How to buy the best for less
Seek out budget alternatives to key desirable items, and save money without compromising on style.
Don’t splash out on full-price designer clothes at expensive stores – try shopping at the growing number of designer outlets, such as Bicester Village in Oxfordshire, Livingston Designer Outlet in Edinburgh, or McArthur Glen in Ashford, Bridgend, Cheshire Oaks, East Midlands (near Nottingham), Swindon and York. Also try visiting members-only online stores such as BrandAlley, Achica and Zulily which offer up to 70% off beauty, fashion and homeware brands.
To enjoy new clothes and clear your unwanted ones without having to spend a penny, throw a ‘swishing' party. Invite your friends to bring their unloved clothes, toys, gadgets and books, and then swap them at no cost to anyone. To get started, read our guest post on ‘swishful thinking’ from Maria, a Money Matters blogger.
Avoid paying full price for toys, TVs, watches, game consoles, laptops and white goods by using a site such as The Rank Tank which highlights best-sellers and tells you where to buy them for the lowest price. Kelkoo also offers shopping guides to help you buy at the best price.
Ditch the expensive overseas holiday and try an amazing staycation or house swap instead - a (nearly) free break where you only have to pay for travel and food. Useful house-swapping sites include Love Home Swap, Homelink and Home Exchange.
Save money on petrol, parking and servicing by reducing your car use and signing up to a car-sharing scheme instead – these include BlaBlacar, Lift Share and National CarShare. If car-sharing’s not a suitable option, here are some easy ways to keep your fuel usage down.
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