Cassiefairy – My Thrifty Life

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How to get 50% off Valentine’s cards with Thortful

If you want to show someone special that you care about them this Valentine’s Day but know that you won’t be able to make it to the shops before the weekend, I’ve got the solution for you. No, it’s not too late to order a personalised Valentine’s card online because I’ve found a great website that will post it to your loved-one first class. If you order before 2pm the card will even be put in the post-box the same day! Plus, I can give you a special discount code to get 50% off straight away! Sounds too good to be true? Would I lie to you fairies? No way! Read on to find out more…valentines day greetings card inspiration thortful-9 valentines day greetings card inspiration thortful-2This super-helpful card company is Thortful, one of the newest and coolest greeting card retailers online. I fell in love with the brand as soon as I logged on to their website. I was actually searching for information on writing greetings and found lots of helpful advice on their blog (more of that later!) when I stumbled onto their website. It’s a really slick, user-friendly site and is packed full of amazing card designs. Of course, the first category I searched for was Valentine’s Day, but there’s also plenty of birthday greetings, thank you cards, celebrations and special occasions. I’d definitely call it a one-stop-shop. valentines day greetings card inspiration thortful valentines day greetings card inspiration thortful-8When I’ve shopped on other card sites in the past, I’ve found it really hard to find what I want. You probably all know that I’m really into puns, so I know what I’m looking for almost before I begin. The trouble is being able to browse through the designs quickly, without a whole load of gumph in the sidebars distracting me from my search. No such problems with this site; it’s really easy to navigate, plus there’s an app you can download to make scrolling through the collection even easier. You can personalise the message within seconds (or have it posted to yourself to hand-write if you prefer) and see a real-time preview of what the card will look like. Enter the recipient’s delivery address and boosh! Your greetings card is on it’s way to your favourite person. Don’t forget to use the discount code to get 50% off – it’s “CassieFairy50”.HeartCardvalentines day greetings card inspiration thortful-5If you’re stuck for ideas of what to write inside your card, the Thortful blog is a great source of inspiration. I’ve read through their helpful posts about phrases and messages to write inside thank you cards, Christmas cards and more, so you’ll be sure to get some inspiration for your own message while checking out these posts. It’s definitely worth checking out the blog anyway to read interviews with card designers and to check out inspiring photography tips.THRTFL-VLNTNS-NICE_V1[10] valentines day greetings card inspiration thortful-7Oh, and you can also Continue reading “How to get 50% off Valentine’s cards with Thortful” »


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DIY Valentine’s gift – A box of memories + polaroid photos

What do you give to your special someone for Valentine’s Day when you’re both trying to save money and clear the clutter? Something very thrifty and useful, that’s what. I know you wouldn’t expect anything less from me so I’m happy to oblige! I’ve upcycled a gift box that I received for Christmas, used a left-over piece of wallpaper and lots of double-sided tape to create a DIY gift for my husband. Read on to find out how I made this quick and simple gift PLUS you can get a discount on printing your own photos at Cheerz.com by using my code CASGRI for £4 off!DIY thrifty valentines make your own memory box gift_-27 DIY thrifty valentines make your own memory box gift_-26I want to show my husband lots of love on Valentine’s Day (and on birthdays, at Christmas and every other day too, for that matter) but that doesn’t always mean buying something new. I think that experiences and the resulting memories are more important than buying something from the shops, so I wanted to reflect back on the things we’ve done together over the past year, and create a box of our shared memories to look back at. Of course, I want to make it a bit special for hubby, so I’m including a handful of retro sweets and some photo-strips from the Valentine’s range at Cheerz (use code CASGRI for £4 off!) that I just got printed up. These special Valentine’s products are available to order until 4th Feb so get started now to make sure you receive your photos before the big day!DIY thrifty valentines make your own memory box gift_-28 DIY thrifty valentines make your own memory box gift_-4 DIY thrifty valentines make your own memory box gift_-5 DIY thrifty valentines make your own memory box gift_-6But I’m not just making this DIY gift as a Valentine’s Day treat – oh no, it’s totally practical too. This box provides much-needed storage space for all our photos, ticket stubs and scrapbook bits ‘n’ pieces that we’ve collected up over the past year. They’ve been sitting in my desk drawer and I’d like that space back now please! Plus I’m always happy to recycle something rather than bin it, so this festive gift box (it had chocolates in, can you tell?) gets a new lease of life as a dedicated storage box now that the contents have been eaten. Let me tell you how I revamped this tired old gift box – and don’t forget to enter my giveaway below..! Continue reading “DIY Valentine’s gift – A box of memories + polaroid photos” »


