This weekend, I popped to the shops. I only needed a few bits from Boots and some food shopping but I ended up adding to this with a T-shirt and hoodie from New Look, some make up from Body shop and 2 CD’s from HMV’s buy 2 for £10 (Train and Ryan Adams if you’re interested :)) This was on top of last week’s shopping trip that ended up with a new pair of skinny jeans from Topshop, 3 pairs of shoes from New Look and leopard print scarf.
As you know, I love shopping but when I leave my full-time job, I can’t pop out and end up with a bunch of new stuff. I might -gasp- have to start budgeting or even avoid going to the shops full stop so I’m not tempted. I admit that usually I’m pretty lazy when it comes to finding deals. Not that I have bags of money but when you have a good job, you just get used to being able to treat yourself.
However, I did recently pull myself out of my laziness to negotiate my car insurance quote and ended up with a better deal that the previous year yay (thanks Tesco!) so I know that I can do it when I try.
Here’s what I need to do from now on:
1. Use web sites which do things like compare home insurance to find the best deal out there for me. I tend to stick to current suppliers for things but I will need to get off my butt and search through my options.
2. Look online before I go out to eat and see if there’s any food vouchers. For instance, I often end up Pizza Express and they are always doing deals but I always forget to check for them.
3. Make a list before I go out of things I need and not things I want. There’s a big difference! This is especially true if I go to the supermarket, I need to stay away from the extras. This may also have a good effect on my weight 🙂
4. I need to find a new laptop so I need to do some serious research first though to make sure I find the best deal. I must not get seduced by a pink one again!
5. Play the lottery. Because you never know!
What money saving tips do you have for a beginner?