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So if you have anything at all to do with the Australian blogging commmunity, you will no doubt be aware that next week in the Digital Parents Conference, which I am attending.
Last year was the first and only time I had attended a blogging event. (On account of living in Darwin, and I don’t count the catchups with A Parenting Life as ‘an event’ regardless of how awesome they may be.) So on account of this sea of knowledge I now possess, I can safely pretend I possess the low down on all important blog related information, and pass myself as some kind of conference expert.
Unfortunately, being the reasonably
slack chilled out person that I am, my knowledge boils down to this: what to bring, and what to wear.
And since Kim already wrote a post on all that, it’s only fair that in the interest of interwebz space, I just point you in her direction.
But since you have clicked here expecting something, I won’t disappoint. 🙂
One of the businesses setting up stall at this years conference (and, I hear, handing out massages) is RAMS, and as part of their DP presence, they’ve set up a rather cool competition, getting us bloggers to share our budgeting tips.
Now lucky for you, me and RAMS, the conference itself gave the perfect opportunity to put these paricular skills to good use, and cause I’m so conSiderate, I thought I’d share them with you now.
And so I present…..
On account of being a complete Darwin bogan (incidentally, I don’t think bogan is even a used word in Darwin, as just about everyone, except for the occasional Victorian Expat, fits into that category), it was pretty safe to assume that every outfit, for every day, was going to need some work. Before my planned shopping trip, I spent quite a few sleepless nights, mentally scanning my wardrobe to see what would, and what wouldn’t work. In the end, I came to the conclusion that I had enough workable bottoms, but I needed a few new tops and maybe some jewellery.
My goal therefore, was to purchase four new tops, and a necklace.
Which brings me to tip number two.
Now luckily for me, I turned awesome last week, and as part of the birthday celebrations, received, among other things, a fancy pants gift card to Darwin’s
only biggest shopping centre, for the princely amount of $100.
It seemed that this card (and perhaps Boatman and all other birthday contributors) were extending to me a budget challenge, and I am nothing, if not a woman up for a contest.
If you’re shopping on a budget, there is no point going into an expensive boutique shop, unless you are expecting either an awesome bargain, or you want to be disappointed. Instead, be realistic in the shops you choose, and in those, know where to look.
Keep an eye out for the discount signs, and be sure to check displays at the front, and racks at the back, as that’s often where the bargains are.
Sales Assistants are supposed to be helpful. Some times they are consumed with flogging products, but most of the time they are actually really keen to help you save. Tell them what you want, and what you don’t want to pay for it.
The great chick at Jay Jay’s informed me that one necklace was $15, but I could get two for $12, so not only did she save me $3, she also got me a bonus item. #winning
This appears to fly in the face of tip one, but it actually compliments it. Often we have an exact picture of what we want in our mind, and it’s either impossible, or expensive to meet that ideal. It pays to keep an open mind and choose something else. I was determined to find a white blouse to match my blue cullotes, but it didn’t happen. I did instead find a gorgeous maroon, long length top that will look great with a pair of jeans or leggings.
It’s easy to get caught up in name brands, but seriously what do they offer? There will be times when it’s beneficial, and times when it’s unnecessary. Whenever you can, go for similar generic items at a lower price.
Have a good friend to keep you accountable. That way, when you get distracted by that awesome red singlet that you seriously think you must have, she can remind you, you have already spent your budget, and you don’t need any more. 🙂
So hitting the stores with my good pal Rhianna, how did I go? Well like I said, the goal was four shirts and a necklace for $100. In then end I walked away with 4 shirts, one singlet, a pair of leggings, two necklaces, and some fairly awesome mineral foundation.
I’d call that a success, wouldn’t you?
The Low Down:
Maroon top: Jay Jay’s $15
Two white cross tops: Jay Jay’s 2 for $15
Two Necklaces: Jay Jays 2 for $12
Black Leggings: Jay Jays $10
Camo top: Valley Girl $15
Singlet: Kmart $2
Nude Mineral Foundation: Priceline $30
Grand total: $99
What are your number one shopping tips?
Do you think you could find this many bargains?