Any tips from other carers?

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As carers we always have to look out for bargains around.We always come second to the person we care for but that doesn't mean we can't occasionally 'treat ourselves'. We are people in our own right. Sometimes it's hard to remember that but you should to avoid 'getting down' about 'being a carer. It's easy to let caring 'get you down'. Not one of us out there hasn't had that feeling at some time during caring for someone else I'm sure. We all know that feeling low has an impact on caring. Let's work out ways to avoid 'that feeling'. I would like to hear your tips on what you do to avoid 'that feeling'. Whether it be shopping or something else you do 'to cheer yourself up'.
It's all about feeling good about yourself too.

I went shopping the other day and found these jeans in Primark. They are a baby pink where the rips are. Never seen any like these before.
https://www.primark.com/en/product/extr ... 7151574586

What I want to know is where do other carers shop for their bargains, What's the best bargain you've ever managed to get and where/when would you recommend to find bargains...Upload piccies of your 'find'. I would love to see. Oh and 'your find' doesn't have to be clothing either that's just my example :lol:
My best finds have always been from Charity shops :shock:

Designer jeans for a fraction of their original price; tops for a couple of pounds by well known makes that I consider far too expensive when new ! The charity shop I volunteer in currently has a brand new well known designer label jacket with it's original price tags showing a whopping £400 new, we've got it on sale for £40 :D

But my treat to myself ('cos it's only me that sees them :blush: ) is to buy some new glam undies :lol: :lol: Don't have to be expensive, just pretty !

By the way Charm you might find this topic of interest if you're looking for positive ways to cope with low moods :)
https://www.carersuk.org/forum/support- ... mood-27182
I love bargains! My son's flat has two pairs of Laura Ashley curtains in his through lounge, which I bought at the tip for £10. Nearly new, no fading...but the header tape had come unstitched. I love sewing, don't even know how many machines I own, so this was a doddle for me. He has an Ercol extending dining table, another tip find at £10. My best clothing buy was a Jaeger jumper from a jumble sale for 20p.
As carers, it's difficult to get to the shops (I'm 20 miles away from both Southampton and Bournemouth). I also have a difficult size, so tend to do mail order shopping. My top tip is to sign up for emails from the companies you like. I love Lands End clothing, sometimes they do 70% off in their sales. This Easter Damart are doing 25% off everything, Witt International (part of the Grattan Group) are doing 15% off.
Now I sign up, look through their catalogue, put anything I want in my online basket, and wait for them to do their next special discount days.
Apart from clothing, my other main hobby is dressmaking, my husband nicknamed it my "Occupational Therapy" when I was only 21. When I'm sewing I concentrate so completely that anything else goes out of my head. Especially the time. More than once the family have come home at teatime with no sign of food because I've been up in my own little escape, my sewing room. It's not large, about 12ft x 8ft; it's not posh (my desk cost £5 30 years ago, as it was being walked past my husband's workshop destined for the skip) but there's everything I need. I've just about finished a blouse for my next holiday, found the fabric in the local charity shop remnants bin for £1.
One day I'm going to start making my own necklaces to match my holiday clothes, I like my necklaces slightly longer than usual. I have everything I need to do the job, just need to find the time.
I wait for sales too. I've just had new curtains for my bedroom, that had 30% off. The old ones were second hand but good. I was just so tired of them after a few years.However, I've weakened, and ordered the matching bed throw also 30% off. I'm trying to make my home a little different, as sadly it's been neglected. As hubby's dementia started,he needed more of my time, just couldn't do what he used to, and it's taken me over a year to get some motivation. He's not been home with me for nearly 18 months. We worked so hard for our humble home. Tiny steps forward.
Hi everyone. I am new to the Forum. Interested in these tips, as I too love a bargain! I care for my elderly mother, who is nearly 92. A while ago I got a piano for free from Streetlife, can't play it yet, but one day, :D when I get time!! I also recently had a look on Gumtree, as we are doing up my Mum's bungalow, and going to sell our house and move into together. I wanted a fireplace surround for her lounge, and amazingly found a pine mantelpiece, pine surround , plus a working electric fire and base for £50! It's given a whole new look to her room, which hopefully will help when we put the bungalow up for sale soon. :D
My best bargain was a 3 piece suite, a three seater settee and two armchairs- I think it's called Sheriton and well over £1000 new but mine was a freebie from freecycle so just cost me £50 for delivery by man with a van.
A friend of mine is in process of changing the colour scheme in her sitting room. The TV stand, sideboard, nest of tables are all wood, oak colour. She bought a tin of chalk paint ( grey and in the sale ) and painted the lot. They look amazing and brand new.

