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 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.


How to Come Up with Ideas for a Personalised Number Plate

Aside from flashy car brand symbols like BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Porsche and Jaguar, personalised number plates are one of the biggest status symbols on UK roads. People buy personalised number plates to add that touch of personalisation like their name, initials or nickname to their car, or simply to upgrade an older car and hide its age with a dateless plate. Whether you want to upgrade your existing car,  you’ve just got a new ride and want to pimp it out as much as you can, or you just want a plate for show to display in your garage, coming up with ideas for a personalised number plate can be tricky. Here are some tips that you might find helpful. 

Use Your Name

What defines you better than your own name? There are plenty of ways to incorporate your name into a private number plate. You can use numbers for letters, too, like 3 in place of E, or 4 in place of A, to spell your name out using a series of letters and numbers in the plate. If your full first name is too long or short, or you can’t find a plate available that matches, you can also consider using a nickname too. If you’re just getting a number plate for show and don’t have to worry about making sure it’s legal to register to your car, you can choose anything you like without worrying about the dates. Check out the range of show number plates to find one that matches your name at Number 1 Plates. Their helpful staff will assist you in finding a suitable plate using your name. 

Your Job

The driver’s job is another popular choice when it comes to buying personalised plates or registration plates for show. If you’re really proud of your job, there are plenty of ways that you can incorporate into your number plate. For example, doctors often have ‘DOC’ as the last three letters of their number plate or a builder might have ‘BU11DER’. This is a great idea if you run your own business, too, you could incorporate ‘CEO’ into your number plate or even use your business name for the plate if it fits. 

Your Car

Your show plates will be displayed on the front and back of your car, so why not take the make and model of your car into account when coming up with ideas for your new registration plate? If you have a flashy car that you’re really proud of, you could consider ways to fit the make into the plate, like ‘JAG’ for the last three letters on a registration plate for a Jaguar, or ‘BMW’ on a BMW. 

Your Birthday or Other Special Dates

Registration plates are a series of letters and numbers, so you can incorporate your birthday or another special date when coming up with ideas for your new plates. If you don’t want to use your own birthday, you could use your wedding day anniversary, or the month your child was born; the possibilities are endless and it’s completely up to you what you go with. 

When it comes to choosing a personalised number plate, there are so many different options available to choose from to really make your registration plates your own.

Win! An Annual Subscription To MentalUP

Trying to keep your child’s brain active during the long months of lockdown in a way that is not linked to school work is not the easiest thing to do, especially if you are struggling with that school work, but MentalUP, the award winning brain app for children aged 4-13 years old is certainly one thing that could help.

The award winning brain app has 5 million users worldwide and was developed by game designers and academics incorporating innovative teaching methods to offer dozens of mind games with suitable difficulty levels to improve cognitive skills in a gamified format to engage children. The idea is that children are training their brain and learning and developing, but think that they are playing a game, hence they enjoy the activity and continue to ‘play’, all the time improving their ability to think.

The app addresses five key skills: Attention, Memory, Problem Solving (Logic), Visual and Verbal and includes sub-skills such as counting skills, and geometry.  Importantly it provides a safe space for children as it does not include any adverts, harmful content or in-app purchases. The premium version of the app, which usually costs just £20 for an annual subscription, provides access to over 120 games (compared to 20 on the free version) and includes reporting systems which MentalUP believes is important in the current situation in order to help parents monitor progress, provide skills analysis and highlighting strengths and weaknesses so that they (and teachers when they return to school) can easily track children’s cognitive development and compare with same age groups.

As mentioned, the Premium version of the App costs £20 for an annual subscription, and can be downloaded from the App Store. You can find out more information by visiting


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