Saving Money When You Love Shopping
I've spoken about my relationship with money in the past, I used to be a bonafide shopaholic and it took me a long time to realise that shopping didn't equal happiness. Living on a smaller budget for the past three years has taught me a lot of lessons. Even though I'm reformed from my emotional shopping days I do still enjoy it, I mean who doesn't love picking up a new striped Breton? Over the past couple of years, I've worked out how you can still be money savvy and still buy a few new things now and again.
Recycle your wardrobe: Something that I constantly do is recycle the items that I have in my wardrobe. At the end of each season I purge everything I own and pop it all onto eBay, this is something that I've been doing for years and has worked perfectly (especially during university). Not only does it stop you from hoarding items that you're not really wearing but it also gives you the money to purchase a few new items.
Don't browse out of boredom: We've all been there haven't we? Just thinking we can browse ASOS out of curiosity. Next thing you know you've got a basket full of items and you're entering your bank details. Taking all the online stores out of my bookmark tabs has helped me really cut down on my spending, unless I'm actually in need of something I very rarely browse online stores anymore.
Rationality: This is a hard one but being more rational with spending habits is more important. Weighing up what you need compared to what you want is a hard discipline to learn and takes a long time. When I'm out and I see an item of clothing that I like I have to go through a mental checklist in my head. If the item doesn't meet every point on my list it goes back down, no matter how pretty it is.
Shopping your own stash: A term that is well known in the beauty community is shopping your own stash. Going through what you own and rediscovering items that you love is such a good thing to do. It's is like going shopping but not spending a single penny and who doesn't love doing that?
Don't lead yourself into temptation: Just like browsing out of boredom isn't a good idea neither is just thinking oh I will walk through H&M on my way to the train station. It sounds drastic but if you don't know what is in the shops that you're not tempted to buy it are you? Looking around the shops when you're trying to save money is a slow form of torture.
Make the most out of your advantage cards: I'm pretty sure I've signed up to most loyalty cards there is. You can be really smart and savvy with them, especially with your Boots Advantage Card and Space NK card. I always like to save up my points and buy myself a real treat with them or save them for Christmas gifts.
Do you have any tips on saving money?