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susieq wrote:My best finds have always been from Charity shops :shock:

Designer jeans for a fraction of their original price; tops for a couple of pounds by well known makes that I consider far too expensive when new ! The charity shop I volunteer in currently has a brand new well known designer label jacket with it's original price tags showing a whopping £400 new, we've got it on sale for £40 :D

But my treat to myself ('cos it's only me that sees them :blush: ) is to buy some new glam undies :lol: :lol: Don't have to be expensive, just pretty !

By the way Charm you might find this topic of interest if you're looking for positive ways to cope with low moods :)
https://www.carersuk.org/forum/support- ... mood-27182
Thanks, Susie, Charity shops always have fab stuff. I love books and nik naks to and best part is they are one of a kind and not something you will see in the mainstream shops presently. I bought all my blankets from a charity shop when I was setting up home. Really good quality. I'm glad you treat yourself to your favourite undies Susie. that's lovely:) And thanks for the link it was very helpful:)
bowlingbun wrote:I love bargains! My son's flat has two pairs of Laura Ashley curtains in his through lounge, which I bought at the tip for £10. Nearly new, no fading...but the header tape had come unstitched. I love sewing, don't even know how many machines I own, so this was a doddle for me. He has an Ercol extending dining table, another tip find at £10. My best clothing buy was a Jaeger jumper from a jumble sale for 20p.
As carers, it's difficult to get to the shops (I'm 20 miles away from both Southampton and Bournemouth). I also have a difficult size, so tend to do mail order shopping. My top tip is to sign up for emails from the companies you like. I love Lands End clothing, sometimes they do 70% off in their sales. This Easter Damart are doing 25% off everything, Witt International (part of the Grattan Group) are doing 15% off.
Now I sign up, look through their catalogue, put anything I want in my online basket, and wait for them to do their next special discount days.
Apart from clothing, my other main hobby is dressmaking, my husband nicknamed it my "Occupational Therapy" when I was only 21. When I'm sewing I concentrate so completely that anything else goes out of my head. Especially the time. More than once the family have come home at teatime with no sign of food because I've been up in my own little escape, my sewing room. It's not large, about 12ft x 8ft; it's not posh (my desk cost £5 30 years ago, as it was being walked past my husband's workshop destined for the skip) but there's everything I need. I've just about finished a blouse for my next holiday, found the fabric in the local charity shop remnants bin for £1.
One day I'm going to start making my own necklaces to match my holiday clothes, I like my necklaces slightly longer than usual. I have everything I need to do the job, just need to find the time.
Hiya Bowlingbun, Thanks for that, I'd forgotten the tip. I know someone who got a whole set of golf clubs from the tip and they were perfect someone must have just not wanted them. I used to dressmake when I was young. Made of my children's christening gowns by hand in silk. They did look lovely. Yeah you deffo should do the jewellery making and show us some piccys:)
Pet66 wrote:I wait for sales too. I've just had new curtains for my bedroom, that had 30% off. The old ones were second hand but good. I was just so tired of them after a few years.However, I've weakened, and ordered the matching bed throw also 30% off. I'm trying to make my home a little different, as sadly it's been neglected. As hubby's dementia started,he needed more of my time, just couldn't do what he used to, and it's taken me over a year to get some motivation. He's not been home with me for nearly 18 months. We worked so hard for our humble home. Tiny steps forward.
Hiya Pet, Brilliant I love the next sale always seem to find something I like. I deffo know what you mean about motivation to do the home up. I'm at that one now myself and yes tiny steps for sure:) Good luck with your interior designing. Fun isn't it:)