Yep. It's hard been a girl, so many lovely clothes out there, but what percent of the population has a disposable income, or an income which can be spent on clothes? Which of us can actually fill our Gucci (or fake Gucci bought from a market stall in Turkey) purse with real money? It never is just clothes though is it, one item leads to another, a new dress requires a new bag or maybe a necklace oh and what about those earings that match your new heels so well. On top of that is the new hair do and the make up top ups. It's a never ending, vicious cycle. Your wardrobe is already crammed, but we're girls.. what's wrong with just one more item?
I often have dreams about having super market sweeps in Topshop, yep Topshop. A gorgeous high street retailer which has urm.. clearly been hit by the credit crunch and felt the need to raise it's prices. Let alone Harvey Nichols, i'd have to win the euromillions to do regular shops in there. I'm aiming to help you out, girls and boys, in this economic crisis that we are facing but also, why not save money when it's easy to? I know some people are funny about using money off vouchers etc as they feel cheeky, but they're there for a reason! Use them! Today i'm going to give you my money saving tips as I do think i'm quite good when it comes to saving money. At face value, these may not look like your ordinary 'money off vouchers' but I promise you, use these tips and you will save a fortune.
Step 1; Student? Use all that studying to your advantage;
-MR N.U.S (NATIONAL UNION OF STUDENTS) If you haven't got an NUS CARD, I urge you to get one, now! Click this link to register for one, it cost's merely £10 and you save that in almost one transaction - not to mention the free mcdonalds you get with it. See it as your reward for being a hard working student. So, what will NUS save you? ASOS and Topshop both regularly do 20% off for NUS card holders, this can be used in store and online. Whopping saving if you spend even £40, thats £8.00 off. Thank you, that will pay for my cocktail next Saturday. 'you can't even use it in that many places' - WRONG.
Simply present your card and pow, money off. The list includes the likes of Accessorise, Topshop,Asos, La Senza, House Of Frazer, Lipsy, Miss Selfridge, Miss Guided, Mulberry, Office, Oasis.. and more. No catch, if you're a student, pay once a small fee and this magical card is yours.
I'm not a student though!???;
-It's a good job that I have lots of other tips for those who are no longer students or never were. If you don't have a friend whos a student, and can't borrow their NUS number, keep reading.
Online shopper? If you're not already one, you will be after this;
You're bound to get more bargains if you shop around online, it's a fact, the highstreet is more expensive, usually sold at RRP (reccommended retail price) which isn't cheap, as we're all aware.
-USE AND ABUSE ASOS. ASOS are clearly a super savvy site when it comes to saving their customers money. A quick and easy peasy way of saving so much money in the long run is to sign up to ASOS premier. What's ASOS premier? You pay a one off fee of £14.95, which gets you free unlimited next day delivery, all year. Free return collection service all year, no minimum order value, first glimpse of new arrivals and sale items. Erm, what's not to love?
-ASOS OUTLET. See this site as THE KING OF ALL OUTLETS View it here; http://www.asos.com/Women/Sale/Shoes/pgecategory.aspx?cid=1931 Ted Baker shoes half price? All year round? Don't mind if I do. Big brands with up to 70% off, ALL DAY EVERY DAY.
-FOR QUICK ORGANISED SAVINGS.
It tells you WHERE has a sale, HOW much money you get off, as well as giving you online DISCOUNT codes. Lazy girl? Can't be bothered to search? http://www.fashionvouchers.com/top-10/ View their top ten discounts. I'm sure at least one of them will entice you. 70% off Motel? Oh go on then... P.S I love the layout of this website, it's classy compared to the usual 'outlet' site.-GIRLIE SAVINGS ON A GIRLIE SITE? If it isn't good enough that its bright pink, fuelled with the latest fashion savings, what about the fact that they have a sister site, which you can set up to find the hottest deals in your area? http://www.chiconomise.com/category/fashion
Look for hot local deals here: http://www.thedailychic.com/
Have a budget? Going on holiday and don't want to spend loads on clothes that will get ruined?
http://www.everything5pounds.com/dresses-c-21.html yep, it's true. everything is five pounds.
However, If you can stretch your budget a little further,http://everything10poundsorless.com/
Or would you rather browse a website that collaborates the two? http://www.woownow.com/
Including three categories, you either buy one and get something else free, you can search for items up to ten pounds or items up to 5. Now tell me that's not AMAZING?
-RENT THAT DRESS.
Can't afford that Christian Dior dress because £10,000 just stretches your bank a bit too far?
Rent the dress. Who would ever know?
(sign up today and get a £10.00 welcome voucher, or use your Student discount for 10% off!) Marc Jacobs dress buy price: £345, Hire price: £39, Who on earth said designer had to be expensive? One things for sure, you wont get bored of it as you can just hire another instead!
