We all want the latest clothes and the recently released DVDs for our collection as soon as possible, and many of us pay substantial amounts of money just for the privilege. When a celebrity is seen wearing a certain item of clothing from a specific brand, the price of that item skyrockets because the company know the demand will increase from the general public – and yet we still pay it.
DVDs have only been around for a decade or so, and still many people have shelves full of them having shelled out substantial sums to get hold of box sets of their favourite TV shows or the special collectors’ editions of their favourite movie franchise along with individual movies of course, and if you think about how much you’ve spent over time on those films, (and probably only watched them once), you might be astonished, especially if you’re struggling for funds and to buy new items that you genuinely need.
There was an article published recently that stated British women spent around £500,000 in their lifetime on fashion alone, showing how passionate some of us are about our clothes and having the biggest name brands at whatever cost. However, there are ways of getting to wear the brands we love without paying the hefty price tags you see in the high street stores or on their websites.
One of which is to look on the web for sites that allow you to buy kids’ clothes and accessories from other people, or even swap certain items with them or just to sell your unwanted or second hand clothes, toys, games, DVDs and sports equipment to make some quick and easy cash. In many cases these unwanted or second hand items are brand new, they’re just the kind of things that families and children have no use for – such as sports equipment for a sport they don’t play, or clothes that are far too big or small – and they’re not used at all, just not bought from a shop. This way you can get brand – or almost – new items for a fraction of the price.
Online auction sites are another great way to save money because people can take advantage of the various deals on offer from retailers looking to get rid of items that are no longer in production or may have come off the shelves; and the public are also able to bid on items at a price they are willing to pay with many brand new items going for a fraction of what you might pay in-store.
Both of these kind of sites are great ways of making some relatively easy money back, too, because you can list your own items and try and get some really good money for them. If you have a box set, for example, that you never watch – such as the complete history of Friends which has now been off our screens for several years – you can still look to make around £50 in some cases.
A final top tip to save money is to make sure that you utilize the search engines. When you go shopping in town you wouldn’t necessarily buy the item you’re looking at buying from the first store you come to, you might shop around to make sure you get the best deal. The same should be true with your online shopping, looking in Google Shopping for items and that establishing what is the best deal in terms of quantity, size, quality or price – whatever matters most to you.
The web has presented a series of opportunities for shoppers to locate items without having to pay the substantial prices slapped on them by brands and retailers. With a little bit of time, effort and research you can save huge sums of money which can help you to reinvest in other important areas of your life such as your home or car, or provide extra gifts for the family at Christmas time for a truly special day.