clothes http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1216/all en-US 7 Retailers With the Absolute Best Customer Service http://www.wisebread.com/7-retailers-with-the-absolute-best-customer-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-retailers-with-the-absolute-best-customer-service" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/grocery_store_employee_000018778379.jpg" alt="Man discovering retailers with the best customer service" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The idea of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-times-spending-more-will-save-you-money">spending more on quality items</a> that will stand the test of time is a very smart aspect of frugal living. After all, nobody likes replacement or repair costs that can easily be avoided. This idea carries over to retailers as well. Here are seven such retailers that offer such great customer service, that a possible higher upfront cost will easily pay for itself over the lifetime of the product.</p> <h2>1. Zappos</h2> <p>For years, the customer service team at Zappos.com has been leading the way in terms of putting the customer first. If you're not familiar with their website, they sell popular shoes, handbags, and apparel. While their prices may not always be the cheapest, their amazing customer service is what keeps shoppers coming back time and time again.</p> <p>Let's start with their 365-day return policy. If you order something from them, not only will you get free shipping, but you can return items for free for an entire year. Items must usually be in new condition, so feel free to order several sizes or colors, try them on at home, and mail back the ones you don't want at no charge. Also, if you have a problem with your shoes after you've worn them for a while, they've even been known to overnight a replacement pair and refund the entire cost to the customer as well.</p> <h2>2. Nordstrom</h2> <p>Similar to Zappos, Nordstrom also offers free shipping and returns on all orders via their website. The free returns aspect essentially makes shopping on their site risk-free as you can order whatever size and color you want and simply return the items you don't need at no cost to you. But what makes their return policy truly amazing is there's no time limit and returned items can typically be worn. When pressed on this issue, a Nordstrom live-chat operator told me, &quot;From time to time we cannot accommodate a return but we definitely do our best to take care of you and stand behind what we sell, so we completely understand.&quot; So it's safe to assume that as long as the item doesn't show excessive wear, they'll typically take it back with no questions asked.</p> <h2>3. Amazon</h2> <p>In recent years, Amazon has clearly stepped up their customer service game and created many loyal shoppers in the process. Whether it's their seven-day price protection policy on purchases fulfilled by Amazon directly, or a $5 credit to your Prime account if items don't get delivered in two business days, they always strive to put the customer first. Also, many Amazon shoppers aren't aware that they'll overnight a replacement item if yours gets delivered in non-working or damaged condition. In many cases, typically when the items has a value less than $30, they won't even ask you to send back the damaged item as they realize it's an inconvenience.</p> <h2>4. Apple Store</h2> <p>In the tech industry, Apple has taken customer service to a whole new level. What other company has a specific part of their retail location set up to do nothing but help customers with problems they might be having with their products? This is exactly what the Apple &quot;Genius Bar&quot; does and it has created millions of loyal users over the past 15 years.</p> <p>Whether it's with help operating a new device, or help troubleshooting a major problem with your Apple product, the Genius Bar is a great (and free) place to start. They also have the reputation of replacing products on the spot if they can't fix a problem, even if it's beyond the warranty period. Also, by having so many retail locations across the country, it's fairly easy to walk into one today and walk out with your problem solved.</p> <h2>5. Kroger Grocery</h2> <p>Kroger understands that there role in the community goes way beyond selling grocery items. This was best exemplified recently when&nbsp;<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/why-people-love-kroger-2015-3">after a devastating hurricane</a>, when they were the only grocery store to open their doors the following day, even while mopping standing water out of the aisles. It also doesn't hurt that they pay their employees $14 per hour, on average, well above the industry standard. With that hourly wage, they're able to find and retain employees who are willing to go the extra mile for their customers.</p> <h2>6. L.L. Bean</h2> <p>Do you own an old pair of L.L.Bean boots or clothing item? If you do, you're probably keenly aware of just how much effort they put into creating quality items that stand the test of time. So much effort that they actually stand behind their items with a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.llbean.com/customerService/aboutLLBean/guarantee.html">Lifetime Guarantee</a>. Amazingly, they don't even require a receipt to get a refund or store credit. This level of customer service stems from their founder, Leon Leonwood Bean, who once said that he didn't consider a sale complete &quot;until goods are worn out and the customer still satisfied.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Whole Foods</h2> <p>Whole Foods does a nice job of empowering their employees to make a customer's experience excellent. In the process, they create loyal customers for life. For example, a Forbes columnist recently&nbsp;<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140317191929-8019905-whole-hearted-approach-to-customer-service-at-whole-foods">documented her experience</a> with a broken cash register at Whole Foods, and subsequent delay in checking out. Not only did the supervisor on shift apologize profusely for the delay, but ended up giving her $50 worth of groceries for free.</p> <p>While some would say that such a gift hurts the bottom-line, it can be argued instead that such a gift has a value way beyond the $50. She now hollers from the mountaintops about the amazing customer service she received &mdash; word-of-mouth advertising that is incredibly powerful and very difficult to put a price tag on. None of that would have happened if Whole Foods didn't empower their employees to exceed customer's expectations.</p> <p><em>Would you be willing to pay more upfront in exchange for strong customer service?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-retailers-with-the-absolute-best-customer-service">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys">These Secrets of Amazon&#039;s Pricing Strategy Will Help You Find the Best Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online">The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-youre-being-a-terrible-customer">8 Ways You&#039;re Being a Terrible Customer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-avoid-sneaky-online-price-changes">6 Ways to Avoid Sneaky Online Price Changes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-time-for-summer-shopping-in-europe">Best Time For Summer Shopping In Europe!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Shopping Amazon clothes customer service groceries retail return policies Tue, 05 Apr 2016 09:30:32 +0000 Kyle James 1682550 at http://www.wisebread.com Thrifting the Perfect Designer Wardrobe http://www.wisebread.com/thrifting-the-perfect-designer-wardrobe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/thrifting-the-perfect-designer-wardrobe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_thrift_store_000079170807.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to thrift the perfect designer wardrobe" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Recently, I purged my closet of clothes I don't wear and pared down my wardrobe to just 30ish pieces. As I delved deeper into the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-a-capsule-wardrobe-actually-save-you-money">capsule wardrobe phenomenon</a>, I discovered that many people were building their carefully-considered wardrobes using second hand or thrifted pieces.</p> <p>On my first trip to my local thrift store, I scored an Anthropologie blouse, a J. Crew shirt, and a Madewell skirt, all for $12. I was hooked. On my second visit, I left with a pair of Joe's Jeans and an Adrienne Vittadini cardigan. A few thrifting trips later, I had beefed up my capsule wardrobe to the point that I had to stop myself from buying more, otherwise my wardrobe really wouldn't be a &quot;capsule&quot; anymore.</p> <p>To be honest, I have gotten more compliments on my thrifted clothing than I ever did on my full-price clothing. I can now dress the way I've always wanted to, but could never afford before. In addition, my higher-end thrifted clothes are often made with better materials (like linen, pima cotton, silk) and will last longer. All in all, building a secondhand designer wardrobe is a great economical choice that will save you money and contribute to less waste going to the landfills.</p> <h2>Thrifting High-End Items</h2> <p>Whether you're shopping in brick-and-mortar secondhand shops or online, a few tips hold true for building a killer designer wardrobe.</p> <h3>Know Your Brands</h3> <p>Familiarize yourself with brands that you like and their signature designs (as well as, if possible, your size in that brand). That way, you'll be more likely to recognize them in a store, and it'll be easy to search for them online.</p> <h3>Focus on Quality</h3> <p>Often you can tell a designer piece from the quality of the fabric. Disregard clothes that are pilling or worn out. And don't fall into the trap of buying something just because of the brand when it's too worn out, stained, or just won't work for you.</p> <h3>Know What You Want</h3> <p>Have an idea of what specific pieces you are looking for. For example, I knew I wanted a light gray cardigan, and therefore searched specifically in the light gray sweater area at my local thrift store. I found several pieces that would work before I settled on my favorite. When I go into a thrift store with specific pieces on my mind, I have a much higher success rate than when I go in without a goal (which makes it much easier to get overwhelmed).</p> <h3>Go Outside Your Comfort Zone</h3> <p>The great thing about thrifting is that you're paying so much less than retail! So if you've always had the urge to wear hot pink pants, but have never had the guts, go for it! This is your opportunity to expand your style.</p> <h3>Check the Cleaning Label</h3> <p>I try to buy clothes that don't have to be dry cleaned (unless it's special occasion wear), as I'll end up paying more in drycleaning than I spent on the dress.</p> <h3>Don't Buy Stuff You Don't Need</h3> <p>It can be tempting to buy several pairs of 7 for All Mankind jeans when they're $9.99 a pop, but do you need more than one or two? Money spent thrifting is still money wasted if you never end up using the item.</p> <h2>Where to Buy Secondhand Clothing</h2> <p>Now that you know what &mdash; and how &mdash; to look for used pieces, here's where to shop.</p> <h3>Thrift Stores</h3> <p>I've found that the key with thrift stores is finding one with high volume and high turnover, to maximize your chances of finding something new and on-trend. Thrift stores are crammed full of both high and low-end clothing, so you'll have to sift through a lot of poor quality pieces to find the treasures. Usually though, you get a good price on it. Going to a thrift store in a fancier part of town might increase your chances of finding designer items.</p> <h3>Resale and Consignment Stores</h3> <p>Resale and consignment stores differ from thrift stores in that they buy or consign their inventory (instead of getting it through donations) and thus filter out a lot of the lesser-quality stuff. You will usually pay more, but you won't have to search as hard. Consignment stores are great if you don't have a lot of time to dig through racks of clothing, but still want to get a decent price on secondhand goods. Often, a consignment store might cater to a specific style &mdash; so don't go to the hipster consignment store if you're really preppy at heart!</p> <h3>Online Resellers</h3> <p>Online is where the resale and consignment trend is booming. Websites like <a href="http://thredup.com">thredUP</a> buy new or almost-new brand-name clothing and sell them for very reasonable prices. I've bought from thredUP before and have been very satisfied with the quality of the items I bought (they also offer free returns for store credit, a rarity in the resale market). thredUP's main strengths are the sheer number of great items they have, and the excellent search functions that allow you to filter your search by size, color, brand, etc.</p> <p>Other resellers include <a href="http://snobswap.com">SnobSwap</a> and <a href="http://www.therealreal.com">TheRealReal</a>, but I continue to patronize thredUP for its ease of use and low prices.</p> <p>You can also buy direct from sellers through sites like <a href="http://poshmark.com">Poshmark</a>, which has a social media aspect to it (you can follow favorite sellers, participate in virtual &quot;parties,&quot; etc.). If there is a problem with the item received, the selling website protects you and can offer you a refund. And of course, you can always search on eBay (be sure to check the &quot;pre-owned&quot; search filter to narrow down your choices).</p> <p><em>Have you punched up your wardrobe with great thrift or secondhand finds? What'd you get?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thrifting-the-perfect-designer-wardrobe">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-5-best-thrift-store-finds-of-all-time">My 5 Best Thrift Store Finds of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">101 Ways to Save Money on Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-ethically-sourced-products-you-can-afford">How to Find Ethically Sourced Products You Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/things-you-might-not-know-about-your-local-thrift-store">Things You Might Not Know About Your Local Thrift Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-clothing">5 Smart Ways to Save on Back-to-School Clothing</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping bargains clothes designer saving money secondhand thrift stores wardrobe Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:00:10 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1675388 at http://www.wisebread.com Can a Capsule Wardrobe Actually Save You Money? http://www.wisebread.com/can-a-capsule-wardrobe-actually-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-a-capsule-wardrobe-actually-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_clothes_closet_000024507503.jpg" alt="Woman learning if a capsule wardrobe can save her money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Capsule wardrobes have become something of a trend these days. Along with a general push to radically declutter <a href="http://amzn.to/1PIqmQH">Marie Kondo-style</a>, simplifying one's wardrobe seems to be an attractive lifestyle change. But can a capsule wardrobe save you money? Always one to try something new if it saves me a nickel or two, I set out to find out.