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33 Clothing Hacks That Will Save You A Lot Of Money

33 Clothing Hacks That Will Save You A Lot Of Money

Instead of replacing clothing at the first sign of wear and tear, why not use these 33 clothing hacks to keep your clothing fresh, fixed and free!

1. De-Pill Your Clothing Using A Razor.

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    After you’ve run a razor over your clothing, use tape to pick off any left overs.

    2. Sew On A Button.

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      It’s that easy!

      3. A Tie Is A Man’s Jewellery.

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        You don’t need a lot of ties, just a few different ways to tie it.

        4. Use A Sharpie To Cover Bleach Stains.

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          Blot out the bleach instantly.

          5. Use a Hair Straighteners As a Collar Iron.

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            Don’t have the heat to high or leave the straighteners on the fabric too long or you may cause damage… and a fire.

            6. Fix A Zipper With Candle Wax, Crayons, A Pencil Or Nail Polish.

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              No really! Get The full tutorials here.

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              7. Stop Your Fly from Opening.

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                Use an elastic band, or buy an actual Zip Holder.

                8. Take Jean Hems Up Yourself.

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                  Here’s the full how-to.

                  9. Use Shaving Foam To Remove Make-Up Stains.

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                    We recommend washing the clothing after you’ve covered it in shaving foam though.

                    10. Attach Something To The End Of Your Pyjama Ties To Stop Them From Disappearing Into The Hem.

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                      A safety pin may a bit stabby, so re recommend a button or a thick hairband.

                      11. Widen Shoes By Filling Them With Water.

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                        It may seem like madness, but placing water inside your shoes and putting them in the freezer overnight will expand them so they fit perfectly.

                        12. Use A Straw So You Never Lose Your Hoody Strings Again.

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                          You only need an inch of straw, there’s no need to have the whole string covered in straws.

                          13. Wear Your Leather Jacket In The Rain To Get That Distressed Look.

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                            Not into the glossy, new leather jacket look? Create the distressed, vintage look by wearing the jacket in bad weather.

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                            14. Try Jeans On Without Actually Trying Them On.

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                              Jeans shopping is the most time-consuming, soul-destroying experience ever, so instead of trying jeans on see if the waistline will fit around your neck. If it does, chances are they’ll fit your waist.

                              15. White Wine Removes Red Wine.

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                                It really does! Get the full tutorial here.

                                16. Window Cleaner Will Also Clean Patent Leather.

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                                  Just spray and wipe.

                                  17. Talcum Powder Removes Oil Stains.

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                                    Apply the talc to the area and leave it over night.

                                    18. Lemon Juice Will Remove Armpit Odours.

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                                      Spray a little lemon on the affected area and those odours will evaporate.

                                      19. Hem With A Glue Gun If You Want Quick Results.

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                                        If you’re in a rush or you don’t have the sewing skills necessary, just use a glue gun to take up those long items.

                                        20. Cold Water And Vinegar Will Remove Stains.

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                                          This mixture will remove stains form leather without causing any damage.

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                                          21. Use A Hairdryer To Make Shoes More Comfortable.

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                                            Put on a pair of thick socks and put on your shoes. Blow-dry your feet and the heat will stretch out your shoes.

                                            22. Use Vaseline To Unstick A Zipper.

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                                              By greasing up the zip you’ll make it easier to undo.

                                              23. Clear Nail Varnish Will Stop A Ladder In Your Tights.

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                                                Make sure the nail varnish is clear!

                                                24. Pull On The Fabric Around A Thread To Pull It Back Into Place.

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                                                  Move between tugging on the sides and top and bottom of the lose thread.

                                                  25. Washing Up Liquid Will Remove Oil Stains.

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                                                    The Dawn brand is also gentle on your clothing.

                                                    26. Tame A Wild Underwire Using Adhesive Moleskin.

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                                                      You can get adhesive moleskin from almost any drugstore.

                                                      27. Moisturise Leather.

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                                                        If you don’t have shoe polish lying about then use moisturiser instead.

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                                                        28. Cover Sneakers In Baking Soda To Remove Odours.

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                                                          The baking soda will soak up any sweat that’s on your shoes. Gross, but true.

                                                          29. Clear Nail Varnish Will Stop A Button Falling Off.

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                                                            Avoid sewing the button back on right now with this quick fix.

                                                            30. Use Clear Nail Polish To Tighten Sunglasses.

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                                                              If your sunglasses’ arms a little loose, dab some nail polish on the hinge until you can get to a tiny screwdriver.

                                                              31. Hairspray Will Remove A Lipstick Stain.

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                                                                Spray hairspray on the lipstick stain and let it settle for a few minutes before putting the item in the washing machine.

                                                                32. Put Your Jeans In The Freezer To Remove Odour.

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                                                                  The cold will kill smelly bacteria without fading your denim.

                                                                  33. Stop Sweaters Shredding By Putting Them In The Freezer.

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                                                                    Leave the sweater in the freezer overnight and there’ll be no more shedding!

                                                                    Enjoy these 33 clothing hacks to make life a little simpler and more manageable!

