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Clothes Shopping on a Student Budget

Clothes Shopping on a Student Budget

Hey everyone!

I hope that you’re beginning to enjoy Birmingham and managing to find your way around the city (for those that are not familiar with Brum).

I’m guessing that by now you’re settling nicely into your accommodation and student budgets have been planned? No?! I know, I know, talking about money is something that a lot of us try to avoid but don’t worry, the next bit is fun.

I wanted to talk about clothes shopping on a student budget as I went on a shopping trip last week with mom and it was fab!

So why exactly would I be thinking about clothes shopping when I’m barely a few weeks into my course?! Ok, bargain hunters, do we really need a reason? Nope, not me but if you’re looking for one, let’s just say that this time of year is a good time to update your wardrobe and get all of those winter warmers in place before the frost sets in.

OK, at least for me, that’s one of a few good reasons to justify my recent shopping trip! Hehee.

If you’ve read my profile, you’ll already know that I love to go shopping and what I love even more than shopping is finding a good bargain. So I recently went to Newlife Retail Superstore in Cannock and let’s just say that I walked out very happy.


One thing that I really like about this place is that the money you spend goes towards a children’s charity, and I’m always happy to support a good cause.

If you’ve read any of my previous blogs you’ll know that I’m a mature student and a mommy so I’m really on a tight student budget. Of course, whenever I do go shopping, everyone benefits as I’m bagging bargains for the family too.

I went on a Friday and the place was well-stocked so I was smiling all day. I found a good quality pair of dark denim jeans for £2.99, and a couple of jumpers for £4.99 and £6.99. Yes, it meant quite a bit of sifting through the rails to find what I wanted but personally I think it’s worth it – good quality items, great prices!

The items at Newlife are donated by high street stores such as Primark, New Look, Top Shop, River Island etc, so it means that you can pick up sample stock and customer returns for a really reasonable price. In my experience, I’ve found that some of the items might be slightly defected but it’s nothing major – a faulty fastening, a missing button, nothing a portable sewing kit can’t fix.

I’ve visited this store more than once and I was so excited the first time I went to Newlife – I found shoes, ladies, men’s and children’s clothes, belts and accessories, so you can definitely put a whole outfit together for next to nothing.

And the bonus: I know I talked previously about healthy eating and how important it is for our wellbeing (and it absolutely is) but I’ll just mention that there’s a McDonalds directly opposite the store so when you’ve finished shopping, you can literally cross over and grab a bite to eat – I’m lovin’ it! Hehee.

Glad I could share my shopping experience with you and thanks for reading.

Have a great weekend until the next post!


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