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Martin Lewis tells holidaymakers not to shop at Zara in the UK

Joe Harker

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Martin Lewis tells holidaymakers not to shop at Zara in the UK

Featured Image Credit: ITV / Sternenfrollein / Alamy Stock Photo

If you're off on holiday and planning a fashionable shopping spree then you might want to park that notion until you're overseas.

While it might require you to stock up on a spare luggage case to carry your new clothes in, it can be worth the wait and extra effort thanks to the cheaper prices.

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Everyone can appreciate the gratuitous razzmatazz of flaunting a fancy new look while off on holiday, but if you want to walk away with the biggest assortment of clothes, then it's all a matter of location, location, location.

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What something costs in one place is not always what you can buy it for elsewhere, and unfortunately for Brits who like shopping at Zara, it's pricier over here than plenty of other countries.

Did you know it's often cheaper to shop at Zara abroad than over here in the UK? Credit: CFimages / Alamy Stock Photo
Did you know it's often cheaper to shop at Zara abroad than over here in the UK? Credit: CFimages / Alamy Stock Photo

Martin Lewis, the money-saving expert, has told Brits heading abroad for their holidays that if they're planning to step into Zara for a new look they would be much better off waiting until they're in sunny Spain before splashing the cash.

He pointed out that the popular fashion brand flogs fancy threads for much cheaper in Spain than they do the UK, and noted that a plethora of other European nations, like France, Greece and Italy, also stock clothes cheaper than they do in the UK.

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Last summer, he wrote a blog post about this pointing out that Brits abroad could save up to £50 on individual items if they get in the right place at the right time.

On Zara's Spanish website, the the Chambray blazer with elbow pads was listed €99.95, whereas it was £129 on the UK site.

And, using the TravelMoneyMax to covert at top card rate, the blazer is even cheaper at £81.

He said: "The price difference is enormous. The pound price is often higher than the euro price before you even convert the currency (which further cheapens the euro price)."

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While 'travel to another country' might be a bit of a weird tip for saving money, it's more of a bit of handy advice if you've already got a holiday booked and are planning a pre-holiday shopping spree.

Martin Lewis clearly knows something about getting a good deal on fashion, that's a very nice scarf. Credit: Doug Peters / Alamy Stock Photo
Martin Lewis clearly knows something about getting a good deal on fashion, that's a very nice scarf. Credit: Doug Peters / Alamy Stock Photo

While that might be a niche market, it just goes to show that there's money-saving tips for basically anyone and there's nothing wrong with saving money in between bouts of sun, sea and quaffing sangria.

Of course, it might help to learn how to pronounce 'Zara' correctly, because apparently Brits keep doing it wrong.

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You'd reckon it's 'Zar Rah' like the name 'Zara' but nope, it's a Spanish business originally and that name is actually pronounced something like 'tsah-dah' where the 'z' is like a soft 'th' and the 'r' sounds like a 'd' in American pronunciation.

And now you know something, which I'm assured is half the battle.

Topics: Martin Lewis, Money, Shopping, Style, Travel, Fashion

Joe Harker
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