How to save money on fashion.. ♥

I’m sure you all know that I am a very thrifty fashion hunter, and I enjoy finding bargains and getting a good deal on what I want to buy. There is almost always a way to save a little on your purchases, especially if you buy online. So I thought I would share with you some of my top tips on how to grab a bargain! Here is a list of some of the best money saving websites that I use:
Quidco – Quidco is the UK’s No.1 cashback site. It’s the easy way to save on everything. Registering for Quidco will enable you to earn cashback for shopping at over 2,900 great retailers. So its a save as you shop cashback scheme. Some of the main retaliers that I use are: New Look, Superdrug and Cath Kidston. So everytime I shop online at New Look, I get 7% of my total spend back. So for every £1 I spend with Superdrug, Quidco will pay me 7p back. Which doesn’t sound a lot but it all adds up. In my 4 years of being a member I have had £240 paid directly into my Paypal account.
Fashion Vouchers – Many online retailers distribute discount and promotional codes. They are very easy to find, and one of the simplist sites that I use before I buy something is FashionVouchers.com. FashionVouchers.com brings together all the latest fashion voucher codes, offers and sales available in the UK from the leading fashion brands. The website is constantly updated, and they have the top 10 vouchers listed so its easy to find the best deals. They offer discounts from New Look, Debanhams, and Dorothy Perkins. 
Facebook & Twitter – Join the Facebook pages and follow on Twitter your favourite retailers, and you will be the first to know of any special offers or promotions. You can also usually sign up to their newsletters and have their latest info sent directly to your inbox, they will let you know of any ‘Free Delivery Weekends’, flash sales, etc. Facebook Examples:
Shop Style – ‘ShopStyle is the online equivalent of browsing the aisles of the world’s most fabulous store.’ It is a search engine devoted to fashion which brings together the most fashionable stores and the best brands and allows users to cross-shop hundreds of thousands of items. After you’ve searched for an item, you can then chose your price range so that you can then find something to suit your budget. For example, I searched for ‘red dress’ priced under £10, and got 138 results! Then you can browse the items, and purchase the one that suits you.
eBay – Some people think of eBay as being like a car boot sale full of peoples dirty, old, ugly things. Some people also think that it is a horrible, scary, scamming website. None of these things are true. You can get some real bargains on eBay, and it is highly unlikely (near impossible) you will ever be scammed buying from eBay as there are many forms of protection in place. I have bought lots of great items on eBay, and its not all peoples second hand tat. Most of the clothes I buy are brand new with store tags, and many are this seasons things that are still in store. Lots of people who don’t return unwanted things to get their refund often put them straight on eBay and then sell them for very little (which is why you should always return unwanted items 😉
eBay is also the home to many real  high street shops who sell some of their stock on eBay but at a fraction of the price. Including: Very, House of Fraser, Office Shoes, Superdry and Republic. So eBay can be great for buying clothes, but you can by everything from eBay, and get it delivered to your door. You should also take a look at their daily deals, where they have lots of outlet stock from branded companies. I have never had any issues with buying from eBay. You will know what you are buying, and most sellers will quickly dispatch your item. I’ve never had anyone send me any rubbish or be rude.
A photo of me in a this season dress that I bought new with tags from eBay for £1!
  Tesco, Asda, Everything5pounds, Shoe Zone, Matalan – I know many fashion bloggers would feel sick at the thought of buying from any of these stores! But they really are just they same as any other store, and they really aren’t horrendous quality! I’m not afraid of what people will ‘think’ of me if I wear something from a low-cost store, because if I like the item and it cost less than a regular fashion store, then why not buy it? It’s not shameful to buy low-cost, infact, I bet people wouldn’t even notice! And if people do look down their noses at me then sod them.. fashion moves so quick I prefer not to spend £50 on one dress which will be out of fashion in a month!
A photo of me in my 50% off River Island dress + Shoe Zone wedges! Not so shabby.
 I hope you found this post useful 🙂 Let me know if you have any top money saving tips!

13 Comments

  1. July 8, 2012 / 10:35 am

    I am certainly not ashamed of being thrifty when it comes to clothing !. I am plus sized so i often find it very hard to get cheap clothing so im always on the look out for a great bargin. I use quido and i often code stack . A tip i have fouund is that if you a code that has expired just keep a note of it as i have had expired codes work for me weeks after !

    http://www.justjoannablog.blogspot.co.uk

  2. July 8, 2012 / 11:24 am

    I love getting a bargain, cashback and all of that fun 🙂 I'm not into a certain brand-if I like something, I like it, and if there's cashback or a voucher involved (or both) then I'm well up for it! Quidco is awesome, I got over £200 cashback last year!

  3. July 8, 2012 / 11:36 am

    Great tips Victoria, I love a bargain too – so also frequent cheaper shops including Primark, Matalan and Tesco! I really must get into ebay as I know there are great bargains to be had. I think I need to get into online shopping in general, which I have a bit of a fear of for some reason…think I feel more guilty spending it online, silly I know!! x

  4. July 8, 2012 / 12:04 pm

    I use Top Cashback which is great! I bought an iphone recently and I got £75.75 back 😀 xx

  5. July 8, 2012 / 2:07 pm

    Thanks for the great tips I shall definitely try to use cash back sites more often from now on.

    Becky
    beckys makeup

  6. July 8, 2012 / 2:13 pm

    Great post! I've never heard of quidco before. But you seem to do alot of the other same tricks as me (shopstyle, ebay etc) Ive literally just posted about some Tesco purchases too ha!

    misskirstymarie.blogspot.co.uk
    x

  7. July 8, 2012 / 2:19 pm

    What a fab post 🙂

    I have a few friends who turn there noses down when i buy anything from ebay or a charity shop but half the time the cheapest buys are the ones they normally ask about lol.
    and your right, i only wear things a few times before i get bored so I'd rather pay less for something that i will only use for a few weeks.

    I never knew about shop style i will check that out.

    and wow £1 for that dress??you are a very thrifty shopper, infact your more thrifty than me hehe!

  8. July 8, 2012 / 8:01 pm

    I too love ebay and quidco, in fact I have made £433 in the last 5 years. I don't buy a lot of clothes online but I have purchased annual treavel insurance every year as well as hotels stay and other holiday bits. That really adds up.

  9. July 8, 2012 / 8:26 pm

    I love reading your blog victoria, I honestly think the exact same way as you do when it comes to this subject!
    I cannot stand people that turn their noses up at shops like tesco, asda, matalan, primark, select etc. The clothes are just as good and I've even brought a scarf from Primark in the past for £3 which was EXACTLY the same as one in New Look for £12.
    I don't buy from ebay but my sister is constantly showing me bargains shes brought and even got a faux fur leopard print coat for about a tenner!
    I definitely need to get onto Ebay!
    Zoe xxx
    Zoe Lianne

  10. July 8, 2012 / 8:34 pm

    I feel exactly the same way about shopping, I'm a complete eBay and charity shop lover when it comes to clothes. I really love the eBay dress, I've been looking for a dipped hem dress that I like for aaages now! x

  11. July 9, 2012 / 10:03 am

    i just realized i posted twice here lol!
    so don't worry I'm not crazy, the first one didn't show up said error!eek!
    sorry.

    x x x

  12. Anonymous
    July 19, 2012 / 3:34 pm

    I literally love you!

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