Over the last few years, I seem to have pretty much stopped shopping out in the real world. I was thinking about this the other day and had a bit of an epiphany – I think that shopping online is actually saving me money in the long run! Want to find out how you could be saving too? Read on, my friend…
When you’re shopping on the high street, do you ever feel a weird ‘pressure’ to buy something? Do you often shop with a friend who is a total enabler? Or do you feel frustrated after a long day shopping and pick things up that you don’t love out of frustration? Impulse buys can be a real drain on your finances, especially if things are already tight. What I love about online shopping is that you can put something into your cart and walk away from it while you have a think. Make a cup of tea, check you don’t already own something similar or even add it to a wish list and come back after a week! I find that shopping online makes me really think about my purchases.
I always have a quick Google or check sites like Voucher Codes when shopping. A 2-minute search will usually turn up a cheeky discount off your purchase. Even free delivery is a bonus! My favourite for this is the Body Shop – I haven’t bought anything full price from them in years because they’re almost always running a 30 – 40% off promotion somewhere! Signing up to a shops newsletter also seems to be an easy way to get 10%, and you can always unsubscribe later.
Speaking of newsletters, it’s also a great idea to follow your favourite brands on social media. I often see ‘Today Only!’ discount codes floating around that could save you a little bit of money of something that’s on your wishlist! These discounts sometimes won’t apply in bricks-and-mortar stores so it’s always worth a quick look.
I’m terrible for forgetting to do this, but you can get some really great deals by shopping through cash back services. These basically give you either a percentage of what you spend or a lump sum back when you shop on certain websites. When I remember, I use TopCashback but let me know if you have a favourite, I’d love to find out what else is on offer!
Avoid the horrible fitting rooms
I absolutely loathe fitting rooms. I hate the lights, I hate the mirrors and I hate having to get undressed with nothing but a flimsy curtain to protect my dignity! I love being able to try on clothes in the comfort of my own home. More than that, I love being able to see if that new top fits into the rest of my wardrobe by trying it on with other pieces I already own. Or seeing if a different bra makes that dress go from ‘okay’ to ‘amazing’. And if I still don’t feel sure about my purchase then I can skip to my next favourite thing…
Super simple returns
Admittedly this is easier for me because I live around the corner from a Post Office, but I love how easy it is to return items to places like ASOS and Amazon. No queueing in customer services, no explaining why you’re returning it and no suspicious cashiers sniffing the dress you’re returning to make sure you haven’t worn it! Just fill out a form, chuck everything back in the box and hand it over to the Postie. This means I’m far more likely to actually return things, instead of putting it off until my 28 days have run out!
Don’t get me wrong, I do still think the High Street has its place. I love finding little independent shops and cafes or meeting friends for shopping and a catch-up. And don’t get me started on trying to find a matching foundation shade online! But despite all that, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to love it as much as I love shopping on the sofa in my pyjamas with a cuppa.
Do you prefer shopping online, or are you faithful to the High Street? Let me know in the comments!