</p> <p>A capsule wardrobe appealed to me for a variety of reasons:</p> <ul> <li>I didn't wear about three-quarters of my wardrobe. Some of the items I'd been keeping around included dresses that no longer fit, poor quality pieces that had become misshapen or worn out in the wash, and clothes that didn't match anything else.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I was tired of spending time putting together the right outfit. I was longing for a wardrobe in which everything matched and I could easily throw on an outfit in the morning without thinking.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I wanted to both save money, and get better value for my money. My current system of impulse buys meant I was spending money without a clear idea of where it was going. I wanted to set a clothing budget to track my spending, and a capsule wardrobe was the best way I could think of to do that easily.</li> </ul> <h2>1. The First Step: Purging and Evaluating</h2> <p>The first thing I did was purge. I took everything out of my closet and evaluated each piece of clothing. I kept only what still fit, what was in style (or a classic style) and in good condition, and that I really liked or loved. I let go of pieces that didn't fit, were out-of-date, and worn-out clothing that I hadn't worn in years.</p> <p>In the end, I ended up bagging two-thirds of my wardrobe to donate to my local Salvation Army. Getting rid of so many clothes might seem like a waste, but I hadn't worn those clothes in years, and this way, someone else could potentially get some good use out of them.</p> <p>Evaluating my wardrobe in this way also helped me to realize what articles of clothing <em>did</em> work for me, which would help me immensely in building my capsule wardrobe.</p> <h2>2. Building the Capsule Wardrobe</h2> <p>The concept of a capsule wardrobe entails limiting your wardrobe to a certain number of pieces per season (out-of-season clothes can be stored for another time, and this doesn't include workout clothes or special occasion clothes). After purging my closet, I already had 23 pieces that I wore frequently. This included pants, skirts, tops, sweaters, and cardigans. (I didn't include shoes or accessories.) This wardrobe was already working quite well for me, so I decided to allow myself to purchase only four more small items for the current spring season. These purchases were carefully considered and were calculated to fill holes in my current wardrobe. They were also planned to match with most of the other clothes in my capsule. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a>)</p> <h2>3. Crunching the Hard Numbers</h2> <p>To see if having a capsule wardrobe could really make a difference in my finances, I started by adding up everything I had spent on clothes (not including shoes or accessories) in the three months before I started my capsule wardrobe. I'm naturally a frugal shopper, and I generally shop sales and clearance racks. Not including tax, I spent about $230.</p> <p>I was actually surprised that I spent so little! I guess I'm more frugal than I thought when it comes to clothes (that, or having a baby strapped to me tends to put a damper on shopping). Of that $230 of clothing, $60 worth of those clothes were wasted, because I either hated them after a week, or they were so low quality I was only able to wear them a few times before they looked worn out.</p> <p>Next, I set myself a budget for the next season. I already have some warmer weather clothing I can pull out for the spring capsule, so I only needed to buy a few more pieces. I gave myself a generous budget (for me, anyway) for the four pieces I wanted to buy, in order to ensure I got quality pieces that would last. My budget for the next three months was $95, and I gave myself an extra $30 buffer in case I needed to replace something. My next three months' clothing budget is $125. If I stick to it (aye, there's the rub), I'll be cutting my clothing expenditures by nearly half.</p> <p>Bottom line: If I can resist impulse buying for the next three months and truly stick to my carefully considered clothing choices, I'll have a better quality wardrobe in which almost everything can mix and match, for less money than I was spending on cheap impulsive purchases. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-cheap-clothes">The High Cost of Cheap Clothes</a>)</p> <h2>4. Non-Monetary Gains</h2> <p>In addition to saving money, I've already noticed the following benefits of having a capsule wardrobe:</p> <ul> <li>Less time getting dressed in the morning.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Everything matches, so there's no need to think too hard about an outfit.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Less guilt about all the unworn clothing (or trying to fit into too-small clothing).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>No more cramming clothes into overstuffed dresser drawers.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>My wardrobe reflects &quot;me&quot; better, because it's made up of pieces I love.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Buying less gives me the freedom to splurge without guilt on fewer, higher-quality pieces.</li> </ul> <p>At this time in my life, I believe a capsule wardrobe will work really well. If you have a tendency to shop impulsively, a capsule wardrobe can help tremendously to simplify your purchases and to reduce spending. A month in, I don't feel limited by the capsule wardrobe &mdash; I'm not a huge fashionista anyway, so I don't feel the need to try on every trend, and being able to carefully consider what pieces I'm going to buy helps me to buy clothing that works better for me.</p> <p><em>Have you tried the capsule wardrobe trend? Did it help you to save money?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-a-capsule-wardrobe-actually-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-stop-your-mindless-spending">5 Ways to Stop Your Mindless Spending</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-retailers-with-the-absolute-best-customer-service">7 Retailers With the Absolute Best Customer Service</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-make-your-clothes-last-longer-without-spending-big">16 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer Without Spending Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">101 Ways to Save Money on Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping budgeting capsule wardrobe cleaning clothes konmari marie kondo minimalism outfits Mon, 07 Mar 2016 10:30:21 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1666379 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways Having Good Taste Saves You Money http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-having-good-taste-saves-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-having-good-taste-saves-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shoe_shopping_000026546777.jpg" alt="Woman having good taste in shoes and saving money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Good taste is a little perk, like knowing Esperanto or playing the accordion really, really well. It can help you save money on otherwise <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-scientific-reasons-to-ditch-the-luxury-brands">expensive purchases</a> and enables you to pick out diamonds in the rough at garage sales or discount shops.</p> <p>Here are five major ways having good taste can save you money.</p> <h2>1. Score Great Finds at Thrift Stores</h2> <p>Good taste can make shopping at thrift stores and garage sales a fairy tale experience. Even in a picked-over, second-hand market like Los Angeles, I can usually find valuable items that are severely under-priced. I built a side business buying and then reselling vintage items online and to local interior decorators. As a second-hand shopper, good taste helps me make an extra $5,000 a year.</p> <h2>2. Save Money on Clothing</h2> <p>I live in Los Angeles, which means that I have access to many excellent used clothing stores. However, even if I lived in the boonies, good taste makes buying clothes on a budget much easier, mainly because I know exactly what looks good on me. I know, for example that the most flattering skirt length on me is right at mid-knee. So, even though mid-calf skirts are all the rage for summer, I will be sitting out this trend. Why waste money on clothes that look terrible on me?</p> <p>In addition to ignoring bad fashion advice, good taste helps me find designer quality garments without the designer price. For example, the classic knit wrap dress is my go-to garment for work. They don't wrinkle, they pack well, and they are easy to dress up and down with just a change of accessories. While I must credit Diane Von Furstenberg for her original design, even if I could afford her dresses, I couldn't wear them &mdash; I'm too long-waisted. After trying on approximately 450,000 wrap dresses at all price points, I've found a brand that fits my long torso to a T. At $84 the <a href="http://www.perithelabel.com/chai-wrap-dress/">PERI Pure Eco-Rag Industry wrap dress</a> is still pricey. However, when compared to the similar <a href="http://www.dvf.com/new-jeanne-two-matte-jersey-wrap-dress/D5130618E00.html?dwvar_D5130618E00_color=NAVY&amp;dwvar_D5130618E00_size=10#cgid=wrap-shop-fashion">Diane Von Furstenberg dress</a> that costs $368, the PERI dress is practically a steal. And, although exactly no one can tell this without looking at the tag, the PERI dress is made in the United States, out of organic, biodegradable, and recyclable fabric that is dyed using low-impact dyes in a solar-powered factory.</p> <h2>3. Decorate Frugally</h2> <p>I didn't know that the $3 garage sale coffee table would be valued at $1200 when I bought it, but I knew just by looking at its streamlined shape that it was worth snapping up. With the exception of my mattress and my armoire, all of my furniture was purchased second hand, at a steep discount, or actually rescued from the curb on trash day.</p> <p>While owning used furniture really isn't anything to brag about, the fact that my home has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, and was a runner up for the Metropolitan Home Award, is. Good taste allows me to see the potential of lowly items. My red mohair sofa that everyone thinks is a Jean-Michel Frank original, started life as a $99 mustard yellow Hide-a-Bed.</p> <h2>4. Know What to Pay for Quality</h2> <p>Even unskilled cooks can make delicious meals with the right ingredients. But quality ingredients don't have to come with a huge price tag. In fact, according to a recent study by the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, the more informed the shopper, they more likely he is to <a href="http://www.brown.edu/Research/Shapiro/pdfs/generics.pdf">buy store brands</a>. The study specifically compared the shopping habits of pharmacists and chefs to less expert consumers. Researchers discovered that 77% of chefs preferred generic store brands over national brands for pantry staples like sugar, salt, and flour.</p> <p>Although generic food got a bad rap in the 1970s when the quality was very poor, this is no longer the case. Store brands like Costco's Kirkland line and Trader Joe's are often superior to their name brand competitors. Simply put, store brands don't have to pay for marketing, and this 25% savings is passed along to the consumer without impacting the product quality.</p> <p>Even more shocking are the numbers for generic drugs. The researchers found that pharmacists only bought national brands of over-the-counter drugs 8.5% of the time, while the average consumer bought them 26% percent of the time. The research also revealed that people without a college education were especially likely to buy the more expensive name brand drugs.</p> <h2>5. Save on Good Design</h2> <p>Design sense is a rare talent that people are born with. If everyone had good taste, then there would be no work for artists, designers, or architects. Luckily, good taste can be faked. It's called being an educated consumer. I was lucky enough to hone my design sense as a child by spending thousands of hours sorting through swap meet merchandise with my grandmother who was an interior decorator.</p> <p>Practice does make perfect. Before making any big purchase, compare, compare, compare. Read online comments and reviews. If the financial risk is low enough, do a taste test! Spend $2 and try the store brand tomato sauce. Cover the sofa you trash picked with a white sheet and see if you can fool your guests into believing it's a family heirloom hiding under a dust cover. Improve your skills as a &quot;selector&quot; on inexpensive items. If your trash picked sofa doesn't work out, what have you really lost? Nothing. You now know one thing that shouldn't be in your living room, so you are actually ahead in your design education. And, if you fool the company, then you know your instincts were right!</p> <p><em>Do you have good taste? How does your good taste manifest itself? Is good taste a stupid concept? Share your (tasteful) opinions with your fellow Wise Bread readers. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-having-good-taste-saves-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thrifting-the-perfect-designer-wardrobe">Thrifting the Perfect Designer Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/losing-the-store-brand-stigma">Losing the store brand stigma.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-retailers-with-the-absolute-best-customer-service">7 Retailers With the Absolute Best Customer Service</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips">Save $100s Next Month With These 10 Grocery Shopping Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-a-capsule-wardrobe-actually-save-you-money">Can a Capsule Wardrobe Actually Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping clothes furniture generic good taste saving money Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:00:13 +0000 Max Wong 1493872 at http://www.wisebread.com 16 Clothing Items That Will Last Forever http://www.wisebread.com/16-clothing-items-that-will-last-forever <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-clothing-items-that-will-last-forever" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/converse_shoes_000043130460.jpg" alt="Converse sneakers that will last forever" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tired of chasing <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-greatest-frugal-fashion-makeover-ever-refresh-your-wardrobe-for-25-or-less">cheap clothing deals</a> at fast fashion shops, only to replace them every season? Time to invest in some of these 16&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-quick-clothing-and-shoe-repair-fixes-you-should-own">clothing items</a> that last forever.</p> <h2>1. Steven Alan Shirts</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=steven%20alan&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1432738599&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Asteven%20alan%2Cp_89%3ASteven%20Alan&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AZX52BFANJZ6MIE5">classic and stylish shirts</a> are perfect for every occasion, are easy to wash, and fit better with age. Try to grab some on sale and enjoy the compliments you'll get.</p> <h2>2. Freya Brassieres</h2> <p>These bras are so structurally sound people will think you lost weight just by wearing a better fitting, better lifting bra. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=freya&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1432738632&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Afreya%2Cp_89%3AFreya&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5DNR46R5FCB742JC">Freya bras</a> comes in all sizes, up to a K cup. They machine wash well, but if you hand-wash, you will never have to replace them.</p> <h2>3. Spanx Hosiery</h2> <p>Always getting runs in your hose? (I am!) <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=spanx&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aspanx&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=FU5CIX26O7DVGGXY">Spanx hosiery</a> gives you tons of color, texture, and pattern possibilities all in the same indestructible quality Spanx uses for their other shapewear.</p> <h2>4. Patagonia Jackets</h2> <p>If you live somewhere with unpredictable weather, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=patagonia%20jacket&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1432738766&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Apatagonia%20jacket%2Cp_89%3APatagonia&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=46QGGNW7JCIIDAOT">Patagonia's puffer coats and parkas</a> are excellent. Unlike many of the brands you will find at Burlington Coat factory, they will last many years without replacing.</p> <h2>5. American Apparel Tees</h2> <p>This American brand is known for pricey basics, but all of my <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=7141123011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=american%20apparel&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1432739253&amp;rh=k%3Aamerican%20apparel%2Cn%3A7141123011%2Cp_89%3AAmerican%20Apparel&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=72UVFEMA3LX2XW5Y">American Apparel</a> shirts are still kicking like new. To save money, try buying from the online sale section or getting a wholesale account.</p> <h2>6. CW-X Running Tights</h2> <p>This is isn't athleisure &mdash; <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=7141123011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=cw-x&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1432739297&amp;rh=n%3A7141123011%2Ck%3Acw-x%2Cp_89%3ACW-X&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=R36NRW3FAU7G47NT">CW-X</a> makes compression, thermal, and stability focused tights in lots of cuts for men and women. Athletes and trainers agree that this brand of tights are amazing and last forever.</p> <h2>7. Bass Shoes</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=7141123011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=bass&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1432739346&amp;rh=n%3A7141123011%2Ck%3Abass%2Cp_89%3ABass&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LBMIKSNJJFUWGKSZ">Bass</a> has been around since 1876 because their shoes are very durable. With everything from girly saddle shoes to men's brogues, their genuine uppers and soles are meant to last.</p> <h2>8. American Giant Hoodies</h2> <p>A new brand out of San Francisco, American Giant is all about <a href="https://www.american-giant.com/">making the perfect hoodie</a> that won't get destroyed in the wash after a couple years. These are soft, comfortable forever hoodies.</p> <h2>9. Converse Shoes</h2> <p>Converse never go out of style, and Chuck Taylors are <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;bbn=7141123011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=converse&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1432739455&amp;rh=n%3A7141123011%2Ck%3Aconverse%2Cp_89%3AConverse&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DSYGEDZH73WKSMBA">America's go-to sneaker</a>. They're always made the same, and if you don't wear them everyday, they can last a lifetime.</p> <h2>10. Birkenstock Sandals</h2> <p>You may have heard these are back in style, but for many people that is irrelevant. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=7141123011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=birkenstock&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1432739496&amp;rh=n%3A7141123011%2Ck%3Abirkenstock%2Cp_89%3ABirkenstock&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CPCUPAIBVWX6SO6V">Birkenstocks</a> have remained popular because the soles conform to your feet and never fall apart.</p> <h2>11. Levi's Selvedge Denim</h2> <p>Everyone has a pair of Levi's in the closet. They make lots of jean types now, but one of the best is the <a href="http://us.levi.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=57157206">selvedge denim line</a>, which produces very thick, durable denim that slowly wears in and never blows out.</p> <h2>12. Gold Toe Socks</h2> <p>These classic <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;hvadid=30950695581&amp;hvdev=c&amp;hvexid=&amp;hvnetw=g&amp;hvpone=&amp;hvpos=1t2&amp;hvptwo=&amp;hvqmt=e&amp;hvrand=13192111097702117465&amp;index=apparel&amp;keywords=gold%20toe%20socks&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;ref=pd_sl_737x3bhyht_e&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=D74GJGDLFMIC2UYN">gold toe socks</a> in everyday colors are not only affordable and comfortable, but the reinforced toe never gives way to holes.</p> <h2>13. Uniqlo Heattech Sweaters</h2> <p>Uniqlo is known for making strong basics for good prices. One of the best values is <a href="http://www.uniqlo.com/us/product/women-heattech-knit-high-neck-sweater-128180.html">the Heattech line</a>, which makes thermal tees, sweaters, and jackets for less money than brands like The North Face. They also come in more fun colors!</p> <h2>14. Pendleton Blankets</h2> <p>Pendleton is another brand with a legacy of long-lasting quality. Their <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=pendleton%20blanket&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1432739701&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Apendleton%20blanket%2Cp_89%3APendleton&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KFSS4OTDRODQBCNL">colorful blankets</a> are beautiful and never fuzz up and fade like others do. Keep one in your car or on the couch and you won't be sorry.</p> <h2>15. Frye Leather Boots</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=frye%20boots&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1432739739&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Afrye%20boots%2Cp_89%3AFRYE&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QMQPOESMUE54EPD6">genuine leather boots</a> come in tons of classic and trendy styles for men and women with the same dependable longevity. The leather uppers mold around your legs and feet, and the soles take forever to wear down.</p> <h2>16. L.L.Bean Anything</h2> <p>From parkas to backpacks to slippers, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=l.l.%20bean&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Al.l.%20bean&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=APA5AGJORBA64QJJ">L.L.Bean</a> is known for making items that last. Many L.L. Bean items we had from childhood are still being used to this day. It's a great brand for families to depend on.</p> <p><em>What articles of clothing have endured the test of time for you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-clothing-items-that-will-last-forever">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-old-things-in-your-house-that-have-serious-re-sale-value">6 Old Things in Your House That Have Serious Re-Sale Value</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-quick-clothing-and-shoe-repair-fixes-you-should-own">15 Quick Clothing and Shoe Repair Fixes You Should Own</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-can-do-with-a-credit-card-besides-buy-stuff">15 Things You Can Do With a Credit Card Besides Buy Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-more-money-for-your-stuff-with-these-retail-secrets">Get More Money for Your Stuff With These Retail Secrets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks clothes jackets underwear value Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:30:10 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1442358 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Quick Clothing and Shoe Repair Fixes You Should Own http://www.wisebread.com/15-quick-clothing-and-shoe-repair-fixes-you-should-own <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-quick-clothing-and-shoe-repair-fixes-you-should-own" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_tights_heels_000043595558.jpg" alt="quick clothing and shoe repair fixes you should own" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dress shoes losing heel caps, spills, a run in a pair of pantyhose&hellip; it's a jungle out there. My office desk drawers are a testament to 30+ years of dealing with &quot;work clothes&quot; emergencies. People come to me for repairs. I am the Office Mom of clothing emergencies.</p> <p>Over the years, I have learned how to make <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions">quick fixes</a> inexpensively. Here are some tried-and-true fixes.</p> <h2>1. Pantyhose/Nylons</h2> <p>My number one solution is to keep a spare pair in my desk. However, sometimes even that back-up pair fails &mdash; and always right before a meeting or a presentation. Naturally! A squirt of hairspray will stop that run. If you don't have hairspray, a little clear nail polish will also do the trick. Unfortunately, both are smelly, so try to fix quickly so they have time to dry.</p> <h2>2. Instant Seamstress</h2> <p>I wish I had a nickel for every time someone has borrowed my <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CQR6C3O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CQR6C3O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4VBRI7RDXWGXEE4F">sewing kit</a>. Aside from the needle and thread, the most often-requested item is the tape measure. This kit also contains some buttons, which are very handy, as well as small scissors.</p> <h2>3. Click, Clack, Busted Heel Cap</h2> <p>Every woman's nightmare: The doggone broken heel cap. They never break at home, do they? Always, every darn time, at work or on your way somewhere. Unless you like limping and clicking around all day (and explaining it a million times), you might want to make a very small investment in these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007V63Y8Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007V63Y8Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TAUJEKDLWWY3E2FL">heel caps</a>.</p> <h2>4. Sole to Sole</h2> <p>Guys, if your <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008BIG4H6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008BIG4H6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XXVQ777SFGVH67N4">shoe soles</a> are worn out, you may save money by trying the repair yourself &mdash; and the rubber is made by Goodyear! They work on both dress shoes as well as boots.</p> <h2>5. Expensive Leather</h2> <p>It's upsetting to spend a lot of money on leather shoes only to scuff or scratch them. That is why you might try this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000XJRYQ6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000XJRYQ6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IYMJ7NIS2CSBUYEV">leather repair product</a>. You can even mix your own color. It also works on the couch, other furniture, car seats, coats, etc.</p> <h2>6. Sweater Saver</h2> <p>Ever <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWGtvznk11s">snag a favorite sweater</a>, and put a hole in it? Don't worry, you can fix it! What do you need? Just a simple sewing needle for a small hole, or a crochet needle for a larger one.</p> <h2>7. Stuck Zipper</h2> <p>This hint could not be cheaper. Where is that #2 pencil? First try rubbing the pencil on the zipper (the lead may lubricate it enough for it to work). If it is more complicated, check out this video for <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GdKGMBIl-o">un-sticking a zipper</a>.</p> <h2>8. Eyeglass Repairs</h2> <p>We even take our eyeglass repair kit with us on vacations &mdash; it is <em>that</em> handy. It can be really miserable to lose a screw in your glasses and be nowhere near an optometrist. This little <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000H3Q2FC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000H3Q2FC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CYVDSZR5ZFQCAE7Y">eyeglass repair kit</a> is inexpensive and easy to pack.</p> <h2>9. Deodorant Smudges</h2> <p>I seem to pull this move most of the time when I am wearing black, which is just peachy because then it <em>really</em> stands out. Try dampening a washcloth or towel, wring it out really well, and gently brush off the smudge. Don't use a paper towel, which will just make matters worse.</p> <h2>10. Pilly Sweater</h2> <p>Sometimes I fail to notice that my sweaters have pills. You know what I mean &mdash; the little fuzzy balls under your arms or along side seams. It looks pretty crummy. I love this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0034BV6KA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0034BV6KA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BQOXTHGDOVBPO7CV">sweater shaver</a>, which gently removes those furry things and has never caused any harm to my favorite sweaters.</p> <h2>11. Lunch Disaster</h2> <p>I shouldn't be allowed to ever eat mustard, which usually ends up on me, not in me. My husband, who is a laundry wizard, bought me these nifty little <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EDW2JC8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EDW2JC8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RQBO5IU4VFWSDD7G">stain wipes</a>. They fit easily into my purse and will tide me over (pun intended) until the clothing can be properly washed.</p> <h2>12. Hem on the Loose</h2> <p>Raid the office supply cabinet. Got packing tape? That will hold that hem until you can get it fixed properly. Don't be tempted to get out your stapler, which will damage the fabric.</p> <h2>13. Lint No More</h2> <p>My dogs have white fur. I like to wear black. See the problem? I buy lint brushes by the three-pack, but for the office, I love these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Brushes-Travel-Compact-Purse-Pocket/dp/B005AJOB56/ref=sr_1_10?s=hpc&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1430191289&amp;sr=1-10&amp;keywords=lint+brushes">mini lint rollers</a> that fit in my desk or tote bag.</p> <h2>14. Sneaker Separation</h2> <p>This hint isn't that quick, since your shoes will need to dry at least overnight, but it's a good one. I wear my sneakers until the bitter end, so I was disappointed when a fairly new pair started &quot;flapping&quot; in the soles. They were otherwise in good shape and I didn't want to part with them just yet. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002L9AL84/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002L9AL84&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=3EDZ5PO4QAUIL2EE">Shoe Goo </a>to the rescue! My handy husband squeezed out a layer between the flapping soles and the shoes, let dry overnight, and the shoes were almost as good as new. It is also waterproof and really inexpensive. It also works on broken high heels.</p> <h2>15. The Last Resort</h2> <p>Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CCG97WW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CCG97WW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6WOICH2Q2YK45DMD">assorted safety pins</a>. Thank me later.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite, reliable, cheap sartorial save-the-dayers?