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Tuesday Shoesday – Winter sale shoes

Today  I wanted to share a quick round-up all of the sales and deals on footwear that I’ve spotted online and on the high street this week. There are plenty of seasonal discounts available at this time of year and you can even snap up some sandals ready for next summer at bargain. As a thrifty blogger I couldn’t not write about these super-savings so here’s the best bargains I’ve found so far…his and hers shoes mustard and rust from clarks summer sale 2015-2Select have heavily discounted their summer shoes. With sandals starting at just £3 a pair for colourful footwear, this is a sale that can’t be ignored. Plus (you won’t believe this..!) they are offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal which applies to sale items too! Any pair with this pink badge is part of the deal so you could actually get two pairs of sandals for £3! The shoes below are £8, £19.99 (from the non-sale winter collection ) and £9 respectively. Use discount code GET1FREE at checkout.select shoes sale winter 2015I’ve also had a look at the current deals at Clarks, who are offering up to £30 off selected adult boots for winter. With a gorgeous collection that I’ve been dribbling over for a while, I think I might take advantage of this discount myself. There’s no code – just shop the range of boots and keep an eye out for the discount badges for reductions of up to 50% until the offer ends on 15th November. Plus there’s free delivery and returns.clarks sheos and boots sale autumn 2015

Finally, I took a look at the New Look autumn sale. Here I found lots of pretty heels, perfect for parties and night out over the festive period. These nude shoes are just £7 and are also available in black. These bright turquoise heels will add a splash of colour for only £8 and these very festive red shoes are just £9. What a bargain! New look offer a click and collect service, so if you can’t find these styles in store, take a look online. new look sale shoes for winter christmas 2015I hope these footwear deals will help you save a bit of cash in the run-up to Christmas and please do let me know if you find any other bargains yourself, I’d love to hear about them! Leave me a comment below or tweet me @Cassiefairy.

 


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Tuesday Shoesday – My summer sale wishlist

Can you believe the summer sales this year? Every shop I’ve been in this month has been pushing a 50% off discount with big red sale signs everywhere and it’s proving hard to resist! Even though I haven’t yet made any new purchases from the high street sales, (apart from, ahem, last month’s his ‘n’ hers Clarks bargains!) I have come up a list of my top 3 favourite styles to keep me focussed when I go shopping on payday.his and hers shoes mustard and rust from clarks summer sale 2015-2I prefer to shop this way because I’ve discovered that just the sight of a discount sign can whip me into a frenzy and I’ll buy just about anything if it’s on sale. Seriously, my wardrobe is full of things I’ve bought just because they were pretty and on sale, yet I’ve never worn them because I didn’t actually need them. Stepping away from the bargain bucket and taking the time to really think about what I need rather than what’s right in front of me is always a wise option. So instead of shopping the high street, I’ve come online to compile my ultimate summer same wish list. I may not even invest in these options but at least I’ve done my research and found out the best deals before spending my hard-earned cash.truffle collection jelly shoes summer sale at asos Continue reading “Tuesday Shoesday – My summer sale wishlist” »


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Thriftmas Style Blogger Challenge

Earlier this week I was invited to join in with the Thriftmas Style Blogger Challenge, to buy a complete party outfit for the festive season for less than £75 online. Could it be done? There was only one way to find out… I was very excited to give it a try and set to work immediately – any excuse to shop, eh?!

I decided to start my search by looking on VoucherBox.co.uk to find out what sales and promotions were currently going on – I always find that this is the best place to search out special offers and any store-wide sales are all listed in one place. So within a couple of minutes I’d found out that New Look was offering 60% off dresses and ASOS had a sale in progress offering a whopping 70% off fashion and accessories. So I headed straight to these websites to see what bargains I could find! new look dress for christmasI found my dream dress in the New Look sale at only £15, reduced from £24.99. I had actually wanted to buy this dress at full price earlier in the year because I loved the tulip shape of it and I always find wrap around styles really flattering, so I’m thrilled that it has now been reduced AND still available in my size! I think that the bright colour is perfect for Christmas and New Years parties and it even comes with the belt so that’s one less accessory that I need to buy! The soft sheen of the fabric makes it look more expensive than it is – no one would ever guess that I’d got a party dress AND a belt for just £15!

