One of my goals for 2014 was to do with saving, so over the past couple of weeks I've tried to steer clear of the sales and come up with some ways to save more of my money, but not rule out shopping altogether. Well, let's face it. I'm never going to be one of those people who never shops, am I?
So, what I need are some ways of being more frugal, or if I'm limiting my clothing budget, ways of making my money go further.
Rather than just buying things as soon as I see them, deciding they don't suit or fit right and never bothering to return them (one of my worst habits, by far), I'm going to try and wait for a week when I see something I like. If, after that time I am still thinking about it non-stop, I'm going to shop around and see if I can get a better deal using a comparison website like ShopStyle, or some cashback on it using a reward scheme.
I'm a bit of a sales magpie and have often found some absolute gems in some of the supermarket ranges. My favourite at the moment is George
at ASDA’s party dress collection; just last week I managed to pick up this dress for a bargainous £10.
This has never really been an area where I've spent too much money, but when you consider that moisturisers
that cost less than a fiver have come out top in trial-tests, it's clear that there's no need to spend a fortune. I prefer to wait until there's a deal on and rack up some reward points at Boots or one of the local supermarkets, and I am not brand-loyal when it comes to toiletries so I'll just buy whatever is on offer.
One of the things I spend the most on are shoes, without a doubt. Although a lot of my collection comes from eBay, the prices can still add up. Although I'm going to put off starting Amber's shoe challenge until they restart in September, I'm going to make an effort to wear my way through some of my collection between now and then, in an attempt to make some decisions on any which I could do to part with, and also to find out just how many pairs I have before the challenge begins.
I'm thinking that if I can make a few little changes to begin with, I should be able to get myself used to thinking more before I spend on impulse. That has to be the first step, right?
Do you have any tips?