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-quick-clothing-and-shoe-repair-fixes-you-should-own">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-diy-car-repairs-to-save-big">8 Easy DIY Car Repairs to Save Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-diy-dog-toys-you-can-make-for-pennies">10 DIY Dog Toys You Can Make for Pennies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-attractive-standing-desks-you-can-actually-afford">11 Attractive Standing Desks You Can Actually Afford</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-surprisingly-valuable-uses-for-a-penny">15 Surprisingly Valuable Uses for a Penny</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks DIY clothes mending repairs shoes Tue, 12 May 2015 21:00:10 +0000 Marla Walters 1414198 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000026547400_Large.jpg" alt="woman clothes shopping" title="woman clothes shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let me let you in on a little secret: I am not a fashionista.</p> <p>In fact, buying clothes used to scare the crap out of me, because I just knew I'd end up with things that I didn't love, didn't work for me, didn't go with anything else I owned, or didn't fit as well at home as they did in the store.</p> <p>For a few years, I didn't shop much at all. I had three babies, and so I had partial wardrobes in several different sizes, and I changed shape so much that shopping seemed like an exercise in futility. After I had my kids, though, I hit a point where I realized I needed to get my wardrobe together. Actually, I just needed a wardrobe &mdash; a set of clothes that I liked, that suited my style and my lifestyle, and that fit a body that ended up a very different shape from where I started. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe?ref=seealso">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a>)</p> <p>Enter the Clothes Rules. I dug around and found some ideas that, when I follow them, are slowly helping me create a wardrobe I love and that works for every occasion. Here they are.</p> <h2>1. Determine Your Body Shape</h2> <p>Whether you're a man or a woman, there are many different shapes your body can take. Since different clothes flatter different shapes, it's important to have an idea of what will work on your body before you shop.</p> <p>If you look atbody types and you're still not sure where you fit, ask someone you love to help you out. This requires a lot of trust, but sometimes you need an extra set of eyes, particularly if you feel like your body doesn't look the way it used to.</p> <h2>2. Find Pictures of What You Like</h2> <p>Once you know what will work for you, find pictures online of clothes you like that fit those qualifications. You can search through Pinterest, look at items from stores you like, or scroll through fashion blogs.</p> <p>At this point, you just want to gather photos of everything you like that might work on your body. Sometimes it takes a while, but you should be able to find 30<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 1.5;">&ndash;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">50 items (preferably everything from pants to shirts to jeans to more formal wear).</span></p> <h2>3. Know Your Style</h2> <p>When you have the pictures of clothes you like that should also look good on you, put them all together. Notice whether there are items that seem to go together, or that look like they would work to make an outfit.</p> <p>Note that there's no &quot;good&quot; or &quot;bad&quot; here. If all of your clothes would look good together, it will be easier to understand your style. If they're all different, maybe your style is something like &quot;eclectic.&quot;</p> <p>You will also want to make sure your style fits your life, too. If you need business casual clothes for work, make sure to include some pictures of these. You may need to purchase separate pieces for work, if those clothes just don't fit in with the rest of your style.</p> <h2>4. Get Your Measurements</h2> <p>Before you go shopping, make sure you know your measurements. You will want to have numbers for (at least) your chest (bust and under bust, for women), waist, hips, and inseam. When shopping for dress shirts, you may also want to know your neck circumference and arm length. These can be hard to get accurately on your own, so get some help.</p> <p>Take these numbers with you when you shop. They will help you find the right size. Many pants are sized by waist and inseam, and, more and more, stores will list inseam or sleeve length on the tag.</p> <p>If you end up shopping online, accurate measurements are essential. Check the size chart for any garment you buy, and make sure it will fit in all the relevant directions.</p> <h2>5. Find the Stores That Work for You</h2> <p>This may take some trial and error, but most people find that certain brands carry clothes that fit both their personal style and their body. Finding your stores can make shopping a lot easier, because you'll learn what sizes you wear there, so you can buy online or without trying clothes on.</p> <p>One of the best ways to do this is to take a few hours and go to a mall, without an urgent need to buy something. Start going into stores and trying things on, and you will quickly find out which ones are best for you.</p> <h2>6. Wrap Waistbands Around Your Neck</h2> <p>Whether you don't like dressing rooms, can't find an empty one, or just don't have time to try things on, there are a couple of hacks for determining whether a pair of pants will fit. For the first one, make sure the zipper is closed and the button buttoned. Then, <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Will-Those-Thriftstore-Pants-Fit-No-Dressing-Room/">wrap the waistband around your neck</a>.</p> <p>In general, if the band doesn't overlap, the pants are too small. If it overlaps an inch or so, they should fit. And if it overlaps more, they will be too big.</p> <p>This works best if you try it with some pants you love before you go to the store. That way, you will know how your current favorite pairs measure up, so you can look for the same thing in anything new that you buy.</p> <h2>7. Measure Hip Size With Your Shoulders</h2> <p>If the waist seems like it will fit, check the hip measurement. Find the widest part of the pants and hold that up to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Will-Those-Thriftstore-Pants-Fit-No-Dressing-Room/step2/Hip-Hip-Hooray/">widest part of your shoulder</a>. If your shoulders are wider than the pants, they are likely too small. If the pants are just a bit wider than your shoulders, they will likely work well. And if they are a lot wider than your shoulders, they will probably be too big.</p> <h2>8. Check Your Fabric</h2> <p>The fabric you want for an item of clothing will be determined by what that item is, how you plan to wear it, what your style is, and what you like. There are several different common clothing fabrics, and many, many different blends that mix them.</p> <p>Finding what you like often takes trial and error. It may help you to look at the tags on clothes you already own and love, to figure out what you'd like to buy more of in the future. If nothing else, trust your intuition. If you don't like how something feels on the rack or on your body in the store, you probably won't wear it.</p> <h2>9. Use a Tailor</h2> <p>This might seem like it doesn't belong here, because tailoring and shopping don't often go together. However, a good tailor can sometimes work miracles with a piece that isn't quite perfect. And for some body shapes, a good tailor is a godsend.</p> <p>An example: I have narrow hips, so it's hard for me to find pants that fit in both waist and hips. If I find a pair I like that fits in the waist, I know that my tailor can usually take in the hips without much hassle. It's an extra expense, but sometimes it's worth it for that perfect fit.</p> <p>It's easier for a tailor to make something smaller than bigger, so keep this in mind when making your purchases. In addition, simple things, like taking in a waist, will be much faster and cheaper than things that require your tailor to completely dismantle a piece of clothing.</p> <p>Shopping for clothes can feel impossible and frustrating, but it doesn't have to. I hope these tips will help you feel confident and find clothes that you love!</p> <p><em>Do you like to shop? How do you avoid the frustration and annoyance that can come with buying clothes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">101 Ways to Save Money on Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">Where to Buy Discounted Designer Clothing Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-reasons-plus-size-shopping-sucks">15 Reasons Plus-Size Shopping Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-style-secrets-for-women-that-flatter-every-shape">7 Style Secrets for Women That Flatter Every Shape</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style clothes clothes shopping fashion Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:06:15 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1284844 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Laundry Mistakes You Didn't Know You Were Making http://www.wisebread.com/11-laundry-mistakes-you-didnt-know-you-were-making <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-laundry-mistakes-you-didnt-know-you-were-making" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-doing-laundry-469754783-small.jpg" alt="woman doing laundry" title="woman doing laundry" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="143" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you hate doing laundry, raise your hand.</p> <p>I can't see you, of course, but I'm confident that 99% of you reading this post dread laundry day. The sorting, the switching, the waiting, the folding, the unexplained disappearance of an arbitrary item. When will it all end? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-to-keep-your-clothes-brighter-whiter-and-lasting-longer?ref=seealso">25+ Secrets to Keep Your Clothes Brighter, Whiter, and Lasting Longer</a>)</p> <p>Well, at least you can make the thankless task a little easier to bear by avoiding these mistakes that are costing you time, money, and a bit of sanity.</p> <h2>1. You're Not Using Laundry Detergents That 'Rinse Clean'</h2> <p>Most of the leading laundry detergents are scented and given names that bring to mind a summer rain or a spring breeze. While they make our clothes smell fresh as a field of fragrant lilacs, it's not exactly getting your clothes &quot;clean.&quot; Your clothes are clean in the sense that the dirt and grime has been eliminated, but as a result there's chemical detergent residue left behind.</p> <p>Michelle C. Smith, an entrepreneur and blogger who specializes in making <a href="http://blog.mamasuds.com/">all-natural personal cleansing products</a>, says, &quot;The biggest laundry mistake people are making is not using a laundry detergent that rinses clean &mdash; or has a fragrance, for example. This residue is left on your clothes and then most people put a dryer sheet &mdash; full of material that leaves more residue &mdash; in the dryer with their clothes because they don't like how their clothes feel.&quot;</p> <p>To solve this problem, try swapping your normal brand with an all-natural, fragrance-free brand &mdash; or<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-diy-laundry-detergent-recipes"> learn how to make your own laundry detergent with natural ingredients</a>.</p> <h2>2. You're Using Too Much Detergent</h2> <p>Are you a detergent eye-baller like me? What I mean by that is that I pour an amount of detergent into the cup that I think looks right for the load and toss it into the washer. It must stop now.</p> <p>Mona Weiss, who talks about even more laundry mistakes over at <a href="http://econutssoap.com/eleven-things-people-overlook-when-doing-their-laundry/">the Eco Nuts blog</a>, says that overdosing on detergent can result in dingy, worn-out clothes over time, along with a worn-out budget.</p> <p>&quot;If you're using a 'measure to this line' type of detergent, make sure you read the directions and make sure you are measuring to the correct line,&quot; she says. &quot;There are also many a lazy laundry-doer that just pours what looks 'about right' directly into the laundry machine and hopes for the best. That's literally pouring money down the drain.&quot;</p> <h2>3. You're Overfilling the Machine</h2> <p>Weiss also touches on another laundry mistake that I'm guilty of making &mdash; overfilling the machine. It's a no-no: completely counterproductive &mdash; and costly.</p> <p>&quot;If you're all about saving money, then adding a few more clothes to the washer so you don't have to do another load is the worst possible idea,&quot; she chides. &quot;It's so inefficient, it's anti-efficient. If your clothes can't rub up against each other during the wash then they're not getting clean, which means you'll have to wash the whole load over again. You may as well do a quick rinse in the sink under the faucet, because that's the level of 'clean' you're going to get. Some top-loading machines have a line to show where the water goes up to &mdash; your clothes level should be under that. Not up to the line, under. When in doubt take two things out.&quot;</p> <p>Or 12, in my case.</p> <h2>4. You're Not Checking Your Pockets Thoroughly</h2> <p>How many times have you screamed in horror when you discovered that you left something in your pocket because you were too lazy to do a thorough check?</p> <p>Somehow a crayon snuck into my dryer once (it wasn't pretty), there's been bubblegum in there, and countless burst pens, of course. All manner of paper gets mangled and destroyed, and sometimes there are items that I no longer recognize, or &mdash; better yet &mdash; have no idea why they were in my pockets in the first place. I'm lookin' at you, Matchbox car.</p> <h2>5. You're Spending Too Much Time Sorting Baby Clothes by Color</h2> <p>In general, most of us sort our own clothes in light, white, dark, and denim piles &mdash; although my method only includes three piles: whites, denim, and everything else that isn't those two things &mdash; because we don't want any of the dyes bleeding onto other garments. I'm totally on board with that; many of us spend a lot of money on clothing, and we need to make sure it lasts as long as possible.</p> <p>Babies, on the other hand, are a different story.</p> <p>First, any parent will tell you that the laundry from a baby never quits. I've seen some kids go through four outfits in a day, and I'm like, you need to learn how to stop vomiting all over yourself, dude. Second, these are babies we're talking about here &mdash; professional mess factories who don't have jobs or anybody to impress &mdash; so there's no need to spend anymore of your precious time sorting their bottomless hamper into separate stacks. Save for keeping dark navy and deep red items away from the whites, says Jennifer Porter, a <a href="http://satsumadesigns.com/baby-laundry-basics/">blogger at Satsuma Designs</a>, toss it all in on the &quot;Miracle&quot; cleaning setting and get on with your day.</p> <h2>6. You're Spending Money on Chemical Stain Removers When Home Hacks Work Just as Well</h2> <p>Have a whole arsenal of store-bought stain removers in your laundry room? Props to Kelly Ripa for being a formidable product endorser, but you're wasting your money. You have powerful stain fighters in your home right now that are not only cleaner than their chemical counterparts but work just as well &mdash; if not better. Porter recommends that we &quot;avoid harsh stain removal chemicals and instead use baking soda from the orange box in your refrigerator and mix with a bit of water to make a paste. Let paste rest on stain for 20-30 minutes and launder as usual.