*Summer Holiday Shopping Without Breaking The Bank

Thursday, July 12, 2018
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Summer holidays are expensive. Especially if you’ve got kids and are tied to a school holiday trip, which can be almost double the price that the same holiday would have been a few weeks before. Of course, there are ways to travel on a budget, and plenty to do when you are away to save money and spend less. But, flights, accommodation and spending money aren’t the only expenses that come with taking a trip. Many of us forget to budget for holiday shopping. Leaving ourselves in a financial pickle in those few weeks before we travel when we realise we need holiday clothes, toiletries and other bits to make our holiday perfect. This shopping trip can easily become much more expensive than you might have imagined, heavily cutting into your holiday spends before you’ve even got to the airport. Here are some ways to do your summer holiday shopping on a budget.

Start Early
Ideally, you want to shop for your next summer holiday at the end of the summer before. Shops tend to start stocking autumn/winter ranges as well as back to school paraphernalia in mid-august, and bikinis, flip flops, beach bags and sunscreen get relegated to the sales at the back of the shops. Even the top summer books and insect repellent get cheaper. So, plan ahead. It might be too late for this year’s holiday but get on it for next time. Just remember, sunscreen has a used by date, and it won’t last as long while it’s open. So, if you are buying for next year, check the dates and keep in sealed in a cool, dry cupboard.

Shop for Deals 
Both high street stores and online shops are packed with deals at this time of year. All trying to compete for the holiday shopper market. Make the most of this. Don’t buy anything without first looking for BOOTS DISCOUNT CODES or comparing with other shops. You can quite easily do most of your holiday shopping without paying full price for anything. One item that I'm always looking for deals on is shoes, sandals and boots; sandals are summer essentials for me so it's always nice to get a discount. I'm luckily going away on a cruise at the end of August so I'm currently on the look out for deals!

Invest in Quality 
If you can afford it, it’s worth investing in decent products that will last a few years. A good pair of sunglasses will cost more than a cheap pair from a budget retailer, but they’ll last a lot longer and protect your eyes from UV rays. The same goes for swimwear and holiday gadgets. Buying cheaper is often a false economy as you’ll end up spending a lot more over the years to come. Buy the best you can afford in the first place.

Only Buy What You Need 
We’d all love to buy a whole new wardrobe every single time we go away and take 14 swimsuits for a beach break. But, it’s usually not necessary. If you’ve got things like bikinis, hats and beach shoes that you haven’t worn since last summer, they’ll still be in great condition, and no one will remember you wearing them before. Perform an inventory of what you’ve already got and write a list of what you need before you go out shopping.

Do you have any summer holiday wardrobe buying tips? Where are your favourite places to buy summer clothing or travel beauty products on sale? 

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*This is a collaborative post

22 comments

  1. These are good tips, holiday shopping can be super expensive at times.

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  2. I'm a nightmare for over buying before I go on holiday! I don't end up wearing half of it either - oops!xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk

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  3. These are such good tips my lovely!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  4. Unfortunately we won't be going away this summer but we've already started saving for next year!

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  5. Some good tips here lovely, I am always a last minute kinda gal though x

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  6. I agree with shopping early for the most part but you can get some great bargains in the sales if you aren't travelling until Aug/Sep.

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  7. Starting early is definitely one of my favourites

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  8. These are great tips! I especially am a fan of buying the best you can afford right off. After a certain price, you're just paying for luxury brand names, but there is something to making sure you have a quality item that is going to LAST and WORK. Really enjoyed this post, thanks!

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  9. I'm such a nightmare for overspending for things like this, I need to be better.

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  10. I definitely needed this advice. Thank you for the great tips.

    Faye Jessica | fayejessica.co.uk

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  11. Excellent tips!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  12. Great tips. I do this with all of the sales, buy in advance and keep back.

    http://littlemissmelanie.com

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  13. Great tips, I have got better over the years and try and only buy what I need x

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  14. I need to follow the "only buy what you need" rul...I'm so bad for buying loads of stuff that I actually already have!!
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

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  15. Completely agree with investing in quality! It may be expensive now, but in the long run it's so worth it.
    xxx

    www.laurencarmen.com

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  16. Buy for the next season although that’s hoarding haha Joyce  

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  17. That last point about shopping is so timely! I'm currently in the phase of planning for our trip and I'm desperately trying to find my will power! You're spot on x

    Sincerely, Sarah xx
    www.sincerelysarah.net

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