People say Australia is one of the most expensive countries in the world to live in, and it’s true – it now costs more to live in Sydney and Melbourne than it does to live in New York. With day-to-day expenses increasing, it can be harder and harder to manage your money, let alone to save.
There are ways around this, though. I’ve increasingly taken to browsing websites for online shopping, and I’ve found that it’s a great way to get cheap deals on practically everything. If you’re looking for those birthday presents, a book, or even a car, there are a few websites you should check out before hitting the shops.
The thing about eBay is that you can find anything and everything for sale here - it’s a truly global marketplace with a huge array of buyers, sellers and small businesses. You can find clothes, collectibles, books, or commercial property for lease. eBay’s newest addition, the Fashion Gallery, even includes designer styles at reasonable prices. No need to break the bank here; everything is waiting at your fingertips.
Asos is my favourite website. No matter what the fashion crisis I’m having, this site is the solution. I can find the perfect bag or shoes to match next weekend’s outfit and expect to pay less than I would in stores; plus, the shipping is affordable and arrives relatively quickly. My favourite part is shopping when I’m travelling to and from work, on a nifty little iPhone app that lets me save my favourites. Convenient!
Livingsocial is one of those sites that sends you daily deals. You can find some lovely stuff here – although if you forget to check your email for a few days, you might have a bit of a coupon backlog! This includes everything from romantic dinners to spa weekends, Egyptian cotton sheets, and even one-off travel opportunities, all at a discounted price. This gives everyone the opportunity to live large and still save money.
Now those are just a few. The real savvy shopper will be able to start up a list of their own, including other places like Groupon, Book Depository, Carsales and Amazon. No need to waste time (and money!) leaving the house to get a new dress for your cousin’s wedding or to scout the streets for nearby property. Heck, you can even shop while you’re on the go with your smart phone. Too easy!
This blog post was written by Lucy Walker, a full-time freelance writer who can be found spending her weekly income on fuelling her online shopping fix.