Just to get things straight: This is not a guide to the summer sales. Rather more pleasingly (and with much less rummaging, faith and clicking involved), you can bag some brilliant, guilt-free buys for the same cost as a round of drinks.
Whether that’s a pair of denim cutoffs that you’ll wonder how on earth you lived without or a corset belt that’ll see you firmly into autumn, the brilliant high street we all have access to really does deliver when it comes to a pre-payday pick-me-up. Our current thrifty obsessions include Zara’s Special Prices section (chock-full with over 600 buys under £30—be prepared to spend a lot of time on there) and Mango’s edit of outfit-transforming jewellery.
Of course, accessories are a brilliant game-changer but you can tap into this season’s love affair with gingham and all things ruffled while still getting change from £20 if your commitment levels are low.
So stop whatever you’re doing and devote a scroll through the shopping edit below to browse our hottest guilt-free buys.