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How to get some Jimmy Choos or £575 in two months

I want these Jimmy Choos:

Jimmy Choo Lucy 85 £525
Jimmy Choo Lucy 85 £525

and I want these Louboutins:

Christian Louboutin Pigalle 100 £455

So the way I see it, I can do one of two things.  I can either do nothing about trying to get them and simply moan that I’m too poor to ever be able to own something as lovely as those shoes….OR I can take steps to gather the money to afford them.

You can too!

Set yourself a target (like the shoes above) and then start saving. And I wouldn’t be a money blogger if I didn’t tell you how to do it. So here’s your Jimmy Choo ownership guide!

1. Start making packed lunches.  Swap your high street cafes or takeaway shop meals for home-prepared grub for two months and instead of spending £7-8 every week day (that’s 40 days), you’ll spend only a tenner a week (or less) and save yourself approx. £220!  Heck you’ll be nearly halfway there!

2. Switch your utility provider and telecom provider via a cashback site like Quidco or Topcashback.  How does it work?  Well click on the links to sign up and then search through the utility providers to find the deal offering the most cashback. As an example, at the time of writing this, Topcashback was offering £126 cashback – that’s £126 cash to you in your account – if you sign up to SSE’s New Customer Superfast Fibre Broadband + Talk Anytime by clicking through its site.  There’s nothing to pay (apart from your bills) and you should expect your £126 in your account within a few months!  With Quidco you can earn £38 in cashback just by using Simply Switch to change your gas and electricity provider. For more details on how cashback sites work, click here.

Right, so where are we….. £220 + £126 + £38 = £384 in two months.  Still some way to go. So….

3. Have a clear out.  Go through all your old dvds, cds and books and for all of those still in good nick, sell them to a site like Zapper at about 35p each (although some will be worth more than that).  It doesn’t seem like much but they cover your postage and if you can get hold of about 100 items – actually quite easy once you have a proper look through all your old collections – you could earn £35.

4. If you’re going to start saving money thanks to this blog(!) then you need to ensure you have a good savings account. Sign up for an ISA with Standard Life via Quidco and earn £50 cashback. For info on the new limit for ISA saving, check out my article on the recent Budget.  You might as well review your current account provider too. If you open a Nationwide FlexDirect current account via Topcashback, you’ll earn £36.75. Again, for more details on how cashback sites work, click here.

So, £384 + £35 + £50 + £36.75 = £505.75. Hurrah! Enough for the Louboutins! But not quite enough for the Jimmy Choos, so….

4. Finally, to get to £525 and reach the Louboutin mark, we turn to the trusty mobile phone. A new smartphone is released almost every month so we’re not committed to such long contracts as we used to be.  And that’s a good thing as phone contracts can be expensive! I used to pay £49.50 per month for the same number of texts and calls that I get now through Giffgaff for £10 a month.  Yep, £10 a month.  Switch now and in two months, you’ll save yourself £80.

That gets you to £585.50 in two months (ish).  So you can get the Jimmy Choos!

Get ready to treat yourselves!

Get your own personalised designer handbag

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Longchamp has always been a favourite brand of mine. Its Le Pliage Nylon range in particular.  Not only are the bags classic and sleek and come in a variety of beautiful colours but they’re also incredibly practical.

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Available in 6 sizes, from overnight bags down to the carrier of your bare essentials, you’re covered for any occasion, and they’re light and fold down to the size of a notebook.  Perfect if you’re on holiday or a shopping spree, and expect the need for an extra bag on your way back. You know it happens.

I have a large tote bag which I use for overnight stays and as hand luggage when flying, and a medium tote which serves as a great bag if I’m travelling into London and need to carry more than the basics such as an umbrella, spare flats, my kindle etc….

As I said, the range comes in a variety of colours BUT what is really exciting is that Longchamp also lets you go further and design your bag. Yup, it lets you create a personalised designer handbag.  This means that you can do far more than pick a main colour; you can also determine the other colours of the bag, strap length and even branding, if you wish.

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This is my very own personalised designer handbag that I created for myself:

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I selected:

Bag size 3 (so that it will hold a book/shoes as well as all of my usual day-to-day musts)

Long handles (so I can wear it on my shoulder)

Main colour: Black

Stripe colour: Pearl

branded handbagHardware (zip and button colour): Golden

Branding: My initials embossed

 

 

I must warn you that there will be a huge temptation to go for bright colours but try to avoid this.  While it will look ‘fun’ when it first arrives, it’ll likely clash with most of your things and be relegated to a beach bag for the remainder of its days.

That’s why I went for classic colours.  By doing so, I have created a bag which works in any season and matches most of my wardrobe.

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Price: £98. Cheap to become the creator and owner of your very own personalised designer handbag.

Kinky boots or spring trends

In my last post on hen dos in London, I mentioned that I LOVED some of the outfits the performers wore at Madame JoJo’s. So I’ve pulled together some fashion pieces that allow me to channel those looks (and most of them are spring trends!)

Aren’t they FAAAAABULOUS DARRRLING…..!

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This gorgeous coat is currently ON SALE at ASOS for £48 reduced from £80.  I know spring is coming but yikes it’s cold right now.

Lace is one of many spring trends this year so you tick that box if you buy this.  It’s £60 from ASOS.

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Who can’t resist some tassels? Detail, layering and embroidery are key this season (yep, another one of those spring trends) so why not start with your feet? These fringe sandals are £65 from Topshop.

Finally, it’s now cool to go out in your underwear/night slip so the burlesque girls are stylish ladies!

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This is so beautiful and incredibly sexy. With a midi skirt or black jeans, a tailored jacket over the shoulders and heels, this would look fantastic.   Available also in white, this Tibi cami is £368 at net-a-porter.

Did I just write a post on how to dress like a drag queen?!  Surely not. Oh these tricky spring trends……