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9 Ways to Organize Your Wardrobe Better to Save Money

9 Ways to Organize Your Wardrobe Better to Save Money

Holiday season is always a good season to buy clothes. Not only is everything on sale but it’s exactly what you wanted. Right? Come holiday season, there may always a reason to buy more clothes, or shoes, or earrings, or purses, or socks. But do you really need yet another pair of green socks? Do you really? Well, maybe not. Here are 9 ways to organize your wardrobe well to save money and look your best!

The Wardrobe

1. Compartmentalize it

Most, if not all things in your closet must have a place to belong. Shirts, t-shirts, dresses, socks, lingerie and even head gear. Keep a separate corner or shelf for all your different types of clothes. This helps you keep track of what you have, the types of clothes you have and how many you have.

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2. Color Code it

Color coding is perhaps the best way to organize a closet and actually have clothes to wear. Color coding your wardrobe enables you to see which colors you have and how many types of outfits you have in those colors. So next time you go out to buy yet another black dress, you’re perfect sorting will serve as a reminder for whether you actually want that dress or not!

3. Hang your purses

Hanging your purses is perhaps the best way to keep them. Hanging them allows you to see them all and use them all, too. It also saves precious self space that can be used for other things!

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4. Keep your jewelry in separate drawers

It doesn’t hurt to invest in or make a jewelry container. Pinterest and DIY blogs have plenty of ideas for easy and cheap storage of your jewelry. Arranging your jewelry saves time, energy and effort when you’re looking to wear it and also keeps your jewelry in better condition for longer.

5. Separate Pairs

Clothing that comes in set pairs is great the first four times you wear them. After that they seem to be the only outfit in all your pictures. Separate them. Separating these outfits gives you a new perspective on them and enables you to mix and match these clothes with other pieces in your closet. Mixing and matching them reinvents your wardrobe multiple times so you don’t have to buy more clothes.

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6. Divide in Daily and Party Wear

This is perhaps the best time and money saver option. Dividing your clothes based on occasion helps you mentally sort out your clothing according to the occasion. This in turn helps you mix and match them better and serves as a reminder of all your belongings. Dividing them also allows for you to see what you need to get and what you have.

7. Use Hangers

As obvious as this may sound, hangers are a good way of seeing all your clothing as separate and distinct pieces. Use scarf hangers not only for scarves, but also for socks and jewelry. Investing in some velvet hangers for your expensive clothes and some pant hangers will save you space and also help you keep a check on all your clothes.

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The Fashion

8. The Occasion

What is the occasion? Is it a family dinner, lunch with friends or simply an evening at a bar? Look through your closet and mix and match something you’ve never worn before. If you’re uncertain, try it out something else. It may take a little while, but there will definitely be something in your closet that you’ve never paired together that may actually be the perfect outfit!

9. Shake it up

Are you usually chic? Try classy. Shake up your style and try a different look. Wear that pair of boots that have been sitting in your closet for three months. If you don’t know where to start, pick one piece of the outfit and then work around it. It could be shoes, jewelry, the top or the bottom and then find an outfit that complements your piece of clothing/accessory.

Featured photo credit: Liz via flickr.com

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Published on November 20, 2018

The Best Ways to Save Money Even Impulsive Spenders Can Get Behind

The Best Ways to Save Money Even Impulsive Spenders Can Get Behind

The truth is, there are many “money saving guides” online, but most don’t cover the root issue for not saving.

Once I’d discovered a few key factors that allowed me to save 10k in one year, I realized why most articles couldn’t help me. The problem is that even with the right strategies you can still fail to save money. You need to have the right systems in place and the right mindset.

In this guide, I’ll cover the best ways to save money — practical yet powerful steps you can take to start saving more. It won’t be easy but with hard work, I’m confident you’ll be able to save more money–even if you’re an impulsive spender.

Why Your Past Prevents You from Saving Money

Are you constantly thinking about your financial mistakes?

If so, these thoughts are holding you back from saving.

I get it, you wish you could go back in time to avoid your financial downfalls. But dwelling over your past will only rob you from your future. Instead, reflect on your mistakes and ask yourself what lessons you can learn from them.

It wasn’t easy for me to accept that I had accumulated thousands of dollars in credit card debt. Once I did, I started heading in the right direction. Embrace your past failures and use them as an opportunity to set new financial goals.

For example, after accepting that you’re thousands of dollars in debt create a plan to be debt free in a year or two. This way when you’ll be at peace even when you get negative thoughts about your finances. Now you can focus more time on saving and less on your past financial mistakes.

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How to Effortlessly Track Your Spending

Stop manually tracking your spending.