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                                                                    Last Updated on August 20, 2019

                                                                    How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

                                                                    How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

                                                                    Finances can push anyone to the point of extreme anxiety and worry. Easier said than done, planning finances is not an egg meant for everyone’s basket. And that’s why most of us are often living pay check to pay check. But did anyone tell you that it is actually not a tough task to meet your financial goals?

                                                                    In this article, we will explore ways on how to set financial goals and then actually meet them with ease.

                                                                    5 Steps to Set Financial Goals

                                                                    Though setting financial goals might seem to be a daunting task but if one has the will and clarity of thought, it is rather easy. Try using these steps:

                                                                    1. Be Clear About the Objectives

                                                                    Any goal (let alone financial) without a clear objective is nothing more than a pipe dream. And this couldn’t be more true for financial matters.

                                                                    It is often said that savings is nothing but deferred consumption. Therefore if you are saving today, then you should be crystal clear about what it is for. It could be anything like kid’s education, retirement, marriage, that dream vacation, fancy car etc.

                                                                    Once the objective is clear, put a monetary value to that objective and the time frame. The important point at this step of goal setting is to list all the objectives, however small they may be, that you foresee in the future and put a value to it.

                                                                    2. Keep Them Realistic

                                                                    It’s good to be an optimistic person but being a pollyanna is not desirable. Similarly, while it might be a good thing to keep your financial goals a bit aggressive, going out of the line will definitely hurt your chances of achieving them.

                                                                    It’s important that you keep your goals realistic in nature for it will help you stay the course and keep you motivated throughout the journey.

                                                                    3. Account for Inflation

                                                                    Ronald Reagan once said – “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hitman”. And this quote sums up the best what inflation could do your financial goals.

                                                                    Therefore account for inflation whenever you are putting a monetary value to a financial objective that is far away in the future.

                                                                    For example, if one of your financial goal is your son’s college education, which is 15 years hence, then inflation would increase the monetary burden by more than 50% if inflation is mere 3%. So always account for inflation.

                                                                    4. Short Term vs Long Term

                                                                    Just like every calorie is not the same, the approach towards achieving every financial goal will not be the same. It is important to bifurcate goals in short term and long term.

                                                                    As a rule of thumb, any financial goal, which is due in next 3 years should be termed as short term goal. Any longer duration goals are to be classified as long term goals. This bifurcation of goals into short term vs long term will help in choosing the right investment instrument to achieve them.

                                                                    More on this later when we talk about how to achieve financial goals.

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                                                                    5. To Each to His Own

                                                                    The journey of setting financial goals is an individualistic affair i.e. your goals are your own goals and are determined by your want to achieve them. A lot of times we get on the bandwagon of goal setting only to realize later on that it was not meant for us.

                                                                    It is important that your goals are actually your goals and not inspired by someone else. Take a hard look at this step at all the goals you’ve set for after this step, you will be on the way to achieve them.

                                                                    By now, you would be ready with your financial goals, now it’s time to go all out and achieve them.

                                                                    11 Ways to Achieve Your Financial Goals

                                                                    Whenever we talk about chasing any financial goal, it is usually a 2 step process –

                                                                    • Ensuring healthy savings
                                                                    • Making smart investments

                                                                    You will need to save enough; and invest those savings wisely so that they grow over a period of time to help you achieve goals. So let’s get down to ensuring healthy savings.

                                                                    Ensuring Healthy Savings

                                                                    Self realization is the best form of realisation and unless you decide what your current financial position is, you aren’t heading anywhere.

                                                                    This is the focal point from where you start your journey of achieving financial goals.

                                                                    1. Track Expenses

                                                                    The first and the foremost thing to be done is to track your monthly expenses. Use any of the expense tracking mobile apps to record your expenses. Once you start doing it diligently, you would be surprised to see how small expenses add up to a sizeable amount.

                                                                    Also categorize those expenses into different bucket so that you know which bucket is eating the most of your pay check. This record keeping will pave the way for cutting down on un-wanted expenses and pump up your savings rate.

                                                                    2. Pay Yourself First

                                                                    Generally, savings come after all the expenses have been taken care of. This is a classical mistake which almost everyone of us do. We pay ourselves last!

                                                                    Ideally, this should be planned upside down. We should be paying ourselves first and then to the world i.e. we should be taking out the planned saving amount first and then manage all the expenses from the rest.

                                                                    The best way to actually implement is to put the savings on automatic mode i.e. money flowing automatically into different financial instruments (for example – mutual funds, retirement corpus etc) every month.

                                                                    Taking the automatic route will make us lose control of our money and hence will compel us to manage in what’s left with us thereby increasing the savings rate.

                                                                    3. Make a Plan and Vow to Stick with It

                                                                    Budgeting is the best to get around the uncertainty that financial plans always pose. Decide in advance how spending has to be made.

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                                                                    Nowadays, several money management apps and wallets can help you do this automatically. It’s easy and who knows, you may just end up doing what people fail to do.

                                                                    At first, you may not be able to stick to your plans completely but don’t let that become a reason why you stop budgeting entirely.

