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How to fake your wealth

animated money tree on clear dayWith household budgets still extremely tight in the current uncertain climate, you may not think it's possible to live a particularly flash life.

However, with a bit of forward planning, you can give the outward impression of being a “big spender” when, in fact, it's actually costing you very little. Here's our step-by-step guide to faking wealth. 

Drive expensive cars

If you want to drive a sporty little number without having to worry about the cost of ownership, then look into signing up to a car club.

In return for an annual membership fee, these clubs allow you to rent a car very cheaply for as little as an hour.

Streetcar is one of the biggest clubs, but other schemes include the City Car Club and Peugeot Mu.

For something really flash, you could check out the P1 Supercar Club. The costs aren't cheap, but membership does mean you can get behind the wheel of a Bentley Continental or Ferrari F430 for a fraction of the purchase price. 

Wear designer clothes

You can save up to 70 per cent on your favourite fashion designer clothes by registering as a member on BrandAlley.

You can also get access to a wide range of designer brands on Quidco, where you essentially get “paid” to shop, as each time you make purchases, you earn a percentage back in points or pounds.

You can also look into hiring jewellery from the likes of Rent Your Rocks or Diamond Thrills. Ensure you're clutching a designer handbag by renting one from Girl Meets Dress; a Fendi can be rented from as little as £15.

Eat out every night

Going to a restaurant is a nice luxury, and one which doesn't have to cost the earth with more and more restaurants now offering discount vouchers to get customers through the door.

Make the most of discount deals and other money-saving offers from the likes of restaurant vouchers, and always insist on paying for your dining partner - but then make use of a two-for-one voucher so it doesn't cost you anything extra.

And, if you want to dine out at a decent restaurant without leaving a huge dent in your wallet, check out the latest deals up for grabs on toptable and 5pm as you could save yourself a packet on a meal at all manner of eating establishments. 

Holiday in style

You can ensure you holiday in style by using’s new holiday comparison service.

By booking your holiday as early as possible, you can take advantage of greater availability and low fares, and you can also keep the costs down by being flexible on dates, travelling midweek, and by avoiding Christmas, Easter and school holidays at all costs.

Be a voucherista

For more discounts and deals, there are a whole host of specialist websites worth checking out, such as Send Me Discounts, Vouchercodes, MyVoucherCodes and  Discount Vouchers.

Esther Shaw

Esther Shaw

Esther Shaw is a regular contributor to and is the former deputy money editor at The Independent and Independent on Sunday. Before that, she worked as a money and City reporter on The Daily Express and Sunday Express.
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