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Month: July 2016

Six Easy Ideas for Saving More

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You don’t need to spend a long time looking at my blog to get the distinct impression that I’m a bit of a hoarder. Yes I’m definitely guilty of spending a bit too much of  my disposable and OK sometimes not so disposable cash on vast amounts of material goods. My main issue is (shockingly) clothing but everyone has their own vice. I have piles and piles of things I’m never gonna wear again or have never worn in the first place. And its an ever growing collection. So a few weeks ago I decided to make the rather uncertain decision that enough was enough. That experiences are way more important than things…. That the minimalist lifestyle is the way forward…. Right?

Anyway here are a few of my kinda unrefined saving tips. Any other clever ideas would be mucho appreciated too!

1. Set a Goal

My personal goal that I am saving towards is to see more of the world. I want to spend the next year travelling more- Japan here I come!  Of course we all have different things we want to save for  but the point is set a goal and stick to it. I am saving an undisclosed amount by March next year in order to make my dreams come true. If you know what you’re working for it’s always going to be easier to get there.

2. Cut Out your Worst Spending habit (temporarily)

Today marks two very long months since I gave up spending money on clothes. For someone who was starting to lose control just a little (OK maybe a big) bit I think that’s a pretty proud achievement. It hasn’t been easy but I haven’t felt any real loss. If you want to be super good at life you could try doing this for 6 months/ a year/ forever. I’m not that good unfortunately.

3. Say No to Coffee

Or no to (your favourite snack here)… I use coffee as it’s probably the most popular and pricey everyday habit. But that’s gotta be an extra at least like a tenner a week. Plus it’ll probably be healthy for you too.

4. Become Obsessed with £2 Coins

I totally stole this one- probably from another blogger. It seems like a really clever idea which simply involves saving every single £2 coin that comes into your possession.  Genius and a little bit obsessive which is right up my street. NB this would work just as well with £1 coins!

5. Sell your Excess Goods

I say goods, I don’t actually have any goods. What I do have is loads of stuff I no longer wear. If you do make anything particularly awesome though this will potentially work for you too. My platform of choice is Depop but there’s loads of others out there. I was recently recommend an App called Carousell which has no sellers fees. You could even sell your stuff in pop up shops or events if you’re like good with people and stuff…

6. Avoid the Sales

Many a time I’ve walked into a retail outlet all like Oooo look this is only £5 I can at least afford to buy 10 of these and I’m definitely still saving money.  To state the obvious to myself mostly: spending money is not the same as saving money and spending money on things that you don’t need or want is especially not saving money. That’s why sales are best avoided.

Thoughts ect?

Love Eleanor x

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Leather Jacket- Topshop (similar) HERE

Top- Boohoo @ Asos

Jeans- Tally Weil (similar) HERE

Brogues- (similar) HERE 

Scarf- Topshop

I’m writing this post from the comfort of the swingy chair in my garden in sweltering 28 degree heat. Incredibly 2016s hottest day has fallen on my day away from the office, leaving me feeling pretty darn pleased with life. I’m also aware anyone reading this who is from outside the UK is probably thinking that our idea of a heat wave is a little pathetic.

Now I’ve been away from the blogging life for quite a few weeks (hence the inventive title of this post) but what I do know is we should all do more of what makes us happy. So I dug out these photos which  have needed editing for a good two months now and here we are. If I’m being really frank James and I are trying are best to save for some exciting adventures in the New Year and it’s sort of hard to blog about material things with no disposable income!

So these jeans and shoes were actually purchases I brought back from Crete with me and were both reasonably priced and very comfortable. But I have managed to search out similar items on ASOS for alternatives.  I’ve had just about enough of high waisted jeans lately so I invested in a few pairs of low rise denim which has been a really good decision. This Boohoo top was one of those holiday buys that I thought I’d never really wear again when I got home and so far I was right!  Although it does make me feel like an awesome Flamenco dancer so it still hangs  proudly in my wardrobe.

Thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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