Thursday, June 20, 2013

Student Budget Friendly Shopping


Some of the above links: Dungarees, Pants, Shorts, Wedges, Clutch, Satchel, Necklace, Lipstick. (I do realize the clutch costs a LOT!)

I often get asked about how I can afford buying so many new clothes while I'm living on a student budget, so I thought it was time to finally make a proper post out of this. The truth is that I'm really careful with online and real-life shopping when it comes to price - there are LOTS of ways to save money and most people don't realize this and tend to overpay. Sales are not the only way to save some money on shopping - in fact you can pretty much get everything (clothes, food, gadgets, restaurants, going out etc.) for cheaper if you know the right websites. This will be my guide for better fashion shopping with special perks for students, however, not exclusively. I would be extremely happy if you would share your tips in the comments section as well!

1) ASOS                                                                                                                                                                   

ASOS is definitely my go-to website for most online shopping. It offers a large variety of brand clothing as well as their own, sometimes for better prices than the item in the original shop. Their website is in general very sleek and easy to use - the catwalk videos and 360 degree rotations of shoes and other items make it much easier to see the item before purchasing it.
Now, what I really love about ASOS is the constant discounts it offers (more on that below) through discount sites. Therefore, if I see something I really like in New Look, River Island or other shops, I know I will get it cheaper on ASOS. I was also hunting for some New Look sandal heels a few months ago and they were sold out, but today I actually purchased them on ASOS for even cheaper than at New Look - score! Their free worldwide delivery doesn't hurt either ;)


This website unfortunately only applies to University students, but, let me tell you, it's absolutely amazing! You register on it with your Uni registration number and then you are offered with all-year-round discount codes for sites like ASOS, Boohoo, Motel Rocks, Schuh, Topshop and so on. Even Apple store offers a discount on some items for students. The codes are usually 10-15%, but every bit helps (especially when it comes to Apple!).
The best bit about this site is the fact that 2-3 times per year it gives 25% off ASOS for all students. I still remember that time I ordered 4 items (Mango coat, ASOS bag, peplum skirt and a chain-back red dress) from ASOS for less than 100£, thanks to this discount.
For those who are not students, you can ask a student friend for their code, because the codes are always regenerated.

3) Fashion Vouchers                                                                                                                                               

If you're not a student, fear not - you can still get discounts from other websites, such as Fashion Vouchers, which not only give you discount codes but also shows information on special sales at various stores, as well as amazing offers at shops such as ASOS, Boohoo, Missguided, Miss Selfridge, Nelly, AX Paris and many maaaany others!

4) Ebay                                                                                                                                                                    

I know this is quite obvious, but it really is super good. First of all, you can score sold-out popular items that are sold by people who mistakenly bought the wrong size, or something. Those sold-out Topshop leather buckle boots you've been looking for? Here they are. There are also many retailers that use Ebay as their "shop", for example when I bought my Chelsea Bunny boots I bought them from one of these kind of users, where they have a huge stock of sizes and colors. Some popular retailers, such as Schuh actually sell a lot of their stock on Ebay, if it doesn't get sold in the actual stores.


I haven't used this site before, but I absolutely love the concept - it sells items from high street brands for half the price or less. Usually those are items that have been slightly damaged or returned to the shop, but they are all in good condition and each photo clearly shows and describes if there are any damages. The items are detagged so it doesn't actually tell you where they come from to avoid people trying to bring these items back to the stop to demand a full refund, but if you have a trained eye, it's very easy to tell where some things are from. The website sells TONS of Topshop shoes (here's a few examples for you: 12345).

6) Cashback sites                                                                                                                                                     

This is a system I only first tried today, and I feel bad for not having done it before! Cashback sites receive commission for sales they make through their referral links and they send that commision back to you, so you actually get some of your spent money back in your account. The website I tried is called, and I will receive around 10% of my ASOS purchase from today. The reason these websites send the cash back to you is because they survive financially through their advertisements. It's quite genius, actually. I recommend you to read everything carefully first, so you know exactly what to do and how. 

7) Blogger Discounts                                                                                                                                               

It is always worth a try to have a look around Google to see if any bloggers are offering some discount code for a fashion company they are working with. For example, a few years ago when I collaborated with Missguided, they gave me a discount for all my readers - lots of websites do that with bloggers! Also with Motel Rocks, don't ever shop there paying the full price, because there will always be blogger discount codes (eg. my code: kristianav for 20% off non-sale orders).

8) Sample Sales                                                                                                                                                       

I recently attended the Motel Rocks sample sale at their London showroom and it completely changed my perception of shopping. I bought items for 5£ when they were still available on the website for 50-60£, quite crazy! I highly recommend doing some research to see if there are any upcoming sample sales, as they really do offer great prices. Most sample sales have smaller sizes though (Motel had mostly XS-S, some M), as those are usually the clothes modelled for their website and stuff. Here, I just found that Wildfox is having an upcoming sample sale, whereas this website shows info for Juicy Couture and other bigger brands. This twitter account could be an easier way to keep you updated on upcoming sample sales. Most sample sales do happen in London though, but if you are visiting it would be the perfect way to do some shopping for cheaper! 


This is a website I started using recently, you basically enter the name of the product you are looking for, eg. Motel Rocks Jordan jeans or Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spike and it will show you which websites sell that item for less - I found the Jordan jeans on ASOS for £23 (RRP is 38£) and the Litas for 89£ (RRP ~ £150). I think this is a great idea, because different websites have sales at different times, and nothing hurts more than buying a full priced item only to find out you could have paid half :D.

Hope you liked the post, let me know if you have any extra tips!


  1. Great post! Loveee a good bargain! I've only just heard of Next to Nowt, tempted to get something! xo

  2. Omg thank you so much for this article, this is exactly for me! ^^ I've only tried an ebay so far but I'll definitely check the other ones too! ;)

  3. Hi Kristiana.

    Thanks so much for this post! I had never heard of most of those sites before. :)

    As you are living in England now, I would suggest to get Superdrug or Boots fidelity card. You acummulate points with all your shoppings and every now and then they send you vouchers and you can also get money off your shopping depending how many points you have. For example I can get a 10 pounds item from boots for free! :)

    It is not fashion but it is still something if you want to get nice make up.

  4. Thanks for the tips :)

  5. This is a great post, thanks for sharing these! Love those dungarees!x

  6. This information might get very useful. Thank you very much for sharing! :)

  7. oh my god, i don't even know where to start looking first! thank you sooo much :D

  8. Thanks for the comment on my blog. Great post, want to buy everything. Really like your blog and your style so going to follow on bloglovin' hope you get a chance to follow back!
    Laura. xx

  9. Wow! Will have to check some of them out!!
    Fancy following each other on google friend connect?

  10. Thanks for thesee gorgeous tips! I hadn´t even heard of most of these!!

  11. Great links dear, i didnt know about a few of these stores and it sounds like they store some fab pieces, adore your choices. I appreciate your kind words over at mine :) Ohhh so the GFC part was just a cruel rumor? Thank goodness. Have an awesome weekend!

  12. Love these incredible ideas!

    - Lauren at adorn la femme

  13. i've heard so much about ASOS, I'll need to buy back to school stuff there.

  14. vai esi kādreiz pasūtījusi kaut ko no

    1. neesmu, un nedomāju, ka mēģināšu. tādas saites reti kad piedāvā ko kvalitatīvu.. :(