Sunday, 25 January 2009

Money Saving Tips

Its official…we are in a recession. Now that sounds worrying for shopaholics like me and Leia. But don’t worry; there are things you can do to make it through the year, without spending too much.

Re-vamp old clothes
It’s all about creativity here. Things like cutting an old pair of jeans to make them into shorts, or making rips in old jeans can make you feel like you’re wearing something new. For more creativity, you can buy beads or sequins, and completely change a pre-existing item. Beads aren’t that expensive, and will last you a while. And who know, you could have a knack for it.

Go to charity shops
There are actually loads of charity shops around, such as Oxfam. They are great for cheap stuff. Not just for clothes, but for books, and sometimes even jewellery. You always hear of people getting some great stuff from charity shops, and there is honestly no trick to it. All you need is time. You need to rummage through the racks and see what there is. I went into my local Oxfam recently and found a Zara shirt for £4. All it needed was a wash and it was good as new. There other great thing about charity shops is that all the money goes to a good cause. So you’re getting nice new stuff, and your money is going somewhere good. How perfect.

Ok, we all love sales and they are everywhere at the moment. But that is no excuse to go into all the shops and just spend. Basically, if you don’t need it, don’t buy it. When seeing something you like, you should assess how many times you’re going to wear it and how many similar items you already have like that. I mean, how many blue jeans do you actually need?
Obviously, if it’s something really good, at an amazing price, go for it.

Pre-plan shopping trips
I’ve done this one in the past, and I can guarantee it works. Just make a list of what you want and possibly even look at store websites to see exactly what you want. That way, when you go out shopping, you know exactly what shops to go into, and know exactly what you want. Hopefully, by planning your shopping trips well, you can also avoid the temptation of going into shops that you don’t need to.

Swap Clothes
This is a new fad in America, and I think we should embrace it more here in the UK. It’s just such a great idea. You have a little get together with all your friends and you all bring old or unwanted clothes. Then everything gets put together, and you just take what you want. It's also a great excuse to have a party!
Another great idea is sharing clothes. If you see your friend wearing something you like, ask to borrow it. Your friend will definitely say yes, and you have something new to wear.

I’ve recently been hearing that these days, due to the economic crisis, you can haggle in shops. You probably won’t be able to try this in shops such as H & M or New Look, but I’m sure lots of places will let you. I personally haven’t tried it yet, but I mean, why not. What’s the harm? If they say no, then you’re only paying what you intended on paying in the first place. I can’t wait to try this.
You should also make full use of student discounts. Ask at the till, if you can get a student discounts, and mostly you can get 10%-15% off.

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