Sale shopping. The two words that us shoppers both love and loathe. Say hello to hectic and unorganised rails and being pushed and shoved every which way so that people can get their hands on that item (let's face it that is not fun) but also say hello to a bit of a healthier bank account and lots of savings and we all want that don't we?! Think Money's Basic Bank Account challenged me to spend £50 in the sales this year in the most savvy way I could and tot up the total to see just how much I saved. I'm a big fan of sale shopping to be honest but I never really sit back and think just how much I've saved so I was really looking forward to seeing just how much I could live up to my bargain hunter reputation!!
SWIMSUIT: REDUCED FROM £36 T0 £15
Of course I decided to head straight to the Topshop website to spend in the sales - I love how much they knock off their prices toward the end of the season and I think if you're prepared to really search through the pages upon pages of products you can find some real gems among there. First up I picked up this simply beautiful swimsuit for my jollies next week. I'm not usually a fan of peplum but I think this style is actually really flattering - get me on the beach now! I was actually planning to buy one of the Topshop swimwear pieces a few weeks ago but thought they were a bit expensive so it just proves that if you wait until the end of the season, similar products may go into the sale. Obviously this isn't ideal if you're going on holiday at the beginning of the season and need your gorgeous swimsuit there and then but if you're going a bit later like me it's definitely a good idea to wait!
BOUCLE STRIPED HIGH WAISTED SHORTS: REDUCED FROM £36 TO £15
Next up we have some good ol' stripes. Now this isn't the usual type of stripe I would go for with the fluro pinks and blues but I think the colours in these actually look brilliant together. Not only will they be fantastic for my holidays (yep, I certainly had holiday on the brain when purchasing these) they'll also look fab with a high necked jumper and tights in the winter which is a bonus.
MOTO TALLY FLARED JEANS: REDUCED FROM £40 TO £5
Yep, you just read that right. I got these jeans for five pounds. FIVE. POUNDS. A fiver! Can you believe it because I just cannot get my head around it. Who knew there was such a thing as Topshop jeans for as little as £5? These were definitely my best bargain find as they'll take me right through winter and I would have undoubtedly spent the full £40 on them had I come across them prior to the sale. My mum's friend once told me that the way to actually save money in the sale is to only buy things that you would have spent the full amount on and I've found this actually works. Instead of ending up with a load of stuff you only bought because of how cheap they were, you end up with a few real key and stylish pieces that you've wanted for a while. Definitely a tip to keep in mind!
MOTO WHITE WESTERN DENIM JACKET: REDUCED FROM £39 TO £20
This was another piece I picked up for the transitional period between Summer and Autumn. I'll admit I wasn't a fan of white denim until earlier in the year when I picked up my white denim a-line skirt but now I cannot get enough of it. I'll be wearing this in monochrome outfits with my trusty black jeans for casual days at uni later in Autumn or with patterned dresses for a smarter look - watch out for an outfit post soon!
Now onto the fun part... totting it all up, how much did I save? A grand total of..... a massive £88!! How amazing is that!? I think I've definitely proved here just how much can be gained from being a bit savvier in the sales (£88 to be precise!) so instead of being one of those frantic sale shoppers who pick everything up they can see, it definitely pays off to take your time and really think about what you're buying.
What have you picked up in the sales recently?