&quot;</p> <h2>7. You're Not Protecting Your Delicates as Well as You Should</h2> <p>Porter and Weiss both recommend placing delicates and other small items into a zippered mesh bag so they enjoy gentler cycles, and so you can reduce the risk of your socks and undies ending up in the Great Garment Abyss.</p> <p>&quot;Add years of life to bras, save folding time, and beat the dryer sock gremlins when you use a cotton wash bag for lingerie, socks, and baby items (booties, socks, mittens, and more) for laundry cycles,&quot; Porter says.</p> <p>Weiss seconds her sentiment: &quot;There is no black hole and [your garments] don't vanish into thin air. They do, however, get sucked into tiny places like underneath the agitator, under the gasket, or into the dryer vent. Simple solution &mdash; put all socks, underwear, lingerie, handkerchiefs, and tiny baby things into zippered mesh bags.&quot;</p> <h2>8. You're Not Following the Care Instructions</h2> <p>If your garments are coming out on the other side of a wash and dry ruined, there's something wrong &mdash; and it's probably your fault. Not all garments should be treated equally, so it's important to read the care instructions on your clothing before you launder them. It's generally recommended that denim be turned inside out before washing on cold; many cotton items have special instructions; and please, pleeeeease, whatever you do, don't put anything wool in the washer or dryer unless you plan to pass it down to your five-year-old nephew when the cycle has finished.</p> <h2>9. You're Not Adding Vinegar to Your Stinky, Sweaty Workout Gear</h2> <p>Marathon runner Marigrace McKay told me that she adds one cup of vinegar to the washer to take the funk out of her gear, so I did a little digging to verify her claim. She's <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Add-Vinegar-to-Laundry">100% correct</a> &mdash; vinegar acts as a deodorizer to neutralize bad smells &mdash; and there are several other practical applications for vinegar in the wash, including protecting clothes from fading, acting as a natural bleaching agent, and combating lint and static clings.</p> <h2>10. You're Wasting About Half the Costly Energy During the Dry Cycle</h2> <p>Want to cut your dryer bill by almost half? It could be possible.</p> <p>Matt Kilsdonk of <a href="http://www.helpfulreviewer.com">HelpfulReviewer.com</a> provides this smart tip to save energy and money: &quot;You can reduce your drying time by half, by simply adding a dry towel to your load of wet laundry,&quot; he says. &quot;The surface area of the dry towel helps absorb moisture and speeds up the drying time of the rest of the clothes.&quot;</p> <p>He notes, however, that it's important to take the now wet towel out mid-cycle and air dry it. &quot;Leaving the towel in the full cycle will not reduce the drying time,&quot; Kilsdonk explains.</p> <h2>11. You Might Be Taking Mom for Granted (and She'll Get Back at You)</h2> <p>The usefulness of this tip is debatable, but I found it hilarious nonetheless. Kate Kassian, proprietor of <a href="http://www.buffalogalsmercantile.com/contact-us.html">Buffalo Girls Mercantile</a>, shared words of wisdom.</p> <p>&quot;My tip: Never C.O.D. your dirty laundry home to mom. You will never see it again. True story.&quot;</p> <p>Let that sink in for a minute, friends. It gets funnier the more you think about it.</p> <p><em>Do you have other laundry mistakes that we should avoid? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-laundry-mistakes-you-didnt-know-you-were-making">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/defensive-laundry-9-ways-to-help-your-clothes-last-longer">Defensive Laundry: 9 Ways to Help Your Clothes Last Longer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-make-your-clothes-last-longer-without-spending-big">16 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer Without Spending Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/household-cleaning-hacks-that-save-you-money">Household Cleaning Hacks That Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clean-jeans-right-without-going-to-the-dry-cleaner">Clean Jeans Right Without Going to the Dry Cleaner</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips clothes clothes washer detergent dryer laundry wash Tue, 02 Dec 2014 13:00:12 +0000 Mikey Rox 1260491 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Fix 18 Common Wardrobe Malfunctions http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shoe-polish-144880382-small.jpg" alt="shoe polish" title="shoe polish" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It happens to me all the time. I've got an important meeting and suddenly my hem falls out or a button falls off in the worst possible place. It's no Super Bowl 2004, but it's still embarrassing and frustrating. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-clothing-fit-perfectly-with-these-10-no-sew-fixes?ref=seealso">Make Your Clothing Fit Perfectly With These 10 No-Sew Fixes</a>)</p> <p>But fear not, because we've got some life-saving (or at least, blouse-saving) tips and tricks when you're in a last minute bind before an important meeting or a potential date.</p> <h2>Zippers</h2> <p>Few things are worse than having a zipper go wrong miles from home.</p> <h3>1. Paper Clip It</h3> <p>If you've pulled off a zipper pulling on your jacket, use a paper clip or key ring as a temporary fix. It might not look amazing, but it'll get the job done until you can get a more permanent solution.</p> <h3>2. Glue It</h3> <p>According to <a href="http://shannonmakesstuff.blogspot.com/2012/03/fixing-broken-zipper-without-replacing.html">Shannon Makes Stuff</a>, you can fix broken zipper teeth with hot glue and a little patience. These are untested waters for me, but if you have this problem, it's worth a shot!</p> <h3>3. Unstick It With Graphite</h3> <p>If you've ever gotten stuck in a jacket, you know how frustrating it can be. Find a graphite pencil and rub it on the teeth of the zipper. If this doesn't work, grab some lubricant &mdash; windex, bar soap, or lip balm. And most importantly: be patient and slow. The more frustrated you get, the more the zipper becomes a Chinese finger trap and you're stuck in there forever.</p> <h2>Stains</h2> <p>You need to act fast to keep a stain from holding fast if you want to save a favorite piece from losing its place in your wardrobe.</p> <h3>4. Carry a Stain Remover</h3> <p>Yes, it's obvious, but purchase <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037KMI0K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0037KMI0K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SGJQCLVV7AHHXUHP">Tide To Go</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000DIWIK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0000DIWIK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5OL3UJADGIA6MDZE">Shout Wipe &amp; Go</a> and keep them in your bag, desk drawer, or car. You never know when you might need them, and they're worth having just in case.</p> <h3>5. Sprinkle Baby Powder to Remove Oil</h3> <p>If you've ever had oily spots, baby powder is great for removal of oil, wine, or makeup stains. Sprinkle some on and take a white cloth to remove.</p> <h3>6. Use Baby Wipes on Deodorant Stains</h3> <p>If you have deodorant stains at random times and ALWAYS when you're running late, grab some baby wipes. They'll get the stains off and they won't come back after the spot dries.</p> <h2>Hems</h2> <p>Hems come undone from time to time, but you can fix them on the go quickly and easily.</p> <h3>7. Fix It With Double-Sided Tape</h3> <p>If you're in the office, ask around for some double-sided tape to quickly fix your pants. I've also used packing tape when I was out of options.</p> <h3>8. Try Stitch Witchery</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001DSIHI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0001DSIHI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4J2B5C6LG7UHCGZD">Stitch Witchery</a> has saved my day more than once. Once you put the tape around and fold up, grab an iron (or flat iron if you don't have an iron around), press the hem and you're good to go! Stitch Witchery is washable and dry cleanable.</p> <h3>9. Safety Pin It</h3> <p>You can also use a few safety pins to put your hem back together. These also work for pretty much every other problem.</p> <h3>10. Sew It Yourself &mdash; It's Easy!</h3> <p>Last option, <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Hand-Sew-a-Hem">sew it yourself</a>.</p> <h2>Buttons</h2> <p>Maybe the best way to replace a button is to keep it from falling off in the first place.</p> <h3>11. Secure With Clear Nail Polish</h3> <p>To prevent buttons from falling off, use clear nail polish to help secure them. This will keep the thread from unraveling.</p> <h3>12. Sew It Back On</h3> <p>If you have a sewing kit handy (or someone in your office does), follow <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-sew-on-a-button/">this guide</a> to sew on a button.</p> <h3>13. Twist Tie It Back On</h3> <p>You can also use a twist tie to temporarily attach a button back on. <a href="http://howto.menshealth.com/fix-popped-button-hurry">Men's Health</a> has a step-by-step guide that shows you how to quickly and effectively put the button back on.</p> <h2>Shoes</h2> <p>Don't let scuff marks on your shoes spoil a great outfit.</p> <h3>14. Polish With Improvisation</h3> <p>If your shoes are scuffed up, but you don't have any polish handy, you can always use bananas or vaseline to remove the scuffs. Use the inside of the banana peel, and then wipe with a paper towel.</p> <h3>15. Remove Odor With Rubbing Alcohol</h3> <p>If your shoes are stinking up the office, grab some rubbing alcohol wipes from the first aid kit and wipe down your feet and in the inside of your shoes. For a more permanent fix, use your washer and dryer, a machine deodorizer, and new insoles.</p> <h2>Static Cling</h2> <p>When the weather gets dry and windy, our clothes get close and clingy!</p> <h3>16. De-Ionize With a Wire Hanger</h3> <p>Static cling can be a nightmare, but luckily someone still makes wire hangers out there somewhere. Just use the wire hanger and rub it on the material causing the cling. If you've thrown away all your wire hangers like your mother always taught you, use hairspray or another metal object, such as a thimble.</p> <h3>17. Deploy Static Prevention Devices During the Wash</h3> <p>To prevent the cling from happening, ball up tinfoil in the washer (but not the dryer!), use fabric softener, or a dryer sheet. They can all reduce static cling.</p> <h3>18. Stick Your Skirt Down With Moisturizer</h3> <p>If static cling is causing your skirt to ride up, dab some moisturizer on your legs and it'll solve it right away.</p> <p><em>What are your solutions to these &mdash; or other &mdash; common clothing problems?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-tricks-that-make-you-look-skinnier-without-being-skinner">12 Tricks That Make You Look Skinnier (Without Being Skinnier)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Closet You Can Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Style clothes clothing clothing fixes fashion quick fixes sewing Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:00:05 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1235390 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Smart Ways to Save on Back-to-School Clothing http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-clothing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-smart-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-clothing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother-baby-shopping-small-178769891-small.jpg" alt="mother baby shopping" title="mother baby shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I say it every year, but the summer raced by at lightning speed. It's already mid-August, and many of us are diving deep into back-to-school mode. One of the most important parts of getting ready? Dressing the part. But refreshing your fall wardrobe &mdash; whether you're heading into the classroom or not &mdash; doesn't need to cost a fortune. In fact, it doesn't need to cost anything at all! (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-save-money-on-clothing?ref=related">50 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe On the Cheap</a>)</p> <p>Here are some tips that will get you looking smart without spending foolishly.</p> <h2>1. Take Stock</h2> <p>Before trekking to the store, it's important you gain a solid understanding of the clothes that already live in your dresser drawers. Take a couple hours to dump all your clothing items onto your bed and to go through them. Try each piece on to see what fits both your body and lifestyle. Divide into three piles: keep, toss/donate, and on-the-fence. Place the keep and on-the-fence clothes back into your closet and proceed with the next tips. (You can always repeat again with those clothes you're not sure about.)</p> <h2>2. Sell the Old</h2> <p>And before throwing away or donating discarded clothing, try hitting up your local consignment shops. You can even sell your stuff (for free!) online with sites like <a href="http://www.thredup.com/r/IRDEL0">thredUP</a>. Keep in mind that most stores prefer name brand clothes in good condition (no stains, rips, pilling, etc.) that are within a few fashion seasons of the current date. Then pocket the money you earn to put toward new duds. Many stores will give you more credit versus cash if you choose to shop with your earnings there.</p> <h2>3. Think Thrifty</h2> <p>That's right! While you're at the consignment store, take a look around. Chances are you might discover a few pieces you love that are like-new and won't end up costing you a dime. Thrift stores like GoodWill and Salvation Army are other good places to browse, you'll just want to inspect these pieces more carefully for signs of wear. Historically, I've found great deals in these types of places, especially on children's clothing, since kids outgrow shirts and pants so quickly, they hardly get a chance to lose that gently worn look. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-items-you-should-always-shop-for-at-the-thrift-store?ref=related">6 Back-to-School Items You Should Always Buy at the Thrift Store</a>)</p> <h2>4. Add Accessories</h2> <p>Before racing to the retail stores, consider if more clothes are really what you need. Sometimes <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-a-downsized-wardrobe-you-love">having fewer options</a> means that dressing takes less time and energy in the mornings, meaning you go about your day with less hassle. You may also get better overall use out of a smaller wardrobe because you won't forget about anything in the depths of your closet. If you think this idea applies to you, shop around for a few key accessories &mdash; belts, scarves, hats, jewelry &mdash; that can transform otherwise plain outfits into sheer style. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/affordable-accessories-to-kickstart-your-style?ref=related">Affordable Accessories to Kickstart Your Style</a>)</p> <h2>5. Shop Sales</h2> <p>Don't pile into the car without a plan if you want good deals on a new wardrobe. Take some time to check your local paper, TV advertisements, and store websites for any promotions or coupons. And don't forget to check those social media accounts, as some major shops post coupon codes only for their loyal fans to enjoy. Chances are, there's a sale upcoming, and you'll be kicking yourself if you pay full price only to find whatever you bought is 40% off days later. Once you purchase, be sure to protect your investment by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-washing-your-clothes-too-often-what-to-do-instead">washing your clothing less often</a>.