Saturday, 28 October 2017

Super Saving

I like saving money as much as the next person. As a student, you really need to try to get every possible cent to stretch as far as it can go. I normally am not very frugal when it comes to saving money but when I really want to get something that's a little more on the expensive side, I go a little crazy saving for money. I am one of those people who saves money to buy things and I thought I would share a couple of tips.

Shop around
I know everyone has this tip at the top of their list but it truly works. When I was younger I used to get all my makeup and skincare from Boots but now I rarely do, unless there's a good offer, as Boots is normally quite overpriced compared to local pharmacies and supermarkets. I always compare prices for different items, books, beauty and even food in different shops. Try TK Maxx/TJ Maxx as you can find anything under the sun in there. I've seen more high end makeup there for less than €10 and loads of beautiful stationery. Saying that please be careful when getting makeup from places like TK Maxx as sometimes products can already be opened or damaged.

If you are more into shopping online, I use Price Spy which compares the price of an item through different online stores. It isn't overly accurate sometimes but it can help you go in the right direction. I compared getting a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge in several places and the cheapest was on Amazon at €4.48, Cloud 10 at €6.95 and Boots at €7.99. Obviously do this with caution as you don't want to get a fake or be scammed.

Equipment for defence against the red sea
Being a woman and getting a period every month is a pain and also really expensive. I wrote a post a while back about my thoughts on the Mooncup which I still use and adore. It makes my period a little easier as I don't have to worry about not having enough pads or tampons. I used to spend over €10 a month on the necessities but now it's down to around €2-€3. It's also much better for the environment and less waste going out into landfills =less money spend on rubbish disposal. If internal protection ain't your thing, cloth pads are always on option. You use them, wash them and use them again.

Take advantage of your Student ID
I finally got myself a Student Leap Card and I am so delighted as now I can get student tickets instead of paying for the more expensive adult ones. There are also offers in shops, cinemas and some restaurants. There's Unidays, where you get a percent off certain places but the list is so long, Superdrug, New Look, Boohoo Urban Outfitters, Nike and Apple just to name a few. I made my brother set up a Unidays account, so I could get some offers.

Store cards are good too
They aren't as good as a student card, but they can still save you some money. Some store cards are better than others, the best one I have come across to date is Superdrug's Health & Beauty Card. Free shipping with no minimum spend, special offers that no one else can get and surprise 10% off. Others are points based where you can use your points to cash in on something.

Make a target
If you are saving up for something big, a new phone, a car or money towards your next holiday,  I recommend making a target as you can see how far you've gone and how much more you need to save. I found this very helpful when I started saving for my car, I have €1000 saved in the past 1 1/2 - 2 years. I still haven't got the car yet as I hope to save another €1000 before trying to price one.

Dupes, dupes, dupes, dupes
Dupes have been saving my ass for the longest of times, and they are great if you are in a pinch and want a similar product to it's more expensive counterpart. I've heard a lot about the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and at one stage I was thinking of buying it but I'm glad I didn't as Lidl have a dupe for it. I have tried out the dupe before but I will when it comes back into stores, it's rumoured that it will be there at the end of November and at €5 I will definitely be trying that out.

Library Card
If you are in a pinch and want to read a new book that has just been released why not go to a local library and get a library card. It is a very inexpensive membership, some places even have free membership or it may only cost €10 and you can read as many books as you like. I lived in the library when I was younger and that's why my book collection never got overly huge as I was always getting books from the library. You can also order in a book you might like which is pretty cool.

Thanks for being awesome,


  1. Definitely a good idea to shop around for your fave necessities - there is always bound to be cheaper elsewhere. Some great tips!
    Amber x

    1. Thanks for commenting Amber! You never know with shopping around something could be a couple €s off or even half price.