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Spend Less and Save More with Leeds Building Society

Spend Less and Save More with Leeds Building Society - I'm taking on a 4 week challenge to train myself to be a saver rather than a spender!

I was recently asked by Leeds Building Society to take on their 4 week challenge to train myself to be a saver, rather than a spender. I’ve got to be honest with you guys, I have always been a huge spender so I’m not sure I can do this! However with our recent house purchase & renovations and future plans to build an extension I really need to start saving some money from somewhere. Plus it’s Stu and I’s 10 year anniversary this year and we really want to go somewhere special.

Leeds Building Society has teamed up with  Consultant Psychologist and author of the book ‘Willpower for Dummies’, Dr Frank Ryan to provide me with advice on how to spend less and save more over the next few weeks.

I had to provide details on my spending habits and I was shocked to see that I’ve spent approximately £75 a month on clothes over the past few months. Add that up and that’s £900 a year, enough for my dream trip to Cuba per person or flights to Toronto for two to stay with a friend! After realising that, I hope to avoid buying clothes by keeping that in mind.

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Spend Less and Save More with Leeds Building Society - I'm taking on a 4 week challenge to train myself to be a saver rather than a spender!

We also spend a lot of money on takeaways – sure because we’re both super busy at work and coming home to a renovation, but also because we love takeaway food. We’ve been popping to the shops at least three times a week instead of doing a big shop too. Our organisation has gone completely out of the window.

My goal for the end of the 4 week survey is to cut my clothes spending by at least 60% and to try cooking our favourite takeaways at home in our new kitchen – homemade pizza, burgers and chicken tikka naan kebabs are at the top of my list!

I think I will struggle the most trying to cut down my clothing spend. Each time I go away on a trip or attend a special event I buy something new to boost my confidence. I often get really anxious about these things, so having a new outfit to try out makes me feel excited instead of nervous.

Wish me luck!!

Have you ever done a spend less and save more challenge? Please do share your tips with me in the comments, I think I’m going to need them!! Loves x xx

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How To Spend Less Money on Clothes and Avoid Waste

How to spend less money on clothes and avoid waste. Learn to look after your clothes by understanding the washing care instructions with this handy infographic.

// Avoid throwaway and fast fashion trends. Choose pieces you can mix up with more fashion led accessories instead to achieve the latest looks  – or even better, develop your own signature style that won’t need to change as the wind blows

// Always, always check if an item is dry clean only before you buy it. This is the one thing that I constantly forget to do and I have a whole section of my wardrobe that is ‘things I’ve worn once before I can’t be bothered to get them dry cleaned’. When you’re shopping on a budget, this is definitely something that could sway you not to buy.

// Brush up on your washing symbols. The folks at Data Label asked me to share the survey that they carried out with you guys – can you believe they found out that 56% of people were confused about the care instructions on their clothes? Well, yep – I have ruined a gorgeous silk top by sticking it in the washing machine instead of paying attention to the label! You can see the full survey results over at Laundry and Cleaning News. Thankfully, Data Label have created this amazing infographic to make taking care of your purchases easier so you can spend less money on clothes and avoid waste. I had no idea those drying symbols even existed!

How To Spend Less Money on Clothes and Avoid Waste

// Use Pinterest to come up with multiple outfit ideas to create a capsule wardrobe from a few key pieces. Instead of feeling like you need to buy something new, shop from your own wardrobe and style up a new outfit using items you would never normally wear together.

// Spend more on quality essentials like a great fitting pair of jeans that washes well and basic tops that you can wear again and again without the quality failing. It might seem like a no brainer to buy the cheaper version of something, but it’s a false economy. Having to replace these pieces less will save you money as well as looking after the environment and avoiding waste.

What tips and advice do you rely on how to spend less money on clothes and avoid waste?

Loves x xx

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