This Summer I am more than a little skint and so haven’t really had the opportunity to do some major SALE shopping as I would have hoped to. I usually look forward to getting a few new tops and dresses around this time of year to update my wardrobe for Summer and enjoy sale shopping. As I don’t have much surplus cash to spend on these items and because I don’t technically “need” anything, I am trying my best to resist the temptation to check out the ZARA sale (that would most likely be dangerous territory)!!

I couldn’t however hold back from my second fave shop and consequently had a little snoop around H&M last week where I found myself a top and Alice a few 2-3 extras. I have found that from almost all of the shops local to us in Beverley (H&M, Topshop, DP and RI) there are some really great bargains to be had. Here in this post I shall share with you the few things I did end up buying, that were both lovely and very cheap, and that would update mine and Alices wardrobe for Summer!

Sainsbury’s

Sainsburys was my first SALE shopping snoop. A couple of weeks ago in Manchester on our way back from the Bryan Adams concert, I eyeballed it for my orange mules I wanted in the 25% off they had. I also looked in the sale section and found myself a lovely peachy, tie blouse with embroidered flowers – it was £18 and 1/2 price in the sale – a bargain yes, but even more so because it had the extra 25% off! I love it with shorts and skinny jeans!

ASDA

Supermarkets stock some lovely things that turn out to be complete bargs during sale season, so again I had to have a quick look in George when I was in ASDA 2 weeks ago. I bought Alice some Summer pumps for £3. Unfortunately we now have one missing and I have to go buy her a pair of sandals today!

But for £3, they were good whilst we had them. I am hopeful the other shoe will turn up soon!

H&M

By far my weakest spot, I simply love H&M for me and the kids! In this sale I got myself a gorgeous orange Tshirt with ruffle bottom – it was £8.99 to £4 and a Jumper out of the Mens section for £6 from £29.99 I believe it originally was.

I love the top and already have it in black which I bought in the January sales for £3 – I find it super comfy, versatile and a little fancy! The jumper is great because with it being a mens it is longer and the arms are really long… I bought a small and think it will be fab for not only Autumn/Winter with my jeans, but for cooler nights on the beach and hanging out when we go camping. Its ace to throw on over my jeans/shorts and Ts!

For Alice I bought her a pack of long sleeve tops – 1 Black, 1 White – they were down to £2! I also bought her a lovely little blue pinafore for her birthday, complete with white TShirt under. It was a lovely bargain at £4.

River Island

I rarely shop in River Island, but discovered a few bargains today in their Sale. I got myself a long, multi fabric T-shirt with frill detail for £4 from £24 and also a yellow tie waist blouse for £2!! I had my eye on a chunky cardi that was £30 down to £6 but I don’t think that beige really suits me!

In the kids section the deals continued with kids pumps and boots as low as £6, and I almost bought Alice some glitzy pumps, but sadly she threw a hissy fit when I put them anywhere near her! Instead we went for a summery little playsuit that was £4 from £10!

I am really impressed with this seasons sales. There are some huge savings around if you are willing to have a little rummage and, whilst we don’t have a huge amount to spend in them, I am really please with my 4 new tops, jumper and the little outfits I got for Alice! I didn’t do half bad and Mr Smith barely noticed the expenditure 😉 Its a winner!

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Its not often I look in the charity shops for Ethan and Megan these days, as they just don’t really need a whole lot. I have noticed since them both being at school and wearing a uniform Monday – Friday that they really don’t get a lot of wear out of their stuff anyway. I had a pretty big sort out back in October I think it was, where I put summery things away and then cleared out a load of clothes I felt they no longer needed to friends and the charity shop. I then left them with just a handful of outfits each for half terms/weekends! I love how organised it all feels as everything is arranged in outfits and mostly goes with one another (or at least it was/did).

Ethan has a selection of long sleeved and short sleeved Tshirts, a couple of hoodies and jumpers, 4 pairs of joggers in various colours, smart shirts, a pair of jeans and 2 pairs of chino’s (he could do with one more pair for church). And Megan has dresses and skirts (posh and casual), leggings, Skinnies and a selection of tops and jumpers. \she trashes clothes quite easily and so I am pleased that most of her things are hand me downs from her cousin or a girl at church. Hand me downs are great as they obviously save a tonne of money, but it also means that I rarely go shopping for her. I take Ethan every few months when he has stained his tshirts or pulled holes in his trousers and we both enjoy choosing things for him. But I kind of miss that with Megan/generally just picking things out for her, not to mention that I also feel that sometimes her style gets a little lost in “other peoples clothes”. I enjoyed choosing her stuff from Boohoo the other week and it was exciting to have things that were most definitely her! I couldn’t resist then a couple of dresses I saw yesterday in the charity shop when I quickly popped in on a jumper hunt for me.

