I love Saving Money. There I said it, I am a (not so secret) Frugal Blogger & Bargain Hunter!
Why I am like I am I do not know but I despair at anyone that pays full price for anything. Why pay full price when you can get a discount and buy more lovely shoes, bags, CDs, wine, dog food, wine…… you get my drift. Ahhhhh, I can hear what you’re saying, ‘But Sue, you only get what you pay for’!
I admit in some cases this is true, and thats why I am here and you are going to love reading my blog. We already agree on so much. Many retailers these days offer amazing ‘deals’, but I have found sometimes you can get the same item cheaper somewhere else even after their ‘deal’. Basically: **SHOCK** Sometimes as consumers we are being told fibs. Little white lies about the rrp and discount. I don’t like it!
Yes, I do want a bargain, but I want a REAL bargain not a pretend one. For example, I opened up my emails one morning and saw a fabulous deal at a local quality restaurant advertised at 60% off through a voucher scheme , 2 courses for just £9.95. Because I am like I am I checked on the restaurants’ website directly. I found the price for a 2 course set menu, (as per the deal), was a staggering……. £9.99. I’m not great at maths but I do believe a saving of 4p is not 60% off.
I now always check directly with retailers, hotels, airlines etc. It’s an old adage but it does pay to shop around. I also believe it doesn’t really matter how much you earn, if your nature is that of which to enjoy ‘a bargain’, you still will. A REAL bargain can take many shapes and forms. Whether it be a Haute Couture Dress costing £800 instead of £8000, or a Bottle of £6 wine reduced to £4 – its a real bargain to you if you want and desire that item, and it DID originally cost more.
It is increasingly difficult these days to find what I class a true bargain. eBay has turned up some fantastics treats for me over the years. (My favourite was a 2 night glamping stay in a teepee in Wales for just £35)! But as eBay becomes more business orientated and professional, its actually harder to get the best deals. However, I will share with you all my know-how and challenge you to find your REAL bargains.
There are lots of interesting things to know when you first start out bargain hunting and I will be blogging about them, as well as my personal money-saving experiences. Click on the category ‘Save Money’ to find out more!