Best Money Tips: Renew Old Stuff With Dye

By Amy Lu on 20 October 2010 5 comments
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Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup! Today, we have a colorful tip to make your old stuff new again, a way out for those feeling buyer's remorse on a group deal, a list of 10 most useful Firefox shortcuts, and a way to make extra money...working for Wise Bread!

Top 5 Articles

Dyeing to Renew: Make Your Old Stuff New Using Dye! — It's so simple…it's genius! (Rainy-day craft projects with the kids, anyone?) Apartment Therapy Re-Nest

5 Ways to Resell Group Buying Vouchers — Have you ever regretted getting a Groupon deal? Before you try for the refund, consider reselling the deal on one of these sites. Coupon Sherpa

The ten most useful Firefox shortcuts — These keyboard shortcuts will help you navigate across your Firefox browser. (All I need to do now is remember the combos!) Practical Hacks

Getting the Most Out of eBay as a Seller — Selling your stuff on eBay is one way to get some extra income. Here are tips on when to sell, when to start and end your auction, and how to set your price. Single Guy Money

Dual-Use Dynamos — A plastic microwave plate cover can serve double-duty as a colander, or use the rim of a glass cup as a cookie cutter. The possibilities are endless! Talk Thrifty To Me

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Ditching Cable for the Web: How Much Can You Save Buying, Renting, or Streaming TV — If you're still on the fence about canceling cable, check out these helpful charts on Lifehacker that compare the price of popular shows on various online services, like Hulu, Netflix, iTunes, and others. Lifehacker

6 Tips on Eating Out With Kids and Staying Sane — "Dining out with kids can actually be fun." Shocking, right? Find out how this mom of two does it! Money Funk via Currency

3 Things You Can do With Your Half-Done Projects — Got a project collecting dust? See if you can interest a friend to finish it with you. Organize to Revitalize!

4 Key Changes to Medicare Drug Coverage — You should review your options every year, but pay particular attention to these changes. Kiplinger

A New Rule-of-Thumb for Renting versus Buying? — What's your rent ratio? This number can help you decide whether you should rent or buy. Free Money Finance

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Guest's picture

I love the idea of dying to revive old clothes. I once had a Firetrap denim jacket which cost me a lot of money at the time. It faded really quickly and looked hellish after a few months. I bought some navy blue dye and redyed it in the washing machine bringing it completely back to life. It lasted for another two years.
I also remember at school we were taught how to tie-dye. Great fun, but I seem to recall the mess was pretty horrendous.

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Amy Lu

I always wanted to try tie-dyeing when I was a kid. Not so much for the tie-dye shirts, but the process just seemed fun and super artsy.

Guest's picture

Thanks for the link luv! I agree with dying to renew. I have a fond memory of going to the thrift store with my aunt - we bought a jumpsuit and a tiger print belt. When we got home, we dyed that jumpsuit a deep purple. It was my favorite outfit! Yes, I was a teen bopper then. It was all about the purple! ;)

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Amy Lu

I LOVED purple! Then I loved green...and orange...and red. (I went through the whole rainbow before my 12-year-old self realized it's OK to like more than one color at a time.) I wish I knew how to dye when I was 11 so I could turn that green sweater a navy blue. Instead of, you know, buying another one. :p

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Deb Lee

I've also used dye to revive clothing...worked like a charm! ...wish I could say that I used a vibrant color, but my old black pants still quite new. =) Btw, thanks for including my article!