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33 Clothing Hacks That Will Save You A Lot Of Money

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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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                                                                    Financial Freedom is Not a Fantasy: 9 Secrets to Get You There

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                                                                    Financial Freedom is Not a Fantasy: 9 Secrets to Get You There

                                                                    Have you ever considered your life now, and how it would be if you had more time to spend with your family and less worries about money?

                                                                    Nowadays, financial stress is one of the most troublesome weights in life. If you’ve ever encountered financial stress, you know the difficulty of not having enough income to pay your obligations or bills.

                                                                    Many people say that money is not the ultimate goal of life. While that’s true, money certainly plays a very significant role. The meaning of financial freedom changes with the different phases of our life, but ultimately, it is something that many people strive for.

                                                                    In this article, we’ll explain how to capture that financial freedom you’ve been looking for. Read on to learn the secrets to financial freedom.

                                                                    Break Free of Your Finances

                                                                    Financial freedom is about having a constant flow of cash from your assets to cover all your regular needs.

                                                                    When you are not worried about your income, or living paycheck to paycheck, you gain a great sense of freedom. It’s the freedom to be obtain and do what you truly need to make your way through everyday life.

                                                                    Gaining financial freedom, though, is a process of growth, making small improvements and gaining emotional strength.

                                                                    Though it seems hard to believe, it is really very simple to get financial freedom.

                                                                    To do so, you simply need to make sure that your assets exceed your liabilities. In other words, you’ll need to find the sweet-spot where your residuals meet or surpass your expenses. This is something that you can achieve with the proper plan.

                                                                    While not every person will accomplish financial freedom, the potential for anyone to do so is certainly there. Anyone can achieve this success, regardless of their income level.

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                                                                    Outlined below are 9 secrets that will help you in your goals of achieving financial freedom.

                                                                    1. Stop Unnecessary Spending

                                                                    We often spend money inwardly, instead of objectively.

                                                                    For example, you may spend when you’re anxious, depressed, restless, exhausted, from fear of missing out, or to please others. This is a very unhealthy way to handle your finances.

                                                                    To stop this habitual spending, log down all your spending over the course of a month.

                                                                    Just as some people keep a food diary, keep an expense diary. Remember not to just write down how much and what you spent the money on, also include the circumstances of why you spent the money. Was it an impulse buy at the checkout line or was it something you planned to purchase?

                                                                    This increased self-awareness could enable you to avoid triggering situations in the future when you are considering an impulse buy.

                                                                    2. Plan a Monthly Budget

                                                                    This is a great opportunity to get serious.

                                                                    Take a seat with your spouse or partner and make a monthly budget based on your income, not your expenses. You are never again going to spend more cash then you have on hand.

                                                                    Overspending is the thing that led you to more financial obligations. Make sure you decide every month what is coming in and what will be going out and stick to that budget… no matter what.

                                                                    3. Cut-up Credit Cards

                                                                    Perhaps you are the type of person who always pays your credit card balance in full before the end of your billing cycle, and enjoys the reward points you gain. If this is the case, then you’re already way ahead of the game.

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                                                                    If not, you may want to consider ridding your life of the burden that credit cards bring.

                                                                    Many cards have strategies set up so that if you make a certain number of late payments, they will raise your interest rate much higher. This can really add up in the long run and you won’t be doing your financial situation any favors. If you’re prone to late payments or have a large balance due on your cards, cut them up!

                                                                    Without proper self control on credit card spending and payments, you are basically throwing your money away. To ensure that you have better control over your spending, use only cash or debit for all future purchases (and don’t forget to pay at least your minimum payment on your cut-up cards each month!).

                                                                    4. Increase Savings

                                                                    There is no doubt that for a comfortable retirement you must accumulate satisfactory savings throughout your working life.

                                                                    It’s good practice to save up to 15% of your income.

                                                                    Start with your workplace 401(k), if you have one. If not, a Roth IRA (if you are eligible) or a traditional IRA (if you are not eligible for the Roth) are the next logical steps.

                                                                    Increase in longevity means you might be able to look forward to 25 to 30 years in retirement, or possibly even significantly more. Investing now in good retirement plans will ensure that you have a guaranteed a stable monthly income when the time comes to stop working. [1]

                                                                    5. Invest Wisely

                                                                    Consider investing in funds.

                                                                    Specifically, you will gain higher returns if you invest in different types of mutual funds such as Debt funds, Equity funds and Hybrid funds with a proper balance, although it absolutely relies on your personal preferences and sense of risk taking.

                                                                    To get the most of these benefits, make sure you are investing in a variety of assets. Another resource of investing in mutual funds is SIP (Systematic Investment Plan) where you invest some money every month in funds. SIP works by averaging the per unit price of the stock.

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                                                                    Mutual fund investors are aware of the benefits of an SIP (Systematic Investment Plan). For one, it is the most secure way to invest in equity mutual plans so that wealth is created over a long period of time. This plan also helps you to gain a better sense of financial discipline, which will come in handy in all your financial endeavors.

                                                                    6. Invest in Gold

                                                                    There isn’t really a better way to invest in gold than to have the physical gold itself in your possession.

                                                                    You can purchase gold coins and bars from mints as well as from coin dealers and other private sellers.

                                                                    Another way to invest in gold is through ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds).

                                                                    These are is similar to mutual funds but they are exclusively investments of gold. ETFs are great because they offer more liquidity; the ETF owns the actual physical gold, stores it, and retains the value of the shares. These shares can then be bought and sold in the stock market, and one big benefit is that the transaction costs of gold ETFs are much lower than the that of physical gold.

                                                                    With its consistently-increasing demand, investment in gold can be very wise long-term investment to make.

                                                                    7. Stash Emergency Funds

                                                                    Whether it’s a cash gift or a work bonus, always try to save any extra money that comes your way rather than making unneeded purchases.

                                                                    If you get paid every other week, you’ll get an “extra” paycheck (three rather than the usual two) twice a year. Either save those paychecks towards your emergency funds or utilize the money to pay down other obligations, such as loans, credit cards or other debts.

                                                                    Make it hard to get your cash.

                                                                    Put your savings in an alternate bank, maybe an online bank that forces you to delay for several business days before transferred money hits your regular bank account.

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                                                                    8. Find Fabulous Mentors

                                                                    Find a mentor, such as a friend or family member, who has exceptional control over their finances and pay attention to everything they do.

                                                                    If you do not have any friends or family that are enjoying financial freedom, then find a mentor online! There are numerous blogs and guru websites featuring the advice of many people who have reached financial freedom, and they exist primarily to let you in on how to achieve it for yourself.

                                                                    There are also plentiful forums available that share tips and tricks on how to best achieve financial freedom. Read as much as you can and start changing your habits for the better.

                                                                    9. Be Extra Patient

                                                                    Patience is the key of financial success.

                                                                    Being patient can be quite tough, especially when you’re struggling with your finances, but having faith is worth it. You’ll continuously be on the right track if you are taking the proper steps above.

                                                                    So don’t be discouraged, even if you are only saving a few dollars a month; it all adds up. Within just a few years you’ll look back proudly at your accomplishments and be glad that you had the patience to get there.

                                                                    Financial Freedom for All

                                                                    Anyone can achieve financial freedom, regardless of their financial circumstance.

                                                                    Use the tips provided above to get yourself on the track to financial freedom and toss your monetary concerns out the window. If you wish to achieve a life with financial freedom for yourself and your family then you must adopt a disciplined approach towards your finances.

                                                                    Following the simple secrets above is a great start to making your money work for you, so you can work less and live more!

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                                                                    Reference

                                                                    [1] Hartford Gold Group: IRA Retirement Accounts

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