As a fashion blogger, I bet you’ve lost count of the number of times people assume your life consists of glamorous A-list events and free designer clothes. Watching Zoella on Youtube and InTheFrow on Instagram, it’s easy to tell ourselves that fashion blogging is a fast-track ticket to wealth and success. But although the big timers are able to make a living from their blogs, for those just starting out, fashion blogging can be a pretty expensive hobby. If your purse is taking a battering and your bank account has become a desolate wasteland, here are my top money saving tips to keep up with the trends without screwing your finances over.
Since Jake and I moved in together, we’ve become so much more likely to drink at home than we are to go out to a bar, pub or club. For me, there’s something so much more satisfying about curling up on the sofa and enjoying a glass of whiskey than there is getting wasted in a sweaty nightclub and downing anything that’s wet. I’ve changed.
By drinking at home, we must have saved so much money. We don’t feel the need to buy new clothes all the time, we don’t have to fork out for taxis, we aren’t tempted to get a takeaway at the end of the night, and most importantly, we aren’t paying a tenner for each cocktail at the bar.
Make your next shopping trip more than £5 cheaper with this clever money saving hack
Let’s be honest, we’re all familiar with that heart sinking moment when you open an envelope on your birthday and find a gift card for a shop you hate. You find yourself having to force a smile and say ‘thank you’ but deep down you’re trying to decide between one of the following:
- Waste an afternoon trawling through the shop in question until you find something you like
- Re-gift the card to someone else on their birthday
- Chuck the gift card in a drawer where it will stay until it expires
Thankfully, there’s another option. Zeek is an online marketplace which allows you to buy and sell unwanted gift cards.
One of the major perks of being a student has to be the fact you can get discounts in a large number of shops, cinemas and restaurants simply by flashing an NUS card. And I must admit that when I graduated a few years ago and waved goodbye to my student discount card, I did feel a slight pang of sadness.
But to my surprise, today I found out that it’s still possible for me to get an NUS card even though I’m no longer a student. (Andy from Be Clever With Your Cash first wrote about this back in 2014)
Over the last year and a half, ditching the high street in favour of charity shops has played a huge role in my money saving mission. Not only have charity shop bargains helped my savings grow, it’s also allowed me to do my bit for the environment and donate money to worthy causes!
Research suggests we have £30 billion worth of unused clothing lurking in our wardrobes and we’re guilty of not wearing 1/3 of the clothes we own.
In December, one of my favourite bloggers, Jen Gale, wrote a post for The Daily Mail about how she was refusing to buy her kids any new stuff for Christmas. Jen explained that instead of buying her children things they don’t really need, they would spend time together making handmade gifts and decorations. Personally, I think that’s a wonderful idea! I’m sure I’m not the only person that spent too much money in December and, now that I’m looking for ways to cut back in January, I could have done with a thriftier Christmas. And I’m not even a parent!
2016 is here and it’s the perfect opportunity to adopt some new habits for the year ahead! If you’d like to make the world a better place this year, why not make an effort to be kinder to the environment? You don’t have to become a kale-eating, tree hugging hippy, but by adopting a few eco-friendly behaviours, you can do your bit for the world. Here are a few ideas:
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Food waste is a huge problem. Each day in the UK, 24 million slices of bread are placed in our bins and the average family bins a whopping £700 worth of food annually. Although 50% of the total amount of food thrown away each year comes from households, supermarkets and restaurants are also responsible.