Finding Fashionable Clothing on a Budget
Posted by Sarah at 10:13 pm in Great Deals

Even though you may not be able to afford the latest fashions, there’s no reason to run around wearing worn, out-of-date clothing! Fashion isn’t just about the label on the tag – you may be able to use certain trimmings, colors, and fabric types to create the impression of being fashionable without blowing your budget.

Making Used Clothes Fashionable

First, if you want to look stylish, you’ll need to study fashionable clothes in order to determine what it is that makes the item trendy. Whether it’s the addition of sequins, beads, or sashes, you should be able to find these items in craft stores, sewing supply sites online, as well as clearance and discount outlets. Next, check out your local second-hand store for used clothing items that are basic in structure without a lot of design elements – these will provide the foundation for your own fashionable creations.

Making your own trendy t-shirts is a perfect place to start. You could easily pay $50 for a rhinestone embellished t-shirt in a pricey boutique, or you could make your own for less than $10. As you look through used clothes, choose pieces that are solid colored and with no designs on them. From there, all you’ll need to do is add whatever trimmings or designs you want to the garment. If this includes screen prints, you may even be able to find useful pictures online that you can print onto iron-on paper and transfer to your shirt.

Make Your Own Clothes

If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you’ll be able to save some major money on your clothing budget. There are always fabrics on clearance and you’ll find that pattern companies like McCalls and Simplicity do a great job of putting out beautiful, stylish clothing patterns. If you don’t know how to sew garments, check to see if your local sewing store offers classes or call seamstresses in your area to see if they’d be willing to give lessons.

Off-Season Purchases

Good bargain shoppers already know that you can take advantage of huge clearance sales at the end of a season. Unfortunately, if a particular design was trendy this year, it probably won’t be anymore by the time next year rolls around. Therefore – just like with used clothing – you should try to find garments that are plain, but easily modified or items in classic styles and cuts that will always look fashionable, regardless of current trends and styles.

Discount Outlets

If you love a bargain, the outlet mall is a beautiful thing. Even if you have to drive an hour or so to reach the nearest one, the availability of different sales and discounts in these locations is well worth your time. As with shopping end-of-season clearance sales, you’ll want to buy pieces that can be modified later so that you don’t get stuck in last year’s trends. Also, be sure to thoroughly check every garment you plan to purchase carefully before buying – many outlet stores offer defective clothing at a highly discounted price in addition to regular merchandise.

Even though you may look at some used or discounted garments and dismiss them immediately as not fashionable, they may still have some value. In particular, if they can easily be updated with the addition of accents, you could find yourself looking fashionable for a fraction of the price. Get into the habit of looking beyond your first impressions and you’ll find a whole new world of budget style options at your fingertips.

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Eating Healthy on a Budget
Posted by Sarah at 10:13 pm in Great Deals

Going to the supermarket can be such a drag! Unless you want to subsist on HoHos and potatoes, you may find that you need to spend more than expected to buy healthy food. Unfortunately, as worldwide crop demand increases and as farmers dedicate more land to the lucrative biodiesel market, you may find that food prices will go even higher. That said, there are some things you can do reduce your food expenditures.

Start a Garden

Starting your own garden has an enormous number of benefits. In particular, if you want to eat healthy, organic produce, this is one way to ensure that you won’t be exposed to the many chemicals used in commercial farms. In addition to saving money, you’ll also be eating some of the best organic foods available. You may even want to purchase some canning jars and learn to preserve certain foods so that you’ll have access to cheap, healthy produce year-round.

Do Your Own Cooking

Regardless of how busy your schedule is, you can take a few hours to cook healthy foods for the rest of the week. For example, you can cook a roast and slice it up for sandwiches that you can take to work for several days. You may also want to try making soups, breads, and other items that freeze well and can be prepared ahead of time. Best of all, you don’t even need to go and buy a cook book in order to find easy, tasty recipes – just search online for recipes, and you’ll have access to a wealth of feedback left by individuals that have already tried each recipe.

Meat Protein Swapping

There’s no question that the cost of meat is outrageous. Even if you only want one or two pieces of meat a week – or some meat each day – you may find that you just can’t afford it. At the same time, eating cheap tuna fish or other mercury-filled seafood products is simply not an option.

That said, some studies indicate that beef is the only meat that contains all of the proteins you need in your diet. In addition, if you do your research, you can find nuts, beans, and other items that contain the majority of these proteins that will supplement your beef intake. From there, you may find that you can easily cut your meat consumption down to one serving of beef per week, and still get all of the proteins that you need to stay healthy.

Sales and Discounts

While many people tout the money-saving benefits of coupons, they won’t help you save on the fresh fruits and vegetables you need. In addition, it’s important to remember that these items have a limited shelf life, so you’ll need to plan your purchases carefully. For example, bananas will only last a few days after they ripen. Consequently, many supermarkets offer produce at deeply discounted prices either at the end of the day or at the beginning. If you watch the employees in the produce department carefully, you may be able to find some good deals when they put these items out for quick sale.

Even though the price of food is likely to go higher, you don’t need to go hungry or force yourself to eat foods that are filled with starch, preservatives, and agricultural chemicals. In many cases, if you a little extra research and follow some simple guidelines, you should be able to cut your food bill by a significant amount. Chances are, you’ll find this gives you a much healthier diet, as well as a more affordable one.

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