Tuesday, 27 May 2014

My Bargain Buster Tips

You know those bonkers women on 'Extreme Couponing' who buy 78 packs of fruit tic tacs for $1? That's my dream that is. OK let's take a step back. For those of you who do not know the joy that is 'Extreme Couponing' it is an amazing programme based in the USA where people use coupons to get free shit. That's it. They spend something like 60 hours a week cutting said coupons and then come home with such bargains as 364 sports drinks or maybe 98 razors for like $3. I love this programme because at my very, very core. I am tight.

Yes. I am tight. You know when you drive past Next dead early and you see people queueing up outside at 6am? That's me that is. I get up. Jump in the car and am back home in time for breakfast with a vast amount of half price clothes. OK some might say my children do not really need 12 similar style tops but for gods sake. THEY WERE HALF PRICE!

I relish getting something cheap, something on offer or the dream of; cheap, on offer, 3 for 2, I can get some sort of points on my loyalty card AND I can use a £5 voucher. Ohhhh I'm excited just thinking about it! I get vouchers sent to my phone, in the post and I often have a sneaky look on-line for offers when I am (meant) to be watching the kids at soft play. You may think I am alone in such a venture. But no. Mother is the same. Together at Christmas and birthday times it almost becomes a 'special offer off'. "You see that, that cost £3 and should have been £29.99" we shout as people open their gifts. I believe it is highly irritating.

Mummy paid 2p for all of these (probably)

So here are my top ten bargain buster tips. And rules I live by in order to save money. Well in order to save money, to spend on other cheap crap.
  1. Join any kind of loyalty scheme going. Seriously any. They often send you fab vouchers and let you know about sales in advance.
  2. Some say it mad? I say it's genius. Queue up outside for the Next sale. Seriously. There are much better things on offer in store than on line. Do it once. It's liberating and weirdly a bit exciting.
  3. If you get coupons sent through. Always pop them in your purse. You never know when you might need them
  4. Annoying little leaflets that come through for supermarkets often have vouchers on the back. 
  5. With said vouchers you can split your shopping up into different transactions and use a few for on the same shopping trip.
  6. Get birthday and Christmas presents when you see them throughout the year. Yes this is a ball ache. But see if nice in laws or rents will hide them for you.
  7. NEVER buy clothes full price in supermarket. Literally every three months? They do a 20% off sale. Seriously. They do!
  8. Don't be ashamed with using numerous vouchers as one time. I care not if there is a queue ten deep. Wait my friends whilst I try and save £6 on my shampoos.
  9. Think seasonal. I have clothes for my kids stored away I have got in sales pretty much till next summer.
  10. And finally. Ever so often buy something full price. And get a bit cross with yourself to help you remember buying stuff cheap is ace!
Go forth and save my children!

26 comments:

  1. Oh wow, it's like reading about myself! My husband had to tell me to stop embarrassing him yesterday when I couldn't contain myself and did a little dance in the aisles of ASDA because I found Warburton's sandwich thins reduced to 10p. Oh, and don't get me started on my coupon wallet...

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    1. YES CHEAP BREAD! That's what we all want in life. Cheap stuff that is already cheaper. Aces! xxx

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  2. I love all your tips! They are fab. There is nothing better than a good bargain. Mr P always laughs at me saying but is it a bargain if you buy more than they need just because it's on sale! YES it still is. hahahaha I love this post. Thanks for getting me involved via twitter. I love new linkys and to get to know more about the blogger behind the blog!!! lol

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    1. I love a bargain so much. Not sure if you will read this but if you do please tell me in the USA that everything is like really cheap with coupons? I imagine everyone doing it and living of $10 a month! xxx

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  3. I do the same. I have an envelope of coupons, apps on my phone, sign up to email newsletters, I used to do lots of surveys (although now don't have the time as blogging has taken over). So satisfying to get a bargain.

    I used to do the Next sale too, but now I have N, I can't as the OH goes out to work at 5am, so can't really take N with me - I'd never find him as he loves hiding in the rails at Next.

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    1. Oh god no the Next sale is like ridic isn't it? Someone would buy him and run off with him for £7. They would put him in one of those clear plastic bags! xxx

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  4. Great tips lovely, especially about not being ashamed when it comes to saving £££ you'll be the one laughing in the end ;-)

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    1. I shall be a millionaire! Well I will just spend it on more crap xxx

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  5. Ha I love this. It made me laugh as it's so true. However I can't bear crowds so will continue to hide behind my laptop for the Next Sale. When I shop online I always google voucher codes too, usually save 10-15% each time. Fellow bargain hunter!!!

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    1. Next sales are for crazy mad people. And if you don't like crowds do not go. You would weep! xxx

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  6. AHHHHHHH i thought we woz the same?!??! I thought you were the ying to my blogging yang.
    Sadly i can't be seen with with coupon pikeys so i will have to ditch you for another :((((((((((

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    1. I'm sorry now you know my dirty secret. I have been keeping it from you. One day I will get cheap gin vouchers. And maybe then? You will like me again xxx

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  7. Great tips! I love bargains too and always use coupons. I've been using Quidco recently for online shopping too - I made nearly £50 cashback since February on stuff I would have bought anyway. My other top tip would be never buy washing powder/ shampoo/ deodorant or anything like that unless it is on offer..and when it is stock up. I currently have about 8 massive bottles of Persil in my understairs cupboard that I got half price!!

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    1. NEVER! You are so right. I am a hoarder of stuff too! I call it my stock pile like they do off the tele. When I got some to review? Was my dream! xxx

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  8. I love all your tips! I'm really bad at accidentally throwing out vouchers, or forgetting I have them - the ladies in Boots roll their eyes at me! I must take note though, and try and be more thrifty. Maybe you could run a rehab for bargain avoiders?? ;) x

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    1. Yes but this would be a different type of rehab. One with booze? Is that ok? xxx

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  9. This is so funny. I'm not very good at couponing at all. In fact, just yesterday I noticed that the THREE bottles of SPF 50 suntan lotion that I bought last year on sale have all EXPIRED. Did I really save anything by buying 3...no, since I can't even use them. I would love to be a better product bargain hunter. Thank you for the inspiration!

    Visiting from the #AllAboutYou linkup!

    Angie from reasons to dress, life as a North American mom in Italy.

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    1. WHAT???!!!!! Three bottles! Are you mad? Not goo bargain hunting there lovely! Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to checking out your piece xxx

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  10. I LOVE Extreme Couponing. I have mentioned to my Husband that I would like to try it out the next time we're in the States, but I think you need to prepare for a couple of weeks before a shop. Oh, but a girl can dream. :)

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    1. God bab. If you did do that and then blogged about it? That would be my dream. Extreme Couponing blogging!!! Does life get any better than that? xxx

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  11. Gotta love a good bargain! I've just stocked up on birthday and Christmas presents in the kiddicare clearance sale, the savings I made have completely made my week!

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    1. YES! I do that too then I panic as I have nowhere to keep the bloody stuff. I ship it off to the in laws before the tiny people find them xxx

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  12. I love point 3, I always forget vouchers and kick myself for not putting them in my purse *takes note* ...Very funny post my dear

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    1. Thanks bab! I love a voucher. Some cam through from Morrisons the other day! Oh I was rabid #tragic xxx

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  13. Loved reading this! It was like looking at myself in the mirror! Had to share it with my followers who love kiddy bargains!
    Jai
    @kiddyreviews
    www.kiddyreviews.com

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    1. Ah glad you liked it! Also thanks for sharing! Vouchers are ace (we are geeks but that is fine) xxx

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