5 Ways To Easily Save Money

Sometimes things pop up and you need money fast- a birthday, unexpected bill, or you just really need to treat yourself with that dress that’s just gone on sale. So it’s important for you to find ways that suit your lifestyle and everyday expenses to save up for these things. Birthdays, holidays, credit cards and bills can dwindle your dollars faster than you can say ‘Merry Christmas’. Since I started getting paid fortnightly, I’ve been taking up simple ways to save money to make sure I live through the week.

Here are 5 easy things that you can do to save mega bucks over the year:

  1. Put money away once a week

This is probably the simplest way of saving money. Even if you put away $20 a week, you could save up to $1000 in a year Another good idea is to chuck all your coins in a tin, and you’ll be surprised how quickly it can all add up.

  1. Set up automatic transfers to another account

This is another easy way to put money away for a rainy day. Setting up automatic transactions is pretty easy nowadays. In store, online or via your banking app- you have nowhere to hide. You can put away as much as you want, and still access it easily in an emergency.

  1. Bring food and drinks from home

Bringing your own lunch and drinks with you can save you a lot of money pretty quickly. Make a cute salad, or make bigger portions for dinner and bring the leftovers for lunch. Either way, you’re saving yourself big bucks over time.

  1. cut down on coffee

Ok, this does sound a bit crazy, but, making your own coffee and bringing it with you in a reusable cup is super easy and budget friendly. There are some really cool designs out there; I really like KeepCup’s design because they’re really colourful, and T2’sthermos keeps my coffee warm for a long time.

  1. Make a budget

I found that since I started getting paid fortnightly, it’s been really helpful to make a budget, so I can track how much I’m spending. Using the 50/30/20 method (50% living, 30% lifestyle, 20% savings) has been a really useful tool. Even though I’m living pay to pay, it doesn’t feel like it, and I know exactly where my money is going.

I hope you find these tips helpful and can incorporate some into your lifestyle!

What do you do to save money? Thanks for reading lovelies!

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Spring Trend: Mules

 

The mule is a popular shoe this season, and with good reason.  A simple heel that elevates any outfit they’re a hit for this spring and summer. You can dress them up or down, and transition from day to night, they’re essential for any girl’s wardrobe. Commonly with a comfortable block heel, they’re a cute alternative to a flat or heel. And it doesn’t look like they’re going away anytime soon!

 Scroll down to find my favourite mules for the season.

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Diana Ferrari Asher Black
 
 
 
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Betts The It Shoe
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Wittner Carlo Mule
 
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Sol Sana Deon Mule

 

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Senso Ray
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Wittner Alix Slide
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Betts Recking
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Sportsgirl Ava Mule Heel
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Sol Sana Blair Mule

 

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Betts Tell
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Asos Truffle Mid Heel Mule
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Wittner Jerrie Mule

Which Mules do you love? Let me know and thanks for stopping by! xx

 

5 Facial Masks for Under $15

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Spring is finally here! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and the weather is better than ever. This winter was especially cold and wet, and hibernating sounded pretty good. But the lack of sun may have played havoc on your skin. I know mine’s looking a bit dull, like it needs a good pampering to look alive again.

Because of this, I’ve decided to put together a list of my go-to facial masks and peels for you to check out, and even better, they’re all less than $15!

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  1. Formula 10.0.6 Keep Your Cool Breakout Calming Mask $9.50

It reminds me of minty candy canes at Christmas. The creamy gel cools down angry blemishes; and also makes my skin feel soft and supple. It’s really interesting because it’s not necessary to wash it off, so it’s great for overnight.

  1. Formula 10.0.6 Get Your Glow On Brightening Peel Off Mask $8.99

This creamy peel off mask smells delicious! While it dries it feels like it’s tightening your skin, getting out any impurities. And because it dries clear, you can pretend you’re a wax doll at Madame Tussauds. Although, it may take a few times for your skin to appear visibly brighter and more lively, its worth it for under $10.

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  1. Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Clay Masque $11.69

Sukin’s mask is made of all things green. Avocado, kale, spirulina, and even parsley are used for their antioxidants and vitamins. I can not make this up, like seriously, avocado?!? Maybe because Sukin is dedicated to using natural products, it feels more soothing and calming than some of the others I’ve tried. I’ll give this one a go and use it at least twice a week I think.

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  1. Formula 10.0.6 Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask $8.99

This mud mask just reminds me of spring! With scents like bergamot and orange, it freshens my skin instantly to leave it feeling clean and alive after hiding all winter.

  1. Swisse Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask $12.39

Oh man, this is good! It’s fast drying clay makes it less time consuming and makes my face feel really fresh and clean. It has a subtle smell of honey, and we can’t forget to mention the cute packaging.

 

 

What’s your favourite mask for spring? Let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

*At the moment Priceline have 20% off Formula.10.0.6 products (2/10/16)

Uni Student Shopping Discounts

Being a uni student has its pros and cons. The cons seem to far outweigh the pros- buying expensive books, spending every waking moment studying, no sleep and not to mention a lack of social life. BUT there is a silver lining to being a uni student I swear!

Being a uni student you can access a plethora of discounts online and in person. From food, fashion, technology and transport you can find a discount for nearly everything.

During first year I came across the holy grail of discounts. Unidays is a website that gives you access to a hoard of discounts, a majority of them belong to fashion brands and websites, but there’s also tech and menswear too.

Here’s just a few of my favourites that you can use as many times as you want:

Women’s

Technology

  • up to 40% HP
  • 10% Apple (on certain products)

Men’s

Accessories

Sporting

There’s always more discounts being introduced. All you need to join up is to have a Uni ID and hey presto! You’re on your way to saving big bucks.

Let me know in comments below if you have any tips or tricks for a great discount!

Welcome to the Discount Diaries

Hello, and welcome to my blog!

Just a little bit about myself and what I want to do here:

I live in Adelaide, and I’m a uni student.

There are two things I enjoy: shopping and a great discount.

As a student, I am constantly looking for deals and discounts wherever I can. Fashion, food, drinks, beauty, travel, you name it, I’ll try and get a discount or make buying it worth my while through loyalty cards and point systems.

So here at The Discount Diaries, I’ll be sharing my experiences in nabbing a discount on all things I can get my hands on. I hope you enjoy reading my future posts as much as I enjoy writing them!