If girlmeetsdress doesn't have the designer one that you want, how about renting a celebrity designer dress? The same dress that Kim Kardashian wore for £49.00? I think you're gonna pull tonight!
See it as Net a porter's younger, still as elegant but less expensive younger sister. 200+ designers at 70% off, woweee, a designer girls heaven but dreamy for your purse as well. Even their logo says they're designer, feisty and ready to go.
-WHY CAN'T I FIND ANYTHING IN PRIMARK?
Hate shops like Primark and TKMaxx because they're always SOO busy, but your friends always find such bargains in there? Which look exactly like that top you saw in Topshop last week? But cost a fraction of it... Look no further, surf for your designer goodies at 75% online; finally have a website, score!
-KNOW HOW TO KEEP A SECRET?https://secretsales.com/register2/?ggkw=outlet%20designer%20clothes&gclid=CNXCnbC0n7ECFYUKfAodzATLZQ
up to 70% on fashion, it's our secret, you'll see the likes of Chloe, Hugo Boss, Armani, Calvin Klein and more. Id you couldn't find what you were looking for on the secret site, try this beauty; http://www.dress-for-less.co.uk/tmpl/home.tmpl with up to 60% off the likes of Guess, Diesel, Pepe Jeans
-OLD SEASON FAVES AT SALE PRICES? ALL SAINTS, WE SALUTE YOU. http://www.allsaints.com/archive/women/archive_shop/
Far too many people don't know about this, but All Saint's sells old season favourites at sale like prices on the archive section of their website. It's amazing, be quick if you see something you like, it goes fast.
-LOOK FOR CHEAPER ALTERNATIVES;
Before you shop at the more expensive high street retailers such as Topshop, be sure to look at sites that do similar items; www.missguided.com www.boohoo.com tend to do the exact same items at a fraction of the price. Remember those studded loafers in Topshop? They sell them on Miss Guided for half the price and they look the same. See this site as a site for replicas of the more expensive high street stores.
-MY TOP MONEY SAVERS (the cream de la mer of fashion savings):
-EBAY. Not everything on Ebay is second hand. They now have their own outlet brands on there,
shops such as Office, offering huge discounts. ALSO, type in ANYTHING that you want;
eg- sequin maxi dress (and I promise) you will find exact replicas of those in high street stores, on a buy it now price from a sellers shop.
-SIMPLE SAVERS WHICH ARE FORGOTTEN;
-Sign up for newsletters; Motel give you 10% off if you sign up for their newsletter. American Apparel give you a whopping 15% off! Also, you get up to date on when the sale starts.
- Save magazine coupons
- Look out for codes on television adverts
- Sign up for sample sales online, this is a great online diary which will tell you when the sample sales are:
- Never ever buy anything online without googling it first to see if you can find the same item cheaper, some sites stock the exact same brand for a lot cheaper, i've often found the same item on EBAY from a seller at a buy it now price that is available on Miss Guided.
- Check the top bar of a website, it usually says spend £35.00 and get free next day delivery.
- READ BLOGS - without knowing it, theres adverts everywhere for money off.
- Subscribe to brands facebook pages and twitter profiles to keep up to date with their current vouchers, they sometimes even send you samples.
- On sites like ASOS, put the money bar down to a very low price, that way you only see bargains
- GET READY AT MIDNIGHT, TO FIND THE SALES, eg - on boxing day go online at 12am to get the best buys and sizes in the sale online, skip the queues in store.
-MAKE YOURSELF COST NEUTRAL;
-SELL YOUR CLOTHES. There's no excuses not to, there's Etsy, Ebay or even ASOS Market place.
Okay, so this isn't techinically a money off voucher, but by 'recycling' your old clothes, you make cash which (if you love fashion) will more than likely go towards funding a whole new wardrobe. It's quick and easy. I reccommend using the Ebay phone app, you literally, take a photo and write a setence and pow, your item is listed.
Top money making tips on online market places:
-Put your items up for 10 days on Ebay, this maximises exposure.
-Try to take clear photographs, I always use a white wall as my canvas. If you have a mannequin, this looks super professional. Would you look twice at an item on Ebay if there was clutter around it?
-Build up a good track record, get into a good routine, post your parcels quickly and the money will keep flowing in.
-If you post internationally, write it in your description, if it comes from a pet or smoke free home, write this too! It helps people.
-Always try to end your listing on a positive note, I put 'happy bidding xxx' as I think it makes it more friendly.
Hope this saves you some money! I want to get all Bloggers involved in this, leave a comment with your best fashion saving money tip if you have one and let's make this post full of money savers for the blogging community!
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