Sometimes a lack of money can make you feel like it’s hard to dress and decorate your surroundings and belongings in the way you’d like. But with the right mind-set and ideas you’ll soon realise that all you need is a bit of thrifty thinking.
First of all there’s no need to worry about keeping up with the latest trends and spending any spare money you do have on them. Instead there’s a cheap way to add new life and alter the clothes and bags you already own.
The world is full of shops that are practically begging you to pick up a bargain; so make the most of them! Miss Selfridges, New Look, Topshop and Topman always seem to have jewellery and other accessories on special offer. All you have to do is spend wisely (which I know is easier said than done) and like me you’ll never pay full price for a piece of jewellery again.
You’ll also be pleasantly surprised by how easily a nice bit of jewellery will transform an outfit you thought had become boring. If you’ve got a bag or scarf you want to spice up then keep an eye for brooches to add a personalised edge.
However if you’re man with no interest in jewellery and your felling left out, don’t be! There’s no need to fret as you’ll often find a nice watch on sale or even a funky pair of socks.
It’s also a good idea to make the most of free offers and services. So if you’re make-up mad or just fancy a change, rather than spending money experimenting with a style you might not like, make the most of the professional beauty counters in Boots and Debenhams. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to a free makeover!
For further tips on how to keep up with the latest trends if you’re a woman who loves fashion check out psimadethis.com. It’s full of ingenious ways to make fashionable and decorative items. You could also check it out if you’re a non-fashion loving man who feels like making a special present for a family member or friend. I can’t get enough of it!
If it’s your room you’re interested in personalising then you could always buy some candles to fill it with delicious aromas and also give a nice decorative and homely feel. But be warned, scented candles are seriously addictive.
Apart from smelling good their addictive quality comes from the huge variety of scented candles available which also means you’re sure to find something to match your mood and personality. Another good point is that they tend to come in decorative holders which add an aesthetically pleasing touch while adding a welcome bit of colour and patter.
For an even more personalised feel you could buy some cheap picture frames from ikea or poundland and fill them with treasured photos. Or if you’re feeling a little bit more creative cut and rip pictures from magazines, piece them together and you’ll end up with a cool and original piece of art.
Concert tickets, flyers from club nights and even train tickets could also be turned into a quirky looking bedroom feature; just channel your inner artist and go wild with some sticky tack.
If you’re lucky enough to have birthday coming up or some money going spare you could always invest in a lava lamp or a funky and practical pillow. Ironically there’s nothing quite as cool as a lava lamp!
A nice potted plant would also add a refreshing touch. I personally can’t get enough of the unusual plants and cactuses available in Ikea; which are perfect if you’re looking for a plant with edge.
It might also be a good idea to sign up for the newsletters of your favourite shops and brands, including supermarkets. This way you’ll be up-to-date with all the latest news and offers. And most importantly they’ll also email you in advance if there’s a major sale going on, so you’ll be first to bag a bargain!