Shopping Hauls: It’s called retail therapy for a reason

Shopping Hauls Round-up

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There’s a very good reason why shopping is often referred to as ‘retail therapy’. Psychologists have long asserted that treating yourself to something from the shops has a ‘lasting, positive impact on mood’.

I’d absolutely have to concur! So when BritMums agreed to take me on as their Round-up Editor for Shopping Hauls, I was pretty chuffed – and that’s an understatement.

Not only do I get to do my usual shopping, I’m then tasked with checking out other people’s shopping hauls – and then writing about it – my favourite pastimes all rolled into one!

But what I most love about shopping is the feeling that I get when I’ve got myself a fantastic bargain; the word ‘smug’ springs to mind.

Just recently I popped into TKMaxx to browse the aisles and spotted a gorgeous tan Rowallan satchel-style bag. I clocked the price tag: £89 and then got that very warm smug feeling as I turned the label and saw it was in clearance for £20.

tkmaxx bag

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Snapped it up? I practically ran straight to the counter to claim ownership within seconds.

Normally when I think of TKMaxx I think of furniture and homeware goodies – as it’s usually where I head to buy mine. It’s funny how we associate brands with a particular product isn’t it?

Take Lush for example. What’s the first thing that comes into your head when you think of the shop? Bath bombs right? 

But as I Am Dovetail points out in her post ‘Top 5 Lush products that aren’t bath bombs’, there are plenty of other products to consider. The Lemon Flutter cuticle butter apparently smells like lemon meringue pie – sounds absolutely lush (pun intended).

Treating the family

Talya from Motherhood: The Real Deal got a great haul from Tiger for less than £40 to keep her kids amused. Her bargains included a basketball game, finger football gamecraft goodies, dominoes, paper dolls with stickers and a dinosaur excavation set.

Tiger is also a great shop for Christmas stocking fillers I find (as well as party bags for kids). But enough about Christmas – summer is on the horizon – yippee!

We’ve all got the holidays to look forward to, so you might decide to buy a few bits for your getaway. But make sure you leave room in your suitcase if you’re a fan of holiday shopping.

This is exactly what My Mummy Spam did when she took a trip to Disneyland Paris with the family. She brought back a whole load of goodies including a Disney princess t-shirt, a tankard (with a highly amusing personalised engraving), a ‘Disney Moments’ photo frame and a playhouse featuring Mickey, Goofy and Minnie characters.

Back on home soil, Leah from Home Family Life took a trip to Asda to make the most of its sale and managed to pick up some clothes for her son.

In her video ‘Toddler Asda Sale Haul’ she showcases the items, including t-shirts, jumpers and a pair of trousers, many of which were half price.

Moving on to home buys, Lisa from Maid In Dartmoor got creative when decorating both her daughters’ bedrooms. In her post, ‘Everyone Loves a Bargain’, she describes how she managed to bag herself some great bargains from shops like The Range, eBay, Amazon, Lidl and the Shpock app – frugal indeed!

Treating yourself

Coming back to that ‘feel good factor,’ Samantha From Bespoke Buckley decided to treat herself to a ‘Mini Maternity’ haul in Mothercare and picked up some gorgeous maternity underwear.

The great news for Samantha is that she managed to buy some reduced items including a nursing bra, which was originally £18 but was reduced to £4.50! Now that’s what I call a great find.

Meanwhile, Jess from Catch A Single Thought vlogged about her Amazon book haul where she took full advantage of its three books for £10 and got herself no fewer than ten great titles. 

But if money is particularly tight this month, why not take a leaf out of Natalie’s book (from Blog on Nerdy Natalie) by browsing the charity shops?

She bagged some amazing pieces including a stunning green dress for £4 and a lovely print top for just 99p.

This month is a particularly good time to treat yourself (or get someone to treat you). No, I’m not talking about the chocolate eggs lined up on the shelves for Easter (although now that I mention it…), I’m talking about Mother’s Day!

If you’ve clocked something you like, try leaving the catalogue out on the coffee table with a big heart around the item of desire (as a hint to family)…just a thought!

Enjoy the big day – I’ll be back next month with another Shopping Hauls Round-up.

If you’ve had a great shopping spree – and either blogged or vlogged about it, let me know via the #SnappedUp linky.

Until next time, happy shopping!

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About Lauretta Wright

Lauretta’s love of creative writing began when she was just 7 years old when she would write weekly family newsletters – a tradition now taken over by her daughter. Nowadays she’s the editor of a weekly travel magazine, mum of tweens and the wife of an overworked teacher, who she refers to as ‘VIP’. In her spare time Lauretta enjoys blogging and vlogging at Home and Horizon, which offers tips, tricks and trends on affordable travel and home interiors. Apart from family days out, Lauretta enjoys hunting for bargains – from boot sales to boutique hotels and can be found tweeting at @LaurettaCWright and is on Instagram @HomeandHorizon

1 Comment

  1. 30 March 2017 / 08:12

    Great round-up Lauretta! Lots of variety, I enjoyed every single one!