Thursday, 6 August 2015

Tips and tricks for saving money

Sometimes as much as I love shopping... I need to hold back on what I spend. Saving isn't exactly my forte, but recently I've found saving then buying something when I really want it is the best feeling and buying for the sake of it is definitely not (although I think we can all admit to it at some point).

So I thought I'd share my top tips for saving money: 

1. Know when is the right time to buy something and whether you can/should splurge or  save. I'm doing a post about splurging or saving on makeup later this month but when it comes to clothes I know I can definitely be swayed into items I'll only wear once or twice. When I'm shopping if I see something I really like, like a top etc. I'll see the different ways I can style it. If I can put together at least 3 different outfits then I'm on to a winner! This is all dependent on the price of the item/how much I wanted it though. Various shops take different variations on a certain trend so shop around and you may find some better deals in some shops than others! 

2. Go on a makeup/clothes ban. This is such a great way of saving when you want to buy something more pricey. For June and July I went on a makeup spending ban. It taught me to reuse what I already had and therefore I discovered old favourites - plus it meant I didn't spend money on makeup! Now it's August I can be a bit more lenient in what I buy (I've managed to save for some duty free buys when I go on holiday tomorrow)! A clothing spending ban can give you more money to spend on a nice staple piece of clothing and the ban can help you put new outfit ideas together - you just need to resist the urge to spend!

3. It applies more to makeup but write a list of things you want then in a week or so see if you still want it. I definitely find this tip useful. I find when I buy makeup on a wim I end up not using it as much as a makeup product I've wanted for a long time. Especially high end makeup as it's not cheap! So I'll write a wishlist then in a while I'll look back and see if I still want it. I also read at least 3 reviews of the product to see what people think of it. This is probably the most useful tip for me - the amount of money I've saved in not buying things is ridiculous using this handy idea but it also means I don't buy makeup that I don't use. 

4. Look around for the best deals. So when I'm book shopping I may go to Waterstones to look at the books, see what books are popular but then I would buy them for on Amazon. In doing this you may only save a few pounds but it's more than you'll save if you buy it from a bookstore. There are other ways you can do this with buying makeup or clothing online - are there any websites that have better deals? Is there a discount code? Many websites put the better discounts later on in the website (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) as more people are likely to shop then! It's a simple tip but may come in handy! 


5. Have a little jar and when you have one pound, 50p or any loose change and don't open the jar for a couple of months. Whenever I go out somewhere I check my purse and if I have a pound etc. I'll put it in the jar and after a couple of months I'll see how much I've got. It's such an easy idea but I genuinely save up quite a bit by doing this! £1 may not seem like much but it can amount to much more! 

I hope some of these have helped you in some way with these little tips for saving! Let me know your top tips down below if you have any! 
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  1. OOh yes these tips are super useful! I have a little jar for spare change and it's really surprising how much it can all add up to. Definitely need to work more on the 'clothing ban' side of things... I am sooo not good at that :|

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    1. Thank you! I haven't actually tried doing a clothing ban, but I find I save loads when I don't buy any makeup!

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  2. really good tipps here. I do always look for the best deals on several stores if I want to buy something specific

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    1. Thanks! I agree, it's great to look around and see what's best!

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