When it comes to saving money I claim myself to be quite an expert and many people in my surroundings have a already asked me about how they can get the item of desire for less. I rarely ever pay full retail price for designer pieces or more trendy items, and, as I’m quite a nice person I decided to share some tips with you.
First there are of course the big sales which happen twice a year. It can of course get very distracting with the huge amount of %% signs around. To prevent myself from impulse buying, I pin all my desired items into a folder called whishlist.When prices start to drop I check if one of my previously saved items made it to the sales. If that happens I might take the plunge or, more wise, I’ll wait for the second markdown. Some pieces tend to sell out quite quickly so I suggest to grab these before they’re gone. This is usually noticeable when the more popular sizes sell out very fast. Other items on the other hand, seem to stay in the sale section forever and these are the super bargains which you can later get for 70% and, often, with additional 10%off even.
Next up is the use of promotional codes. These tiny magic words always make me save so much money, even if it might seem a bit time-consuming at first. Wonder how to use them? Well Google is your friend. If you’re looking for a Victoria’s Secret code,simply enter : Victorias Secret promotional or coupon code. You might have to try several times before you find a working code but the 10-20% are definitely worth the time.
Subscribing to the newsletters of your favorite online-shops is also a fine way to avoid spending extra cash. Usually they send out special codes or offers beforehand and you can even get access to pre-sale events. These type of private sales give you the chance to shop the collections before everyone else does and this means that all colors and sizes are more than available. But then again comparing is everything. So just google the heck out of the piece you want and check every online shop that has this specific item to find the best price. Here’s a small selection of stores where you make a good deal on a regular basis.
I also love to browse Secondhand-platforms like Ebay or Vestiaire-collective. Preloved items can be such a great score. I won my Valentino tote for less than half the price on an Ebay auction and considering that the bag is brand-new makes it an even better deal. All you need to do is a little research so you don’t get fooled into a fake. If you’re unsure simply ask the seller for better quality photos of stitches, brand plates, serial numbers, interior and so on. Then go on and compare the photos to a real item or do a quick research, for example ,,how to spot a fake Balenciaga” This will provide you with many useful information and you can rest assured that you spend your money on the real deal.
Shopping at Outlet-stores can also be super fun. For example the Guess faux fur jacket pictured below. It was already half the retail but as the shop had a special promotion I received 50% on the 50%. So I got this nice warm coat for the price of a H&M piece. Outlets are often worth the longer drive and sometimes you can even find some classic staple pieces for an incredible price. My favorites are the one in Zweibrücken and of course Roermond.
Here’s some of my best buys from the past two years.