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 Sarah-Jane Outten

Sarah-Jane Outten

Content Executive

About Sarah-Jane

Hi, I’m SJ. I’m an editor and content executive here at MyVoucherCodes. I started my journey here as a deals expert which gave me the skills to become a money-saving expert. You can find my tips and recommendations in various publications including The Sun, The Mirror, and The Telegraph.

I gained a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2018, and I’ve put my writing skills into many projects since then. My portfolio at sarahjaneoutten.com includes my work with Cardiff Times, Buzz Magazine and more.

I write poetry and short stories for pleasure and enjoy getting creative with watercolours and lino printing. I hope that I can merge my love of writing and art into a children's book in the future - watch this space!

My time at MyVoucherCodes and my life experiences has given me the best possible understanding of budgeting and saving money. As a mum of 3, I’ve learnt how to make my money go further and I love sharing my hints and tips with our readers. And I, like the rest of us have been greatly affected by the cost of living - I know that saving money isn’t just thrifty, it’s essential.

My top saving tip is… One of my largest outgoings is the grocery shop, I’m always looking at ways to cut back the budget. Of course, reward and loyalty cards can save us a few pounds now and again but there are better ways to save no matter where you shop. Look out for yellow stickers, most supermarkets reduce food items greatly on the last sell-by date. That doesn’t mean those foods aren’t still great. I snap them up and pop them in the freezer on that day, it’s an awesome way to stock up and prevent food waste!

My greatest saving was… I’m always on the lookout for a bargain, especially when it comes to clothing. I love preloved and vintage pieces, but as a plus-size woman, the selection isn’t always great. I love ASOS for their inclusive sizing, the sale usually offers massive discounts. I recently saved 80% off a winter coat, saving me over £70! Of course, the money I saved went on matching boots and a bag...but I’m still calling that a win!

The last thing I purchased was… The last thing I purchased was a coffee grinder for my partner, he sees himself as a coffee guru! John Lewis often has discount codes and I managed to find one on MyVoucherCodes that saved me an additional 20%. Naturally, I told him that I had paid the full price! I was delighted with my bargain.

My favourite retailers are… We are a household of creatives so we love Hobbycraft and The Works for art materials. Many a Saturday is spent browsing and getting inspiration for the next project. I’m a cosmetic addict. I love Boots - it has all the brands you can think of, often with great savings and special offers. This means the Boots Advantage card works well for me. I recommend downloading the app for additional discounts you won’t find in-store. I also really enjoy shopping online at LookFantastic for skincare and fragrance, I almost always find a discount code here at MyVoucherCodes which means I can indulge in some of the pricier brands that I otherwise couldn't afford. I’m a huge fan of beauty dupes and enjoy researching ingredients that provide the same results. I often write about my findings in blogs or share them on social media.

Articles by Sarah-Jane

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Top 10 Girl's Day Out Ideas

Nothing beats a day out with the girls. Read on for our latest ideas on all budgets.

By sarah jane-outten - Feb 20, 2024

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Slow Fashion: Is Buying Second-Hand The Key to Clothing Bargains?

In the fast-paced world of whirlwind fashion and constantly changing clothing trends, it’s tough to keep an up-to-date wardrobe. Slow fashion could be a solution on many fronts, but how many consumers buy or sell second-hand?

By sarah jane-outten - Jan 25, 2024

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New year, blue me: How Brits navigate the ‘January blues’

As the holiday buzz fades, January can bring a mix of emotions. We’ve delved into our recent survey to understand how Brits navigate post-Christmas financial strains and cope with the ‘January blues’.

By sarah jane-outten - Jan 05, 2024

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Sparkle this Christmas with Beaverbrooks

Beaverbrooks has got something for everyone this Christmas. From earrings, bracelets and necklaces, to watches, and designer brands, read on to find out more.

By sarah jane-outten - Dec 13, 2023

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What are the most common Christmas shopping mistakes?

Overspending? Waiting too late? Getting the same thing as someone else? Which Christmas shopping blunders are the most common?

By sarah jane-outten - Dec 01, 2023

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The Challenges of Christmas Holiday Spending

Given the financial struggles many are currently facing, how is everyone dealing with the challenges of holiday spending? And how can you save money on Christmas shopping to combat this?

By sarah jane-outten - Nov 24, 2023

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10 Ways to Save Money this Christmas

Cut the cost of Christmas with my top tips on how to save this festive season.

By sarah jane-outten - Nov 15, 2023

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How Early Christmas Shopping Saves Money and Time

Don't leave everything to the last minute this Christmas. Read on to find out how getting an early start saves time and money.

By sarah jane-outten - Nov 14, 2023

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How Much Can Supermarket Reward Schemes Save You?

With so many supermarket reward schemes available, which ones are really worth joining?

By sarah jane-outten - Nov 10, 2023

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The Real Deal on Black Friday Shopping

Without a doubt, Black Friday is the biggest shopping event of the year. What started as a single day has now stretched over an entire weekend ending with Cyber Monday. But, what are people buying during Black Friday, and are we really getting the bargains we hope for?

By sarah jane-outten - Nov 09, 2023

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7 Christmas Gifting Rules for Kids

Parents can reduce Christmas spending this year by using the 7 Christmas gifting rules, read on to find out more.

By sarah jane-outten - Nov 01, 2023

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