So this one makes me feel both thrifty and extravagant at the same time – something of a paradox.
It’s my children’s clothes. My Achilles heel. When I gave up my career, I knew we’d have to make so many cut-backs, so whereas I’d happily pop out and spend £100 topping up my Clinique stash, and then go into Monsoon and Oasis and do the same, these days it’s all about New Life for me. I don’t mind, quite happy with it really. Worth the sacrifice, of course. And actually, having the kids, and probably also as I get older, material things are less important anyway so I’m not bothered (that doesn’t mean that I didn’t get hugely excited when my wonderful in-laws bought the Marc Jacobs Honey for Christmas that I’d been hankering after!). But, where the kids are concerned, I do like to buy. I love seeing them in cute clothes, accessories and footwear.
But, but, I do ensure it’s bargain shopping only. I buy all of their clothes in the sales, for the next size up. They have next size up coats, shoes, trainers, and plenty of clothes. All sale bought. Yes, I know I could save a bundle more if I went to charity shops, eBay, NCT sales etc. but I like to buy new, it’s my treat, so I do it as cheaply as I can.
I do most of it online, and use Kidstart. It means I feel even thriftier, as I’m saving for the kids, while shopping for them! I will also, ALWAYS, check for a voucher code before checking out. Oh, the money I’ve saved doing this!
Where do I shop? Well, if you’re looking for bargains now, I like the M&S outlet shop, Debenhams and Boden both have up to 70% clearance sales on and Pumpkin Patch have a ‘nothing over £7’ sale on – I’ve just picked up a winter coat for Boo for next year that was £41, now £7 🙂
What about you? Buy as and when needed or bag bargains?