Discount Shopping

3-1024x737In the past I’ve tried spending bans and such but let’s face it.. I’m a shopaholic and as soon as I place any restriction on myself I end up going mad and spending twice as much as I already would have. This year I have been trying to shop a little savvier. I’m still getting my ‘hit’ and I have a constant list of wants as long as my arm but I’m a little smarter about fulfilling those ‘needs’. I spend the most on impulse purchases so number 1 thing I’ve learned this year is to keep receipts and check return timescales. The number of items I have returned in the past 6 months that previously would have hung in my closet unworn until I have them away is unreal. Only 2 weeks ago I bought a coat on sale and I was convinced I was keeping it only to today decide I don’t like it at all. I’m the worst! Luckily I still have my receipt and am within my returns period so I didn’t waste my money and if you are a whim shopper like me I would highly recommend keeping things for a week or two before removing tags etc. I am so fickle it’s just common sense!

My second tip is to NEVER buy anything before you’ve done a quick search online to see if 1. you can find it cheaper or 2. there’s a promotional code you can use.I rarely purchase anything online without some kind of voucher code (check out voucherbin.co.uk) and am signed up to a dozen or so mailing lists to be sure I never miss one for my favourite retailers. I shop on eBay for second hand items if they’re particularly pricey (I JUST bought something exciting I will be showing you in a video very soon)as well as selling items I’m no longer using.. usually to fund something I’m bidding on, is it just me that does that?

The last tip is one I am still working on making best use of myself, cash back sites. I always use them when I’m booking holidays etc as the return can be massive but it’s tough to remember to click through every single time I make a purchase. Every penny counts though so if you’re really trying to save while shopping and shave off as many discounts as possible this is one thing that costs nothing but time.

If you have any tips of your own feel free to add them in the comments.. saving money is a nice idea but I prefer to save on my shopping.. much to my bank accounts despair, I’m sure.

Miss BB

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10 Comments

  1. rachel kerr
    2 May, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    i’m a complete impulse shopper,online is the worst for me i honestly have packages arriving daily its youtubes fault lol since i started watching yt beauty videos i have acquired a ridiculous amount of makeup and other beauty products,i’ve had to reign my spending in buts its so hard being a beauty junkie and my hubby says i have hoarder tendencies so not a good mix but yes its always great to find discount codes and sites like topcashback are good x

  2. 2 May, 2015 / 3:59 pm

    Everyone talks about cash back sites but i can never be bothered haa, if im shopping online i usually search for discount codes and sometimes find some really good ones x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

  3. 2 May, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    I’ve never used those cash back sites, I’ve always been slightly skeptical of them for some reason. I do always search high and low for voucher codes though!

    Beka. xo
    littleworldofbeka

  4. Neelam
    5 May, 2015 / 8:35 pm

    I love that you say you spend twice as much if you go on a spending ban! Ha, glad it’s not just me! Defiantly agree that checking for online vouchers is wise! If you’re a student, unidays is a great app!

    Neelam // neelamjayna.blogspot.co.uk

  5. 6 May, 2015 / 11:46 pm

    Spending bans never work for me! And as soon as I get online i am straight away on the search for useless stuff!

  6. Kristine
    9 May, 2015 / 11:55 pm

    I use the cash back sites and it works and you can still use your voucher codes too. Your cash back depends on how much you spend when you shop. If you like to shop its a great thing.

  7. 12 May, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    These are such great tips, I always seem to buy on impulse and then end up with so many things I never use!

  8. 18 May, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    This is so me! Some great tips 🙂 I’ve been good with cash-back sites and always looking for discount vouchers when I see something I like, but I also tend to buy on an impulse and a few months later am trying to sell it on eBay for some cash as it’s never been worn. Will definitely keeps the tags on longer form now on! x

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