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10 Creative Ways to Save Money On Clothes

10 Creative Ways to Save Money On Clothes

You know it is time to start worrying about money when you spend most of your earnings on clothes. You are not alone. The average household in the United States spends about 2% of the yearly budget on clothes – around $1,600 every year. The variety of clothes you require depending upon your necessity is diverse, yet there’s always a way to cut up your budget and shape your closet to your needs.

Check out these 10 creative ways to save money on clothes.

1. Buy good quality clothes

If you’ve been buying low quality clothes at cheap thinking that you’d save some money, you’ve been doing it wrong all along. The “fast food” approach that you perform at buying new clothes that cost less every year is doing nothing good to your budget. If you spend a bit more firsthand at buying good quality clothes, they’ll last long and give you more value.

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2. Make your estimation

If you are going to a shopping mall in order to buy new outfits, make sure you’ve estimated your budget. Not just budget, write down your requirements and buy it accordingly. For example, you might want to buy two tops that could match your jeans under $100. Make sure you stick to your budget and make the purchase. Even if you don’t find what you required, come up with an alternative that still fits to your investment.

3. Avoid “dry clean only”

When you buy a new pair of clothes for yourself, make sure that you are aware of the cleaning instructions. That is because not all clothes can be washed in the similar way and some of them can add up a huge dry cleaning bill every month. Dry clean-only clothes will cost you more to maintain and if you avoid buying them, you surely can save a lot of money.

4. Don’t chase the trends

New clothes and designs come into trend every single day and if you are chasing them, there’s no way you can save money on clothes. Stick to the basic wardrobe that suits you and buy the necessary accessories and layers that can go along your dress. Trendy items can cost a lot and even though you want to wear them, find the clearance racks in shopping outlets so that you can get them at cheap.

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5. Keep an eye on flash sales

A lot of online retailers like eBay, Amazon and Gilt host flash sales at different time of the year. You can find some great deals that can fit within your budget during Black Friday, Christmas, Cyber Monday or any other occasions. Subscribe to their email newsletter so that you can keep yourself notified regarding the upcoming sales.

6. Go to a clothing swap party

People host clothing swap party once in a while. You can do too. Invite all of your friends and ask them to bring clothing that they no longer want, but are in good condition. You can take your clothes and swap with them for free. Easy to save a lot of money right?

7. Stay clean and wash less

This might sound bad first. But if you stay clean, you don’t need to wash your clothes more often. Meaning, your clothes will last longer and save a lot of time and utility cost. Clothes like jeans and sweaters can be worn for a longer period of time before needing to be washed. Find such clothes to fit within your wardrobe and you’re spending is surely going to drop.

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8. Share clothes with your family members

You can share clothes with your family members if it fits you. Yes, this might not sound right to most of the people, yet this can be a good way to save a lot of money on clothes. If you are a female, you can wear your mom’s tops or go buy a pair of jeans that fit you both. However, always make sure that you have another pair for yourself so that you don’t run out of clothes to wear any time.

9. Purchase items that work with your existing wardrobe

You need to buy clothing items that co-ordinate with your existing dresses if you want to get more bang for your buck. Think of the style and colors that go together with what you already have, so that you don’t need to buy additional accessories to match your new purchase.

10. Re-purpose items

One good way of looking stylish and still saving money on clothes is re-purposing them .and making something new out of your existing wardrobe. You can trim sleeves, add embellishments and jazz up the old item to something new. Find some stylish DIY clothing ideas and change your worn out clothes into something new.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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