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One was cord from M&S and just said “Megs” when I looked at it. The funky colours mixed with the classic style of it would be perfect for her with tights and her red ankle boots. The patterns are so gorgeous and it was a bargain of course at just £2.99!

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Next to it was a jumper dress from Bluezoo (Debenhams) this was only £2.50 and the quirky/sparkly image on the front is certainly something magpie Megs would love. Its practical for cool weather, but fun too and I thought it would look lovely with either black or striped leggings and her high tops or chunky patent shoes for a dressy look.

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I really like having an opportunity to buy stuff for the kids here and there, and now especially as they are older and can decide for themselves, it is a lot of fun to style them in things they love! I am grateful for hand me downs, and will always have a rummage when people offer, but I think I am learning to be a lot more picky with it and asses whether or not it goes with what they already have and if is them?  With having a good clear out its so nice now to have room for things they will definitely wear and not just lots of miss-match things that are taking up space because we were given them…and there’s nothing like shopping and picking things out for them yourself!

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Living in Leeds with so many high street stores on our doorstep it is very easy to overlook online retailers like Boohoo.com! Personally I like their dresses for myself and overall find them reasonably priced for most clothing. Its no surprise then that when I heard recently that they have now launched a kids range I was eager to check it out!

I have been on the hunt for some lovely autumn/winter church shoes for the kids for a while now and all the ones I have liked in the usual stores were all quite pricey to only wear one day a week (and maybe the odd party). And then the supermarket ones, whilst cheaper just didn’t possess for me the smart yet a little stylish look I was after for both kids. Sundays are a big day in our family and I like them to be dressed in their best, but the dilemma is when being a thrifty wifey I don’t want to pay loads for the privilege. Boohoo had the solution with lovely styles in both boys and girls and a nice price tag to match! After a quick delivery we were not disappointed… gorgeous shoes that felt great quality and fit well for both kids for a total of £30 – a stomping deal!

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For Megan I chose her a smart pair of patent shoes. The T-bar style is so lovely and traditional and the chunky sole gives it a more trendy feel. The buckle was quick for her to master and they go with pretty much all of her dresses and skirts (perfection). They looked so lovely on her and she adores them!
They are posh but practical for her mad lifestyle and I think that they will even be perfect for school later in the school year when she has trashed her current ones and the weather calls for lighter shoes for church! £15 for all of that – bargain!

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Ethan specifically asked for some boots for church, but most of the ones I saw in shops had a hiker feel to them which to me were just too casual. His cousins always look fab in their desert boots at church so when I saw Boohoo had some lovely brown ones (also available in camel) again at just £15 I knew they would be perfect. He struggles with laces but with some adult assistance he was away and absolutely loves them. The suede feel and colour has a more grown up look for a 6 year old and are very seasonal and versatile. He found them comfortable and a good sizing.

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Whilst shoes were my main goal, I couldn’t not check out their clothing and during the whole ordering process the kids looked with me. They specifically loved all of their Halloween stuff and as it was reduced to 1 and 2 pounds I got them both a top. For Ethan a spider web T-shirt (£1) and Megs a Cat T-shirt (also £1).

 For Ethan I went for a 7-8 which I thought would be perfect for next year, but sadly it seems so small for him that his belly shows whenever her reaches for anything, so I can’t figure the sizes there. But for Megs the cat T-shirt I got in a 5-6 was perfect, despite being classed as “Halloween” I think it’s fab for any season with her leggings, skinnies or joggers.

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Overall I think that Boohoo kids have some lovely age appropriate things for my kids, and then a few other things I wouldn’t go for in their size, but would be a perfect street style for older kids that want to be on trend whilst being age appropriate. The price tag too is fantastic and the shoes are brilliant! I of course was a little disappointed with the boys range as I felt it was lacking with choice (and I need to figure out those sizes), but I have since been told that the new range does have a wider choice and I can’t wait to take a look!

They have both had lots of compliments on their new shoes and people couldn’t believe that Megsies top was only a quid!! I will definitely be checking them out in the future for the kids as I love a good bargain and its always convenient to be able to get things delivered quickly instead of traipsing round the city with kids in tow!

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Thank you to Boohoo.com for giving us store credit in return for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and pictures are my own! 

 

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