How to find great bargains online

I’ve recently been on a sales spree. With a change in season, I look at my wardrobe and realise that I have no clothes..

I can’t help myself with a sale. There’s something about the impulsive nature, the bargain and the fear of missing out that drives me to spend my precious money.

So here’s a run down of top bargains and how to make the most of them.

7 ways to find bargains online

1. Get in there early

I’ve been invited to the Next VIP sale slot for many years now and I always make sure I get an early slot. But, it’s worth knowing that staff and couriers get first dibs so not everything will be available online.

If you want a better selection, I have a friend who swears by being an early bird at the sales. Be there stupidly early and you’ll get first dibs… Just go with a plan.

For example if you want kids clothes go there first. Kids sale literally fly off the rack!

2. Brand sales under one roof

When you want a bargain but want a big brand – or you’re not sure what you want, head to sale sites.

I grabbed this pair of Converse. Would you believe it if I told you that I’d never owned a pair before? I’ve never been able to justify the cost to myself, but when they’re in the sale? Bingo!

The magic behind this site is that they pull sale stock from loads of brands.

For me this means that I know everything is a bargain. Each listed item also takes you back to the original source so you know you’re getting the real thing! If they have any left, you can find my new shoes in Love the Sale’s Converse store here.

My New Converse Shoes - I wonder how long they will stay this white?

3. Use voucher codes

If you can’t find a sale, look for voucher codes. You can usually find them if you search for the brand and voucher codes.

I recently discovered that funky running gear site Tikiboo (where I got these unicorn running leggings from) has a 10% off code with Run Mummy Run when you use code RMR10.

4. Abandon your basket

Pop something in your basket, set up an account and leave it there. You’ll be amazed at how many sites will offer you money off to complete your sale rather than go elsewhere.

Just make sure that you leave your details – else they won’t have any way of emailing you with that juicy offer!

5. Follow them

Some brands will have social media only discounts so make sure you follow them! The same goes for getting their email newsletters. From flash sales, you need to be the first to know when these happen and be ready to take advantage of them.

6. Use gift voucher sales sites

Did you know that there are sites where you can buy and sell unwanted gift vouchers? As long as you don’t mind buying a high amount, you can save up to 25% just by buying someone else’s unwanted gift card.

7. Think about gifts early!

Okay, so this last one isn’t a hack to find you more bargains, but this one helps me to spread my money further. Birthdays, Christmas – even cards.

It all adds up.

When it comes to buying last minute gifts, we all know that the prices start to get a bit ridiculous. For the convenience of buying late, we pay through the nose. So I start looking for gifts in the summer. Call me crazy but I’m prepared.

We grabbed an ELC bargain for my daughter of a wooden dolls house for only £50 from £100! It’s now taking pride of place in our garage until St Nick comes to pick it up…

If you don’t mind hoarding (and remembering who you got what) you can save a lot of money… And look super generous.

Have a super tip to share? Let me know!



  1. October 11, 2017 / 8:54 am

    Great tips! I used to by the santa pressies early.Christmas is kind of a pain for me now…only one little one left. Try thinking of lots of gifts for the 21 year old nephews…#FortheloveofBLOG

  2. October 11, 2017 / 9:39 am

    Some good tips here. I always say I’m going to do my Christmas shopping early but this year I haven’t even given it a second thought. This was the reminder I needed. #FortheloveofBLOG

  3. October 11, 2017 / 10:05 am

    Great tips – I love a good bargain. Haven’t started with Christmas shopping yet, so perhaps I should get moving on that.#fortheloveofBLOG

  4. October 11, 2017 / 11:16 am

    Great tips – I definitely could be savvier and better organised when it comes to online shopping – especially for Christmas. #fortheloveofBLOG

  5. October 11, 2017 / 11:43 am

    Fab tips. I often leave my basket abandoned for a bit, more out of being distracted than anything else and I often then get a discount code. #fortheloveofBLOG

  6. October 11, 2017 / 11:59 am

    Tikiboo is a new shop to me- thanks for sharing, I will go and have a nosey! #fortheloveofBLOG

  7. October 11, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    Every time I shop online I look up voucher codes before checking out. Sometimes I go through 5 before I find one that works, but it is always worth it! #fortheloveofBLOG

  8. October 11, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Hi, Great tips, i am always one for a bargain and do use all of the tips that you have mentioned #fortheloveofBLOG

  9. October 11, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    Interesting outlook for Christmas. Nice ideas! #fortheloveofBLOG

  10. October 12, 2017 / 10:24 am

    Ooh I love these tips, especially about the shopping basket – I never knew that one before! I’m loving your converse too, I haven’t had a pair in years but know I need to throw out my old trainers soon. Thanks for hosting #fortheloveofBLOG xx

  11. The Mummy Bubble
    October 12, 2017 / 11:52 am

    Such great tips here. I really like the one about keeping an item in your shopping basket as I just never thought of it before! Absolutely love your unicorn leggings, they are amazing! I’ve pinned this to keep it for future use as well . X #fortheloveofBLOG

  12. October 12, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    The tip about leaving stuff in your basket is gold! I do this ALL the time, and almost always get emailed a discount! #fortheloveofBLOG

  13. October 13, 2017 / 11:23 am

    I always look for a voucher code before buying anything lol, I am so tight! LoL! I never thought about leaving things in the basket before, might have to try this one.

  14. October 13, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    these are great tips. I have a whole bag full of stuff in the basement that I got on sale for birthdays, ect. I’m not as much of a hoarder as my wife, but I do like to plan ahead #fortheloveofblog

  15. October 14, 2017 / 11:28 am

    I love getting discounts, literally makes me feel like i’ve got something for free!! #fortheloveofBLOG

  16. October 15, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    I do love a bargain but often can’t be bothered searching for them! I’ve used Love The Sales and had a few good bargains x

  17. October 16, 2017 / 11:44 am

    Great tips here. We also have a dolls house for our girls that we picked up over the summer but are missing the dolls. #fortheloveofBLOG

  18. October 18, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    These are great tips and I desperately need a new pair of Converse so I’ll be checking out Lovethesales! We got a Barbie house for my daughter’s birthday last year it was reduced from £75 to £35 and then I used £20 in Nectar vouchers! Bargain!! #fortheloveofBLOG

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