I'm the first to admit that I used to be pretty awful with money - terrible in fact. I used to be extremely frivolous and quite often spend my entire pay packet within a week. What can I say I love to shop. But these days I'm a lot more careful about how and where I spend my money.
Being a fan of high end beauty and make up, I'm quite often asked if its expensive being a blogger, or met with comments of 'ooh I love this product I've seen on your blog but it's too expensive for me'. Which make me a little sad, because although I'm a fan of high end make up and beauty products, I like to share with you the good ones worth the extra pennies and it really doesn't have to cost the earth to look good. I have some great drugstore favourites I can't live without. Yes, I am lucky enough sometimes to be sent the occasional product(s) to try, which is lovely and I'm so grateful for this. But when I'm out shopping, I'd rather go for quality than quantity. Plus I rarely ever pay full price for anything....
Not rocket science I know. Just common sense. If there's a specific product I'm after I'll check a few online websites and do some price comparisons. Beauty Bay and Lookfantastic are particularly good for discounted prices. The best way to check is to simply google the product that you're after, a little box comes up with online places to shop for it with prices underneath. Straight away you can see the cheaper options.
It pays (or saves) to shop around in stores - John Lewis will always price match a competitors price and Debenhams are pretty good too.
Sign Up For All Mailing Lists.
Ok, I know getting hundreds of emails for stores or websites on a daily basis is ridiculously annoying but every now and then a online discount offer will pop up in your inbox and make your day. Normally they offer you 10% just for signing up. It takes a lot of willpower to ignore these emails as 15% or 20% off is very tempting. But most online stores offer promotions quite often so you don't always have to wait too long until the next one appears. Plus if you haven't shopped there for a while a lovely little 'We've missed you: Here's a discount code' email will soon arrive. As I was saying - willpower.
Everyone has a Boots Advantage card right? I love mine, points soon rack up and if you're good, saving them up for a real treat is really rewarding. If you download the Boots App and register your card there's a section for 'My Offers' which is tailor made offers just for you. Plus they are always sending out coupons in the post to save money and boost your points. If you set your sights on something special (rather than using them on your lunchtime meal deal) the points will soon add up and before you know it that Chanel Lipstick or Real Techniques brush set you've had your eye on is within sight. Plus if your a parent - signing up for the parenting club gives you 10 points per £1 on all baby products. (Thanks Boots!)
Other favourite loyalty cards are Space NK's N Dugle card which you can collect points on purchases and get £5 off every so often. Debenhams and Superdrug have a BeautyCard which offers the same thing.
Avoid Shipping Costs
Shopping online makes my life a lot easier, but I hate paying for delivery. Check for hidden discounts before you checkout otherwise that new cleanser you just saved 10% on actually hasn't saved you any money at all. If there's a minimum spend for free delivery it might just be worth adding another item to your basket to save on delivery. Emphasis on might .
Become an ASOS VIP.
This has to be one of the best money saving offers on the internet. If you sign up for ASOS Premier for £9.95 you get free next day delivery for a year, free returns, sale previews and discount offers via email from time to time. I make very good use of this! Plus ASOS now have an excellent beauty section.
Magazine Subscriptions / Offers
If you subscribe to your your favourite glossy on an annual basis, you can save lots of pennies rather that purchasing it weekly/monthly. Plus there's normally extra perks - as an Elle subscriber I'm a member of 'The Insider Club' which entitles me to discounts on Nails Inc, Toni and Guy to name a few plus there's different monthly offers on eating out, hotel breaks etc. You receive subscribers only collectors covers and there's nearly always a freebie in the form of a nail varnish, hand cream or 20% off card for a high street store. (who doesn't love a freebie).
Also if you have your eye on something special on the high street chances are there's a discount code to be had somewhere amongst the glossy pages. Grazia and Stylist are fabulous for this. I always take advantage of the Grazia / Whistles offers in particular. Just remember to check the expiry dates as there's nothing worse that missing out on saving money.
Read lots of Blogs
I've discovered so many wonderful new beauty brands through reading blogs. Its a great way to research and read reviews of a product you might be interested in. It's good to get an honest blogger's opinion. And quite often bloggers have linked up with a brand and will have a special discount code for you to use.
My best advice would be to not rush into purchasing anything. If your dying to get your hands on the latest Urban Decay Palette or Limited Edition Collection, give it week or few and pop it on your wish list. If you can't stop thinking about it a few weeks later; then maybe treat yourself but if you haven't really given it a second thought; chances are you don't really need it. (sorry probably sounding like your mum now) Also waiting a few weeks for the hype to die down might just lead to finding a discount for it.
Hope you find these little tips useful. Next week there will be a post on the best places I shop online for discounts so keep an eye out for that one.
Do you have any money saving shopping tips?
Love L xx