TIP OF THE DAY NO.46 – SALES AND SAVING MONEY

TIP. NO 46 – SALES AND SAVING MONEY

The word SALE is like magic – we are drawn to it like moth to the light. We feel compelled to go and check it out – we don’t want to miss a bargain – but whatever we buy at a reduced price is only a bargain when we can pay for it – either with cash or when using your credit card, by paying the full amount at the end of the month.

If you don’t, the interest charged to your balance at the end of the month, and each month after that,  makes what you bought at a reduced price very, very expensive.  Therefore, only let  SALES tempt you when you can afford it without making the bank a little richer.

See you tomorrow

       scan0004-2                       Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY NO. 36 – THE ART OF BUYING IN THRIFT SHOPS

TIP NO. 36 – THE ART OF BUYING IN THRIFT SHOPS

Shopping in thrift shops has become a sport – spurred on by the ambition to find the bargain of a lifetime. But to find that bargain you must know how to look, and what you are looking for – prepare yourself – you will need:

1. An idea of what is missing in your wardrobe – this is to avoid getting side tracked by things that don’t fit your lifestyle.

2. Know what is in fashion – even if you don’t follow the latest trends, knowing that full skirts are in will prevent you from buying an unfashionable tight one.

3. Plenty of time – thrift shops are packed with merchandise –  displayed either in heaps on tables or hanging on rags tightly packed, making it difficult to go through it quickly. You must have enough time to see what is there and to examine carefully what you buy.

4. Check it out – when you find an item you like check out its condition –  look under the arms and around the collar. There should be no sign of wear – also check for snags, pulled threads, spots, rips, and piling when it is knitwear.

5. Try it on – today most thrift shops have fitting rooms – use them – don’t come home with something that does not fit or suit you – remember there is no exchange.

6. Consider an alteration – if it is only a matter of shortening the length and/or the sleeves, and it fits otherwise, it will still be worse buying.

Once you have found a thrift shop you like, some are more pleasant than others, drop in whenever you have some time and check out what has come in – their merchandise changes daily and after all you don’t want to miss the bargain of a lifetime.

Happy Hunting – see you tomorrow

   scan0004-2                          Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY NO. 34 – BE CONSISTENT

TIP NO 34. – BE CONSISTENT

Whatever we decide to do to improve ourselves – our looks, our health, our body —- will only work if done regularly. You’re not obliged to do something everyday, but work out a certain pattern such as a face masque once a week – exercise twice a week, or having four nights of enough sleep.

It’s like saving money: A little regularly will become a lot eventually!

No, I won’t see you tomorrow because I am going away, and believe it or not, to a place that  has no internet connection – yes they still do exist – but I will see you again regularly as of February 27, 2013. Until then, stay well.

           scan0004-2                                     Brigitte

TIP OF THE SAY – NO. 7 LOOK GOOD AND DRESS WELL

TIP NO. 7   – When you buy a pant suit and a skirt is available, spend the extra money and buy it. It might be more expensive at the moment, but the price of the third piece saves you buying another suit. You will get twice the wear out of the suit, because jackets don’t wear out as fast as a skirt or pants – besides it gives you an option for a different look.

See you tomorrow

       scan0004-2                Brigitte