As a person who loves to shop but has been a student for the past three years, I am accustomed to look for the best ways to save money. But I am person who loves new clothes and especially shoes so sometimes my impulses lead me to break the bank which isn’t always the best thing. However often those impulses lead to the best buys whilst shopping in the sales leads to a pile clothes that you don’t even end up wearing. In this post I will talk you through my shopping habits which have led to great things but also the worst.
1. Online Shopping vs Real life Shopping – I am a massive online shopper especially from websites such as ASOS which you aren’t able to find down the high street or your local shopping centre. However I still prefer the traditional ways of shopping. I prefer to try something on and see what it actual looks like rather than from a two dimensional picture in a website. The problem I find with online shopping is when you receive an item through the post and it isn’t what you expect or the sizing is all wrong, and although you might have found a cheaper version of those jeans from Topshop or that top from Zara when you get them they aren’t what you expect and you have to go through the long process of returning it and waiting for your refund. This has happened to me way too many times if you looked through my wardrobe you would see just how many items still have tags on them because I just haven’t been bothered to post them back. And guess what that money adds up!
2. 3 for 2, buy one get one half price/free – These common phrases we find in the drugstores like Boots or Superdrug making us go all crazy to troll through the beauty counters and buy unnecessary items of make-up that at the end of the day we don’t end up using. I have a been victim of these tempting scheme created by retailers. Only the other day did I pop into Superdrug and spent £45 in make-up because they were doing 3 for 2 – Did I need all of it? No – Are my going to get good use out it? I hope so but probably not. I find I make better use of a purchase if I’ve bought it not in an offer as I feel I need to justify the money I’ve paid for by using it. Don’t get me wrong I love a good 3 for 2 or buy one get one free/half price but realistically I always loose more money that way than when there are no offers.
3. Impulse buy vs Impulse buy – Everyone has good impulses and everyone has really bad ones, I’ve had my fair share of bad impulses trust me. I tend to end up looking for the receipt a week later or find the item still in it’s box three months down the line which makes me angry because impulse buys aren’t always the cheapest – in fact impulse buys are the ones you spend the most money on. But when you’re impulse buy is a good one and you haven’t gotten out of it the whole month then you know you got your money’s worth and that is the best feeling EVER!!! Also it’s good to know that impulse buys are often sale purchases so just remind yourself that before you enter the store with the ‘Sale’ banner.
4. Finally my best shopping habit is saving up for an item I want and being able to purchase it 2/3 months down the line – Okay when it happens it’s my best shopping habit especially if I avoid all the shopping habits from above! Saving up for my Jeffrey Campbell studded Foxy was the possibly the best thing ever they are my go to night out shoe and super comfy too. They’re so rocky that they add a certain edge to any simple outfit!
I recently became in contact with Raise.com a new peer-to-peer marketplace where you can buy discounted gift cards to your favorite brands, and sell your unused gift cards for cash which sounds like a great idea. How many of you receive a giftcard to a shop you don’t really like and leave it in your purse to become expired with Raise.com you can make some out of and let someone who does enjoy that shop make use of that giftcard for a discounted price! Also be sure to check out their blog post for more information about impulse buying and saving money when you’re in fact not. – Click here for their blog post!