</p> <p><em>What are your best methods for saving big on back-to-school clothing? Please share in comments</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-clothing">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">101 Ways to Save Money on Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thrifting-the-perfect-designer-wardrobe">Thrifting the Perfect Designer Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-reasons-plus-size-shopping-sucks">15 Reasons Plus-Size Shopping Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions">How to Fix 18 Common Wardrobe Malfunctions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping back-to-school clothes clothing fashion thrift stores Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:00:04 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1185371 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Smart Ways to Save on Clothing http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-smart-ways-to-save-on-clothing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-smart-ways-to-save-on-clothing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-shopping-119841620-small.jpg" alt="woman shopping" title="woman shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on smart ways to save on clothing, getting your dream job, and tips for successful investing.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2014/08/08/smart-ways-to-save-on-clothing/">10 Smart Ways to Save on Clothing</a> &mdash; Save money on clothing by stocking up off-season and participating in loyalty programs. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="http://tahnyakristina.com/6-step-guide-getting-dream-job/">A 6 Step Guide to Getting Your Dream Job</a> &mdash; To get your dream job, search job postings and find out what skills you need. [The Me Project]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugalfeminista.com/8-tips-for-successful-investing-number-5-is-a-must/">8 Tips for Successful Investing. Number 5 Is a Must.</a> &mdash; When trying to invest successfully, surround yourself with other investors and be consistent. [The Frugal Feminista]</p> <p><a href="http://financially-blonde.com/financial-mistakes/">Top Ten Financial Mistakes</a> &mdash; Not having healthcare and having a high debt to income ratio are two major financial mistakes. [Financially Blonde]</p> <p><a href="http://investorjunkie.com/36661/5-financial-investment-documents/">Top 5 Important Tax and Investment Documents to Keep</a> &mdash; It is important to keep income tax returns and bank statements. [Investor Junkie]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.1099mom.com/2014/08/5-growing-careers-for-work-at-home-moms.html">5 Growing Careers for Work-at-Home Moms</a> &mdash; Work-at-home moms can expect to see a rise in social media manager positions. [1099 Mom]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Home-Repairs-You-Can-Do-Yourself-31124855">7 Home Repairs You Can Do Yourself</a> &mdash; The next time you have a dripping faucet, try fixing it on your own! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalconfessions.com/save-beyond-my-means/nasty-financial-surprises-shouldnt-surprises.php">Some Nasty Financial Surprises Shouldn't Be &quot;Surprises&quot; at All</a> &mdash; Did you know you can expect to spend 1%-3% of the cost of your home on maintenance and repairs? [Frugal Confessions]</p> <p><a href="http://www.objectwealth.com/how-to-effortlessly-increase-your-supermarket-savings/">How to Effortlessly Increase Your Supermarket Savings</a> &mdash; Reducing your garbage can help you increase your supermarket savings. [Object Wealth]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/the-5-best-infant-car-seats">The 5 Best Infant Car Seats</a> &mdash; If you are in the market for a new car seat, check out the Combi Shuttle. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-smart-ways-to-save-on-clothing">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-save-money-on-clothing">50 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe for Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-clothing">5 Smart Ways to Save on Back-to-School Clothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-body-scrubs">The 5 Best Body Scrubs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-retailers-with-the-absolute-best-customer-service">7 Retailers With the Absolute Best Customer Service</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-mats">The 5 Best Exercise Mats</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips clothes clothing save shopping Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:00:03 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1183821 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Saving on Designer Wear http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-saving-on-designer-wear <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-saving-on-designer-wear" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/clothes-shopping-155785282-small.jpg" alt="clothes shopping" title="clothes shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on saving on designer wear, cleaning without cleaning, and re-evaluating financial priorities.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://clubthrifty.com/designer-wear/">Saving on Designer Wear</a> &mdash; Making use of coupons and focusing on style instead of brand can help you save on designer wear. [Club Thrifty]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Shorten-Cleaning-Time-22498197">11 Ways to Clean Without Cleaning</a> &mdash; Reducing your stuff and taking off your shoes can help you clean without actually cleaning. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://manvsdebt.com/financial-priorities/">Re-Evaluating Your Financial Priorities</a> &mdash; When setting your financial priorities, focus on what matters most to you [Man Vs. Debt]</p> <p><a href="http://www.makingsenseofcents.com/2014/08/steps-before-you-buy-a-home.html">Steps Before You Buy a Home</a> &mdash; Before you buy a home, check your credit score and set a budget for yourself. [Making Sense of Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://couplemoney.com/psychology/spouse-budget-together/">How to Encourage Your Spouse to Start (and Keep) a Budget</a> &mdash; To encourage your spouse to start and keep a budget, make sure fun is in the budget. [Couple Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://plantingmoneyseeds.com/keep-impulse-buys-check/">How to Keep Impulse Buys in Check</a> &mdash; To keep impulse buys in check, practice skepticism and beware of your surroundings. [Planting MoneySeeds]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/08/08aug04h.cfm?slider">Build a Better Burger</a> &mdash; If you want to build a better burger, try mixing ground beef with other ground meats like pork or sausage. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://teensgotcents.com/make-extra-money-house-sitting/">Make Extra Money House Sitting!</a> &mdash; When making extra money house sitting, make sure the homeowner leaves you with emergency contact information. [Teens Got Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://thehappyhousewife.com/frugal-living/12-ways-to-use-extra-pillowcases/">12 Ways to Use Extra Pillowcases</a> &mdash; Did you know you can use pillowcases to clean your kids stuffed toys? [The Happy Housewife]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/8-great-80s-movies-to-watch-with-your-kids">8 Great 80's Movies to Watch With Your Kids</a> &mdash; Ghostbusters and The Princess Bride are just a couple awesome movies from the 80's you should watch with your kids. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-saving-on-designer-wear">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thrifting-the-perfect-designer-wardrobe">Thrifting the Perfect Designer Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-retailers-with-the-absolute-best-customer-service">7 Retailers With the Absolute Best Customer Service</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-a-capsule-wardrobe-actually-save-you-money">Can a Capsule Wardrobe Actually Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">101 Ways to Save Money on Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">Where to Buy Discounted Designer Clothing Online</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips clothes designer saving Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:00:06 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1176376 at http://www.wisebread.com 101 Ways to Save Money on Clothes http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-467495751.jpg" alt="shopping" title="shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="191" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Clothes can certainly run up your budget, especially if you have a soft spot for shopping. But, not to worry when there are many smart things you can do to save and still have your fashion too. Here are over a one hundred ways to help your closet and your budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-to-keep-your-clothes-brighter-whiter-and-lasting-longer?ref=seealso">25 Secrets to Keep Your Clothes Brighter, Whiter, and Lasting Longer</a>)</p> <h2>1. Buy Generic Basics</h2> <p>You don't need to shell out big bucks on tanks, T-shirts, and other wardrobe basics and layering items. Skip the $50 white T-shirt and try places like <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10414287">Old Navy</a> for such items (many $5 and less), or look to generic brands.</p> <h2>2. Shop Online Discount Sites</h2> <p>There are some amazing discount apparel sites out there that sell brand name clothing and shoes with big savings. Check out some favorites, like <a www.kqzyfj.com="" href="">6PM</a>, <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-11117098?cm_mmc=CJ-_-2276508-_-2822544-_-Sale%20at%20Bluefly.com">Bluefly</a>, and <a href="http://www.dsw.com">DSW</a>.</p> <h2>3. Shop End of Season</h2> <p>Retailers often unload merchandise at blowout prices at the very end of the season. Even mid-season sales abound, which can save versus buying pre-season.</p> <h2>4. Copy Designer Styles for Less</h2> <p>You can save by mimicking an expensive designer outfit (splurge) with a much cheaper, similar one (steal). Check out some of <a href="http://contributors.luckymag.com/post/splurge-vs-steal-looks-4-less_1393353293">Lucky Magazine's steals</a> or <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/summer-fashion-splurge-steal-alike-fashions-mimic-pricier/story?id=14111165">steals from popular morning shows</a> to give you money-saving ideas.</p> <h2>5. Shop the Kid's or Men's Sections</h2> <p>For the petite, try shopping the larger sizes in the kid's section. Many accessories are also just as good and much cheaper here, too. Ladies can also shop for bargains in the men's section, like cool shirts and workout clothes.</p> <h2>6. Use Accessories Wisely</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/accessories.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Use your accessories to dress up your existing wardrobe, so outfits feel like new. Ties, scarves, statement necklaces, and belts can all change the look of the most basic outfits. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-sites-to-shop-for-affordable-cool-jewelry?ref=seealso">10 Awesome Sites to Shop for Affordable Cool Jewelry</a>)</p> <h2>7. Use Personal Shopping Sites</h2> <p>Online personal shopping tools, like <a href="http://www.shopittome.com">Shopittome</a> (which sends emails when your favorite brands go on sale) or <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com">Shopstyle</a> (which shows brands and items by price and retailer) can save you money on your apparel buys. Just be aware they can also tempt some to buy more, too.</p> <h2>8. Find Multi-Seasonal Items</h2> <p>Clothing that can work multiple seasons, like sweaters that go from winter to spring, or jackets with liners that go from fall to winter, give you great value for your money. Also look to stretch seasonal items, like summer sleeveless tops under blazers in colder months.</p> <h2>9. Shop Retailers With Good Deals</h2> <p>There are a handful of great bargains that certain retailers always seem to have. Check out some popular <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-online-stores-with-surprisingly-great-clothing-deals">retailers with surprisingly good clothing deals</a>.</p> <h2>10. Upgrade With Buttons</h2> <p>Save money by buying a discount cardigan or button-down, and replacing the regular buttons with snazzier options. Cool gold buttons, pearl buttons, or fancy menswear buttons can easily give your piece an upgrade for just a few bucks.</p> <h2>11. Hit Up Sidewalk Sales and Sample Sales</h2> <p>If you live in a big city, sample sales can be a goldmine of cheap designer apparel finds. Smaller cities and towns also have shops and boutiques that often offer sidewalk sales, as do malls at times.</p> <h2>12. Save on Jeans</h2> <p>Save on jeans by learning how to buy the best pairs that are not only affordable, but also durable. There are some <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/m/work-life/money/saving/how-to-save-on-00000000016999/page6.html#5">great jean buying tips</a> that can help you save, like finding blended fabrics and buying darker washes.</p> <h2>13. Shop Discount Department Stores</h2> <p>My love of <a href="http://www.tjmaxx.com">TJ Maxx</a> and <a href="http://www.marshallsonline.com">Marshalls</a> can't be beat due to the ever-changing inventory, great brands, and huge selection of discount apparel. Try these stores and others, like <a href="http://www.kohls.com">Kohl's</a> and <a href="http://www.target.com">Target</a>, to save.</p> <h2>14. Buy Items That Work With Your Existing Wardrobe</h2> <p>Stick to items that will coordinate with your existing wardrobe to get more bang for your buck. Think colors, styles, and more, that will integrate well with what you already have.</p> <h2>15. Avoid Zipper Damage</h2> <p>Always close up any open zippers when you wash, so they don't rip or pull other items as they tumble in the machine. I've ruined many T-shirts by washing them with unzipped hoodies and jeans.</p> <h2>16. Build a Smarter Wardrobe</h2> <p>Every wardrobe can be carefully built around core items, which give you the most use and versatility for your lifestyle. Look to guides such as <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-16-pieces-a-man-needs-in-his-wardrobe">the best men's pieces</a> to own, or how to <a href="http://www.luckymag.com/magazine/2012/07/19-Affordable-Pieces-for-Your-Ultimate-Closet">turn key pieces into many outfits</a>.</p> <h2>17. Find Coupons</h2> <p>Always check sites like <a href="http://www.retailmenot.com">RetailMeNot</a> for current promo codes and coupons. And don't forget to save store coupons that come in the mail or are handed out with your receipt in stores.</p> <h2>18. Shop Warehouse Clubs</h2> <p>While an unlikely hotspot for clothing deals, check out the clothing section in your favorite warehouse club, like <a href="http://www.costco.com">Costco</a> or <a href="http://www.bjs.com">BJ's</a>. They often have some decent brands with prices that rival any discount store.