Whatever we buy, from the household essentials to our clothes and our luxuries, it is true to say that everyone is looking for a bargain. We all want to get the best for our money, to buy everything at the best price possible, and, where we can, to save money and get some cashback if that is an option. We used to think that looking stylish was all about the money spent on an outfit, but today this is no longer the case. In fact, it’s possible and quite easy to dress in style while staying frugal. The same is true of our make up, our toiletries, our food shop and for all our other shopping.
Read on to find out about clever ways to save money without sacrificing on quality and style.
Sign Up Offer
When you first order from any website, or make a booking for a stay, you are often given the chance to sign up for email alerts which give you the chance of discounts, finding out about the sales early or the chance of special tailored offers. If you use the site Sign Up Offer, you can track all the best current offers as it works as a kind of comparison site for the web. The offers it features can be anything from a cash discount, a free product, free shipping or notification of a new sale and when it will be starting. Sign Up Offer takes away the leg work of searching through the net for the best deals around.
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. This means that the sales are easy to access and incorporate a far wider range of products. Many websites already have web only deals and online exclusives that you can access. Some companies, for instance Pandora, also give early access to sales to those who join their online clubs or sign up for their weekly newsletters and alerts.
Online sales can often be better than they are in store, although it is worth remembering they are catering for a far wider clientele, so you may still have to look in your local store to find your size, brand or colour choice.
Have a look at thrift and discount shops.
Thrift, clearance and discount shops offer great discounts on slightly used, or last seasons clothes so it’s possible to find practically new brand items for a fraction of their original price. Some items may have minor defects, so it is worth checking the item carefully, but if it is tiny, or something you can’t really notice, the item could be worth a punt. Stores like Next, Nike, M&S, Phase Eight and even Clinton Cards all have their own discount stores, with Resorts World in Birmingham, and places like Bicester Village and Cheshire Oaks all being top discount destinations for savvy shoppers.
If your shopping is confined to online stores, take a look at their outlet sections for similar bargains. ASOS, Terraces and The Outnet all have an outlet section, which shows that even designer goods can be found at bargain basement prices.
Search for voucher codes and offers.
When at a store ready to check out, use your smartphone to search for voucher codes For instance, if you have a Boots card, you can find tailored offers just for you, extra points for specific spends, 2 for 1 offers for promotional products and free gifts. All these can help you save money on your shopping, or get extra for your money. If you use Coop, sign up for a members card and get money back, both for yourself, and your community, each time you shop.
Buy out of season
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. The same can be true when you buy items for Christmas presents and items – buy your cards, paper and tags in the Christmas sales for the best bargains.
Good quality basics and style classics like a white shirt, or a cashmere jumper, are also worth buying if you see them at a discounted price as they are items that you will always wear – they are never out of fashion.
Shop cleverly instead of making unnecessary impulse purchases can help you to make decent savings that can help you to budget better and achieve a good shopping experience.