Leverage powerful analytic tools such as Personal Capital and these money management apps to do the work for you. This tool has worked for me and has kept me motivated to why I’m saving in the first place. Once you login to your Personal Capital dashboard, you’re able to view your net worth.

When I’d first signed up with Personal Capital, I had a negative net worth, but this motivated me to save more. With this tool, you can also view your spending patterns, expenses, and how much money you’re saving.

Use your net worth as your north star to saving more. Whenever you experience financial setbacks, view how far you’ve come along. Saving money is only half the battle, being consistent is the other half.

The Truth on Why You Keep Failing

Saving money isn’t sexy. If it was, wouldn’t everyone be doing it?

Some people are natural savers, but most are impulsive spenders. Instead of denying that you’re an impulsive spender, embrace it.

Don’t try to save 60 to 70% of your income if this means you’ll live a miserable life. Saving money isn’t a race but a marathon. You’re saving for retirement and for large purchases.

If you’re currently having a hard time saving, start spending more money on nice things. This may sound counterintuitive but hear me out. Wouldn’t it be better to save $200 each month for 12 months instead of $500 for 3 months?

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Most people run into trouble because they create budgets that set them up for failure. This system won’t work for those who are frugal, but chances are they don’t need help saving. This system is for those who can’t save money and need to be rewarded for their hard work.

Only because you’re buying nice things doesn’t mean that you’ll save less. Here are some rules you should have in place:

  1. Save more than 50% of your available money (after expenses)
  2. Only buy nice things after saving
  3. Automate your savings with automatic bank transfers

These are the same rules that helped me save thousands each year while buying the latest iPhone. Focus only on items that are important to you. Remember, you can afford anything but not everything.

How to Foolproof Yourself out of Debt

Personal finance is a game. On one end, you’re earning money; and on the to other, you’re saving. But what ends up counting in the end isn’t how much you earn but how much you save. Research shows that about 60% of Americans spend more than they save.[1]

So how can you separate yourself from the 60%?

By not accumulating more debt. This way you’ll have more money to save and avoid having more financial obligations. A great way to stop accumulating debt is using cash to pay for all your transactions.

This will be challenging, depending on how reliant you are with your credit card, but it’s worth the effort. Not only will you stop accruing debt, but you’ll also be more conscious with what you buy.

For example, you’ll think twice about purchasing a new $200 headphone despite having the cash to buy them. According to a poll conducted by The CreditCards.com, 5 out of 6 Americans are impulsive spenders.[2]

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Telling yourself that you’ll have the discipline to not buy things won’t cut it. This is equal to having junk food in your fridge while trying to eat healthy–it’s only a matter of time before you slip. By using cash to make your purchases, you’ll spend less and save more.

A Proven Formula to Skyrocket Your Savings

Having proven systems in place to help you save more is important, but they’re not the best way to save money.

You can search for dozens of ways to save money, but there’ll always be a limit. Instead of spending the majority of your effort saving, look for ways to increase your income. The truth is that once you have the right systems in place, saving is easy.

What’s challenging is earning more money. There are many routes you can take to achieve this. For example, you can work long and hard at your current job to earn a raise. But there’s one problem–you’re depending on someone else to give you a raise.

Your company will have to have the budget, and you’ll have to know how to toot your own horn to get this raise. This isn’t to say that earning a raise is impossible, but things are better when you’re in control right? That’s why building a side-hustle is the best way to increase your income.

Think of your side-hustle as a part-time job doing something you enjoy. You can sell items on eBay for a profit, or design websites for small businesses. Building a side-hustle will be on the hardest things you’ll do, be too stubborn to quit.

During the early stages, you won’t be making money and that’s okay. Since you already have a source of income, you won’t be dependent on your side-hustle to pay for your expenses. Depending on how much time you invest in your side-hustle, it can one day replace your current income.

Whatever route you take, focus more on earning and save as much as possible. You have more control than you give yourself credit for.

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Transform Yourself into a Saving Money Machine

Saving money isn’t complicated but it’s one of the hardest things you’ll do.

By learning from your mistakes and rewarding yourself after saving you’ll save more. What would you do with an extra $200 or $500 each month? To some, this is life-changing money that can improve the quality of their lives.

The truth is saving money is an art. Save too much and you’ll quit, but save too little and you’ll pay for the consequences in the future. Saving money takes effort and having the right systems in place.

Imagine if you’d started saving an extra $100 this next month? Or, saved $20K in one year? Although it’s hard to imagine, this can be your reality if you follow the principles covered in this guide.

Take a moment to brainstorm which goals you’d be able to reach if you had extra money each month. Use these goals as motivation to help you stay on track on your journey to saving more. If I was able to save thousands of dollars with little guidance, imagine what you’ll be able to do.

What are you waiting for? Go and start saving money, the sky is your limit.

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