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While I was on the New Look website, I decided to hunt out some accessories. Partly because there was an ‘Under £10’ sale section, but mainly because I would be able to get free Click and Collect delivery if I spent over £19.99! So really, if you deduct the standard postal delivery cost of £3.99 that I would have needed to pay if I didn’t buy my £8 bag, this means my handbag has ‘technically’ only cost me £4.01! In total I spent £23 at New Look. Oh how I long for the good old days of NUS student discount (don’t forget to use yours if you’re a student to get extra cash off full-price items) but hey, I’ve already got most of my outfit sorted at a fraction of the price (originally £43.98) it should have been!

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I found a voucher code on VoucherBox.co.uk for 10% off everything on the Dorothy Perkins website and I was sure that I would be able to find the perfect pair of party shoes there. I’d admired my friend Megan from Briar Rose Blog’s silver shoes for a while and had even featured them on my blog earlier this week, so when I saw this pair of lookalike kitten heels reduced to £13.30, I knew that they were the ones for me! The lower heels will ensure that I can continue to party the night away at any festive gathering I go to in my Thriftmas outfit and I will still be able to walk home afterwards without sore feet! I used my voucher code to get £1.33 off my shoes and even with the delivery charge I only spent £15.92 in Dorothy Perkins rather than the £22.95 it would have cost me at full price. My outfit was nearly complete…

dorothy perkins 1 asos blazer for christmas partyI hopped over to the ASOS website after seeing that there was a 70% off sale on the VoucherBox website and I wasn’t disappointed; there were 1000s of discounted items from jumpsuits to hotpants, but what I was really interested in was the jewellery! Of course, I always start my searches by setting the drop-down sort box to ‘price from low to high’ so that I can work my way up from the cheapest possible option and I immediately found a gorgeous horseshoe necklace for only £3. I love horses and unicorns so this necklace is the perfect accessory for my party outfit. I was going to stop there, but I had a quick look in the petite section to see what was on offer and I spotted a smart black blazer, and seeing as my Thriftmas outfit is supposed to see me through the Winter party season, I thought that a coat to keep me warm on cold nights was essential! So I added this classy jacket to my basket, which took my spend to over £15 and therefore entitled me to free delivery again! So if I deduct the cost of the standard £3.95 delivery, I’m actually getting my necklace for free AND a pound off, haha! My total spend at ASOS was £21 rather than £44.95 and now my outfit is ready to grace any Christmas party!asos christmas party

In total my outfit should have cost me £111.88 at full price, without voucher codes and with delivery charges but I have managed to save over £50 and bring this total down to £59.92 – yes, I will be wearing an outfit this Christmas that is worth almost double what I paid for it! I know I could have saved even more if I’d chosen a cheaper dress or even skipped the blazer (but who wants to be chilly on a night out?!) but this outfit would definitely see me through all the work Christmas parties, family events and festive nights out friends that I’ve got planned during December so I’m sure that my cost-per-wear will be very thrifty indeed, thanks to some good advice from VoucherBox and a bit of clever calculating!

Let me know if you find any festive bargains yourself and I’d love to see what you’ll be wearing this party season, so please tweet me your photos and deals to @Cassiefairy.

 


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Tuesday Shoesday – Summer sale shoes you can wear this Autumn!

Time to celebrate – not only have the London Olympics started but also this year’s Summer sales have begun early! The dodgy weather has been blamed for a poor turn-out on the high street and therefore stores are starting their Summer sales to pull in the punters and that means there’s lots of footwear bargains to be snapped up. As you’d expect there’s plenty of sandals and summer shoes to choose from (good for your late summer hols!) and also on the sale rails are lots of gorgeous heels and pumps that will see you into well into the Autumn/Winter season too – giving you even better value for your hard-earned cash. So here’s my pick of the best sale bargains (can you believe these prices?!) that will take your toes skipping into next year:

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