Remarks on budgeting

Being a starving college student, saving money is always a priority for me. I don’t get to have a job because I play field hockey at school, and my parents aren’t the kind that just throw money at their kids, so every dollar counts for me because it could be my last for a while. All the money I get must come from somewhere; it must be earned and deserved.

Because of this, I am always weighing my options: do I really need that or will I actually use that? These questions fill my head every time I shop.

Shopping for clothes can be challenging when on a budget, but it gets easier with time. Eventually I have learned to like saving money because actually having some when I need it is a fantastic feeling. The joy of impulse buying fades but the satisfaction of getting something you really need lasts much longer.

Also, in today’s world, don’t be afraid to look on the Internet for helpful tips and tricks to make your own stuff. Whether its how to hem a skirt for spring or how to make new home decorations. I find myself saying “I can do that” or “that would look so cute in my apartment.”

Never be afraid to try something new or make something. It will keep you wallet intact and will make you home, wardrobe, and life more original and unique.

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Children’s Consignment

Growing up, two of my good friends both received sisters in the same year. At the time we were all in seventh grade, so I was able to watch both grow up. One of the most obvious things that I noticed about these little girls is that they constantly had new clothes. It wasn’t that they wanted them or asked for them, but little girls are always growing and need new clothes to grow with them.

Children grow faster than older people and need new clothes, aka a whole new wardrobe, every couple months. This can be a very expensive issue for many parents. How can they constantly be buying new clothes? Granted children’s clothes are cheaper than an adult’s, but multiple pieces can add up quickly.

But don’t worry. Consignment shops are not just for the older crowd. There are specific stores that sell just kids clothing and toys. They are there for the parents looking for inexpensive clothing while still finding the quality they want.

Children's consignment shopping

Parents living in Towson are closer than they think to a store like this. On York Road, sharing a space with With Gratitude, sits The Lily Pad. The small shop is filled with racks of both girls and boys clothes. All the clothing is consignment and is in excellent condition. This particular store sells more high-end children’s clothing but the prices are still very fair.

The Lily Pad of Towson

The store also offers toys, books, and other items for small children. All these pieces are new from national companies but are still very unique and reasonably priced. All the pieces in the store change seasonly and the inventory is evolving and changing.

This store is there for the growing kids in the Towson area. Parents can find cheaper clothing right down the street and keep up with their growing kids’ needs.

Bringing New Life to an Old Piece

I know I do it. You probably do it to. It happens to many shoppers. You pass over the older piece of fashion because you think it has no real spot in your closet. You’ll never wear it, and it will just collect more dust, getting older and older.

This happens because people don’t realize the real potential in those older pieces. And everyone forgets that, with just a little bit of wit and patience, the piece can look completely different. Hems are easily lowered, seams let out, and sleeves cut off. In a matter of minutes, a dress that reminded you of your grandma now looks brand-new and part of modern fashion.

One of the easiest ways to redo clothes is to dye them. Buying white pieces then use dying kits to change the color is the simplest way to incorporate new items that match your wardrobe.

Never be afraid to cut apart your clothes. You are most likely doing it to clothes you don’t want anymore or that you got for cheap, so it’s no loss to you if the first time does not go as planned. It will get easier as you get more experienced. Also, the fact that you could say you make your own clothes will make you look crafty and unique.

The important things to remember is that never overlook that drab dress hanging in the corner of the consignment shop. Another person’s trash can be your new beauty.

Savings, Savings, Savings

Walking around the mall can be a challenge. My friends love to go shopping, as do I. Unfortunately, I don’t always get to buy something.

I have spent many nights watching friends try on outfit after outfit while I patiently sit on a chair, offering advice, saying yes, definitely or no way. It can get tiring and makes me a little bitter, but the lack of difference in the number in my bank account makes it worth it. There is nothing worse than going to check on my savings and seeing them significantly less than the day before.

Saving money can be hard to do, especially when you love to shop, shop, and then shop again. Managing money is a tricky thing, but it is possible. Don’t try to do it cold-turkey. Set some rules for yourself and learn some tricks and tips to help make it easier.

Annoy yourself. Question every purchase you consider making because then you may not buy it. But if you edit your spending, you will have more money to maybe spoil yourself later.

Never just stop spending altogether, it will not work. You, like being on a bad diet, will splurge on the first chance you get. Instead, go slowly and spend money rationally.

When trying to save, many people try to utilize more coupons because they think they will help them save money. However, coupons can be the evil side of trying to save. They can actually make you spend more because you can be tempted to buy something you never would have just because you have a coupon for it.

Saving money is a tricky business, but it gets easier with practice. Have patience and take it one day at a time. But don’t be afraid to spend every now and then, new things are always fun to have.