1. Patience is a virtue: when it comes to savy shopping I TRY to steer clear of impulse buying. My purchases are generally very calculated, especially when I'm shopping online. I know exactly what I want and I mull over things for weeks. I go on the hunt and when I see something I like, I bookmark it and wait. We all know that certain times of the year there are pretty great sales, so instead of getting click crazy and willingly paypaling all my money away, I wait, I stay connected via social media, and keep my feelers out for discounts.
2. Sign up to mailing lists: mailing lists might be a little annoying as they can overcrowd your inbox, but they are actually pretty helpful when you need things. Some of my faves are: Surf Stitch, they always seem to have great offers, as do Cotton On, Urban Outfitters and ASOS. They can also provide you with a lot of seemingly 'too good to miss out on' temptations, so will power is essential! Unless it's baby clothes, then will power is useless.
3. Join member only Sale websites: Some of my favourites are Temple & Webster, Ozsale and Mumgo. I love these sites, I'm sitting here now in a new pair of half price Birkenstocks from Ozsale and my feet are so thankful! I buy a lot of necessities from these sites, sheets, towels, nail polish (I mean who can say no to $9 O.P.I). Often I scan the brands that are on sale, if nothing catches my eye, I delete, because it is way to easy to get sucked in, but if there is something I've been chasing then great! It can be easy to get caught up in a good deal and buy way too much stuff you don't need just because it's a bargain, but try to use your head! Do you need it? Is it actually that good of a deal? How much is shipping? With these sites there if often a pretty long (3-4 week) lead time, so don't order from there if you need it ASAP (this is where point 9 helps).
4: Discount Codes: Did you know there are websites that often list a whole lot of current discount codes! Just google the brand or store you want to buy from and add discount codes. Sometimes you get nothing, sometimes you hit the jackpot! Things like free shipping are pretty common and that certainly saves some extra money when shopping online.
5: Google is your best friend: If I find something I like, I google it until the cows come home. I try to find the best prices and the best deals on shipping. It's just like trudging from store to store to compare prices, but way easier and less time consuming! Just make sure the site you order from is trustworthy, and that is where PayPal helps you feel a little more secure!
6. Follow shops and brands you like on Social Media: Often stores will announce their sales first to their social media fans, which means you get in first and secure the things you have been chasing, or they have special promo codes that they share only for their followers and fans! I can't tell you how many sales I've discovered just from Instagram and Facebook alone, it's a little bit of an addiction for me!!
|7. Second hand doesn't mean second class! Some of my favourite household items have come from Ebay, Gumtree or garage sales. There really are some great treasures to be found, it just takes a bit of work and once again patience. I used to check ebay multiple times a week just looking for new furniture listings when we bought our first house. Most of the time, it paid off!|
10. Bargain doesn't mean cheap and nasty: It can be so easy for the house to fill up with cheap and nasty throwaway crap! I try to avoid it at all costs. I guess I have somewhat expensive taste in things, but my budget doesn't quite meet my tastes, I'm not drooling over Louis Vuitton, my tastes aren't that expensive, but I've had to become a bargain hunter in order to actually be able to afford the things I love. I love things that are well made and last the test of time, and the test of children! We bought a little kitchen set from KMart the other day it was only $10, but then within minutes the kettle broke, we took it back and got another set and the same thing happened. Complete waste of $10, that sort of stuff makes me so mad, so I'm going to stick with the quality stuff!
I think the way I feel about shopping is that you buy what you love, not just purely because it's on Sale, and it seems to work well for me, what works for you?
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