Looking good on a budget…tips and tricks (Part One)

This is the first part of this series.

I am a student.

I do not have unlimited funds (sad, I know).

I am also the type of person who likes getting a new outfit every time there’s an upcoming event or thing that I have to attend.

This weekend was my friend’s birthday dinner and we were required to adhere to a strict dress code: heels, no jeans, the like. (Details and photos are towards the end of this photo). I looked in my closet and realised that I needed to buy something new to wear; the dress that I could have potentially worn was going to be too short if I were to wear heels. That’s what inspired me to write this post. I challenged myself to look good and spend under £10.

In terms of delivery, the paid yearly delivery came in handy. For PLT, this costs £9.99, and depending on how many times you order clothes, this could save you a lot of money. I remember this one time when I paid £5.99 delivery for a £5 dress and I have never been more disappointed in myself. I still am. Or when I paid something like £8 to get something delivered to me that was only worth £12. The large amount of money spent on getting clothes delivered can be avoided by purchasing these yearly delivery schemes from your favourite sites.

Every time that I buy something, the automatic question I ask is, “do you have student discounts?”. Saving 10-20% here and there really makes a difference in the grand scheme of things. It all adds up. I am also signed up to both Student Beans and UNiDAYS, where I get discounts when shopping online. Some physical stores only give student discounts when you’re signed up to UNiDAYS and can prove it. Applying student discounts to items that are already on sale, if allowed, could potentially save you a lot of money. I remember when one of my friends bought a pair of Topshop jeans for £8.00. Bearing in mind that the ones she got usually cost £36, I was shocked. EIGHT POUNDS. At that price she could have bought them four times over and still had change.

Saturday Night’s Outfit

I ordered the pants from Pretty Little Thing. Delivery was essentially free under the yearly next-day delivery service. They are the Rust Paperbag Waist Check Print Wide Leg Trousers in a size 6 U.K. and cost £7.00 (on sale from £20) before the Student Beans Discount, so I paid £5.95 for them.

I have quite a number of black tops so I didn’t order one. When the pants came I didn’t like how any of my tops looked with them so I ordered a simple Bandeau top in a size 6 U.K., also from Pretty Little Thing, that usually costs £4.00 but with the Student Beans discount it came to £3.40.

I mean, these discounts don’t make a significant difference because the items weren’t expensive to begin with, but think about it like this: if you manage to save 10-20% of the total cost of items, you would have saved a considerable amount of money by the end of the month, or even the year.

The shoes are from Boohoo. I got them one or two years ago so I can’t remember the exact details.

I’m not big on accessories, so I just wore a simple silver necklace from Kay Jewellers.

In total I spent £9.35 on my whole outfit, £0.65 less than I had told myself I would. From this I learnt that it’s not that hard to look good and not spend that much at the same time.

If you’ve made it to the end of this post, I appreciate your support. I want to to a three part series on looking good on a budget. In the second part of this series I will try to come up with a new outfit, head to toe, and spend a maximum of £20. Wish me luck!