Category Archives: Fashion on a budget

7 tips to save money on clothes

You can own enough clothes and still believe you have nothing to wear! Here’s seven  tips you can use  to get the best out of your shopping without over spending.

1. Shop with cash- doing this will make you think before you spend money you don’t have. Credit cards and checks allows you the freedom to borrow and pay later, save that for necessities like bills or gas. Using cash for clothes will help you get the best deals by making you keep track of what you’re spending.

2. Instead of spending a hiked up price for coats check out discount chains like Ross, TJ Maxx, or Burlington, sometimes you’ll find the exact coats at a better value. All you need is a couple hours, your best shopping buddy and some comfy shoes.

3. Consider shopping for clothes online. You will usually find better prices and similar return policies.

4. Don’t always believe sales!

5. Wait after new arrivals to do your shopping, they later lower the prices.

6. Buy pieces you can match with items you already own to get various outfits. This is easier if you stick to neutral colors such as black, dark brown, gray and navy blue. Then buy a couple colorful accessories and pieces to make the outfits your own.

7. Vintage! Yes, it’s still a great tip to go to rummage sales or Goodwill to try and find clothes at unbeatable prices.

Do you have any tips about saving on fashion?!

How to save money on your wedding

Are you or someone you know about to take the leap?!

After the just engaged feeling subsides, reality takes over and even the sweetest girl can turn into a bridezilla with the stress of paying for a wedding along with everything else. This post is a brief compilation of the best  tips and advice to prevent breaking the bank on your wedding day,  dedicated to all those soon to be blushing brides 🙂
  • Brainstorm. Before you start talking with vendors you have to have a plan of what you are looking for. Start with the type of wedding you’d like, small? Big? Backyard wedding? Get married at the beach? Or stick to tradition? Possibilities are completely open to you and you’ll probably change your mind as you go, it’s just easier if you have an outline to start with. Invest in a wedding organizer to help with planning. I used and definitely recommend The Everything Wedding Organizer; Checklists, calendars, and worksheets for planning the perfect wedding
  • Research. Before you commit to anything, whether it’s the cake or the music, use your resources to ensure you are getting the best price. Ask family and friends for recommendations and ask them to keep an eye out for what you’re looking for as well.
  • Start looking for your dress with time. Schedule an appointment and check out Bridal magazines for styles you like before going in. Bring in pictures of dresses you choose from the magazines and show them to your bridal consultant to make the experience easier.
  • Ask family and friends to sponsor you, or be godparents of  certain items like flowers, cake, music…
  • Aim for a wedding between January-March or even around November. These months are considered the wedding off-season since most brides opt for a summer wedding.
  • Check out the wedding channel for more tips and tools to create your own wedding website!

Create a Free Wedding Website at WeddingChannel.com

These are just a few options, but there are more things you can do to save some money for the honeymoon and still have that wedding you always dreamed of. I just recently got married so I know exactly what kind of stress the cost of a wedding can bring, but we were lucky enough to get such great help from our families and friends. I was blessed with a beautiful and elegant wedding that will always be unforgettable.
Weddings are expensive but with research and commitment you can have a beautiful wedding on any budget, because every bride deserves a great day.

Smart spending

How good are you with your finances?

Piggy savings bank
photo credit: alancleaver_2000

At this time it’s pretty easy to spend more money than expected on daily necessities. This article will give you great tips on saving money when you go out shopping for groceries, beauty products and clothes. Keep reading!

Stay healthy with these money saving tips:

A Bit More Balanced
photo credit: MiiiSH

– Limit eating take-out and tv dinners, doing this will save you a lot of money.

– Generic brands usually have the same ingredients as name brands and will cost you much less. Compare products price, ingredients, quality, quantity, and whether it’s the right one for you.

– Coupons! Go to couponmom.com for great savings that will literally cut your bill in half.

– Buy things that you use a lot in bulk like: toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies..

– Avoid buying food in bulk if you have a small household, otherwise food goes bad and you throw money away rather than saving it.

– Instead of spending money on a gym membership buy a treadmill or elliptical. Or use workout dvds,  swim, or go for a run.

– Check out sites like allfreesamples.com for free samples on beauty products and more.

– Make your own breakfast, Carnation instant breakfast  ( around $4.99 at local drugstores) is one of my favorite fast and yummy breakfast shakes when I’m short on time.  And of course, brown bag it to work!

Stay fashionable with these money saving tips:

Shopping - Despair
photo credit: David Blackwell (back to black)

– Shop with cash, this will make you think before you spend money you don’t have. Think about it, using credit cards or checks allows you the freedom to borrow and pay later, save that for things like groceries and gas. Using cash for clothes will make you get the best deals and keep track of your spending.

– Empty your closet of anything you haven’t worn and wont be wearing anytime soon, tell your friends to do the same and bring over their piles and have a garage sale. Afterwards, use your earnings to go shopping.

– Instead of spending a hiked up price for clothes, accessories and shoes check out discount chains like Ross, TJ Maxx, or Burlington. You’ll find cute and affordable findings at great values.  You’ll need is a couple hours, your best shopping buddy and some comfy shoes. Or consider shopping for clothes online! You will usually find better prices and similar return policies.

– Wait after new arrivals come in  to do your shopping, they lower the prices after. Don’t always trust a sale!

– Buy pieces you can match with items you already own to get various outfits. This is easier if you stick to neutral colors such as black, dark brown, gray and navy blue. Then buy a couple colorful accessories and pieces to make the outfits your own.

– Take care of your clothes by sewing when needed and following care tag instructions.

Being smart with your money can be hard with all the temptations tossed at us. Just remember, know how much you are spending and  avoid impulse buys.