Shop for a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget…. with Guest Blogger What Natalie Did Next…

This week we have teamed up with Fashion Blogger Natalie from What Natalie Did Next… to bring you her top tips for shopping on a lemonade budget!

In this day and age there is nothing wrong with being a savvy shopper. I get mocked by my best friend for never shopping full price…..that’s just me, perhaps its the student still in me or the girl who used to work for a fashion retailer and get the joy of a 50% staff discount.

Nowadays it is all about knowing the little tricks of savvy shopping. I feel it’s only fair to share a few….

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I have been speaking with the lovely beauties who run the blog Champagne Lifestyle Lemonade Budget. These girls know all about being savvy when shopping, going on holiday and even buying a house. I am super excited to be their guest blogger with this post also featuring on my own blog: What Natalie Did Next…

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It’s over to my top tips to being a happy savvy shopper….

Vouchercodes.co.uk, one of many websites offering daily deals. I recommend registering to receive their updates so you never miss key offers.

Certain websites will offer you a discount if you leave items in your basket overnight (*cough Boo Hoo)

If you don’t require the item ASAP, hold off as many major stores and department stores regularly hold discount events. Simply create an account on their website, then you receive the email instantly when they have a discount on and you can save items you like into your favourites so they are there waiting to be purchased.

Shop with sites offering Collect+ for returns, then it is free and easy should you need to return anything.

ASOS are great for promotions, again add items to your favourites. They also stock high street brands like River Island and New Look too. They offer Collect+ too.

DO shop about for brands. For example, perfumes and beauty, there are so many other genuine websites selling the real deal and they often have savings on. Look Fantastic is great for beauty savings, I found them as they were an authorised GHD stockist when I was look for new straightners, they stock big brands like Benefit, Estee Lauder and Lancôme (just to name a few of my favourites.

I found Escentual great for an aftershave for Pete…..I was able to get the 100ml for the price of a 50ml thanks to a super 25% off event.

http://www.lookfantastic.com/home.dept

http://www.escentual.com/

Ebay, is not all about bidding and buying second hand. Stores like Boo Hoo and Joules have Outlets on there offering items at discounted prices.

On the subject of Ebay, don’t be afraid to shop second hand. People sell MANY items ‘Brand New With Tags’. So if you require a dress for a one off occasion and don’t want to spend much, take the time to have a look on ebay…..last year I bought a brand new Topshop Velvet Dress for Christmas for under £10 and a gorgeous ASOS Faux Fur Coat, this was 2nd hand but in excellent condition. Ebay is really easy now as well to sell any unwanted items. I did a huge sale on there recently and made a nice sum of money, yes you have ebay fees to consider but if your items are sold low price then your fees are next to nothing. As a member you get many offers for free listings and only pay when you sell options.

Register with brands you like, not just to be kept up to date, but for your birthday many will send you a voucher code. Thank you M&S and ASOS for birthday treats this year. Not to mention the free bottle of prosecco I could claim at Prezzo when I spend £20 on a meal too.

Also on the subject of registering, companies will offer discounts when you sign up to their newsletters. H&M offers 25% off one item on your first order, Boo Hoo offers discounts when you sign up as well as when you download their app and recently New Look offered 30% off when you signed up as a new customer!

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To finish…Loyalty and Rewards, don’t forget about these. We all know about the likes of the Boots Advantage Card (I have never had so many points since having Ava, baby stuff means points which means Hello Make Up for Mummy!!). Keep watch for other stores doing the same, Superdrug and M&S have loyalty cards and ASOS now offer a rewards scheme. Which, like loyalty cards, the more your shop the more treats you have to go towards future purchases which = happy loyal customers YAY!!

I know there are many other shopping secrets out there, these are just to name a few. Please do share with me another of your shopping secrets….stay savvy shopping lovers!

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We hope you liked Natalie’s top tips! If you have tips for shopping on a lemonade budget then we would love for you to share them with us!

Speak Soon,

Lauren, Katy and our fabulous guest blogger Natalie xxx

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