The Best Pre-Payday Shopping Sites

The Best Pre-Payday Shopping SitesWe all know how it is. You hit payday and roll around feeling like Snoop Dogg for a few days, wrapping yourself in furs and throwing money at strippers. Then the middle of the month appears and suddenly your bank account is making you want to throw up and you’re wondering if you can stretch to buying two types of fruit on your weekly shop (answer: no, put the conference pears back).

Now, some people will hit this skint part of the month and simply stop shopping. These people are known as ‘sensible adults’… Weird, right? If you’re like me though, and believe that a lack of funds is no good reason to stop treating yourself, then this post is for you. I’m bringing you some of the best online shopping sites I’ve found for grabbing some serious bargains while you wait for Snoopday  payday for reappear. Without further ado…

Oh Polly

If you’re looking for something cheap and cheerful for your next night out, then I thoroughly recommend checking out Oh Polly, who can also be found on eBay under the username ‘pollycouture’. There are loads of dresses and co-ords, mostly around the £20-£25 mark. Some of the outfits on there might be a bit hoochie-chic (completely see-through lace midi dress anyone?) but even the more conservative ladies will be able to find themselves an appropriate bargain. I’ve ordered quite a few outfits from them, and the quality is also pretty good for the price.

MandM Direct*

For more everyday wear, including things that are perfect for work as well as dressier occasions, you need to head to MandM Direct. From £4.99 bikinis to discounted brands including Adidas, Ugg and Levis, this site has every category covered. And if you have more than just yourself to think about, then it also stocks menswear and childrenswear – winner winner. They also offer a premier delivery/returns service similar to ASOS Premier for just £19.99, which is also worth looking into if you’re a regular bargain hunter.


If you’re feeling skint but still have a taste for designer brands, then Zalando might be your new favourite online shop. While it’s not first and foremore a discount site, there are always plenty of bargains to be found – I bought my Nike trainers from Zalando last year for only around £40, which was a big saving at the time. If you’re edging further and further away from payday, then head to their sale section here and see what you could snap up.


Finally, no post on bargains or saving money would be complete without a mention of eBay. I’ve written quite a lot before about how you can often find the same clothes that are being stocked on well-known websites for a lot less on eBay, because a lot of the small eBay stores will use the same manufacturers as their more well-known counterparts. My recent eBay steal was one of these 2-piece loungewear sets, which are being sold everywhere at the moment for around £25 but can be bought from lots of different sellers for £10-£15. It might not seem like a huge saving, but when you’re a week away from payday a tenner can mean the difference between putting petrol in your car and trying to stow away in your neighbour’s boot to get to work.

What are your online go-tos when you’re a bit strapped for cash? Let me know in the comments!

*(This post was written in collaboration with M&M Direct, but all opinions and references to Snoop Dogg are completely my own.)



35 Responses

  1. Ela March 14, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    I don’t usually shop online, but when I do, MandM is one of the places I check. You find such bargain stuff there, I love how they have discount most of the time!

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Claire March 17, 2016 / 8:48 pm

      I know, it’s insanely good! Also, I wish I had your willpower to not constantly shop online haha xx

  2. lauren March 14, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    I love this, your skint but still buying all important loungewear lol and that lace ‘dress’ thse are handy to have a look at though, like you I’m still shopping a week before payday

    livinginaboxx | bloglovin

    • Claire March 17, 2016 / 8:48 pm

      Haha priorities, Lauren, priorities! 😉

  3. Lindsey Elyse March 14, 2016 / 11:04 pm

    AHAHA. Sensible Adults. Who needs to be one of those? Lovely post! I haven’t heard of many of these shops, so I’ll definitely be taking a look for some harmless window shopping 😉

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

    • Claire March 17, 2016 / 8:48 pm

      I’m sure it’ll stay totally harmless 😉 haha! xx

  4. Bash Harry March 15, 2016 / 7:06 am

    Apart from eBay, I’ve never heard of any of them! What am I missing, this is soo cool! I might have to check out Zalando, it sounds pretty cool <3

    xx Bash |   H E Y   B A S H   | bloglovin’

    • Claire March 17, 2016 / 8:49 pm

      They’re all such good discoveries! Thanks for reading Bash 🙂 xx

  5. Pam March 15, 2016 / 10:24 am

    i had not heard of M&M before! will check them out
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • Claire March 17, 2016 / 8:49 pm

      You won’t be disappointed lovely 🙂 xx

  6. Sarah March 15, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    Cheers Claire another great post, I’ve heard of Zalando but never been on the website, I’m just having a browse now while I’m supposed to be doing work x

    • Claire March 17, 2016 / 8:49 pm

      Haha I like your shopping style 😉 There are so many nice things on there, definitely a distraction! xx

    • Claire March 17, 2016 / 8:50 pm

      Ahh you’ll love them I’m sure! Thanks for reading 🙂 xx

    • Claire March 17, 2016 / 8:50 pm

      Let me know what you think! So. Many. Bargains xx

  7. Caz March 15, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    I haven’t heard of many of these so i’ll definitely have a look at them – I love getting a bargain!

    Caz | This is Caz

    • Claire March 17, 2016 / 8:50 pm

      You and me both gurrrl xx

  8. Abi March 15, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    Ooh I love the sound of MamdM Direct! Not that I need encouraging when it comes to shopping online!

    • Claire March 17, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      Haha I do like to be an enabler 😉 Enjoy! xx

    • Claire March 17, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      HAHA fantastic, better to throw your money there, right? 😉 xx

    • Claire March 17, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      Isn’t it just, always tempting to go a bit overboard on there! xx

    • Claire March 17, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      Ooh I’ll have to check that one out, thanks for the tip 🙂 xx

  9. Sam Jeffery March 16, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    I totally needed this post, it seems like so long before payday again!

    • Claire March 17, 2016 / 8:52 pm

      Same, though thankfully i now have only just over a week! Shame the last week always draaaaags… xx

  10. Kristy March 17, 2016 / 12:32 am

    I haven’t heard of some of these websites so I will definitely be checking them out, my boyfriend uses M and M Direct every now and then.

    Kristy |

    • Claire March 17, 2016 / 8:52 pm

      Let me know what you think – hope you find some bargains 🙂 xx

  11. Raj March 17, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing, definitely need to check these sites our for pre- payday bargains
    Is it just me, or do social events (or needs for new dresses!) always seem to be placed around this time of the month?!

    PS. Your blog, and way with words, never fails to make me laugh out loud. Calling all paydays Snoopdays from now on out!

    What Raj Wants

    • Claire March 17, 2016 / 8:53 pm

      YES you are so correct, everything bloody comes at once! Thank you for such a lovely comment too 🙂 xx

  12. Jasmine McRae March 17, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    I adore you and how you write (can totally relate to the furs/hurling dollar bills at strippers directly after pay day). Thank you for sharing Oh Polly! I’m obsessed with their two piece dresses at the minute..maybe not the totally see through lacy numbers, though 🙂

    • Claire March 17, 2016 / 8:53 pm

      Aw thank you boo, I adore YOU. And yes, the opaque items are seriously nice haha! xx

  13. Tamzin March 17, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    I’m a sucker for eBay haha, there is so many things to buy! I need some new gym pants, I wonder if M&M have them. I totally forgot about that site! x

    Tamz |

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