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9 Ways to Organize Your Wardrobe Better to Save Money

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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.

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Featured photo credit: Liz via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 5, 2022

33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

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33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

In a difficult economy, most of us are looking for ways to put more money in our pockets, but we don’t want to feel like misers. We don’t want to drastically alter our lifestyles either. We want it fast and we want it easy. Small savings can add up and big savings can feel like winning the lottery, just without all of the taxes.

Some easy ways to save money:

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  1. Online rebate sites. Many online sites offer cash back rebates and online coupons as well. MrRebates and Ebates are two I like, but there are many others.
  2. Sign up for customer rewards. Many of your favorite stores offer customer rewards on products you already buy. Take advantage.
  3. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. The extra cost up front is worth the energy savings later on.
  4. Turn off power strips and electronic devices when not in use.
  5. Buy a programmable thermostat. Set it to lower the heat or raise the AC when you’re not home.
  6. Make coffee at home. Those lattes and caramel macchiatos add up to quite a bit of dough over the year.
  7. Switch banks. Shop around for better interest rates, lower fees and better customer perks. Don’t forget to look for free online banking and ease of depositing and withdrawing money.
  8. Clip coupons: Saving a couple dollars here and there can start to add up. As long as you’re going to buy the products anyway, why not save money?
  9. Pack your lunch. Bring your lunch to work with you a few days a week, rather than buy it.
  10. Eat at home. We’re busier than ever, but cooking meals at home is healthier and much cheaper than take-out or going out. Plus, with all of the freezer and pre-made options, it’s almost as fast as drive-thru.
  11. Have leftovers night. Save your leftovers from a few meals and have a “leftover dinner.” It’s a free meal!
  12. Buy store brands: Many generic or store brands are actually just as good as name brands and considerably cheaper.
  13. Ditch bottled water. Drink tap water if it’s good quality, buy a filter if it’s not. Get 
      a reusable water bottle and refill it.
    • Avoid vending machines: The items are usually over-priced.
    • Take in a matinee. Afternoon movie showings are cheaper than evening times.
    • Re-examine your cable bill. Cancel extra cable or satellite channels you don’t watch. Watch the “on demand” movie purchases too.
    • Use online bill pay. Most banks offer free online bill paying. Save on stamps and checks, and avoid late fees by automating bill payment.
    • Buy frequently used items in bulk. You get a lower per item price and eliminate extra trips to the store later on.
    • Fully utilize the library. Borrowing books is much cheaper than buying them, but in addition to books, most local libraries now lend movies and games.
    • Cancel magazine/newspaper subscriptions: Re-evaluate your subscriptions. Cancel those you don’t read and consider reading some of the other publications online.
    • Get rid of your land-line. Do you really need a land-line anymore if everyone in the family has a cell phone? Alternatively, look into using VOIP or getting a cheaper plan.
    • Better fuel efficiency. Check the air pressure in your tires, keep up with proper auto maintenance, and slow down. Driving even 5MPH slower will result in better fuel mileage.
    • Increase your deductibles. Increasing the insurance deductibles on your homeowners and auto insurance policies lowers premiums significantly. Just make sure you choose a deductible that you can afford should an emergency happen.
    • Choose lunch over dinner. If you do want to dine out occasionally, go at lunchtime rather than dinnertime. Lunch prices are usually cheaper.
    • Buy used:  Whether it’s something small like a vintage dress or a video game or something big like a car or furniture, consider buying it used. You can often get “nearly new” for a fraction of the cost.
    • Stick to the list. Make a list before you go shopping and don’t buy anything that’s not on the list unless it’s a once in a lifetime, killer deal.
    • Tame the impulse. Use a self-enforced waiting period whenever you’re tempted to make an unplanned purchase. Wait for a week and see if you still want the item.
    • Don’t be afraid to ask. Ask to have fees waived, ask for a discount, ask for a lower interest rate on your credit card.
    • Repair rather than replace. You can find directions on how to fix almost anything on the internet. Do your homework, and then bring out your inner handyman.
    • Trade with your neighbors. Borrow tools or equipment that you use infrequently and swap things like babysitting with your neighbors.
    • Swap online. Use sites like PaperBack Swap to trade books, music, and movies with others online. Also, look for local community sites like Freecycle where people give away items they no longer need.
    • Cut back on the meat. Try eating a one or two meatless meals every week or cut back on the meat portions. Meat is usually the most expensive part of the meal.
    • Comparison shop: Get in the habit of checking prices before you buy. See if you can get a better price at another store or look online.

    Remember that saving money is not about being cheap or stingy; it’s about putting money into your bank account rather than giving it to someone else. There are many ways to save money, some you’ve never thought of, and some that won’t appeal or apply to you. Just pick a few of the ideas that sound doable and watch the savings add up. Save big, save small, but save wherever you can.

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