Current Dupes

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have been trying to save the pennies for quite a while now. I don’t often buy clothes, accessories and make up etc. especially as I worry about the impact on the environment so as a result, the clothes in my wardrobe are getting quite tired. I decided to find some less expensive alternatives to my Wish List which I think/hope will last in terms of quality and style. I won’t add captions to reveal which is ‘Spend’ and which is ‘Save’, but I will let you know at the end.

Funnily enough, these three purse friendly items were from Mango. I discovered the brand properly this year after I saw a pair of their mom-fit jeans on the John Lewis website. I had always been aware of the brand but never bought anything as I don’t have a branch local to me. Since lockdown, I have been more willing to try new brands and online shopping in general. I seriously love these jeans, wear them all the time and so glad I decided to try them out.

Gingham seems to be everywhere at the moment and I love one that I saw at Hush. The only problem is that it was a bit too pricey. As much as I love the style, I don’t think I would wear it enough to justify spending £69 on it!

I have been obsessed with these Birkenstock Boston sandals for months now however, at £90, I couldn’t stomach the price tag. I saw these dupes and my hubby says he actually prefers the cheaper pair even though there is not much in it.

So could you guess which of the pairs were wallet friendly or wallet foe? I can reveal that all the Mango dupes are on the LEFT! Leave a comment below to let me know your favourites. Bx

January Goals

In 2019, I started saving for some expensive things, a boiler, a new car and for private school fees (Annabelle will start High School in 2023!). For a long time, Andy and I just lived with the things we had because they worked, a clunky back boiler, old fashioned wallpaper (that came with the house) and a car where I couldn’t open or close my windows or lock the doors from the driver’s side. I started cutting out things from my daily spending and found that I actually enjoyed the feeling of saving money.

I am now on a mission to save at least £200 a month and thought it would be helpful to set some January Goals in order to keep me on track. I think I will set a new list every month so I don’t feel like I am depriving myself of anything for a full year!

  • No takeaway coffees – This happened by accident in 2019 as I would avoid buying takeaway coffees if I didn’t have my reusable cup. I then began realising how much I was saving by waiting to go home and eat/drink there instead and before I knew it, I had gone months without buying anything from Starbucks.
  • No Clothes – When I started going to the gym in June, I avoided buying clothes as my body was changing. I do need some new trousers and jeans but I am putting this off for this month, and probably til mid March as I have just joined an exercise focus group and want to make a conscious effort to achieve my fitness goal of losing my love handles. Until then, it would be a waste of money to buy clothes that are only going to fit for the next few weeks.
  • No makeup or skincare – My biggest weakness is spending money at Cult Beauty and Space NK! I love eyeshadow, lipstick and cleansers. I would happily spend £100 on cosmetics but I add and then delete the same clothes from my online basket over and over again. In my recent Black Friday blog post I mentioned that I have unsubscribed from a ton of company emails to avoid temptation. I still find this tough as I see lots of ads from these companies on social media but I now have two strategies to combat this:
  • Visualise my working hours – I read online that a good way to avoid buying things was to remove the urgency and see if you still wanted it a month later. This never works for me as I have wanted a Louis Vuitton handbag for the last three years so by this theory, my bank account would definitely be £1k lighter at this point. Instead, I find it easier to work out how many hours/days I would have to work in order to save up the money for this item. So far, this has helped to dissuade me from buying a new laptop, trainers and makeup on offer in the Christmas/January sales.
  • Set a goal – I have two big savings goals, private school fees for the children and a new house. I am tempted to print off a picture of the house I want to buy and the logo of the school I would like my children to go to and to laminate it and stick it in my planner. I can then visualise these two goals when I feel the urge to buy something.

Do you have any goals for January and are you saving for anything in 2020? Bx