I make it pretty well known to you guys that I’m not the richest person in the world. I don’t have a tonne of designer jewellery or designer clothes – in fact, I don’t really have any at all and what I do have I bought for a huge discount. Today I’m going to be sharing with you guys how I manage to treat myself to nice things while on such a tight budget, from designer bags to holidays.
MAKING USE OF OUTLETS
Outlet shopping is one of my favourite things to do because I love the feeling that you’re getting a bargain. Many bloggers I know make use of Bicester Village, which is a shopping outlet in Oxfordshire where you can get many brands such as Mulberry, YSL, Ellesse and Chloé at a discounted rate. However, if Bicester village is a little far away from you, you can get many higher-end brands online on discount websites and designer outlets online. Even websites like Jack Wills that are on the slightly pricier side have an online outlet store and I love browsing on there because, let’s be honest, I cannot afford £90 for a dress. Whenever I feel like I’ve gotten a particularly good bargain, I always feel so satisfied in my soul – is that weird? But remember, it’s only a bargain if you were willing to pay full price for it!
SHOPPING LESS OFTEN
I found that fortnightly trips to Primark where I was spending £20 a time on clothes that would break after three wears was really draining my bank account. Even though I felt like I was getting a bargain at the time, it was just money I did not need to be spending. Once I cut these little trips out of my life, I had much more free capital and was able to buy better quality clothes less frequently. If you want to own designer items, then I 100% recommend ditching Primarni so you can afford Armani (well… maybe not quite).
This one is pretty obvious but if you want to splash out on something lavish, save up for it. Going through the trials of earning money, cutting back on your spending and putting aside some money for a special treat will make that treat even more worth it. Johnny and I are currently in the process of saving for a Walt Disney World (that’s the one in Florida!) holiday and just knowing that at the end of all these hard hours at work and long shifts means we get to hang out in the most magical place on earth makes it so worth it for me.
In my opinion, having a few things of quality and saving up for things you really want is far more satisfying than having loads of crap you paid five quid for.