Let’s face it! Everyone loves a Freebie!
Most quality perfumes are expensive. Spending money on an expensive bottle of perfume can be frustrating, especially if you find that you don’t like the fragrance as much as you think you did after a few days. It is best to try different samples before you decide which perfume you want to buy. Getting free or very affordable samples is easy and will help you save money and find the right perfume.
1. Visit Local Shopping Centres
Stores like Debenhams and other department stores usually have an excellent selection of perfumes. You can get free samples for new products or for perfumes that are being promoted at the moment. If you are interested in a specific perfume, ask the staff about getting a small sample. They will usually take a bottle and create a sample you can take home.
You can also test a perfume by going to a nearby department store to try the perfume. If you don’t want to wear the perfume right away, bring some small cotton balls and zip lock bags to a department store to make your own perfume samples.
Make sure you write the name of each perfume you sample on the bag. This is a good way to test a perfume before you decide to purchase it since some notes usually become more noticeable than others after a few hours.
I’m not gonna toot my own horn here, but I am good at saving money! I’m no Martin Lewis (money-saving expert to those of you not clued up), but I do get a kick out of saving money and being able to treat myself to nice things. I thought I would share some of my best tips I have used over the years that have helped me at the grand old age of 25 be able to afford my own place.
1. Sign up to clubcards/points cards. The 4 in the picture are only a small selection of the ones I have but I have rather a few stored in my purse! The ones I have found really useful are Tesco, Boots, Nectar and my trusty Nandos card.
2. Use cashback sites to earn money back from spending online. I only really discovered this a couple of years ago but I’ve managed to earn money back for hotel bookings, rail travel and general spending. My top 2 sites are Topcashback and Quidco and I always check both to see who offers the highest rates.
3. Sell unwanted items online. I have made good use of sites like Ebay and local Facebook selling groups to sell items I no longer want or have never been used. I have a general rule, if I haven’t worn something in the last 12 months then can I sell it? or should it be binned?
4. Sign up for samples. Who doesn’t love a freebie right? I get emails notifying me from sites like magicfreebies.co.uk letting me know about freebies or coupons. I don’t sign up to anything and everything nor do I print every coupon but I keep my eyes peeled for things I want to try. I have a little sample box at home full of beauty sachets etc and love getting to try mini’s out without buying spending money on something that doesn’t agree with me.
5. Have a spare change jar in your house. I have an old tall Nestle Quality Street jar with a slot cut in the lid to collect all my loose change. I mainly collect copper and 5p’s but its amazing how quickly it can add up once I throw stuff in there all the time.
6. Lastly my best bit of advice is to BUDGET! I always move money when I get paid into various pots leaving money to cover bills and spending. It doesn’t mean I can’t dip into it again if I need to, but I am less likely to touch it this way. I have a pot for car money and holiday money so I put money away monthly to save for these things.
I hope you found this post useful. I wanted to share some of wisdom I have learnt over the years. I have made mistakes like spending more on a phone bill than expected but you learn from them and it definitely made me wiser about money.
Thanks for reading.