                                                                    Make use of technology solutions you like. Explore options and alternatives that let you make use of the available wallet options and choose the one that suits you the most. In time, you will get accustomed to making use of these solutions.

                                                                    You will find that they make it simpler for you to follow your plan, which would have been difficult otherwise.

                                                                    4. Rise Again Even If You Fall

                                                                    Let’s be realistic. It’s not like the world will come to an end if you made one mistake. This isn’t called leniency but discipline.

                                                                    If you fail to meet your budget for a month, don’t give up the entire effort just like that. Instead, start again.

                                                                    Remember that flexible plans are the most realistic plans. So go forward and try to follow your financial goals as planned but if for some reason, the plan gets out of hand for you, do not give up on it just yet. This has a lot to do with your psychology rather than any material commitment.

                                                                    All you have to do is to stay on the road and vow to stay on it, no matter how much you fall down.

                                                                    5. Make Savings a Habit and Not a Goal

                                                                    In the book Nudge, authors Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein advocate that in order to achieve any goal, it should be broken down into habits since habits are more intuitive for people to adapt to.

                                                                    Make Savings a habit rather than a goal. While it might seem to be counter intuitive to many but there are some deft ways of doing it. For example:

                                                                    Always eat out (if at all) during weekdays rather than weekends. Usually weekends are expensive. Make it a habit and you would in turn be saving a great deal.

                                                                    If you are travelling buff, try to travel during off season. Your outlay will be much less.

                                                                    If you go out for shopping, always look out for coupons and see where can you get the best deal.

                                                                    So the key point is to imbibe the action that results in savings rather than on the savings itself, which is the outcome. Focusing on the outcome will bring out the feeling of sacrifice which will be harder to sustain over a period of time.

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                                                                    6. Talk About It

                                                                    Sticking to the saving schedule (to achieve financial goals) is not an easy journey. There will be many distractions from those who are not aligned with your mission. And it would be rather easy to lose the grip over your discipline.

                                                                    Therefore in order to stay the course, it is advisable that you keep yourself surrounded with people who are also on the same bandwagon. Daily discussions with them will keep you motivated to move forward.

                                                                    7. Maintain a Journal

                                                                    For some people, writing helps a great deal in making sure that they achieve what they plan.

                                                                    So if you are one of them, maintain a proper journal, where you write down your goals and also jot down the extent to which you managed to meet them. This will help you in reviewing how far you have come and which goals you have met.

                                                                    Use this journal to write down all essential points such as your short term, mid term and long term goals, your current sources of income, your regular expenses which you are aware of and any committed expenses which are of recurring nature.

                                                                    When you have a written commitment on paper, you are going to feel more energised to follow the plan and stick to it. Moreover, it is going to be a lot more easier for you to follow you and track your progress.

                                                                    At this point, you should be ready with your financial goals and would be doing brilliantly with savings; now it’s time to talk about the big daddy – Investments.

                                                                    Making Smart Investments

                                                                    Savings by themselves don’t take anyone too far. However savings when invested wisely can do wonders and we are at that stage where we will talk about making smart investments.

                                                                    8. Consult a Financial Advisor

                                                                    Investments doesn’t come naturally to most of us therefore rather than dabbling with it ourselves, it is wise to consult a financial advisor.

                                                                    Talk to him/her about your financial goals and savings and then seek advice for the best investment instruments to achieve your goals.

                                                                    9. Choose Your Investment Instrument Wisely

                                                                    Though your financial advisor will suggest the best investment instruments, it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about them.

                                                                    Just like “no one is born a criminal”, no investment instrument is bad or good. It is the application of that instrument that makes all the difference.

                                                                    Do you remember we talked about bifurcating financial goals in short term and long term?

                                                                    It is here where that classification will help.

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                                                                    So as a general rule, for all your short term financial goals, choose an investment instrument that has debt nature for example fixed deposits, debt mutual funds etc. The reason for going for debt instruments is that chances of capital loss is less as compared to equity instruments.

                                                                    10. Compounding Is the Eighth Wonder

                                                                    Einstein once remarked about compounding,

                                                                    Compound Interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… He who doesn’t… Pays it.

                                                                    So make friends with this wonder kid. And sooner you become friends with it, quicker you will reach closer to your financial goals.

                                                                    Start investing early so that time is on your side to help you bear the fruits of compounding.

                                                                    11. Measure, Measure, Measure

                                                                    All of us do good when it comes to earning more per month but fail miserably when it comes to measuring the investments; taking stock of how our investments are doing.

                                                                    If there is one single step where everything (so far) can go wrong, it is at this step – Measuring the Progress.

                                                                    If we don’t measure the progress timely, then we would be shooting in the dark. We wouldn’t know if our saving rate is appropriate or not; whether financial advisor is doing a decent job; whether we are moving closer to our target or not.

                                                                    Do measure everything. If you can’t measure it all yourself, ask your financial advisor to do it for you. But do it!

                                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                                    This completes the list of tips for you to set financial goals and actually achieve them with not so great difficulty.

                                                                    As you can see, all it requires is discipline. But guess that’s the most difficult part!

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