How to save money by shopping at DFO
As I get older I have found I have become more of a penny pincher. There are many reasons (including having more responsibilities such as paying off a mortgage), however, mostly I find I cannot justify spending my hard earned cash on overpriced items such as a $200 top that I will wear once, which probably cost $1 to make.
I have learnt to embrace the little slice of heaven for us retail loving savers – it’s called DFO. (Direct Factory Outlet)
Here are 5 reasons you can save money by shopping at DFO.
There are massive discounts to be had
I no longer shop in the regular full priced shops. Sure I visit them, I browse around, I try on items to see which size I need and whether it looks good-but I don’t buy them. Why would I when I can wait a couple of months and get them for half the price? You don’t have to wait for the mid-year or end of year sale, there is a sale going on year round! This means I can purchase 3 items instead of one. This means I spend less overall, leaving me with more money to put into savings or towards my mortgage.
Parking is free at DFO
I don’t know about you but it annoys me to have to pay money to park when I am spending money at your shopping centre. Recently my local Westfield decided there was no longer 3 hours parking free but only 2 hours. When I got to the boom gate I was told I owed $5. This may not seem much but considering I have bought a couple of birthday presents and done my food shopping for the week I had already spent over $300. At DFO parking is completely free.
You can spend all day there and not have to be out of pocket. Due to this parking can get a little chaotic so I recommend getting there on the dot of opening hours which is usually around 10am-not too early a start!
DFO has out of season stock
I am sure all of you at some point have been looking for some item which you cannot find in the regular stores because it is out of season. For instance recently winter was starting and I was going on a summer holiday to Thailand. The shops were no longer stocking swimmers so I went to DFO where I knew there was a Seafolly outlet.
Not only was the store full of different styles and sizes I got a top and bottom for $20. Now the ladies will know that a Seafolly set costs anything from $120 upwards so all in all not a bad bang for my buck really.
Homewares at DFO
DFO does not only stock clothing. There is also an abundance of homeware stores from cutlery, mix masters and bedding. I especially recommend using these stores for housewarming, engagement and wedding gifts if you are on a budget. These items can be extremely expensive but because of “etiquette” if you buy someone something cheaper because you are struggling with cash flow you will look like a scrooge. This way you don’t have to empty your wallet but can still give a decent present.
Same Items only cheaper
In the past couple of weeks I have been a dutiful bridesmaid for my best friend and have traipsed around 4 shopping centres with her trying to find shoes for the girls. After not having much luck we decided to try DFO-if nothing was there we had one style we could pick which was around $150. Low and behold in DFO in the outlet of the same brand we found the same shoes for $69. This resulted in a little jig in the middle of the store and some very strange looks from shoppers.
The moral of the story: be smart about shopping. You can still spoil yourself and update your wardrobe but it does not have to come at a cost to your wallet!