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Thrifty Tips For August

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Although I didn’t make the shortlist, I was absolutely thrilled to be nominated for several categories of The MADs. One of these categories was thrift, and a very pleasant surprise it was too. I get a real kick out of being thrifty, and it felt good to know that others have been enjoying my posts centred around saving money. If you’ve missed them, they can be found here. I’ve decided to write a regular post, and will be sharing my tips with you each month. Sometimes I’ll talk about brands, or products, sometimes my home made recipes and others the things I do to save cash here and there. I won’t be trying to reinvent the wheel, just passing on information. Hope you enjoy!

My tip this month is: Buy directly from source (often abroad) to get the best price.

When my hubby and I got engaged, we planned to have a small yet traditional wedding. I took one of my besties dress shopping and after many hours, and several coffees, settled on a gorgeous fitted number that would cost somewhere in the region of £2000. It complimented every curve and made me look like a princess, but I just couldn’t bring myself to pay all that money on a dress. So I did some inter webbing (as you do) and found a China based company that make replicas for a fraction (I’m talking 10-20%) of the cost. I sent them my measurements and all the details of the dress along with payment via PayPal, and a couple of months later had it in my hands. It was every bit as stunning as the original and fitted me wonderfully – I was thrilled with it! Alas, it never got to see the light of day as I ended up being five months pregnant with a sizeable bump, and it would have been completely inappropriate. I did manage to sell it on eBay though, and get most of my money back 🙂

Over the years I’ve bought lots of things directly from overseas firms to ensure I’m getting the best price. Often I buy through eBay, but a Google search will bring up your options. Here are some of my favourite recent purchases (prices include postage):

Frozen Elsa Dress, completely the same as the one at the Disney store including all the labelling – £4.70 from China

10 silicone individual ice lolly moulds with lids – £9.99 from Hong Kong
lolly moulds

Fermented cod liver oil – saved £7 buying directly from USA
cod liver oil

Exact replica of the Ergo baby sling – UK seller had these £100 slings made, and is selling them for under £20
ergo sling

So there you go, my thrifty tip for August is: Cut out the middle man, and buy direct from source to save £££’s 



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  1. I know, I couldn’t believe it at the time! What a rip off…

  2. The dress!! Wow!! That was a great tip 🙂

  3. Thanks Leigh, I was chuffed 🙂 It’s incredible how much you can save xx

  4. Congrats on your nominations! It’s amazing to think how much money you can save by taking a bit of time to think about sourcing things differently x

  5. Love love your thrift list. And that Frozen Elsa dress is AMAZING. No one will ever know where it came from and at 4.70 I am all in for that too! Fantastic. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. Love your thrift lists. #sharewithme

  6. Wow the Elsa dress is really impressive and your wedding dress sounds really stunning too even if you never got to wear it 🙂

  7. It’s brilliant! I used a Baby Bjorn with my girls but my son outgrew it so fast. This one is fab and so comfy 🙂

  8. I know, it really shouldn’t be this way. I buy as local as possible when it comes to food and everyday items, but stuff like this would be so much more expensive sadly!

  9. It was an amazing dress, just such a shame that I didn’t get to wear it!

  10. That sling looks fab, would be great if buying local was as affordable…

  11. ginacaro says:

    It’s crazy that we can buy something from the other side of the world cheaper than we can on our own high streets! I’d love to buy everything local but it just costs so much more! Thanks for sharing on #ThriftyThursday

  12. Hi from Gina’s #ThriftyThursday linky! It sounds like your wedding dress was amazing and how clever of someone else to be able to replicate in such a way. Great deal on the sling too. It’s a good reminder for us all to shop around and see what is available and with the internet, it’s so much easier.
    Thanks for sharing!

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