Shopping is every girl’s favourite past time and there’s no denying that we indulge in some retail therapy every so often (who are we kidding, it’s weekly). We love swiping that card and bringing home new threads to trot around town in, because YOLO (amiright?).
However, being a university student however often makes it difficult to tend to these needs as I am constantly stretching money and choosing between coffee for three weeks, or a new top that is perfection. So, I like to consider my say a master of shopping on a budget and have the power to live within my means without missing out on anything. How, you beg? Shop for bargains people!
Harbour Town on the Gold Coast has always held a special place in my heart, so when the lovely folk at Harbour Town invited us down for a visit we jumped at the opportunity. Shopping at places were you are surrounded by sales and discounted sections actually saves money, even if you end up spending. Well, that’s how we see it anyway! We all love a good bargain so we got in the car and went on a mini roadtrip to Harbour Town to replenish our wardrobes for the coming season and stockpile for the next.
Our favoruite places to shop at Harbour Town:
Cotton On & Cotton on Body – Cotton on never seizes to amaze me. Every time I walk in I walk out with a bag full of treats. At the Harbour Town outlets, you are sure to stock up on underwear and bras, sleepwear, loungewear and sport gear as well as getting all your favourite basics and denim at great prices. I stocked up on so many pairs of colourful socks and also left with a new pair of jeans, comfy couch pants and a couple of other bits and pieces. I am not ashamed of a good Cotton On shopping trip.
Jeans West – Not a usual pick for us, but the Harbour Town Jeans West store does always deliver on out-of-season threads, such as casual knits and jeans in summer, and lightweight tops in winter. From our visit last month I am well and truly stocked up for next winter, however premature that might be.
Seed – Seed is usually a store that I avoid like the plague as I know that walking in there could be very dangerous to my bank account, but at Harbour Town that all changes! Not only was the majority of the store on sale at the time, but there was a further 30% off a lot of pieces as well! Let’s just say we were in heaven, and the bank account definitely approved!City Beach – Whenever I walk past CityBeach, it makes me feel anxious because the store is always full of people and clothes interchangeably, and there’s a good reason why. Never one to shy away from a good bargain, I always brave the crowds and go on a little rummage to find the best things. I’m usually always impressed. You really can’t go wrong in this surfer-girl wonderland with flash sales and bargain bins galore.
Typo – Do I need to say anymore? As a self confessed stationary addict, I will buy anything and everything, so if it is on sale it is even better! Shopping at Harbour Town makes this addiction slightly more bearable for the good ol’ savings account.
Portmans sleeveless knit, Seed shorts, Jo Mercer heels. All from Harbour Town.
Portmans – I am guilty as all sin when it comes to Portmans, and I just can’t help myself. It’s one of my all-time favourite shops of the precinct, and you’re always guaranteed to walk out with a couple of bargains. I always spend time looking through each and every rack, gathering a pile of everything in my season before heading to the change rooms for a try-on marathon. Portmans is great for work wear that is stylish, comfortable and appropriate, and there’s also a lot of nice pieces for your weekend wardrobe too. If you haven’t been, you guys need to check it out!Lorna Jane – Everything for your #activeliving #movenourishbelieve journey can be found inside the doors of Harbour Town’s Lorna Jane store. If you’re afraid of fluro and lycra then this might not be your thing, but otherwise there’s some great buys to be found at heavily discounted prices. Sports shorts for $35, crops under $50 and a collective of the signature LJ styles at discounted price points. Inspiration overload.
Victoria’s Secret – Sure, it’s a little bit cliche, but since it’s the first store in our neck of the woods, it’s a bit hard to deny the curiosity of the international lingerie label. Bargains not so much, but it makes me giddy with excitement all the same.
Sports Stores – Between Nike, Asics, 2XU, Adidas, New Balance, the Canterbury Outlet, Puma and Speedo, if you’re in the market for some sports gear this is the place to find it without breaking the bank. I’ve previously purchased Nike and Asics runners at Harbour Town for a fraction of the price you would find them anywhere else, and there’s also some great sale racks to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
So that’s it, a very poor girls experience at shopping on a budget in a magical wonderland of sale racks and bargain bins. No shopper’s remorse from this savvy gal!