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Ebay costs a fortune unless you absolutely know your size in a particular brand. Even then you need to become adept at ebaying on stuff you don't like. I never reckoned I saved much, rather get what it was I wanted in the first place
Primark for Jeans, sleepwear, Jerry skirts, the odd t-shirt/jumper, tights, pants, bras (if they stock out size) and their cotton cardigans. Some for their shoes are surprisingly OK. Marks for jeans and everyday jumpers. H&M and new look for the odd statement bit. Tesco on occasion
Sainsbury's. Get some decent basics in there. Loads of my work clothes are from Sainsbury's and I have honestly had loads of compliments on them. Simple tops and some nice jumpers from Primark. Go and hunt about in Next, too. They price weirdly, so you can get tailored trousers for £18-20 even though there's a top for £28 next to them! TK Maxx is also good. All my jackets and exercise gear come from there.
I'm a big charity shop fan and I've picked up some really great things there but I'm not sure I'd recommend trying to build up a wardrobe that way. They're far too random and their basics - which are probably what you need, can be shite. You probably need a mix of all the places recommended on here. Also some items might be worth spending more on, although it probably depends on your situation what they are.