Accessories are addictive – and I should know! In fact, things got so bad at one point that my monthly credit card statement resembled a jewelry distributor’s price guide. Thankfully, I’ve managed to get to grips with things and thought you might like to hear about some of the ways you can cut back. So, if you want to save yourself from spending quite so much of your pay packet on pretty little things, read on.

Choose Your Battles

You walk into the mall to pick up a present for your friend’s birthday. You get it, and just as you are about to leave, you hear the siren song of your favorite accessories store. It’s calling you by name, and you can’t resist its charms. You leave half an hour later with several extra bags and a few hundred bucks down. Sound familiar? If so, you need to choose your battles better. You can’t tell how susceptible you will be to spending until you get there, and by that point it’s too late. So don’t go. Avoid the temptation by being more organized and buying your friend’s gift online, at least a week in advance.

Quality over quantity

How many of you are guilty of buying everything you think you will like, but end up never wearing it? It’s OK, you will think to yourself. It’s only a few dollars. But then comes the realization that you have hundreds of these three dollar bracelets, which comes to quite a sum. Choose quality over quantity every time, and try not to buy anything unless you are sure it will suit you. Don’t take any gambles – because they never pay off.

Go Wholesale

Ever thought about using a wholesaler for buying your accessories? Me neither – at least until a few years ago. In fact, I get most of my hand bags wholesale these days. Why pay the full retail price when you can get the same thing with a huge discount? If you club in with friends, you can also get extra discounts for buying bulk, too. Seriously, wholesalers have saved me a small fortune over the past few years, and I haven’t compromised on my style one little bit.

Get Into Sample Sales

Sample sales are a great way of picking up some unique pieces that won’t see the light of day anywhere else. Head over to SampleSale.com to find out what’s going on where you live. Designers of clothes and accessories use these sales to make money back on their experimental work. I’ve seen some fantastic bits and bobs in sample sales, although you have to be quick to pick up the best gear.

Use Top Hatter

Finally, we’re going to take a look at an auction app. Top Hatter lets you bid on fashion auctions. It’s a lot of fun and, although it can be a time drain, you can pick up some serious bargains. One thing I would suggest is always to have a maximum bid in mind for anything you like. The competition can get wild at times, and if you don’t keep your eye on the ball, there’s a good chance you will overspend. But, used with caution, it can certainly save you money in the long-term.

Any other suggestions? I’d love to hear them so don’t be shy!

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Sarah x