Clothes

18 Ways To Save A Bundle By Repurposing Your Wardrobe

18waystosaveabundlebyrepurposingyourwardrobe.jpgWhen clothing shrinks, gets stained, or no longer fits…

Your first impulse might be to toss it into a donation bin.

But think again!

Canadian Smart Savers know how to take those pieces and turn them into something new. Whether it’s a refreshed outfit, a tote bag, or something beautiful for their home.

Here are some creative ways to turn old clothing into something NEW.

Give Clothes A New Life

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Experiments in Stain Removal and Other Laundry Adventures

experimentsinstainremovalandotherlaundryadventures1.jpgI’ve never truly had to deal with stains until I became chief laundry engineer in our household. Somehow, spouses and children can come up with all kinds of stains and issues you’ve never encountered before in all your decades on this blue-green planet.

Recently, I’ve documented a few of my noble attempts at winning the stain and laundry battle by trying out some home brew laundry techniques. Not all of them have been successful, but I did have one big victory! Read on to find out what works and what doesn’t.

The Tomato Incident:

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Laundry Done Better: Save Money, Energy, Time And Hassle

laundrydonebettersavemoneyenergytimeandhassle.jpgLaundry is one of life’s necessary evils. We’ve come a long way from our grandmother’s (or great grandmother’s) washboard, heavy metal irons, and washing our clothes in the river, but the number of options available have multiplied like bacteria in a petri dish.

Have you seen the fancy features the new washing machines come with lately? I’ve seen some that have over ten different wash cycles, including the “baby laundry” cycle to the “stain remover” cycle. Some have countdown timers so you know exactly when the laundry will be finished. Some even play music when the cycle is done. On one model, I saw an “Eco Bubble” feature on one particular model, which sounded like an exotic spa for your clothes.

Is there something wrong with your machine? There’s an app for that, and there is an error monitoring system that can detect and diagnose problems without you calling for a repairman. Wow.

Thank goodness for the simple things in life, such as saving money on laundry. I no longer feel capable of choosing a washer/dryer, but with the amount of laundry I’ve done in our household, I can certainly list a few things that have helped us get the job done better.

Understanding Wash Symbols

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Clever Ways To Avoid Out Of Stock Sale Items

cleverwaystoavoidoutofstocksaleitems.jpgI’m sure you’ve been there: You hear about some amazing sale from a little bird and you jump in your car, race to the store where this once-in-a-lifetime deal is taking place, only to find out that they ran out of stock on that item within 5 minutes of the store opening at 7am. Or even worse, they never had stock to begin with because their shipment didn’t even arrive!

What’s a person to do when this happens? Most people just give up, get back in their car, and drive home regretting the time wasted and the opportunity lost. Others will buy another similar but much more expensive item from the same store in a classic bait and switch move that adds loads of dollars to the store’s bottom line. Neither scenario is ideal, but you’ll be happy to know you can do better ... much better.

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Ultra Cheap Designer Prescription Glasses Tutorial (VIDEO)

Most people need glasses at some point in their lives and one thing is for certain, designer prescription eyeglasses don’t come cheap. Most glasses retailers that have an in-house optometrist will charge at least $400 a for mid to high end set of frames and lenses with the usual coatings on them. That’s why I’ve put together a video tutorial that shows you how to get these same designer brand glasses for a fraction of the cost, literally as little as $20 and almost always less than $50.

I’ve also included a picture of actual glasses I’ve purchased using this process along with a transcript of the video below for those would would rather read instead of watch. The video itself is about 10 minutes long and I promise it is worth the watch for the savings you will get!

Tutorial Video

Watch on YouTube!

Actual Glasses I’ve Purchased Using This Method

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Out Of Season Clearance Clothes For Less Than Second Hand

outofseasonclearanceclothesforlessthansecondhand.jpgPaying full retail price for clothes is extremely expensive! There is so much high end designer clothing available these days that we are constantly being bombarded by advertisements and pressure to dress fashionably while paying top dollar to do so. But is paying those high retail prices really necessary when purchasing brand new clothing from your local mall or department store?

The answer to that question is a resounding no! You don’t need to shop in second hand stores to find cheap prices on clothing! The fact of the matter is that the clothes themselves are quite cheap to manufacture and the market is literally flooded with supply due to all the players in the clothing industry. However, the retail prices on clothes remain high because every clothing line attempts to build an impeccable brand that every person wants to own. They spend millions of dollars on advertising, beautifying their stores, and designing the next big thing. Then, on top of all those costs, is a massive mark up to ensure a healthy profit for the retailer. When you buy an article of clothing you are really paying primarily for all of those superfluous costs, not the cost to manufacture it.

Abundant Supply Should Mean Low Prices

With all the competition out there and the abundance of supply it is truly amazing that retail prices remain so high for articles of clothing that likely cost only a few dollars to manufacture and ship to their point of sale. Not only that, but styles and seasons change frequently and most stores don’t like to keep leftover stock into the next season let alone the next year! With all the extra supply there is undoubtedly many unsold items remaining in almost every store by the time the next season rolls around. So what do they do with them all?

Well, to decrease supply and make sure that people don’t get their clothes for free some retailers will resort to destroying their unsold clothes and throwing them out by the bagful. However, most retailers choose more responsible alternatives:

  • Send the clothes to one of their outlet stores for sale at reduced prices.
  • Sell the clothes cheaply to discount stores like Winners.
  • Continually mark down unsold items and place them on clearance racks until somebody buys them.
  • Donate clothes that are still unsold or can’t be monetized in some other way to charity.

Buying Clothes Out Of Season

The third bullet above is the key to getting brand name brand new clothes for less than it would cost to shop second hand! With all this extra clothing floating around, almost every store will put even their best clothes on clearance when it comes time for their new inventory to arrive. This happens consistently and reliably a couple of months into every season of every year and is something you can easily plan for. Keep reading » about Out Of Season Clearance Clothes For Less Than Second Hand