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How to Shop Clever

I would hold my hands up and confess that yes, I am addicted to shopping and buying "stuff". At 29 I am still told off by my mum for buying yet another dress.
"Do you really need that?"
And ok, maybe I do own too many dresses (I don't mean that at all) but I very rarely regret any of my purchases because I would consider myself to be a clever shopper.

Very rarely paying full price for items, thinking about the clothes I buy: when I'll where them, where I'll wear them and what else I have to go with it.

For me, having staple pieces in my wardrobe is a must.
Basics include:
A decent pair of blue jeans
A decent pair of black jeans
A blouse (either plain or patterned)
Oversized tshirts/jumpers
A black dress
Black tights
Denim jacket
Vest tops
White tshirt
Black shirt

Having these basics makes it easier for me when making a decision about a particular purchase. "Do I really need this cardigan? What would I pair it with?"

A great rule to live buy is "one in, one out". I think this is better suited to a full on splurge rather than a simple new tshirt buy. You do have to be strict though, and you can't buy a new dress and just throw out a tshirt that you wear on "slummy Sundays" instead.

I am a big online shopper. I much prefer it to shopping in store as I find it easier and not so stressful. I also much prefer being able to compare items across various websites and trying to see if I can find it cheaper elsewhere.

Another plus to shopping online is Voucher websites such as VoucherBin.co.uk.  These are a fantastic tool to be able to search by store and to find discount codes or offers for your favourite shops.

 I also swear by cash back websites...especially as you can use the money you "earn" to purchase further items.

What are you clever shopping tips?