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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 September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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