Have you got Compulsive Price Disclosure? Dont fib tell the truth.
If you’ve ever been complimented on a buy and blurted ‘it was only £8!’ you may have CPD – meaning you can’t help boasting about your shopping prowess. We got three sufferers to bag as many bargains as possible for £50.
Andrea Parkinson, 41, is an account executive, from Stockport.England.
As my husband Mike is signed off work due to illness, it’s crucial that we stretch our money. But it can be a struggle as our children Oliver, 14, and Lydia, seven, grow out of things so fast.
I’m teaching them my money-saving tricks, such as shopping around rather than buying on impulse.
I definitely have CPD – whenever I find a bargain, I can’t help showing off. I found some black leather boots in the sale in George at Asda, reduced to £10, and bought two pairs.
I couldn’t stop telling people how cheap they were. On the day of the shopping challenge, I headed to Aldi, which is great for cheap beauty treats. Gok Wan recommended Aldi’s face cream on his TV show, so I bought the day and night versions for £1.89 each.
I also found a silicone bakeware tin for £5.99. A friend paid £15 for a similar one.
At my favourite haunt,
Poundland, bargains included glasses and a scented candle.
Lastly, I went to Matalan and bought a Lee Cooper shirt for Oliver and some jeans and tops for Lydia. It’s amazing how far £50 goes...
Hairbrush set, £3.49 (Aldi)
Concealer pen, £3.49 (Aldi)
French manicure set, £3.49 (Aldi)
Porcelain dishes, £3.49 (Aldi)
Face cream, £1.89 (Aldi)
Night cream, £1.89 (Aldi)
Silicone bakeware tin, £5.99 (Aldi)
Glass chopping board, £1 (Poundland)
Wine glasses, £1 (Poundland)
Microfibre hair turban, £1 (Poundland)
3pc girls polar fleece set hat, gloves, scarf, £1 (Poundland)
Ladies feather touch scarf, £1 (Poundland)
Six-pack face cloths, £1 (Poundland)
Large vacuum seal storage bag, £1 (Poundland)
Neutrogena sunless face tinting cream, £1 (Poundland)
Transformers bubble bath, £1 (Poundland)
High School Musical bubble bath, £1 (Poundland)
Candle in tin, £1 (Poundland)
Shampoo, £1 (Poundland)
Conditioner, £1 (Poundland)
Lee Cooper boys’ shirt, £5 (Matalan)
Girls cropped jeans and 2 x girls smock tops, £7.50 (Matalan)
Charlotte Trotman, 25, is a secretary, from Kingston, Surrey.
When I find a bargain, I want to tell everyone. I had to laugh when I heard about Compulsive Price Disclosure because I’m a classic case!
Someone will compliment me on my new outfit and, before I know it, I’m barking: “Primark, £8...”
Afterwards, I’ll feel a bit silly and wish I’d pretended it was a designer item.
On the day of the shopping challenge, I hit the shops at 10am and left at 5pm.
My flatmate Natalie swears by charity shops, so I went to Cancer Research in Kingston.
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Straight away, I spotted a stunning black Zara jacket, which looked nearly new but was priced at £6.
When I spied a black Nine West handbag displayed next to it, I grabbed that, too. Usually, bags in that range cost upwards of £40.
In H&M, I found a lovely skirt and dress on the sale racks. At the till, I found out they had been discounted again and were £2.50 each.
I was on the lookout for some new face cream so I headed to the Clarins beauty counter next.
The assistant recommended a product for £35 but when I told her it was too expensive she offered me a bag of samples.
I then got a pile of free samples from other counters to last months.
Lastly, in TK Maxx I found a nice brown jacket for £11 and multi-coloured silk Lipsy dress at £20. And there was still cash to buy candles and a bath set for a relaxing soak.
Bargains bagged – £49.50
Nine West black bag, £3.50 (Cancer Research)
Brown QED long jacket, £11.00 (TK Maxx)
Black dress, £2.50 (H&M)
Black Zara Jacket, £6 (Cancer Research)
Grey and black skirt, £2.50 (H&M)
Lipsy dress, £20 (TK Maxx)
Original Source bath and shower set, £3 (Bargain store)
Set of Marilyn Monroe candles, 50p each (Tiger)
Free beauty samples from Clinique, Clarins, Dior, Givenchy, ROC, Prescriptives, Lancome and L’Oreal from department stores.
Katherine Scorer, 27, is an estate agent, from Sidcup, Kent
After working as an estate agent for nearly a decade, I’m leaving the industry because of the current financial crisis.
It goes without saying that I’ve been watching every penny over the past few months, so my bargain-hunting skills have come in handy.
I hate trawling through rails of dodgy sales goods to find a gem but I love spending hours in cheap shops such as Primark and Matalan.
Whenever I get a bargain, I find it impossible to keep it to myself. As soon as someone compliments me on my new outfit, that’s my cue to proudly reel off the price. I definitely have CPD – I can’t help myself.
The only items I don’t scrimp on are the suits I wear to work. I spend £70 on a smart jacket and pair of trousers but, to save money, I’ll team them with a cheap top and shoes.
I also spend less on outfits for the weekend. Most of my casual clothes
are from Primark. I’m really proud of the things I managed to buy for £50.
I wanted a show-stopping outfit for my leaving do at the end of the month. I found the perfect glitzy black dress and funky pink satin heels in Primark. The whole look cost £25.
I found a lovely belted top and some smart grey trousers for £20 in total – also from Primark – for my new job.
With the money left over, I grabbed a chic scarf and decided to blow my budget on sexy, knee-high boots.
I figured that, seeing as I’d got so much for so little money, spending an extra £7 wouldn’t hurt.
That’s the danger with discount shopping – you believe you’re saving money when actually you’re spending more than you intended.
Bargains bagged – £57
Black dress, £10 (Primark)
Pink satin shoes, £15 (Primark)
Belted top, £8 (Primark)
Scarf, £2 (Primark)
Grey trousers, £12 (Primark)
Knee-high boots, £10 (Primark)
Remember the Pound is equal to Aud$2-00, US$1-75, approx.
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