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New summer, new wardrobe: how to shop smart on a budget!

By Tyrone Huggins

Thinking of revamping your wardrobe and switching up your style this summer? Who says you can’t do it on a budget! Everyone loves a bargain, right? So, in true Money for Life fashion, we’ve come up with 6 ways you can look the part this summer without breaking the bank.

 

 

Online money-saving apps

When it comes to shopping online during the summer season, there’s always a promotional deal waiting to be found. The hard part is sifting through all your favourite websites, comparing prices and catching all the flash sales before they run out. Apps like Shoptagr however, are great for keeping track of any items of clothing you see and like – and best of all, it notifies you when those items have gone on sale, so you never miss out on a bargain. If you’re a student, then you can also benefit from saving money by using discount apps like Unidays or Student Beans – which give you access to exclusive deals from all your favourite leading fashion retailers both online and in store.

 

Buy basic essentials

Another great way to save costs while revamping your summer wardrobe is to buy basic essentials that you can jazz up with some quirky accessories. Basic items such as plain white or black t-shirts are great because they are cheap, versatile and always on-trend. You can also do so much with them to enhance your look. Try buying some iron-on patches from Amazon to add colour and character to your outfit, or maybe you own a nice standout piece of jewellery at home that could bring your outfit to life. Accessories are key to transforming basic items to something more exciting, so don’t be scared to get creative and do a bit of DIY!

 

Don’t knock the charity shops

When it comes to clothes, charity shops are often underrated and overlooked, but with an open mind and a bit of patience, you’d be surprised what little gems you can find for a fraction of the original retail price.  If you’re new to shopping in charity/thrift stores, here are some top tips on how to get started.

 

Ditch branded clothing:

 Don’t feel pressured to buy branded clothing! A lot of the time with these items, the money you spend is less about the quality and more about the logo. Online high street websites like Boohoo, Pretty Little Thing, Misguided and ASOS all offer great quality non-brand clothing for much less – so you’ll end up getting more bang for your buck, allowing you to update your wardrobe and change with the trends.

 

Create a list you can stick to

We’ve all been there before…you go shopping with the intention of buying one thing and end up getting 5 things you really don’t need. The best way to combat this is to create a list you can stick to. It may sound old fashioned, but just relish your inner granny! Have a rummage through your wardrobe, throw away the things that you no longer wear or fit into, then create a list of items that need replacing. Decide what you want to prioritise so when you walk into that store, your head won’t be swayed! Shopping smartly with a specific plan in mind is key to saving you lots of money here, as you won’t be tempted to buy unnecessary items.

 

Figure out your investment pieces

Finally, if you feel you have a few extra quid to spare in your budget, decide which items are worth splashing the cash on and make sure it’s something that is versatile, high quality and can be worn regularly. Jackets and shoes, for instance, are often worth investing in as they are functional items that either keep you warm, dry or comfortable in. On the other hand, you will probably want to spend less on sweatshirts and t-shirts as these items serve less purpose for everyday use.

Now that you’re all set for revamping your summer wardrobe,  why not step out your comfort zone and challenge yourself to try something new without breaking the bank – I guarantee you won’t regret it! For more tips and advice on how to save or budget your finances, follow the Money for Life Twitter and Instagram page @moneyforlifeuk.

 

Tyrone is a freelance blogger passionate about all things music, fashion and lifestyle-related. He is also an advocate for helping young people achieve their financial goals, so it was a no-brainer when he decided to team up with Money for Life to help young people be more clever with their cash.

 

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Money for Life work in partnership with the Money Advice Service, an independent organisation set up by government. Money AdviceService provides free, unbiased money guidance across the UK to help people make the most of their money.  If you have a question or need help, you can chat to them here.

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