</p> <h2>19. Make Clothes Fit Better</h2> <p>No need to give away clothes if they aren't fitting the right way anymore. Try several <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-clothing-fit-perfectly-with-these-10-no-sew-fixes">no-sew tactics</a>, such as waist extenders, button extenders, and more, to make your clothes keep working for you.</p> <h2>20. Repurpose Items</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/repurpose.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>You can jazz up an old item by trimming sleeves, adding embellishments, or turning it into an accessory. Check out some <a href="http://www.stylemotivation.com/24-stylish-diy-clothing-tutorials/">stylish DIY clothing ideas</a> to turn your old items into brilliant, new pieces.</p> <h2>21. Invest in Long-Lasting Pieces</h2> <p>Investing in well-made, quality pieces can give you your money's worth. Such items can last years, and are often more economical than buying cheaper pieces that you constantly need to replace.</p> <h2>22. Make Iron-On T-Shirts</h2> <p>Instead of spending a fortune on kids' character or sports team T-shirts, you can make your own for cheap. You just need a plain tee (craft stores sell them for under $5) and some special iron-on paper, which works in most home printers to print any design off your computer that can be ironed on.</p> <h2>23. Return Items You Don't Love</h2> <p>It's wise to check return policies so you know you won't be stuck with a wasted purchase if an item doesn't fit or look right once you get it home.</p> <h2>24. Shop Forever 21 and H&amp;M</h2> <p>Don't underestimate the number of finds you can score at stores like <a href="http://www.forever21.com">Forever 21</a> and <a href="http://www.hm.com">H&amp;M</a> no matter how old you are. Layering basics, accessories, and other fun items await you for a fraction of the price than you would pay anywhere else.</p> <h2>25. Borrow</h2> <p>Formal wear and maternity wear are prime candidates for borrowing from relatives and friends. My sister and I passed back and forth our maternity wear with each pregnancy, which really saved.</p> <h2>26. Keep an Organized Closet</h2> <p>Keep an orderly closet, so you can see what you have and avoid making silly buys you don't need. Organize hanging clothes by type and color, use shoe racks, fold sweaters neatly, and keep accessories visible, so you can shop your closet and not the stores.</p> <h2>27. Invest in Tailoring</h2> <p>Having a good tailor on hand can save you serious cash. If you score a discount item, the cost of tailoring will still have you coming out ahead, and give you a custom-fitted piece.</p> <h2>28. Follow One Out for Every One In</h2> <p>For every new item you purchase, donate one item in your closet. This can help curb excess buying and keep you honest about what's really being used in your closet.</p> <h2>29. Pass Up the Catalogs</h2> <p>Don't tempt yourself into an unnecessary purchase by browsing through the many clothing retailer catalogs that end up in your mailbox. Remove yourself from mailing lists or take them directly to the recycle bin.</p> <h2>30. Calculate the Cost of Wear Rule</h2> <p>Know if you are really getting good value out of your buys by determining your cost per wear &mdash; total price divided by the number of times you wear the item.</p> <h2>31. Shop Outlet Malls and Factory Stores</h2> <p>Shopping outlet malls and factory stores can save you on your clothing purchases. Just make sure the discounts are good enough, as some buys are just as expensive as on-sale items in the usual stores.</p> <h2>32. Use Store Credit Cards</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/storecc.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If you shop a particular store religiously, then opening a store credit card can save you, but only if you're able to pay off your card each month. Stores usually give discounts upon opening, and you get access to special offers by being a cardholder.</p> <h2>33. Factor in Dry Clean Only</h2> <p>Be sure to factor in the extra costs of a garment if you have to get it professionally cleaned. Finding similar non-dry clean only items can really help your wallet.</p> <h2>34. Buy and Sell at Consignment Stores</h2> <p>Consignment stores are a great way to shop for some great buys on many fabulous pre-owned garments, as well as places to make some money on your gently used items.</p> <h2>35. Dye Faded Fabrics</h2> <p>Get more value out of your faded pieces by reviving them with dye. This is especially true of black garments or jeans, which can often fade over time. Check out some great <a href="https://www.ritstudio.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/">tips from Rit Dye</a> on how to go about it.</p> <h2>36. Take Hand-Me-Downs</h2> <p>Hand-me-down clothing is the cheapest of all, since it's free. Take advantage not only for kids' clothes, but if you have friends or relatives looking to give something a new home.</p> <h2>37. Shop Thrift Stores</h2> <p>Thrift stores are a great place to score some vintage, or even brand-name, apparel for less. Many of these stores have hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-look-for-every-time-you-visit-a-thrift-store?ref=seealso">10 Things to Look for Every Time You Visit a Thrift Store</a>)</p> <h2>38. Store Your Clothes Properly</h2> <p>Folding heavy sweaters, not over-stuffing drawers, using cedar blocks, and removing plastic dry-cleaning bags can save money by making your clothes last longer. I've ripped shirts, stretched out sweaters, and had moths attack by not taking some of these small steps.</p> <h2>39. Buy for Versatility</h2> <p>Choose pieces that work overtime to get the most value for your dollar. Think fancier flip-flops to wear at the beach or out at night, dress shirts as going out shirts, and sweaters and cardigans, which complement business casual ensembles, weekend wear, or as outerwear in warmer weather.</p> <h2>40. Sign Up for Email Lists</h2> <p>Sign up for email lists of stores or sites where you do your clothes shopping to receive valuable offers, coupons, and sales alerts. You can easily set up a dedicated email address for shopping sites to avoid clogging up your regular email.</p> <h2>41. Get Rid of the Wire Hangers</h2> <p>Like Mommy Dearest, clothes also share a hatred of wire hangers. Wire hangers can stretch out shoulders and tear delicate fabrics. Invest in some economical wooden or fabric hangers, at least for your most precious items.</p> <h2>42. Have a Clothing Budget</h2> <p>Just like a household budget, breakdown your monthly clothing allowance and stick to it. This is also a great way to track your spending and plan for seasonal purchases.</p> <h2>43. Avoid the Trendiest Items</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/trend.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>While it's easy to fall in love with certain trends, you can save some cash by making sure you don't also fall for buying pieces that you know won't make it past this season.</p> <h2>44. Don't Just Shop to Fill a Void</h2> <p>Shopping, like any habit or addiction, can certainly bring momentary joy, but it can also run up your budget if you constantly use it to make yourself feel better. Be mindful that you aren't just throwing away money for short-term happiness.</p> <h2>45. Resell</h2> <p>Why not recoup some costs and save towards new clothing purchases by selling your gently used items. You can sell at a variety of places, from online resellers to Craigslist to garage sales.</p> <h2>46. Shop Clearance</h2> <p>Clearance racks can have great deals, but be sure to check your garment for stains or rips. Also make sure it's something you truly would purchase even if it were not in the clearance section.</p> <h2>47. Buy the Right Size</h2> <p>Buying a piece and thinking it will fit later after you lose a few pounds doesn't help your budget when the item sits unused in your closet. Buy for what fits now.</p> <h2>48. Rent One-Time Items</h2> <p>It's silly to spend a small fortune on a fancy dress or tux that you will only wear once. Save some money and rent your item. In addition to men's rentals, ladies now have options at places like <a href="http://www.renttherunway.com">Rent the Runway</a>.</p> <h2>49. Have a Clothing Swap</h2> <p>If you have several friends that are game for a clothing swap, this is an excellent way to acquire new items by trading in your gently used pieces for those that your friends bring.</p> <h2>50. Pair Discount Buys With More Expensive Items</h2> <p>You can easily make your discount buys look pricier by pairing them with one higher-end item you have. This can instantly pull together an outfit and save you from having to buy many expensive things.</p> <h2>51. Do Your Research</h2> <p>If you find a great clothing item, make sure to check if it can be found for cheaper. Try sites, like <a href="http://www.froogle.com">Froogle</a>, to find retailers and compare prices.</p> <h2>52. Shop Flash Sale Sites</h2> <p>Flash sale sites, like <a href="http://www.hautelook.com">HauteLook</a>, <a href="http://www.gilt.com">Gilt</a>, <a href="http://www.yoox.com">YOOX</a>, and <a href="http://www.zulily.com">Zulily</a>, all have great apparel deals. While these sites can offer some amazing discounts, beware that you need to sign up and they can often tempt you into making spur of the moment purchases due to their timed sales and high free shipping thresholds. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flash-sale-sites-great-discountswith-a-price?ref=seealso">Flash Sale Sites: Great Discounts&hellip;With a Price</a>)</p> <h2>53. Learn to Make Your Own</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/makeown.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Even if you're not Molly Ringwald in &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005JKOI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00005JKOI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=S2POBVCEI5OMMXR6">Pretty in Pink</a>,&quot; you can still learn some basics to make your own clothes by exploring online sewing classes and tutorials at sites, like <a href="http://www.craftsy.com">Craftsy</a>, or attending free sewing classes offered by big name craft stores.</p> <h2>54. Have a List</h2> <p>Just like grocery shopping, make a list of the exact clothing items you're looking for and stick to it. This will keep you from being swayed toward unplanned purchases.</p> <h2>55. Wash Carefully</h2> <p>Be sure to read clothing tags and following important care instructions to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/defensive-laundry-9-ways-to-help-your-clothes-last-longer">preserve the life of your clothes</a> and not ruin anything. This means not mixing dark and whites and hand washing super delicate items.</p> <h2>56. Buy Knock-Offs</h2> <p>If you're lusting after $600 pumps, but don't have the budget to back it, look to buy a decent knock-off. Nobody needs to know that you bought a fake, but be sure you find quality knock-offs and don't overpay for imitations.</p> <h2>57. Shop Online Resell Sites</h2> <p>Clothing reseller sites, like <a href="http://www.tradesy.com">Tradesy</a>, <a href="http://www.poshmark.com">Poshmark</a>, and <a href="http://www.threadflip.com">Threadflip</a>, always have a huge inventory of gently used designer clothing for a fraction of the cost of buying new.</p> <h2>58. Wait for Special Days of the Year</h2> <p>Take advantage of special shopping days, such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the day after Christmas, when apparel deals are prevalent.</p> <h2>59. Limit Your Online Browsing</h2> <p>A lot of apparel buys can be spur of the moment, especially when browsing online. If you find yourself wanting to buy every time you are window-shopping online, it's time to limit the habit and save some money.</p> <h2>60. Avoid Buying Just Because It's on Sale</h2> <p>Being blinded by the price can make any good shopper fall for a deal, despite whether they truly love or need an item. Remember, it's still not free even if it's cheap.</p> <h2>61. Get Fashion Guidance</h2> <p>Magazines have become smarter about appeasing their target audience by including great clothing finds on a budget. Check out reads, like <a href="http://www.luckymag.com">Lucky</a>, <a href="http://www.realsimple.com">Real Simple</a>, and <a href="http://www.redbookmag.com">Redbook</a>, which always have great money-saving clothing tips.</p> <h2>62. Clean Out Your Closest</h2> <p>Cleaning out your closet can create extra income if you have clothes to resell. Secondly, you may discover great finds you didn't know you had. And lastly, simplifying your closet can make you work with what you have so you don't need to buy more.</p> <h2>63. Have Patience</h2> <p>Having patience to hold out for sales will really help your wallet. Check with retailers as to their upcoming sale schedule or ask salespeople when they usually do markdowns during the week.</p> <h2>64. Buy Timeless Classic Pieces</h2> <p>Investing in timeless items that won't go out of style is key to building a good wardrobe and saving money over time. Classic suits, blazers, and button-downs are good pieces that always work.</p> <h2><h>65. Use Helpful Shopping Apps </h></h2> <p>Gain some cost-saving benefits with a number of clothing apps. Examples include <a href="http://www.stylishandcool.com/">Stylish Girl and Cool Guy</a>, which let you take pictures of your wardrobe to shop your own closet, while <a href="http://www.shopkick.com">Shopkick</a> can earn you kicks (points) towards free gift cards when you visit retailers, scan items, or make purchases.</p> <h2>66. Manage Hems</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hem.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If you learn how to sew a simple hem, you can save money on tailoring and repairs. However, if you are not handy with a needle and thread, try double-stick hem tape to easily change pant lengths or make repairs.</p> <h2>67. Stick With Favorite Retailers</h2> <p>Besides earning loyalty benefits, sticking with one store where you know exactly how things will fit you, trust the quality, and know the return policy can be a great way to always make good purchases.</p> <h2>68. Buy Fewer, Nicer Things</h2> <p>Simplifying your wardrobe can end up saving you in the long run by avoiding frivolous purchases and an overstocked closet that costs more, despite being full of cheaper items. Check out stores, like <a href="http://www.cuyana.com/">Cuyana</a>, whose fewer, better things mentality aims to save you in the long run.</p> <h2>69. Rinse Bathing Suits After Use</h2> <p>To make your swimsuits last longer, be sure to rinse your suit or soak it in cold tap water to help remove chemicals, lotion, and other oils, which can damage or fade the fabric.</p> <h2>70. Shop Etsy</h2> <p>If you can't make your own clothing, there is definitely a shop on <a href="http://www.etsy.com">Etsy</a> that can. While there are certainly some pricey items, there are also a slew of extremely affordable apparel finds.</p> <h2>71. Use Ebates</h2> <p>Earn some cash back by clothes shopping through <a href="http://www.ebates.com">Ebates</a>. Simply click through the Ebates site to your retailer, and receive a check or PayPal deposit for cash back on your purchases.</p> <h2>72. Get Student Shopping Deals</h2> <p>If you are a student, be sure to take advantage of great clothing deals offered by <a href="http://www.studentuniverse.com/deals/clothing">Student Universe</a>. Or, if you are in a well-known store, don't be afraid to ask if they offer student discounts if you have your student ID with you.