With Christmas approaching, it can be easy to get carried away with spending money on presents for other people. Between gifts for family, friends, co-workers and all those extra nights out, there’s often little to nothing left in the pot to buy yourself something new to wear.
However, we think there’s something really special about having a spangly new outfit for your Christmas party and we’re determined to help you save money to find something that makes you feel amazing!
Fortunately, we teamed up with our friends over at sello, to give you our top tips on how to save money on your festive party outfit.
Find the best deals
Don’t automatically delete all the spam emails that make their way into your inbox every day. Instead, make a list of your favourite stores and make sure you are signed up to their mailing list and stay alert for any money off coupons or sales that pop up. If you have a specific clothing item in mind then it’s worth holding on a few weeks until you get a discount, as most retailers regularly offer 20% full price items. If you’ve found something you really want and you can’t wait, just check online for any valid discount codes.
Get cash back
Even if you don’t make a direct saving on your much-needed party dress, there are almost always some sort of cash back offers available. Check with your bank or credit card supplier to see if they have any offers or sign up with specific cash back sites such as Quidco and TopCashback with up to 15% cash back on brands like H&M, All Saints and Ted Baker.
Sell your old clothes
The lead up to party season is the perfect time to get rid of last year’s dress to make room for a new one. The great thing about occasion outfits is that most of them have only been worn once and can easily be sold on to another thankful owner to make a little cash that you can use towards purchasing a brand new outfit. We love Sello, an easy to use app that allows you to essentially set up your own online store with photographs of any items you want to sell. You can simply share the link to Facebook, Instagram or via email and anyone using the link can purchase the item. Buyers can make a secure payment using credit cards or Paypal and all you need to do is post the item to its new owner.
Wait until November
Apparently, November 22nd is the best day to shop for deals online. After that, online retailers are savvy to our need to panic-buy Christmas presents and offers tend to be less lucrative after this date. Of course there may be a few Black Friday deals on that party dress you’ve been eyeing up, so remember to set your alarms on November 23rd too for getting your hands on the ideal Holiday outfit for less!
Tighten your purse strings
What are you spending money on every day without realising it? Maybe it’s £3 on a coffee before work, or up to £10 in Pret A Manger at lunchtime. Maybe you’re buying an expensive bottle of wine every Friday night without thinking about how the cost builds up over the month? Consider putting yourself on a spending ban for a week to see how much you can save. If you refrain from buying a coffee every day and a sandwich at lunch that could add up to as much as £200 per month! Stop spending and start saving for that dream outfit today.