Shopping can be an expensive habit, however it’s also a pretty fun one. We’ve all experienced the wonders that some retail therapy can do! By incorporating some tips and tricks into your daily life, you can still save money whilst shopping for those essentials (and not-so-essentials).
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1. Sign up to your favourite shops’ online newsletters
Signing up to receive regular emails from your favourite shops is a sure-fire way of being the first to know about any sales or offers in store. Sure, you may also receive lots of other emails which may not be as useful, but it’s well worth putting up with these, as you can make some great savings. Some shops even let their email subscribers access their sale before everyone else, or offer exclusive discounts to those signed up to their newsletter. Look out for websites that offer you a percentage discount just by registering for their email newsletter too – it’s such an easy way of saving some money!
2. Sign up to loyalty clubs
Loyalty clubs are another easy way of saving money when shopping. Pretty much all big chains have their own loyalty club nowadays, and each one offers its own unique benefits. One of my favourites has to be the Boots Advantage Card, which I’m sure all my fellow beauty-addicts also love. This allows you to earn 4 points for every £1 spent, which you can then spend on anything you like at Boots. If you’re a coffee (or tea) addict, the Costa Coffee Club is another great loyalty club to join. Not only does this give you access to free treats, unlimited Wi-Fi and secret offers, but you also earn 5 points for every £1 spent, which you can then spend on a free drink or food.
3. Use your gift cards
We’ve all received gift cards which spent months running around our handbags unforgotten and waiting to be used. Gift cards are such a great way of saving money when shopping, but it’s important to keep note of when your gift cards will expire and use them before then. There’s nothing worse than finally remembering about an old gift card you were given that’s now gone past its use-by date and is virtually useless!
4. Shop in Outlet Stores
Lots of high street and designer brands in the UK have their own outlet stores – whether that is online or in a shopping centre. One of my favourite online outlet stores is by far the Jack Wills Outlet website, which has so many good discounts on their old stock – that still looks great! – and a really good variety of different items and sizes too. If you live in the UK, it’s worth checking out your nearest outlet village or shopping centre. I love visiting Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth!
5. Make a shopping list – and stick to it
It may not always be possible to make a shopping list – such as when you simply want to have a browse through the shops. However, when shopping for things like groceries, it’s a good idea to prepare a shopping list with the things you really need before heading off to the supermarket. By focusing on buying the things you actually need, this will help you not to be tempted to spend your money on whatever food or drinks may look appetising whilst you’re walking through the aisles.