I have always loved to shop; I love owning nice new things and find it hard to stop myself from spending money. This shopping obsession has left me with no money quite a few times and so I started to pick up some tips and tricks to help me save more money when shopping. It is way too easy to end up spending hundreds of pounds without even realising and so trying to save money wherever possible is a must. Shopping is fun but spending money isn’t.
One thing I used to do is to only take a certain amount of money with me shopping. Its best to come up with your budget before going and that way you only spend the money you feel comfortable spending. I know this is a little more difficult in the modern age of shopping online and contactless, but you can maybe only transfer the money you need into your regular account and keep the rest in your savings. When I shop now, I only spend a certain amount on clothes a month. The same goes for when I buy anything else, I budget myself to stop from spending a crazy amount of money.
Another thing I do to stop myself from spending is to have a shopping list. This goes for everything, when I need or really want certain items, I write them down on my notes in my phone and then stick to it when I’m out shopping. This trick works really well if you stick to the list but it is so easy to notice something else in the store and end up buying it.
A great way to save money when shopping is to buy vintage/second-hand items. There are loads of charity stores, vintage stores, retailers and websites that sell discounted second-hand items. The best way to save money (and the environment) it to buy things second-hand. I have bought clothes for as little as £1 and seen furniture for next to nothing when looking around charity and vintage stores. Websites like eBay, Facebook marketplace and Depop are amazing for buying second-hand items at a lower price.
if you don’t want to actually spend money on new items, you can repurpose your old ones. There are millions of websites and TV programs dedicated to show you how to repurpose your old items into new ones. You can sew or style your old clothing to look more up to date, you can turn old candles into storage or makeup brush holders, you can old bedding into curtains and even change the way old furniture looks so it can suit your style. This saves you so much money as you will already have most of the stuff you need to create these new items, plus it can be a cool project for you to do.
The first thing you should do when shopping is look for items on sale. All clothing stores and online retailers put the items that didn’t sell on sale for a discounted price. Even supermarkets do sale items and two for the price of one. This can save you so much money. I normally add items to my wish list online and wait for it to go on sale in order to save a bit of cash.
One of the main tricks I use when trying to save money is discount codes. A lot of people share discount codes online that have worked for them or websites offer free delivery/money off with a discount code. The best way I use discount codes is by using Honey. It’s a free browser extension that automatically applies discount codes at checkout on millions of websites. I use it a lot on sites like Amazon, Nastygal and Newlook.
So, those are some ways I manage to shop on a budget. I love to shop but can’t afford it and I’m sure a lot of people are in the same boat. Hopefully these tips can help you save a little extra cash next time you go shopping.
‘Shopping: one of my favourite pastimes.’ ~ Adrienne Posey
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