How to win at shopping sales (Christmas edition)

Christmas is a time for giving. Boxing day is a time for recovery. The day after is a time to be selfish a buy all the things on your Christmas list you didn’t get two days earlier in a hot frenzy of sales. If you’re lucky the shops are also open on boxing day Boxing day (Unfortunately this only applies to certain shops in Adelaide).

While I am thankful it’s never anything like the scenes you see on Black Friday in America, sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming and I walk out of the shops with items of clothing I will never wear and I know it. To help you (and admittedly myself) win at shopping, here are five points to go by:

1. Buy pieces that will fit with your style

One year I bought a pair of burgundy corduroy pants because they were heavily discounted and I thought that I would wear the heck out of them. I was very very wrong. They sat in my drawers and I never thought about them again. Use my mistake as a lesson and don’t buy things on a whim. Look for pieces that fit perfectly with your personal style and can wear with clothes you already own.

2. Use the wishlist button on websites you visit the most

This device is an amazing little tool which needs more praise in my books. Websites like The Iconic send emails when items in your wishlist are on sale, out of stock or back in stock. I also find them really handy when websites have good sales but only on some items, such as end of season sales. This way I can see clearly what I want and see how much its discounted to.

3. Research who stocks the brands you love

Not all sales are created equal. This is a fact. Therefore it literally pays to shop around. Say for example you want a dress from C/MEO Collective, its not just BNKR who stock it. David Jones do, so do The Iconic as well as smaller boutique stores. Get on their mailing list! You never know who has the best deal (or who might stock the “sold-out” dress of your dreams) All that research will be worth it in the end when you get the dress for the best price.

4. Don’t ignore your spam folder

This leads me to my next tip, don’t leave any email unread. Your inbox is a treasure trove of great emails, but so is your junk folder. If not for the fact you could find a really good deal in there, then do it so you have zero notifications. We all know one person who has 4,897 unread emails. Not to mention, at Christmas time, I am overloaded by emails, and the best sale could be in the email I didn’t read.

5. Invest in high quality items

While many link quality pieces with expensive price tags, I like to see them as investment pieces. The core pieces in a wardrobe should be the best quality as they are the foundation of your outfit. Your go-to items like straight jeans, a white shirt, a great blazer and stylish shoes are things you shouldn’t skimp on. You know that you will always come back to these items so ensure you have the best you can get (within your budget of course).

Remember, its only a bargain if you were already going to buy it!

P.S if you’re a university student don’t forget to check out my previous post about all the cool discounts you can get through Unidays for places like Forever New, Asos, The Iconic, Shopbop and waay more

Let me know what you think, and what your tips are for winning at sales in the comments below. Happy Holidays!


Discount Diaries Christmas Gift Guide

‘Tis the season for giving! The christmas fever has set in and everyone is rushing to the shops. We all need a bit of help to find the perfect gift. If it’s for your sister, mum, secret santa or even yourself. The killer about gift giving and Christmas time, is the amount of money you spend on presents for your loved ones. I have compiled a list below of things that I would love as a gift based on price. I hope this helps or gives you the inspiration you need!


These are great stocking fillers or gifts for secret santa. You don’t need to spend a lot to make an impact!

Typo Phone lens $5.00- $29.95 (lots of different filters, cheaper online than in store)

Myer Arnott’s Personalised Tim Tams $9.99

Kmart BYS Peach Eyeshadow Palette $12 (In store only!)

Cotton On Tolve Turkish Towel $15

Big W Turtles All the way Down, John Green $16

Mecca Maxima Too Faced Better than Sex ornament $17

David Jones Glasshouse fragrances triple scented mini candle Rio $18.95

Myer Lonely Planet best in Travel 2017 $20

Booktopia The Subtle Art of Not giving a F*ck $22.50

gift guide 2017 4


These are perfect for your BFF or sister. Personalised items are becoming really popular, phones, purses, food, anything! The Candle Establishment was the official partner for Adelaide Fashion Festival this year and their candles smell amazing! The Bare Minerals trio are such beautiful colours as well.

Kikki.k 2018 A5 weekly diary: sweet $34.95

Mecca Maxima Bare Minerals Send Nudes Liquid Lipcolor Trio $41

Pandora Shinning stars earrings $45

Pandora Shimmering Wishbone ring $49

The Daily Edited Personalised Phone Case $49.95

The Candle Establishment Large Rose and Blackcurrant candle $49.95

Gift Guide 2017UNDER $100

A gift for yourself perhaps? Or a hint for your parents? With Summer coming a new pair of sunnies are a necessity. And who doesn’t want a pouch with their name on it?

66 The Label Silk Scarf $66

The Iconic Le Specs Jealous Games Sunglasses $69.95

Sportsgirl Circle Basket Sling Bag $79.95

Lush Christmas Bath Time Favourites $89.95

The Daily Edited Personalised Pouch $89.95


OVER $100

Treat yourself for all the hard work you did this year. You deserve it. Si is divine, my favourite perfume ever, and that’s a bargain price! Hey mum, if you’re reading this can you get me the Dyson Hairdryer?

Mecca Maxima Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Vol. 3 $117

Priceline Giorgio Armani Si Eu De Parfum 100ml $129

The Iconic The Horse The Original Watch $149

Mimco Daydream Hip Bag $199

David Jones Dyson supersonic hair dryer $499

The most important part is that the gift is thoughtful and comes from the heart. I would love to know your thoughts on this post.

*This post was not sponsored by anyone mentioned above, I generally love everything here. Although I’m too poor for a $500 hair dryer, one can dream right?