|Gin Scream by Soulstealer – Apparently also a “behind the scenes shoot from The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing video shoot for the song GIN!” They definitely, seem like they know something we all should.|
- I never ever spend more in a fortnight than I earn in a fortnight (but I guess rent, travel fees and groceries do that to a person).
- I have a horrible tendency to choose fashion over important life ‘things’. It’s two thousand and fourteen and I’m still using a third-hand CLT computer screen that is probably giving me cancer as I type on it right now but just the other week seriously considered buying a four-hundred dollar part of shoes (I didn’t by the way, don’t worry!). My point is, DON’T DO THIS. Sure, if you really want or need to buy a new bag you might want to buy store-brand rather than organic but please don’t even put a new pair of shoes over, for instance, travel money to get yourself an education.
- Keep obsessive tabs on your bank account. Those little bits and pieces that we don’t really notice ourselves spending money on add up.
- Wait for birthdays, Christmas and the like, and ask for bigger picture items as presents. Or just plain money, of course, for you to supplement the rest.
- Plan well! When I was a young’un I was obsessed with badly attempting to play guitar but, oh no, my acoustics were never enough. I ended up washing the dishes for five dollars a week until I earned three hundred dollars to buy my first and only electric guitar (yes, it was horrible quality but I was never that into guitars anyway).The point is if you love an item enough it will be able to spend a little more time on your wishlist without you falling in love with something else more.
- In saying that, wait a while before you purchase things. You might not like it as much as you think.
- I’ve said this before but Retail Me Not is one of my favourite websites because they almost always have great working coupons to get at least ten percent off! I know that UK and Australian University students can get discounts at lots of main retailers. But, if those ideas fall short, there’s nothing better than a good old sale.
- Some of my most worn items have come from thrift stores. They’re great places to pick up basics and the occasional perfectly unique item!
- Wait again! My own system, because I’m an avid online shopper, is to wait until my last order arrives before I buy anything else.
- EBay is actually really great for simple and super cheap basics that don’t always turn out horrible (be warned they sometimes do!).
- Check the material. Will it last? I’ve recently given myself a rule to never buy 100% polyester again by personal preference. I suggest looking into basic material guides a bit; lots of bloggers have some wonderful informative posts out there. My own little guide is that silk lasts long and is comfy but is harder to wash and stains easily; cotton is good for hot weather but crinkles like mad; viscose feels a lot like cotton, breaths well and doesn’t crinkle as easily; leather and good quality pleathers last a million years and only look better with age (though, don’t get real leather too wet); velvet is warm, doesn’t breath but don’t get it wet; velveteen is warm, stretches more, doesn’t breath and isn’t destroyed in rain and, oh god, there are so many more I want to talk about.
Anyway, for other links you should totally check out:
- Matilda Marble Eye recently did a great post on a Goth’s Guide to Thrifting that is super thorough.
- Juliet’s Lace has a range of amazing articles on both thrifting and budgeting. My favourite are her posts on her experiences with No Shopping Bands.
There is so much more that I don’t want to force into this already packed posts (let me know if you want a Lazy Walrus’ Guide to Gothy Fabrics or something). Oh, and tell us all how you budget and your tips!