Let's Get Thrifty - Bargain Hunting*

*This is a collaborative post*

I love a good bargain and any reader who has been following GGD since the beginning knows it! There's something highly satisfying about grabbing a freebie or purchasing an item that's been slashed to half price but is still in perfect or near perfect condition. If you're trying to be more frugal then why not take a leaf out of my book and check out the best places to find bargains. Who knows, with the money you save you could end up treating yourself to a last minute summer holiday!

Clothing - Charity Or Second Hand Shop

Don't knock charity or second hand shops until you've tried them. Getting thrifty doesn't necessarily mean you're going to be buying a moth eaten hand knitted cardigan that belonged to someone's grandma! These days charity shops have all sorts of knicks, knacks, trendy costume jewellery and modern clothing. I suppose this is because so many of us are now donating to charity shops once we've had a wardrobe clear-out. Obviously up-cycling and recycling is much better for the environment and if it keeps clothes away from landfills then I'm all for it. Here's a blog challenge for any fashion bloggers who are reading; visit your local charity shop and put together an 'outfit of the day' post. Don't forget to tag me on Twitter once your post is live so I can see the results. 

Books - Libraries

Libraries are so underrated these days and it's really sad. As a child - and right up to being a twenty something year old - I used to pop to the library on a regular basis. Who needed to buy books when you could simply borrow several for free? Granted there were frustrating times when I couldn't get my hands on a book - usually when a brand new best seller had been released and I'd have to wait for it to come in - but for the most part the local library had everything I needed and was my quiet haven away from life. The library near me closed down from what I heard but it's worth checking out the library in your area if indeed you have one.

Makeup And Free Samples - UK Freebies Websites 

UK freebies websites such as Gratisfaction are ideal when you're in a real bargain hunting mood as they have a constant steady stream of UK consumer offers, free samples, freebies, money saving coupons and voucher codes. There's usually something for everyone and if you have a look at the Gratisfaction website you'll notice a categories section on the left hand side. Whether you're after makeup, skincare, tea samples, chocolate, free kindle books or something else entirely, there are various offers to choose from. If music is your life then you won't want to miss out on this website for cheap vinyl records. There's even a price alert feature that you can set up if you don't want to miss any price drops.

Almost Anything - eBay

I'm going to be completely honest and say I have mixed feelings about eBay. For all the good experiences I've had with them, I've also had my fair share of crappy dealings. Just a few years ago I bought some Chanel perfume which turned out to be fake and I had to fight tooth and nail to get my money back. Having said that, overall I've had mostly positive experiences and I've bought some fantastic bargains over the years! 

Where do you go bargain hunting? Can you recommend any good thrift shops or freebie websites?

*Photos via Pexels

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