use Calculator.Me to find out how much you are actually paying in interest each month, they have a credit card payment calculator which can show some quite shocking results and may encourage you to switch to a much lower interest credit card.

 

Loyalty Scheme

Another thing that savvy shoppers do is take advantage of stores loyalty schemes. It is always worth signing up for a shops loyalty scheme, especially if you shop there regularly. You’d be surprised at how many reward points you can collect over time. Maximize your points by combining them with other offers to get the best use out of them

Voucher Codes

Coupon and Voucher codes are a great way to be savvy when you are shopping. They can save you money on the item, get you items free or even provide you with free delivery.

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You can use coupons in store. Clip and organize them before you go, and make a list of the items and the amounts that you are aiming for. Some people even get into extreme couponing and managed to get their weekly shop entirely free of charge.

Another way to use coupons and voucher codes is when shopping online. Always do a quick search for coupons codes before you complete your purchase, as you never know what discounts you could be missing out on. Vouchers and discount codes can enable you to buy a better quality of the product because of the reduced price.

Sales

Savvy shoppers always make use of the sales. Unless you are just going to grab any old bargain, it’s best to have an idea of the sort of thing that you have in mind, otherwise, it can be too tempting to buy something you don’t need, just because it has a massive price reduction.

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A good technique is to look at and make a note of the full price items that you like. Then go straight to those when the sales starts. This means you are saving money on items that you would probably get anyway.

Get Your Festival style sorted

Festival season will soon be upon us, and this year sees the biggie back, with Glastonbury once again promising to be memorable. Festivals are a great mixture of great style, great music, and, notoriously bad weather, but they are a part of Summer to enjoy and savour, whether you go for a single day or enjoy the whole camping/glamping experience.

Festivals in the UK are as famous for the inclement weather as they are for the music, and weather does tend to govern festival fashion. Unlike Coachella, white is never a good idea at British festivals, one downpour and that lovely fresh field becomes a total quagmire. That said, there have been some amazing festival fashion over the years, with Kate Moss being the reigning Queen of festival fashion, but with the likes of Lily Allen, Alexa Chung and Millie Mackintosh also showing us how it’s done.

Festival style

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Kate Moss

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Alexa Chung

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Lily Allen

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Millie Mackintosh

British festival style is a cool mixture of Hunter Wellies, cut off denim hotpants worn with either shabby chic knitwear, tie and die, or vintage cotton. The aim of the look is to be eclectic, this mish mash of styles works to create a look that is both unique and practical, whatever the weather decides to throw at you.

 

Camping or Glamping?

Festivals often mean camping, with most festival goers setting up their own tents for the duration. But, if like me, camping is not your thing, and you prefer home comforts and luxury whilst enjoying the atmosphere of the festival, then maybe glamping is a better option for you.

The Yurtel Steanbow experience is the most luxurious way to experience Glastonbury this year, the one that I am sure Kate Moss would well appreciate. From deluxe bell tents, to Yurts full of home comforts, to the absolute creme de la creme, the luxury suites that come complete with cosy rugs, a shower room and front decking from which to enjoy the views of Glastonbury Tor, the experience allows you to enjoy all the fun of the festival, but to then chill out with Spa treatments, and to enjoy a la carte dining with not a dodgy burger in sight.

This is definitely the way to enjoy Glastonbury if you are just there for the music, and want to avoid the burger vans, portaloos and too much mud.

Are you going to a festival this year? Will you be camping or glamping?