Frugal Tips. Extend the Life of Your Style

Wearing your clothing and styling out is inevitable, but extending their life is certainly a smart and frugal move. Plus, although considered therapy by some, clothes shopping and manicures at nail salons near me take time that some just don’t have. Small changes can add up when you follow these tiny tips.

  • Roll up your sleeves. Sleeves get stained the easiest around the sleeves when we’ve always got our hands in to something. When you’re cleaning, doing dishes, making dinner, roll up your sleeves a couple rolls and it’s going to be harder to dip the wrists in spaghetti sauce.
  • Wear an apron while doing manicures. Countless pieces of clothing have been ruined by not wearing an apron. One grease splatter and you’re in the danger zone. Any apron will do, I prefer one that covers my torso and thighs, but have one for when I have people at my house that just covers from the waist to my knees and ties in the back. Plus, when you’re done cooking, you can toss it in the laundry and you’re good to go about your day.
  • Shine your shoes. You might think a pair of shoes has bit the dust, but try shining them to help them look new again, as well preventing leather from cracking. They might get back up to snuff with a couple quick swipes of the shoe shiner. A simple shiner from the store would work fine, or you might try a home remedy of 1:10 parts lemon juice and olive oil with a towel, and that should do the trick.
  • Use a sweater shaver. By far, my favorite clothing preserver on the planet. I have one, and couldn’t be happier. It’s undoubtedly one of the best purchases I’ve made to make hand me downs look brand new. You simply hold your garment on a flat surface, making sure you have a good handle on it or the sweater shaver will eat your garment. Turn it on and direct it pressing lightly over the item. It removes all of the fuzzballs with ease making the garment look near new.
  • Keep the buttons. All those pesky buttons that come with clothes may actually save you from tossing them in the future. If one button cracks or falls off then you’re not tempted to shelf them, just replace it quick.
  • Wash less. Not only are you saving your clothing from being worn down, but you’re also saving water and energy! This works well with sweaters and cardigans especially. Double whammy!

These small tips can warrant more mileage out of your clothes and accessories, certainly worth a shot!

What Is Considered a Good Deal These Days?

When reading couponing blogs, you will undoubtedly come across many “good deals”. The key to couponing is determining what is a good deal for you, and then taking advantage of those deals to save you and your family money.

A good deal isn’t really a good deal if you can’t afford it.

If the price of a house for sale was cut in half, that would be a good deal but you wouldn’t necessarily run out to buy it because it still has a hefty price tag. Apply this mentality to all of your purchases. You may find a good deal on a higher price item such as a TV, but if buying a new TV isn’t in your budget then that isn’t a good deal for you.

Just because it’s expensive doesn’t mean it’s not a good deal.

Similarly, just because an item is high priced even after a deal doesn’t mean it’s not a good deal for you. If you need to buy a car, or a tv, or are planning a vacation you can still find good deals. The actual dollar amount paid may still be high, but it’s all relative to what the “normal” price would be. If you get a $5,000 vacation discounted to $3,500 you’re still spending a lot of money but it is a good deal because you are saving $1,500 on something you would be doing anyway. Again, it is all relative.

A good deal isn’t necessarily a good deal if you don’t need it.

I admit, I’ve fallen into this trap. I’d see a sale in a weekly drug store circular and think “Wow, what a great deal! My favorite body wash is on sale this week and after my coupons it will only cost $0.50 – I better buy as much as I can because it’s such a good deal!”  I never stopped to think that I already had 10 of the same item at home from the last time it was on sale, so I ended up spending money on things I didn’t really need. The reality is that even though you are getting a good deal, you are taking money out of your budget for items you don’t need.

Can you actually use the item?

This goes along with the “do you need it” theme. Say there was a sale and you were able to get beans for $0.20 a can. Since it’s a good deal you buy 20 cans, but you only eat beans 3 times a year and they expire in 2 years. At the most, you’ll use 6 cans and the other 14 will expire. You’ve just wasted $2.80 – not a good deal anymore. This isn’t just for food – lots of spices, medicines, even cosmetics and cleaners eventually expire. I only buy quantities that I can expect to use in a reasonable period of time. Stockpiling is great, but if your stockpile far exceeds your actual usage, chances are you will not be able to use everything. I tend to think that 3-6 months stockpile is a good amount (obviously varying for short expiry items). Of course, you can always donate items to food kitchens or shelters, so if you’re inclined to do that you should never have anything that expires!

The moral of the story is, you have to evaluate your budget and determine what you really need. If you need beans and they are on sale that’s a good deal for you. If you’re planning to travel to Paris, saving $1,000 is a good deal for you. Keep in mind that while one person may consider something to be a hot deal, it may not be worth the money for you no matter how low the price.