Never Pay Full Price For ANYTHING!

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 Codesvouchercodes.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!

Miss BB

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12 Comments

  1. Jeni
    19 September, 2012 / 8:30 pm

    For the US go to RetailMeNot dot com, I usually find great deals through it 😀

    • missbudgetbeauty
      21 September, 2012 / 1:48 pm

      thanks for the tip for my readers across the pond x

  2. sophie
    19 September, 2012 / 9:28 pm

    my tip would be cashback websites such as topcashback.co.uk and quidco (which also has an app) for shopping online, you get a percentage of what you spend back on a very large number of sites and they often have voucher codes on there too so you can save even more money! I know I’ll be using it to do my Christmas shopping

    • missbudgetbeauty
      21 September, 2012 / 1:48 pm

      I’m big on deal code websites so thanks for those!

  3. 19 September, 2012 / 9:33 pm

    Oooh, I like the sound of Deal Alerts! Love your blog by the way, can’t get enough! 🙂

    • missbudgetbeauty
      21 September, 2012 / 1:49 pm

      thank you! always lovely to hear! I will be running them as often as possible x

  4. Claire Melvin
    20 September, 2012 / 7:31 am

    Great post! Another way of saving money is to always go through a free cash back site when going to the website you are buying from. I always use http://www.topcashback.co.uk and over the past few years have managed to get £550. I thought there must be a catch to begin with but it is legit. The best deals are on insurance and mobile phones but most online retailers seem to be on there. The Body Shop is currently doing 15.15% cashback plus for 24 hours 40% off and free delivery if you spend £5. Bargain!!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      21 September, 2012 / 1:50 pm

      I never thought they’d really save that much so thanks for that! Will be looking into those for my christmas shopping for sure x

  5. 20 September, 2012 / 10:03 pm

    Love this post, I totally agree! My friends know me as the girl who gets the samples of stuff and money off vouchers for most things I buy; why not?! Think I caught the bug when I found a brand new genuine Ted Baker belt in the charity shop for £3.50! BOOM!

    Groupon is really good too, especially the restaurant deals. It gets you to try new things and places, without the huge price tag

    • missbudgetbeauty
      21 September, 2012 / 1:51 pm

      I’ve only had a taste of charity shopping but I want to go back soon.. not a great selection in the town I live but I’m willing to travel!

  6. 30 September, 2012 / 5:18 pm

    Hi Miss Budget Beauty, thank you for recommending Groupon for the latest hairdressing deals. We’d really like for you to guest blog for us Jess so please do drop us an email at blog@groupon.co.uk. Thanks again for sharing this experience and keep enjoying Groupon!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      1 October, 2012 / 7:22 pm

      I’m pleased you liked the feature, I’ve emailed you x

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