Don’t we all have this go-to friend, who knows everything about everything?
I recently needed some advice on the best mobile operator and Nina knew exactly what is the best deal considering both coverage and price.
She is definitely my go-to person, when it comes to… well, anything to do with money.
I’m ever so amazed (and amused) of how she rarely buys anything at full price.
And why would she pay £300 for a designer bag, if she can get it for £90 (70% off), with that brand new leathery smell, delivered home for free.
Surprisingly enough, keeping up to date with all the discounts is a second nature to her, it makes her feel organized and lifts her moods, so I decided to ask her how does she do it all.
Here are her tips:
1) Buy designer clothes at the end of every season!
“Best designer sale months are January and July, but some designers offer good discounts at the end of every season. Sites I love: brandalley.co.uk and shoeaholics.com
I receive newsletters from all of my favourite designers: Kurt Geiger, Russell and Bromley, Boden and many others. Many out of season items get 70% off. I’ve once waited for 5 months to buy the gorgeous Kurt Geiger shoes at £60 only!”
2) Shop with vouchers!
There is no excuse any more not to use them. Vouchers are all over the web. Joining company Facebook pages, checking brand websites and signing up to newsletters can put lots of vouchers at your disposal.
“My Voucher Codes is the one I use the most. It’s the biggest voucher site in Britain with over 2,000 codes. There are tabs for category, top listing (which means the most used) and printable vouchers, so you can use them in the shops, too.”
“Boden coats are my favourites. I recently bought Holland Park Coat here: http://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/boden-vouchers and got the coat and a bottle of wine delivered home for free.”
“ I like Debenhams for more formal/office clothes. Get 10% of all the clothes here: http://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/debenhams-vouchers.”
3) London has the most expensive commuter travel in the world – so cycle!
“OK, because of the weather or personal preferences, sometimes I prefer to take the tube, but generally, whenever it gets sunny – public transport is just a airless and endless torture!
“I save £120 a month because I cycle, which means I can go on a holiday every two months. And the fun part is that, I don’t even feel like it’s a sacrifice, because commuting is mind-numbing and stressful, anyway.”
4) I sell my stuff at eBay!
“When I feel like I need some extra money, I sell my designer stuff on eBay. I’ve recently sold some bags and shoes I don’t wear anymore and got half grand richer in a week.”
“I love this invention, it has helped me to earn more money than I initially spent. For example I bough a designer shoes for £160 (real price £320), wore them half a year and sold them for £230.”
“Sometimes I go for those “Buy one get one free” offers (only if they worth it) and sell the free item at full price.”