First things first I’m starting this post, which was voted for on my Instagram, by saying I’ve hugely missed having a “normal” social life in the last 12 months. I’m aware that for many introverts they’ve loved not having to attend various social gatherings and more but I’m just not one of those people. At the end of Lockdown 1.0 last year when I saw the first familiar person that I’d actually chosen to see at a social distance as opposed to work colleagues I did a happy dance on my doorstep and felt really emotional. So with that in mind you can be sure I’m very much looking forward to the days I can safely see loved ones and spend time with real people as opposed to their pixeled often glitchy faces on Zoom. However; rekindling my social life and going somewhat back to normal in line with government advice, for me, has to be done without spending a small fortune which led to this post. Here are the following ways I plan to keep any future spending under control.
No New Wardrobe.
As I type this ASOS have an edit on their website titled “JUNE 2021” implying we all need new wardrobes for when we finally shed our indoor house clothes. Anyone who has read previous blog posts of mine will know that for a couple of years now I’ve largely shunned fast fashion due to the scary amount of waste it generates in favour of second hand clothing. It not only saves me lots of money but makes me feel like I’m doing by bit for the planet very easily. I will not be buying any new clothes for June 2021. I personally have missed my “nice” clothes as it is and it will feel like a treat having an excuse to wear these so I really don’t feel the need to buy anything new specifically for June. I had a huge wardrobe sort out the other day which resulted in selling a few items. This helped me to write a list of basics I’d find beneficial such as a black scoop neck t shirt but I’m certainly in no rush for these at all.
- How To Shop Pre Loved: Tips For Thrifting, Charity Shopping & Buying Second Hand.
- My Recent Pre-Loved Additions To My Wardrobe & Why I Reject Fast Fashion Favouring Second Hand.
Goodbye Salon Hair Colouring
I have naturally brown hair which for the past 3 or so years I’ve paid to have balayaged once every 12-18 months. I’m now at the stage that almost all my lighter highlighted hair has grown out save for an inch or two which doesn’t look as strange as it sounds. This means almost all my hair is entirely my natural hair colour so I’ve decided for 2021 to keep it this way as I rather like it. This will save me at least £100 and reduce any damage to my hair as it won’t be bleached so for me this seems like a win win.
I’ve never paid for salon hair removal, nails, eyebrow threading etc and fully intend to stay this way. I do plan to have a hair cut once salons reopen and I feel comfortable with this as my hair was last cut half a year ago but I’m in no great rush.
Keeping Up The Walks
Meeting friends, pre-pandemic, for me usually always centred around going out for dinner, drinks or shopping. Whilst I love all of those things rather than centring all my catch ups around such activities I fully intend to be the friend suggesting a nice walk somewhere calming and relaxing with the possibility of picking up a takeaway coffee. Pros for this include minimal spending and keeping up the daily exercise, weather permitting! I’ve no issue with meeting a friend to go on a walk to a large store we both need to visit for essentials so we can have a good chat and put the world to rights whilst running errands.
I’ve always loved a good picnic and this year fully intend to make the most of this as soon as it is deemed ok for us to meet people outside with distancing. Picnics are a great, cheap way to have lunch if you prep food yourself in advance. I use any old plastic bottle I have as an ice pack by filling it with water and freezing to keep everything nice and cool. An old towel makes an acceptable picnic blanket and job done. Clearance stickers, shopping seasonally and using food cashback apps are just a few of the ways I save money in supermarkets.
- How To Get Free Food & Save Money On Food Shopping: A Review of Shopmium – A Cashback App For Food & Household Items
Pre-Covid I used to do 99% of all my shopping in store and whilst I intend to revert back to this in some ways to support small businesses and the high street I intend to keep up the online habits if it will come at no extra cost to me. Not only will this theoretically be safer but I’ve found that I’ve saved quite a bit by cleverly buying online and using Top Cashback with my purchases. I always used to buy in advance in store to make the most of offers for toiletries and use offers on the Boots app where are often extra points offers for spending £20-30. However, there are sometimes discount codes online which make savings even greater, some Boots £10 Tuesday products are online offers online and if I know exactly what I need it saves me time. Top Cashback also often has extra cashback offers like a further £2 back if you spend £5 which when twinned with a necessary purchase just means my money will go that bit further.
Cheap Eco Efforts
As always I’ll keep up my habits of taking a reusable bag everywhere I go to avoid carrier bag charges and do whatever I can for the planet. I’m aware lots of coffee shops have understandably turned away from refilling reusable cups so think the little efforts individuals can still make are important and better than nothing. I won’t be buying plastic bottles of drink if I can help it by instead bringing my own refilled bottles.