Wednesday, 8 February 2012

5 Ways To Control What You Spend.

There comes a point when you really do have to stop buying all those 'nice' tees that you'll make use of one day, and those black boots that are so similar to your other black boots but with a smaller heel. We've all made mistakes when it comes to shopping and spending our hard earned wages (or our parents for that matter - depending on how good you are at "but I really need these boots Daddy!"). Fortunately, I'm gradually learning from my mistakes, and finally managing to save up a nice sum to take to Uni with me.

I thought I'd share some of the 'rules of shopping' I have given myself to avoid splashing my cash in one spree. Obviously these will not all work for everyone, but at least it gets you thinking about what changes you can make.

1. Calm yourself down when it comes to SALES. I'm sure many of you, like me, lighten up and get this tingling sensation in the 'fashion' section of your brain when that word appears. But really, sales aren't your friend. Yes you can purchase that top you wanted for half price and those shoes are down by £4. Take a minute to think "Do I really need them?". I've spent numerous shopping trips pealing apart the sale rails and collecting as many bargains as I can. Make sure before you go to the till you check through what you've gathered in your arms and think about what you could style the pieces with and when/where you will wear them.

2. Spend your VOUCHERS wisely. At birthday's and Christmas it's common to collect a few vouchers for the same shop which could (hopefully) build up to quite a nice amount. I fortunately gathered quite a lot of Topshop vouchers this Christmas, and instead of splashing them all on the sale items, I decided to buy a couple of pieces I had had my eye on for a while (see number 3). That way you won't gather more pointless pretty tops to add to your collection, but some items that you really love and look forward to wearing.

3. Look for TIMELESS pieces. This is my favourite rule at the moment. I have quite a lot of cardigans and strap tops that I've collected from sales and various offers. So with my Topshop vouchers I promised myself I would spend my money without regret. After much deliberation and a few different visits, I bought this leather jacket and these black skinny jeans. I had been searching for a good quality pair of black skinny jeans for ages (see this post) and a fitted black leather jacket, so I'm still really pleased with them both and I've had lots of wear out of them. Jeans, leather jackets, basic white tee's, waist belt's, blazer's, versatile coat's are all timeless pieces that you will wear again and again.

4. Do your RESEARCH before you buy. You can often find on-trend items at variable prices across the internet. Browse through eBay and other online stores before you decide to buy to get an idea of whether you should be paying £40 for that dress. Desire Clothing is good for high street trends, and Berty & Gerty from Camden is great for affordable vintage pieces. I also find New Look have a lot of similar items to Topshop but at cheaper prices, as does Primark but obviously the quality is lower.

 5. TRY before you buy. I regularly make the mistake of not trying things on before I invest. This is often due to the never ending changing room queue or I simply do not have time. If you are running out of time, then don't spend your money. You are most likely rushing so might not actually like the item/s as much as you thought. If you regret not purchasing them later, then you can always go back another time. This avoids the hassle of taking things back or exchanging them, which is something I try to avoid as much as possible!

I hope this helps and please let me know what rules help you save money!

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