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