Online shopping 101 – Tips & tricks when shopping online

These days almost everyone does it, whether it’s a big or small purchase. But, not every website is safe or user-friendly. In this post I will discuss a few tips and tricks for online shopping!

Websites like H&MAsos and Amazon are reliable web shops that sell as advertised. Unfortunately, there are also websites that are less reliable, but this often involves the seller. On web shops like Ebay and iOffer the reliability depends on the sellers. Here some tips that you can apply on your online shopping.

Online shopping vs. traditional shopping

 

Tips and tricks for online shopping

  • Read reviews about the web shop, product or seller that you are buying from;
  • Check the seller’s ratings and reviews to see what other customers’ experiences are like;
  • Read the advertisements carefully! Details about shipping duration and costs are sometimes hidden. Shipping costs can be just as high as the product you buy, so read carefully;
  • Read the regulations from the web shop you are ordering on, they might tell you what to do when something goes wrong;
  • Pay via PayPal if possible, with PayPal you can get a refund. You can read about their policy here;
  • Wait. It can take a while for your order to arrive! Wait till your shipping time is “over”. When your shipment has not come in, contact the seller and if that doesn’t work out, try to get a refund;
  • If it is your first time ordering from a certain web shop or seller, don’t buy too much! Also, don’t buy something you think is slightly too expensive. Give yourself a price limit for products. This way you will hopefully not disappoint yourself that much when the article is not as expected;
  • Take into account that the size charts are totally different. Study them carefully before your order your size S, because it might be a lot smaller considering the Asian size charts!

These are some things I like to keep in mind when shopping, to prevent myself from buying things I end up not liking (or need!). I hope these tips and tricks are helpful for you. Please let me know what you think, and of course happy (online) shopping!

City trip to Barcelona – Throwback Thursday

My favourite city is definitely Barcelona. In January I went there on a city trip and absolutely fell in love with the beautiful city. The food, buildings, atmosphere and people are wonderful. Next to that, the stores were amazing, and I hope to go back there some day soon. Scroll down to read more and see some pictures!

We wanted the 5-day trip to be low budget so we could spend more money on food and shopping. We ended up booking a hotel in the Gràcia district, after checking what the public transport was like. Staying in a hotel that is not located in the centre can help save some money that you can then spend on sightseeing. Gràcia is located outside the centre of Barcelona, but public transport is affordable and easy to use. Walking is also an option, which enables you to see even more of this beautiful city!

Money saving tips for a city trip:

  • Is there no transfer between the airport and the hotel? Use the bus service Aerobus: it’s easy, fast and a lot cheaper than a taxi…
  • Book a hotel in one of the districts that is not actually in the centre and use the metro or walk. This way you will not only save money on your hotel, you will also be able to see more of city!
  • Search for musea that have free entrance on certain days. This helps save you money and is a great way of exploring the city.
  • Make plans before your trip: this way you will have more time for sightseeing.

During a city trip to Barcelona, definitely visit:

  • Sagrada Familia: It’s a must to visit the Sagrada Familia!
  • Park Güell: Take a walk in the park and enjoy the nature, as well as the architectual style of the park. Maybe you get lost, like I did, but as a result you get to see more of the beautiful city!
  • La Rambla: Check out Rambla de Mar and the mall Maremagnum: stop till you drop! Hence the multiple layers on the way back… too much shopping!
  • Montjuïc: Great view! Also: don’t forget the Magic Fountain Show, but check (here) to see their maintainance schedule.
  • La Barceloneta: Go to the beach for some fresh air and walk your way back to La Rambla. The small streets are ideal for some additional sightseeing next to your ordinary sightseeing.

What’s your favourite city? Please let me know in the comments!

Youtubers you have to follow – Fashion edition

In this post I will tell you a little bit about the youtubers I like to follow. Personally, I don’t use YouTube to post videos, but I enjoy watching videos of others. This is my personal (short) list with recommendations!

Enjoy?

No, I love watching youtube videos, especially the ones containing fashion and interior related content. I don’t often find ‘new’ youtubers to follow, but when I do, they have great videos and personalities! Handbag videos are the type of videos I watch the most, and MelSoldera’s channel is – in my opinion – the best handbag channel. I enjoy watching her videos, even though I cannot afford most of the bags she shows. Also, as of recent I have been obsessed with Lydia Elise Millen. I love her videos; her style is great, her content is very consistent, and overall her videos are just pure serenity.

Down below is a list of my favourite youtubers that I like to follow. First of all, I follow these youtubers because I love their content. Secondly, their editing is on point (yay!), which is very important to me. Most of them mainly focus on fashion, but recently I have been enjoying their vlogs as well.  You can find their channels (and blogs) down below. You should definitely check them out!

Youtubers

MelSoldera – COCKTAILS AND LUXURY

ThePersianbabe

Lydia Elise Millen – Lydia Elise Millen (blog)

Claire Marshall – heyclaire

Patricia Bright – Patricia Bright (blog)

Which youtubers do you follow?

Tips to save money – 10 money saving hacks

As a student – and shopaholic – it’s important for me to make sure I actually save money for the future, and not just for that wonderful handbag I’ve been eyeing for months. In this post you can find some tips and tricks on how to save money.

To ensure that I don’t make unnecessary purchases, ask yourself the following.

Tips 1-5: shopping habits

1. Try to minimise the amount of shopping you do. Groceries once a week, and shopping when necessary means you’re less likely to buy things you don’t need.

2. Do you actually need it? If you need a wintercoat because your old one is falling apart, then yes, you don’t want to freeze to death. But, if you have 6 coats in different styles, cuts and colours, then maybe no.

3. Do you love it? Sometimes you’re buying because you’re in the mood. But that doesn’t mean you’ll actually wear it. Make sure you love the item before you purchase something, otherwise you’ll regret it later.

4. Take your own food with you. Very Dutch, yet effective. For example, buying lunch in the canteen can seem cheap, but when you add the small amounts of purchases at the end of the month, you’ll see you actually spend a ton of money on food.

5. Is it within your budget? Don’t buy things that you know are too expensive. If you’ve saved money and can afford it, it’s fine. But if you know your rent is due at the end of the week, look at your priorities (even though you really like something)!

Tips 6-10: saving tips

6. Keep track of your purchases. Know what you buy, and how much you spend on it. By paying with card I’m likely to forget how much I’m actually spending, while when paying with cash I know exactly how much I spent. The advantage of paying by card is that your purchases are being kept track of, which is something you have to do for yourself when you use cash.

7. Try paying with cash. I know this seems annoying, but when you give yourself, let’s say a 50 euro/dollar bill, you’ll see immediately how much you spend during the day/week.

8. Try selling stuff you no longer want. Many items are easy to sell, think about furniture, clothing, but also technical stuff, such as your old phone.

9. Don’t spend your money immediately. When your paycheck comes in, or when you get money from your birthday, keep it somewhere safe so you’re less likely to spend it the moment you get it.

10. Do allow yourself to buy something nice once in a while, otherwise it will become hard to stay motivated!

Hope these tips were helpful for you. If you have any tips on how to save money, please leave a comment below!