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Champagne Lifestyle, Lemonade Budget

Being a student with no job, means that money is tight. This is the same story for a lot of people, whether your working, studying or just being a parent. Money just doesn't go that far these days, from phone contracts to bills, we crave that bit of luxury but it seems just too expensive and hard to get. Well I'm here to tell you that you can have a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget, if you know where to look.
Days Out
Days out can be just too expensive now days, whether you want to go to an attraction or an amusement park, the cost just adds up. Even a day out to the beach doesn't come cheap, with drinks, arcades and restaurants, it all soon adds up. My first tip, especially when it comes to attractions, collect tokens. The Sun newspaper does a token collection every year, with attractions for all. From theme parks to castles you can get 2 free tickets for it all. And I know what your gonna say, why by a paper everyday just for 2 tickets. Well, not only do you get a chance to get 2 tickets but you can actually get a chance to get 4 instead. Going on to the app gets you tickets faster and you can choose your selected date. That's 4 tickets at the fraction of the price. Let me break it down, that's 4 adult tickets for the price of £10 instead of £200 for them. Without these tickets, I don't think I would ever go to the theme parks as that is a lot of money to splash out just for a day.

Not only can you collect tokens in newspapers, you can even find them on selected products like cereal, where adults can go free with a paying child or adult. Some more money well saved for an amazing day out with your little ones and even friends.

Eating Out
Food and drink are impossible to get round if you have a day out. At some point you are going to need to refuel, well you can save on food and drink too! First things first look around for food places, especially in theme parks. It is so easy to spend too much on too little food, and lets face it when people need to eat they eat. Great food places to go are all you can eat restaurants, why?? Well it's a set price with as much as you can eat. On average it costs about £12 per adult, money well saved.

Don't forget to look for vouchers! A lot of restaurants have vouchers for free sides or drinks, which can only be found if you look. And don't forget your loyalty cards, you know those cards sitting in your purse or wallet. These little plastic wonders can give you exclusive discounts and money off. If your a student don't forget to see if the restaurant accepts NUS, the more money saved the better.

NUS Card
I thought I would mention this beautiful card to you before I go on. A magical discount card which can give you access to student discount for up to 3 years. Now, I know not all of you are students but there is a little trick to this. Wowcher or Groupon yourself a online course, it doesn't even need to be one that is assessed. As long as it lasts for 1 year, then baby you can go order that card for 1-3 years and enjoy all that the NUS has to offer.

Voucher Websites
These sites are perfect if you want to grab a bargain. Want your hair done, spa day, experience day or even cosmetic surgery (yes even that too), go here first. You can even pick up products through them, like makeup brushes or kitchen accessories. They are affordable and have quick delivery.

Discount Stores/Sections
This is actually an obvious one which not a lot of people do, it makes it harder when the store move this section around. Places like TK Maxx are a haven for instant bargains, selling products and clothes from all types of places for cheap. As a makeup artist I cannot live without their beauty section. I look there every time I'm near by, they have anything from W7 to Too Faced and even MAC and MUF. You are guaranteed a bargain every time. But you can also spot pure gold! I've managed to pick up Huda Beauty and Milk Makeup to say the least, it is a pure gold mine and each TK Maxx is different. Don't forget to look in the clearance section too as things that don't sell very quickly get reduced a lot and means more of a bargain for you.

The discount sections in store are one of my favourite, especially in places like Superdrug and Boots. It does move around a lot so you need to search for it, but once found you can pick up a great bargain. Some products which have been discontinued, lost its packaging or even just covered is product are a steal. As those that look messy can be easily cleaned up and look as good as new. A top tip if you are picking up beauty bits, clean the applicator or product with 99% alcohol and sharpen pencils this ensures that bacteria is killed off. I always do it to any product I pick up even adding a little bit of alcohol to any lip products to ensure they are fully disinfected.

Dress to Impress
Finally having a stunning outfit, shoes or even accessories really has its perks and it doesn't all have to be over the odds. Online shopping is one of the best things to do when your on a budget and never pay full price. On many sites, there is a sale section, which is there all year round. I never buy full price as you can usually find something very similar in the sale. All you need to do is select your size and start looking, from clothes to shoes the sale has it all. And googling codes makes the purchase that much sweeter as an extra code for say free next day delivery is a bargain.

Shoes, those things on your feet, they aren't always cheap.Sometimes buy cheap doesn't always give you what you want. This is a new find for me and one that should be raved about. Did you know every week Sports Direct have a special bargain on selected shoes?? Did you also know that these deals of the week range from, men, women and child?? Did you also know that these deals usually involve named brands such as Nike?? Well now you do and so do I. This is incredible especially as a good shoe can really sell an outfit. But wait there's more!! Don't buy in store, I repeat don't buy in store! Try them on in store just to make sure they feel good but order them online with free store delivery. Why, as if they are in store surly it makes no difference. Wrong! believe it or not Sports Direct are cheaper online then they are in store. I don't really understand why but they are, whether that is because of the price of next day or 3 day deliver adding to the price. Either way save the money and buy online.

These are just some ways that I have found to save money and not miss out on some of the luxuries of life. So, never let money dictate your life as we can all live a champagne lifestyle.

Any more tips, share them below and until next time

Stay Gorgeous

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  1. I'm constantly look for ways to save money and it seems that the harder I try to save the more expensive everything becomes. Especially with social events it's almost as if everything comes at once.

    Alicia x

  2. These are really good tips. I'm always on the hunt for bargains as I'm a broke student. I definitely need to get myself a NUS card! x

  3. These are such good tips! I always look to save money wherever I can! No matter what though I always treat myself to something on payday because I find that I work too hard not too, or at least that's what I tell myself! xxx

  4. I am suchhhhh a money saver! I always go for bargains so this post is made for me!

  5. These are such fab tips! I needed to read this haha I'm a nightmare since I went on maternity xx

  6. I may not be a student but with 2 kids and a wedding coming up, I am always looking to save, so this is super helpful x

  7. Such good tips. I'm always looking for ways to save cash but still have treats so these are great xx

  8. These are fab tips for someone on a budget or looking to save money! I also love the name of this post!

    Katie x

  9. Such a good post and so helpful!
    PS how cool is the missguided store?!
    Alicia Xo