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Buying a Great New Wardrobe on a Budget

You don’t have to break the bank when it comes to buying new clothes. There are plenty of great ways you can get fantastic clothes and you won’t need to spend thousands of dollars. In order to do that, though, there are two things you really need to consider. First, it’s important that you plan out what you really need and what you actually just want. Then, you need to figure out what kind of budget you can actually afford to at least get what you need. If there’s money left over, you can use some of it to buy what you want. It’s a great feeling to get everything you need and still have money left over to get some things you want, without overspending and feeling bad about the cost of everything.

Once you’ve determined how much you’re comfortable spending, make sure you limit yourself to that. Prepaid credit cards can help you, since they don’t allow you to spend more than you’ve put onto them. They also help to protect your personal information, so they can be very valuable to you overall. Once you’ve put your money onto a prepaid card, you can just focus on getting the kind of clothing you really need and want at prices that are great for you. Be sure to shop around and see what you can find. You might be surprised at the deals you can get with a little bit of sleuthing.

Of course, it’s also possible to get benefits and perks like free shipping, or a free gift with something that you buy. Just make sure that you’re not overspending or buying things you don’t really need just so you can get the perk. That doesn’t help you in the long run, and can even lead you to spend more, which is something that you’ll want to avoid.

Shopping Tips for the Fashion Conscious Mom

Becoming a mother doesn’t mean that you have to give up your passion for fashion or a general interest in looking attractive. Although you might not have much time to devote to shopping and looking for the best deals, there are still things you can do to stay fashionable and feel good about yourself.

Staying Connected with Fashion Trends

If you’re a busy mom, you are most likely not hanging out at coffee shops, bars or in malls where you can see people coming and going dressed in the latest fashion trends. You might be spending a great deal of time at home with your young child and only getting a glimpse of fashion trends through watching television shows or the occasional fashion-related show. Another way that you can stay connected with the latest fashion is to order fashion magazines that fit your age, taste and style. An annual subscription to a fashion magazine is generally inexpensive and will give you a good diversion when your child is sleeping or you have some downtime.

Shopping Online for the Latest Fashions

Online clothes shopping is an excellent strategy for busy moms. If you know your size and are clear about what you want, you can quickly scan numerous online shops, do price comparisons and read reviews from other moms about the fit and quality of the clothing. What’s more, the clothes arrive in the mail and many online shops have return policies that accommodate a wrong size or an incorrect purchase.

Shop with Other Moms

Shopping alone can be a challenge. If you want the advice of other fashion conscious people, reach out to your friends. Go shopping together and bring your kids. You can take turns watching each other’s children while you’re trying on clothes. Also ask the honest opinion of sales clerks in your favorite clothing stores. They will know how clothing should fit and if better options exist for you in the store.

Choosing Costumes For Your Children

Each year, around Halloween, parents start asking their child (if the child hasn’t already told them) what they want to dress up as that year. For most kids, the popular choices — Cinderella or other Disney princesses for younger girls; Hannah Montana for tween girls, and superheroes such as Batman or Spiderman for boys — are usually the ones they say they want to be this year.

For most parents, this isn’t a big concern. You can purchase kids costumes at Halloween costume online stores, which are usually designed appropriately for children. For girls, the Disney princess costumes are usually made to where the necklines and lengths are acceptable.

For instance, low necklines are either re-tailored to be higher or a square of cloth is added to cover more of the chest and neck area. Most princess costumes are floor-length or come down to well below the knee anyway, but even the “skimpier” ones, such as Jasmine or Pocahontas, are altered. More gauzy material may be added to the Jasmine outfit, while Pocahontas’s deerskin dress will have more fringe in the appropriate places.

Hannah Montana costumes are also usually re-designed. Pants, skirts and shorts are altered to fit more loosely, and skirt and short lengths are made longer. Also, since Hannah Montana is actually Miley Cyrus’s alter ego, online Halloween costume stores may even throw in the brown and blond wigs as well as some jewelry and other accessories. These accessories may have to be purchased separately in regular stores.

Boys’ kids costumes usually don’t require much altering, because for some reason, many superheroes do not find it necessary to show that much skin. And, even if they are skin-tight, there is usually enough looseness in strategic areas so that parents don’t have to worry about unsightly bulges (especially in front). This can be especially true of those purchased at Halloween costume stores online.

Making Your Wardrobe Eco-Friendly

People are constantly finding ways to be more eco-conscience in every part of their lives. From the cleaning products we buy to the restaurants we frequent, people are thinking about how their purchases affect the environment. Incorporating eco-friendly clothing to your current wardrobe is another “green” practice that makes a fashion statement and does something positive for the environment.

To begin making a transition to an eco-friendly wardrobe, do some research on what “eco-friendly” actually means. Earth-safe clothing may consist of chemical-free fabrics and biodegradable dyes. Find out a clothing line’s manufacturing process. How a company obtains its resources is an important factor in determining what is “green” and what may be detrimental to the environment.

Stores selling vegan goods are reliable places to buy products that are safe for the environment. Some department stores and retailing chains also offer specific lines of environmentally-conscious clothing. Buying organic clothing like cotton tees and garments made of plant-based materials (such as hemp and bamboo) are great starter pieces for your eco-friendly wardrobe. Shoes, handbags and jewelry are just a few of many pieces that can be eco-friendly.

Another way to make your wardrobe sustainable and earth-friendly is to buy used garments. Buying recycled clothes potentially means that a pair of jeans, a tee shirt or a dress stays in your closet and out of a landfill. Similarly, buy clothing that is sturdy and long lasting. Save money and the help save the environment by reducing your clothing waste.

Once you have a few eco-friendly outfits, be sure to practice green laundering practices. Go to environmentally-sound dry cleaners for those special garments. Buy biodegradable laundry detergent when you’re cleaning your clothes at home. Wash your clothes in large loads to save on water use. Consider hang-drying clothes rather than putting garments in the dryer; this practice will cut down on electricity consumption.

 

Getting the Best Deals with Online Coupon Codes

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Everything from a gallon of gas to a gallon of milk seems to be going up a little more in price, which is why it’s important to start looking for ways to save money. One of the easiest ways you can save money is by searching for, and finding, online coupons. Many people chuckle when they see people pulling out a wad of coupons at the checkout, but I bet if they knew how much money people actually save with these coupons, they wouldn’t be chuckling. Instead, they would be searching for these coupons themselves!

It doesn’t matter if you want to purchase something from your favorite clothing store, department store or grocery store – almost all retailers offer promotional online coupon codes that can be used both online or offline at the actual store. There is a little bit of a science to finding these coupons though. First, you have to know when the stores offer the best coupons so you can be ready for them and don’t miss them. The best times to search for online coupons is at the very first of the month, the middle and the last of the month. This means the first few days of the month, around the 15th of the month and the last few days of the month.

Finally, begin your coupon search in advance. Don’t wait until the moment you have to buy a specific item. If you know you will need the item a few weeks in advance, you can easily visit various online coupon sites where you can look for the available coupons for the product you need. In addition to visiting coupon sites, you can enter this into Google “Your Product Name Online Coupon” and you should be able to find a few quick coupons that way as well.

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