Shopping online can be dangerous. With all that virtual cash floating around it’s hard to keep track of your spending but it’s also the best place to shop if you’re looking for a good deal. I never pay full price for anything online, if I can’t find a voucher code (which is extremely rare) I bide my time and within a week one will usually materialise.. otherwise look for another stockist and they probably have one out there somewhere. One of the best things about the world wide web is the infinite possibility for sharing information, why shouldn’t that include shopping?
Many sites like MoneySavingExpert are frequented by bargain hunters like myself looking for loop holes, double discounts and sneaky ways around paying full whack.. here are some of my personal favourite tips and tricks.
Clothes – I’ll admit I’m not the savviest shopper when it comes to clothes, other than online voucher codes (more on that later) I generally shop in Primark because it’s cheap and accessible but if you have the time and the inclination there are some amazing things to be found at your local second hand (or thrift) store, you just have to persevere. Some stores are better than others and those in more affluent areas are likely to have the hand me downs of well.. the more affluent.. just something to think about. TK Maxx is also a great resource if you’re a little more label conscious and they’re online now too!
Shoes – If you’re a size 5 or smaller and looking for branded footwear (think Hunters, Uggs, Converse) look in the children’s section! I bagged myself a pair of Hunter wellies for just £32 that are identical to the adult version (£79) bar the little reflective strips on the back! Nobody would know!
Voucher Codes – vouchercodes.co.uk is my go to site when looking for discounts and money off but don’t assume if you don’t find a code on one site there are none, shop around (read google around) until you get the best deal for your shopping basket! Another note is ignore expiration dates, many codes work long past their expiry and can be doubled up so try every combination you can before paying a penny.
Group Buying – My examples here would be Groupon and Buyapowa. They work differently but have the same end result – discounted products/services for you to purchase. Groupon almost always has a hairdressing voucher and if you’re not fussy about where you get your hair did grab one of these for a colour and cut when you see one at a salon you like. Groupon generally tailors it’s results to local deals whereas Buyapowa is a national site where the more people that agree to buy something the less you’ll all pay when the ‘co-buy’ ends. Read more about that here, both sites are fab so long as you’re buying things you need/had your eye on rather than impulse buying because of a discount!
These are just a few starters but I intend to expand on this and run regular Deal Alerts from now on. After all we are approaching the holiday season (we are! you can’t escape it) and for many of us the real shopping is about to begin! As always I encourage comments but in particular if you have any tips of your own please share them!