Shopping: Less is more!

Everything seems to cost lots of money. Especially when you are a teenager and you don’t have a fulltime job. If you don’t have lots of money to spend, you can do two things: buy less or buy smarter. Since the first option is not even an option for some of us, I have made a top 5 of tips for spending less (but not buying less) for you:
1. Have a little patience.
Once the sale has started, most sales start in January and just after the summer holidays, you can buy clothes and shoes of the ‘old collection’ for half of the original price or even less. This does not only go for the ‘real’ shops but also for the online shops (don’t overlook the shipping costs). However, waiting for the price to drop can lead to your favourite shoes being sold out, but once you have ‘sale-shopped’ you will find out that it is worth taking the chance.
2. Go outlet-shopping.
For everyone who does not want to wait until the sale has started, there are shops that offer discounts all year through: outlet shops. There are outlet shops all over the world so if you are looking for an outlet in your country, just google. If you are looking for one particular brand or you just don’t want to travel very far, online outlets may be a good option for you. Examples of online outlets are www.mangooutlet.com, www.dress-for-less.com, and www.haburi.com, but there are many, many more.
NB: Watch out for import duties and other taxes when buying from other countries or continents, for they can be really high!
3. Buy second-hand or new onine.
On sites like eBay, you can buy new or nearly new products. Many people bought clothing or shoes they never wore and they are prepared to sell it for whatever price is the highest offer. The advantage of eBay is also its disadvantage: there is a time limit. This can exclude many people because of missing the auction, but it can also be a ‘spending-factor’ for you when you really want to have something. A good advice is to decide how much you maximally want to pay for the item and then bid at the very last moment (if your pc is not too slow). Don’t let the time pressure make you spend more than you originally intended.
4. Trade clothes and shoes with friends.
Go through your closet (and perhaps even your mum’s and your sister’s; with their approval of course) and take out all clothes and shoes and accessories you don’t wear (anymore). If your friends do the same, you can have a girl’s night with your friends having fun and trading clothes. This way you can obtain a new wardrobe without spending any money.
5. Subscribe to sites of shops.
In most cases, they will send you emails with information about sales and offer opportunities for more discount when you are a member. However, if you are easily tempted to buy from the newest collection, this is not a smart choice, for they also send you information about their new collections (mostly including pictures).
Hopefully, these tips will work for you and if you have anything to add or if you want to comment, please do so.
Buy smart!

Everything in the world seems to cost lots of money. Especially when you are a teenager and you don’t have a fulltime job. If you don’t have lots of money to spend, you can do two things: buy less or buy smarter. Since the first option is not even an option for some of us, I have made a top 5 of tips for spending less (but not buying less) for you:

1. Have a little patience

Once the sales has started (most sales start in January and just after the summer holidays) you can buy clothes and shoes of the ‘old collection’ for half of the original price or even less. This does not only go for the ‘real’ shops but also for the online shops (don’t overlook the shipping costs). However, waiting for the price to drop can lead to your favourite shoes being sold out, but once you have ‘sale-shopped’ you will find out that it is worth taking the chance.

2. Go outlet-shopping

For everyone who does not want to wait until the sale has started, there are shops that offer discounts all year through: outlet shops. There are outlet shops all over the world so if you are looking for an outlet in your country, just google. If you are looking for one particular brand or you just don’t want to travel very far, online outlets may be a good option for you. Examples of online outlets are www.mangooutlet.com, www.dress-for-less.com, and www.haburi.com, but there are many, many more.

NB: Watch out for import duties and other taxes when buying from other countries or continents, for they can be really high!

3. Buy second-hand or new online

On sites like eBay, you can buy new or nearly new products. Many people bought clothing or shoes they never wore and they are prepared to sell it for whatever price is the highest offer. The advantage of eBay is also its disadvantage: there is a time limit. This can exclude many people because of missing the auction, but it can also be a ‘spending-factor’ for you when you really want to have something. A good advice is to decide how much you maximally want to pay for the item and then bid at the very last moment (if your pc is not too slow). Don’t let the time pressure make you spend more than you originally intended.

4. Trade clothes and shoes with friends

Go through your closet (and perhaps even your mum’s and your sister’s; with their approval of course) and take out all clothes and shoes and accessories you don’t wear (anymore). If your friends do the same, you can have a girl’s night with your friends having fun and trading clothes. This way you can obtain a new wardrobe without spending any money.

5. Subscribe to sites of shops

In most cases, they will send you emails with information about sales and offer opportunities for more discount when you are a member. However, if you are easily tempted to buy from the newest collection, this is not a smart choice, for they also send you information about their new collections (mostly including pictures).

Hopefully, these tips will work for you and if you have anything to add or if you want to comment, please do so.

Buy smart!


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4 Responses

secret admire

January 18, 2010 at 9:10 pm

i love shopping by myself

RAYANE

January 31, 2010 at 7:43 pm

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RAYANE

January 31, 2010 at 7:44 pm

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Jaxon

April 30, 2016 at 1:05 am

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