Monday, 21 December 2015

*stock photo thanks to Monique at SHE WHO LIVES*

Part 1
We all know how hard it is to blog on a budget, most of us are either students, saving or working on minimum wage so it is a struggle to come up with blog posts where you don't have to get new products or fancy equipment. In my case, I'm still paying my wedding back, saving to buy a house at the same time as paying rent, bills and all the rest. Even though I am saving like mad, I still end up spending a lot more money than I should or I'd like but I can't help it, I have an obsession with buying make up. Yesterday alone I bough five lipsticks, FIVE lipsticks. Do I need any more lipsticks? I already have over 50. The answer is no, I do not need any more lipsticks however, I could not help myself. So, apart from those little moments of weakness that I'm sure we've all experienced I've come up with some of my tips on saving money when blogging. 

  • Don't be scared to ask for samples. Most high end brands offer samples not only for foundations but eye shadows (if they have a new collection out), primers, etc. If you're going to buy a product to review and you hate that product it does feel like a waste of money and you'd probably wish you could've tried it before buying it so this is the best (and cheapest) way to find out and you can always review the product mentioning you've tried it from a sample, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.
  • If you've been blogging for a while, go back to your old post and re-write a post. It's likely that you didn't get as many views when you started as you do now so a lot of your readers might have missed out on that amazing post you wrote a year ago.
  • Also going back to the start of your blog, try products you reviewed a while ago again as your opinion might have changed after a year or two, give products that didn't work on you back then another chance, you'd be surprised!
  • Write about things you already have, favourites and collections are really good ways to blog without having to buy new products. For example, your favorite red lipsticks, favorite blushers, all the products you own from a specific brand, etc.
  • Make Up looks are also free and very interesting. I love seeing make up looks as it gives me ideas and inspiration for my own make up. Tutorials are great too!
  • You don't always have to review high end brands, in fact, I believe most people would rather read reviews about more affordable brands.
  • Places like Home Bargains, Poundland and Savers sell high street brands slightly cheaper than Boots or Superdrug so it's always worth having a look there first as it might save you a couple of £.
I have quite a few more tips that I want to share with you so I decided to do write this in two separate parts as I wouldn't want it to get too long!

Do you find these tips helpful? Is there anything else you do to save yourself some money when blogging?


  1. Loved reading this post and it has really helped, as when i started blogging and still do i thought it would be nice to keep buying stuff for a blog post but actually theres so many things out there you can do and as I'm getting married in 2016 I'm saving for that and paying of a couple of credit card bills as theres more important things which need to be done. I also think i might try and go back through my blog posts and have a go at improving the writing on them this is a huge thing for me to do, rather than carrying on thinking what post to write next :).

    i have also a love for make-uo and just recently this month joined Younique and i am earning money which i can now save for myself which is always handy :)

  2. I love this post! I think it's important to remember that you don't have to spend money to make great content! I love your point of asking for samples too, a perfect way to look into a product without fully committing!

    Musings & More

  3. I agree that you definitely don't need to spend money to have good content but I think investing in a good camera and blog design are important x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  4. I really enjoyed reading your post! I spend so much money on things to blog about and I need to make some changes. Thank you for the great advice!

    xo, Liz

  5. Totally agree, I wouldn't buy a product at the moment purely for review, just because this is a hobby and not my job ... But I often need to remind myself to get those priorities in check! I think round ups are a great idea, as are looks (I want to start doing this in 2016 but am a bit scared!). Great post :)

    Amy - Four Cats Plus Us <3

  6. Like this post and all those tips are very helpful~
    Highly agree that you don't need to spend so much money just want to come up a new blog post follow the trend...

    Do what you like is the most important thing :D

    Merry Christmas


  7. Such good tips here! It's a struggle trying to get your blog off the ground in the first place and these are some really good ideas :)
    yasmina nicole

  8. Brilliant tips here - I rarely buy high-end products but it can still get so expensive keeping up to date. Will be looking out for part 2...!

    Tori X

  9. Shopping my stash is something I do a lot. I recently listed everything I own and haven't reviewed yet, and there is enough to see me through several months of blogging without spending a dime.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  10. Rewriting old posts is an amazing idea!
    Charlotte //

  11. Wow this post is amazing! I have to admit that I've become broke since blogging.. So I'm really going to make a start on these tips! Thanks! :D

  12. Love this post! These are all such good ideas and I will definitely be trying some of these out. I think so many of us are in the same position, plus when blogging is a hobby other things have to take priority when it comes to spending.

    Thank-you for sharing lovely!

    Jade x