</p> <h2>73. Avoid Similar Items</h2> <p>Maybe you love blue so much that you have a ton of blue items dominating your wardrobe. Vary it up and stop wasting precious apparel dollars on repeat items that don't extend your wardrobe.</p> <h2>74. Go on a Clothes Spending Freeze</h2> <p>If you desperately need to curb your clothing spend, try giving yourself a spending freeze for a set period of time. While this may be hard to do, it can get a bad habit in check and make your prioritize your future purchases.</p> <h2>75. Don't Over-Wash</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wash.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Another way to make clothes last and save money is by not over-washing them. Items like jeans can get multiple wears before throwing them in the washer, as can many other garments. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-washing-your-clothes-too-often-what-to-do-instead?ref=seealso">You're Washing Your Clothes Too Much!</a>)</p> <h2>76. Time Shopping for the Biggest Sale Events</h2> <p>Some stores have frequent promotions, but others have semi-annual and annual events that are worth waiting for. Try retailer events, like <a href="http://www.nordstrom.com">Nordstrom's</a> Half-Yearly sale or <a href="http://www.victoriassecret.com/">Victoria Secret's</a> semi-annual sale.</p> <h2>77. Buy Cheaper Workout Gear</h2> <p>While certain workout clothes with special fabrics are worth the cost for certain activities, make sure you don't go overboard when other cheaper alternatives could work just as well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-workout-clothes-are-worth-splurging-on-and-which-arent?ref=seealso">Which Workout Clothes Are Worth Splurging On</a>)</p> <h2>78. Ask for Clothes as Gifts</h2> <p>If you have relatives or friends who want to know what they can get you for your birthday or holidays, ask for clothes. However, be sure to keep the tags on and look for gift receipts if fit or style becomes an issue.</p> <h2>79. Buy Only What You Need</h2> <p>Imagine how much money you could save if you only bought what you truly needed instead of also what you want. Try following this rule for a couple of months to see how much you save.</p> <h2>80. Shop eBay</h2> <p>Search around on <a href="http://www.ebay.com">eBay</a> for great deals on new, gently used, and vintage clothing items from a variety of sellers.</p> <h2>81. Use Reward Credit Cards</h2> <p>If you must pay for clothing with credit cards, make sure your card <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">gives you rewards</a> for shopping certain retailers. Check out your card's online shopping mall to make sure you aren't missing out on extra points or cash back.</p> <h2>82. Do Smart Vacation Shopping</h2> <p>Be mindful of vacation shopping, which can lead to apparel splurges. That said, if you are in a place where desirable items or brands are made domestically, you might score cheaper finds than you could at home.</p> <h2>83. Air-Dry Items</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/airdry.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Get garments to last a lot longer, plus save money on energy costs by skipping the dryer when you can. If air-drying creates stiff clothes, partially dry items in the dryer and then line dry for the remainder of the time.</p> <h2>84. Do Jean Repairs</h2> <p>Whether your jeans were cheap or cost a fortune, finding the perfect pair is often not easy, so repairing a pair you love can definitely be worth it. You can learn to <a href="http://www.rawrdenim.com/2012/10/how-to-a-simple-guide-to-diy-denim-repairs/">DIY denim repairs</a> or invest a bit in a tailor or <a href="http://www.denimtherapy.com">professional jean repair service</a> to fix your favorite jeans.</p> <h2>85. Try at-Home Dry Cleaning</h2> <p>Try saving some money by doing your dry cleaning at home. <a href="http://www.dryel.com/">Dryel</a> or other <a href="http://nymag.com/guides/everything/at-home-dry-cleaning-2012-10/">in-home dry cleaning kits</a> can save big on professional cleaning.</p> <h2>86. Don't Lose Socks</h2> <p>It's no fun wasting money on new socks just because one perfectly good one got lost in the wash. To avoid missing mates, wash all socks in a small lingerie bag or hold them together with a clothespin or clip in the wash.</p> <h2>87. Never Buy Full Price</h2> <p>Hold yourself to never paying full price on a piece of clothing. With so many chances at sales, discount apparel, and other ways to save, you can reside yourself never to pay the full ticket price.</p> <h2>88. Get Off-Season Finds</h2> <p>Besides finding deals at the end of the season, make sure to look for off-season deals as well. Winter coats during a heatwave in July are out there, and they are usually a steal as nobody is thinking about them.</p> <h2>89. Change Out of Your Expensive Items</h2> <p>It's wise to change out of your expensive clothes at the end of the day. Once home, things like chores, playing with the kids, or even just eating dinner can cause stains or pulls that harm your precious items.</p> <h2>90. Know How to Repair Buttons</h2> <p><img width="605" height="342" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/buttons.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Fixing buttons is about the most common and simple fix you can learn to keep your clothes in the mix and save money. Also, be sure to save the extra buttons that often come with new clothes.</p> <h2>91. Avoid Social Shopping</h2> <p>Be mindful of shopping as a leisure or social activity with friends, as you may be more apt to buy just because others are.</p> <h2>92. Shop Thursday Sales</h2> <p>Many retailers, like department stores, start weekend sales events on Thursday evenings. Beat the rush and have your pick of the best deals at this time.</p> <h2>93. Pause Before Buying</h2> <p>If you are tempted to make a buy, try to wait and come back to it later. If you aren't still dreaming about the item after some time away, then skip the purchase. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-simple-ways-to-stop-impulse-buying?ref=seealso">9 Simple Ways to Stop Impulse Buying</a>)</p> <h2>94. Pay With Cash or Always Pay Off Credit Card Purchases</h2> <p>There's no need to make your clothing purchases cost more by paying interest if you carry balances on your credit cards. Make it a rule to pay in cash or don't buy unless you can pay off your card charges every month.</p> <h2>95. Touch Up With Black Sharpies</h2> <p>Extend the use of certain items and save money by using a black sharpie to touch up scuffs on things, like black shoes, purses, or jackets.</p> <h2>96. Avoid Buying Standouts</h2> <p>Like overly trendy items, be wary about buying very flashy items or an obvious piece. Some items like these don't get that much wear as people don't want to repeat them again because they are so recognizable or memorable.</p> <h2>97. Shop Around for Big Buys</h2> <p>Take the time to price shop when looking for high-ticket items. Any savings on expensive goods can be worth it, and it's always wise not to rush into a big purchase.</p> <h2>98. Take Inventory</h2> <p>Spending a little time to take inventory of your closet can give you good insight into your shopping habits, and what you may be buying too much of. It can also identify real gaps in your wardrobe and help you shop more strategically in the future.</p> <h2>99. Use Sales Associates</h2> <p>If you befriend a sales associate, not only can you avoid getting upsold, but they can also hunt out the best deals in the store for you, which you may have missed.</p> <h2>100. If You Splurge, Make It an Important Piece</h2> <p>Be smart about where you make your biggest fashion splurges. Nice dress coats, suits, dress pants, and even some jeans are all items that everyone will notice and can greatly improve your overall look.</p> <h2>101. Practice Restraint</h2> <p>Perhaps one of the hardest rules to follow if you are a clothes horse, but starting a new habit by limiting your purchasing when out or skipping the stores all together is the surest way of saving money on clothing.</p> <p><em>That was quite a list! Let us know if you use any of these tips when you clothes shop or if you have some good ones of your own to share.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-medeiros">Kelly Medeiros</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should">10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thrifting-the-perfect-designer-wardrobe">Thrifting the Perfect Designer Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping bargains clothes discounts fashion Fri, 23 May 2014 08:36:20 +0000 Kelly Medeiros 1140200 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Make Your Clothes Last Longer http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-make-your-clothes-last-longer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-make-your-clothes-last-longer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/laundry-2545439-small.jpg" alt="laundry" title="laundry" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on making your clothes last longer, superfoods you can actually afford, and ways to keep your receipts in order.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/01/13-ways-to-make-clothing-last-longer/">13 Ways to Make Clothing Last Longer</a> &mdash; Make your clothes last longer by washing them in cold water and using less detergent. [Elephant Journal]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/9-real-cheap-superfoods.html">9 Real Superfoods You Can Actually Afford</a> &mdash; Spinach and oranges are a couple superfoods you can afford. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Organize-Receipts-28330297">8 Tips to Keep Your Receipts in Order</a> &mdash; To keep your receipts in order, snap a picture of them or use sites and apps. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/9-questions-ask-insurance-agent-sign/">9 Questions to Ask Your Insurance Agent Before You Sign</a> &mdash; Be sure you ask your insurance agent what kinds of claims are usually made in the area before you purchase insurance. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/article/spending/T037-C000-S002-6-things-to-know-to-get-the-best-cell-phone-deal.html">6 Things to Know to Get the Best Cell Phone Deal</a> &mdash; If you want to get a good cell phone deal, know the cost of freedom on any contract you sign. [Kiplinger]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.greenpandatreehouse.com/2014/02/writing-your-business-plan-what-not-to-include/">Writing Your Business Plan: What Not to Include</a> &mdash; Don't include use the word &quot;conservative&quot; in your business plan [Green Panda Treehouse]</p> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/5-things-to-look-for-when-comparing-homeloan-options/">5 Things to Look for When Comparing Home Loan Options</a> &mdash; When comparing home loan options, look at what features are offered. [One Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2014/03/05/8-ways-to-bounce-back-from-financial-disaster/">8 Ways to Bounce Back From Financial Disaster</a> &mdash; To bounce back from financial disaster get professional help and exercise. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/child-centered-divorce-its-all-about-cooperation">Child-Centered Divorce &mdash; It's All About Cooperation</a> &mdash; If you are getting a divorce, remember that your children need assurances. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/budgeting/guilt-free-spending-3-non-essentials-i-budget-for/">Guilt-Free Spending: 3 Non-Essential I Budget For</a> &mdash; Do you budget for making memories? [MoneyNing]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-make-your-clothes-last-longer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-retailers-with-the-absolute-best-customer-service">7 Retailers With the Absolute Best Customer Service</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-a-capsule-wardrobe-actually-save-you-money">Can a Capsule Wardrobe Actually Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">101 Ways to Save Money on Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">Where to Buy Discounted Designer Clothing Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-time-for-summer-shopping-in-europe">Best Time For Summer Shopping In Europe!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips clothes Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:00:19 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1129850 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Fall Trends on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-fall-trends-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-fall-trends-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-250776-small.jpg" alt="woman wearing beanie" title="woman wearing beanie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on fall trends on a budget, surviving losing your job, and things happy couples do differently.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/2013/09/10-fall-trends-on-a-budget/">10 Fall Trends on a Budget</a> &mdash; Beanies and slouchy pants are two fall trends you can get for under $50! [The Centsible Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/09/how-to-survive-if-you-lose-your-job-and.html">How to Survive If You Lose Your Job And Get On The Road To Finding A New Employment Opportunity</a> &mdash; If you lose your job, consider filing for unemployment and revise your resume. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/09/12/10-things-happy-couples-do-differently/">10 Things Happy Couples Do Differently</a> &mdash; Happy couples tend to focus on what they like about each other and resolve conflicts through love, not retaliation. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2013/09/5-secrets-of-keeping-your-daily-life-in-balance/">5 Secrets of Keeping Your Daily Life in Balance</a> &mdash; To keep balance in your daily life, protect yourself from overload and know your priorities. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/importance-health-insurance-why-we-need/">Why do We Need Health Insurance</a> &mdash; Having health insurance can save you from financial disaster should something go terribly wrong with your health. [One Cent At A Time]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/save-money-on-your-mobile-phone-bill/">How To Save Money On Your Mobile Phone Bill</a> &mdash; Using apps to save money can help you save on your monthly phone bill. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/take-an-account-inventory/">Take an Account Inventory</a> &mdash; Take some time to figure out all your different financial accounts and determine whether or not you can close any of them. [NarrowBridge Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-improve-my-listening-skills-1333981305">How Can I Improve My Listening Skills?</a> &mdash; To improve your listening skills, watch the speaker's body language and look invested. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Organize-Summer-Clothes-25474572">Fall: The Perfect Time to Organize Your Clothes</a> &mdash; Now that fall is here, take some time to store your summer clothes until the weather gets warm again. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-ways-to-keep-kids-busy-without-tv">5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy Without TV</a> &mdash; Keep your kids busy without the help of TV by giving them arts and crafts to do. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-fall-trends-on-a-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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