Sunday, 9 September 2012

How to live a lifestyle you can't afford!

My friends know how savvy I am and how much I love a bargain. They also know I like to go on about 3 holidays a year so this is how I do it.......

Get paid to shop
I am forever telling people about quidco and it's surprising how many people say they can't be bothered signing up. Since the beginning of the year, I have made over £200 just by clicking on links via their page. If you don't already know what quidco is, it’s an online cash back website that pays you for going via their website. Before I buy something I check Quidco first to see if I can get cash back on my purchase. Just the other day, I got £26 cash back for booking a hotel for my trip to Prague. Not only do you get cash back for buying online, you can also earn money by using the app to check into shops and earn cash back in certain shops when you make a purchase (as long as you pay using the card you have registered on quidco). Check it out.

Get a Tastecard
With a Tastecard you can get either 50% off or 241 in 100s of restaurants.  It's fab if you eat out a lot. Tastecard offer free trials all the time so keep your eye out or you can purchase one for around £69.95 a year. I have never had to pay for one as I always manage to wangle myself a free trial. Check out the link below for a free trial.

Get as many freebies as you can

I love a freebie and normally when something sounds too good to be true, it always is. I have been able to get my hands on loads of freebies recently (thanks to 02).  If you are a 02, contract customer, get downloading the 02 Priority Moments app. I've had free lunches, Frappuccinos, Body Shop goodies, Millie’s cookies and popcorn at the cinema. I know it sounds too good to be true, all you have to do is download the app and show them the promotional code.

Department stores and magazines are also a good way to get freebies. Department stores will often give you samples of products so don't be afraid to ask. With magazines look out for Glamour, In Style, Cosmopolitan and Vogue. They often give away luxury beauty products such as Benefit and Clinique. You can also get really good freebies when you subscribe to magazines and save upto 50% on the price of the mag.

Sell your unwanted items on eBay

When I'm struggling to make it to pay day I often raid my wardrobe and sell my unwanted items on eBay. Just this week, I have made £60 by selling a few tops a pair of shoes and some unwanted Glossybox items.  Create an account and do a bit of research before you sell. Watch items you are going to sell so it will give you an idea of what you can expect to get. You will be surprised what some folk are willing to pay.

Give my tips a try and you will have enough cash for a holiday before you know it!!!