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I love a great summer dress and I’m on a big hunt again for cheap dresses. Last year I spent months trying to find a dress with short sleeves with a preference for cotton. Was it simple? It wasn’t. I found that for a woman at 40+ summer dresses in stores just didn’t seem to have what I wanted. So I came up with a great idea to order from China and got busy sending myself fab looking dresses.
Parcel-by-parcel they arrived in the mail and with each packet came another disappointment. The problem was that every dress I purchased was too short and more like well… a t-shirt! They sure looked great on the models in the picture. So this year I need to find another way to get the perfect summer dress and for cheap!

Here’s my wishlist for perfect cheap dresses for summer

  1. Cheap
  2. Fits well in AU sizing
  3. I want to shop from my couch while watching the telly
  4. The garments arrive in a timely fashion
  5. I trust the suppliers
  6. They are fashionable and suit my style
  7. They wash well and last longer than a season
  8. Designer brands welcome!

Well, I love what I do, because just as I’ve been spring cleaning and popping my winter gear away while thinking about ‘what to wear’ this summer – I heard about an awesome new website. It’s called Fashion Lane and is where users can find the best fashion on sale from over 100+ online fashion stores!!! Yey!!!

Designer gear at super cheap prices

Fashion Lane gathers cheap dresses and designer garments from a wide variety of well-known fashion stores such as ASOS, The Iconic, SABA, SurfStitch, Sportscraft, Seed Heritage, Florsheim and more. This savvy new site monitors product price drops daily and also allows shoppers to quickly find the best sale that day or week instead of searching sale sections of each store’s website. Note: Time range is adjustable.

Save time using Fashion Lane’s sort feature

Now you know how much I love saving time, so this is a fantastic feature of Fashion Lane. Products are also automatically sorted by discount so shoppers can easily find the cheapest product. Further, new stores are added every week and product prices and availability are updated daily. There are automated and manual checks to ensure product information for each item is accurate.

How to find the perfect garment at FashionLane

Fashion Lane works best when you have something generic in mind that you want to buy. For example if you want to purchase an item, which is in my case a summer dress. If I go to FashionLane I just have to mouse over Women at the top menu, then Clothing, then click on Dress. And this site isn’t short on choice. There are over 40,024 dresses from which to choose from!
If you are a mummy on a budget like I am, you can punch in the maximum price; say $10. Using this feature I found 289 products from 9 stores. Another great way to search Fashion Lane is to simply use the price filter above the garments. I also love the discount feature. The first dress I looked at had been marked down from $84.90 to $9.95!!!
From that selection here are my pics for the cutest summer dresses on sale today, right now.
The hunt is over – yay!

Cute summer dresses for under $50

My pick: Dress for under $10

Sally Neon Asymetric Shift Dress $10 (Reduced from $50)
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My pick: Dress for under $20

Capture Cotton Dress $19 (Reduced from $69.99)
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My pick: Dress for under $30

Glamorous Cotton Chambray Swing Dress with Crochet Sleeve $30.00 (Reduced from $75)
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My pick: Dress for under $40

Firefly Kaftans Kharma Cotton Dress
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Found a product that you want to buy but price is too expensive?

Fashion Lane has a price alert feature which notifies you when product’s price has dropped. Simply mouse over the product, and you’ll see the price alert link appearing on top right corner of the product.

Just want to see what’s currently on sale?

Fashion Lane monitors product prices closely and detects when a product’s price has dropped. The “Today’s Sale” page displays any prices that have dropped within 24 – 48 hours. (This can also be changed to the last seven days.)

Coupons and deals

Fashion Lane looks out for any coupons and deals from stores. They are displayed at the top of the page when single store is selected, or when you mouse over products, a coupon / deal link will appear if there are any.


If you are a lover of affordable dresses or fashion generally but are too busy to hunt each week, the best way to keep up with sales is to sign up to Fashion Lane’s newsletter. Newsletters are sent 1 – 2 times a week.
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A lot of families avoid getting a pool installed, despite constant begging and whining from the kids, simply due to the costs involved. You might have the space, you might know you and your family are absolutely going to love a pool, but you also know that pools are money guzzlers – well at least that’s what you’ve heard.
The thing is though, that pools don’t have to be that expensive, and if you just follow a few simple steps, the maintenance costs of your pool will be significantly decreased!

Use a pool cover

This one should be a no brainer, but a lot of people like to cut costs when installing their pool by not having a roll out pool cover installed as well. Some consider them a bit of an eyesore, but they are an absolute essential when it comes to keeping the maintenance costs of your pool down.
Pool covers do loads of amazing things for your pool. They prevent evaporation so you’re not always topping up, keep your pool warm when you’re not using it to lower heating costs, and keep bugs, leaves and other nasty bits out, saving you cleaning time and money!

Check the chemical balances regularly

A little bit of TLC is the best way to keep chemical and cleaning costs down! Even when you’re not using your pool, it’s important to check the chemical and PH balance every couple of days, and top up the chemicals when required.
It may be the middle of winter, and you may not be planning on using your pool in months, but the cost of replacing your pool water or even getting a professional in to fix the chemical balance of your water will far outweigh the costs of using a little bit of product here and there throughout the year.

Know your area’s off peak times

Most energy companies have an off peak time where electricity is significantly cheaper to use depending on your contract and your area.
If you do have access to an off peak time, this is always the best time to run your pool filter. Most filters do guzzle up energy and can give your electricity bill a big spike when you’re using it, so running it over night during an off peak time will save you valuable dollars.

Turn off your pools elements when you’re not using it

Pretty simple, but something we often forget, particularly when you’re teenagers have been using the pool during the day!
If no ones in the pool, make sure everything is turned off – unless you’re running the filter of course! Generally, the heating, jets and pumps don’t need to be running when you’re not in the pool, so switch them off and save significantly on your electricity bill!
Now that you’ve got these few extra tips in your money saving tool belt, you and your family can enjoy your pool without the feelings of guilt that you may be over spending. And remember – by having a pool, your family can enjoy a “summer’s day out” from home, while getting fit and active without having to step outside your gate.

This article has been supplied by the Australian Outdoor Living Pool Shop, Australia’s dedicated online store to everything you need for your pool.

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