2 Fashion Dresses for the Autumn

November 16, 2015Fashion

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The top fashion runway shows in New York, LA, London, Milan, and Paris presented an array of exciting fall clothing for autumn 2015. Designers in all five cities created fall fashion choices that complemented each other. Fabrics were boldly patterned and colorful, with plenty of velvet and shine. Embellishment and embroidery were all in the details. A touch of gold was added for the evening.

2015 fashion runway looks are elegant, shiny, and colorful. You may love all the hot autumn looks but your pocketbook can’t take the expense of buying them all. You’ll want to choose one or two new looks that you can add to your fall wardrobe. New dresses are a versatile garment in your wardrobe. They can be dressed up or down, to make them suitable to wear to work, to a party, or just for hanging out with friends.

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Here are 2 new fashion dresses for the autumn that are simply a must for your wardrobe.

1. The Slip Dress. The slip dress has thin straps, a fitted bodice, and a long skirt reaching past the knees. Slip may be a misnomer though, as this dress will have a long zipper up the back. Not only is this dress easy to put on, but you can wear jackets, shawls, or bolero jackets with it, to change the look. Don’t expect to have no movement in the legs though—the slip dress has a full flowing skirt to offer easy movement. Look for sharp contrasting panels of color, and layers of skirts. You’ll want to add additional slip skirts underneath. Dress lengths fall mid-shin and add a touch of femininity to your day.

2. Eastern Influence Dress. Asian inspiration continues to influence fall dress looks. This season’s Eastern influence look comes from China, with cheongsan-style gowns. Expect bold bright colors, or sombre dark ones. Patterns are Eastern-influenced, with braid, embroidery, ribbon, and dragons, to dress up these long flowing gowns. Sleeves are long or short, but gowns drape down to the floor. Fabrics may be light and airy, or of heavier silks and satins. This style of dress isn’t meant to have a lot of jewelry worn with it, being the embellishments are the accessory, but you can still the basics.

The slip dress and eastern influence dress are both versatile, so that you can shop around for belts, jewelry, and scarves to make the look your own. You can switch out your accessories for evening, to create an elegant evening look. Check out these top two trends for autumn, and you’re sure to find two great autumn dresses for your wardrobe. You can view more ideas at this link .

 
 

How To Pick Out The Perfect Prom Dress

November 8, 2015Fashion

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Prom Dress BlueProm season is a time of hair-pulling stress that sends most girls screaming out of stores in frustration; they wail about how all the dresses suck, how they can’t find one that fits, because “my goodness, I must be fat!” These girls are the ones who didn’t bother to plan their outfit ahead of time. They thought they could just go into the store and the prom fairy would show them to the perfect dress. It’s not that simple, honey! Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make dress shopping a more pleasant, non-hair-pulling trip.

Choose your theme. If the school has already figured out what the prom theme for this is, focus on matching your dress to that. You won’t find a sparkling rainbow gown goes well with the silent movie era theme (for the younger ones, this means it’s all in black and white). Even if the theme is colorful, don’t just throw a bunch of sparkles and prints together. You’re going to be a hot mess standing out amongst the cool kids.

Know your measurements. It doesn’t matter if you weighed yourself last week. Have someone help you measure chest, waist and hip widths. Don’t forget your height! Some stores aren’t going to have size 2, 4 and so on. And who knows? You might have gained or lost weight since you last checked. It’s always better to be sure of your measurements so you don’t have to struggle to squeeze into that size you thought you were.

Have a budget. You may want that big, beautiful ball gown in the store’s window, but its price tag says it’s out of your league. Don’t worry; there are plenty of cheaper prom dresses that look just as good. You can find several on eBay, which is definitely a reason to know your measurements so you won’t have to tailor your dress once it arrives. Depending on what time of the year you shop, you could see better discounts out of season.

Dress modestly. Getting attention from that boy you’ve been eyeing doesn’t mean wearing an overly revealing dress. Go with something that’s modest but classy; leave the short skirts to the high school Girls. When searching for a dress that fits this description, have a particular style in mind (ruffles? draped? ribbons?), but be open to other styles. You might find a pair of shoes you love that goes better with a different dress than you picked out. Keep all options open.

While it’s important to keep all these things in mind, at the end of the day, make sure you walk away with a dress that you love. You’ll only be wearing it for one day, and you’ll be paying big bucks for it, so make sure the memories you create in it are ones you want to keep. With that said, Happy Prom! Have a great night!

 
 

Top 5 Sites Where You Can Shop Online

November 3, 2015Shopping Tips

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Online shopping has never been as simple and accessible as it is today! The very obvious benefits of shopping online are all the time that you save, the gazillions of choices you are open to, and also, the most prominent one being the availability of amazing offers and coupons you can use to your benefit and purchase everything you wanted to, for a reasonable price. Also, online shopping websites allow you to make comparisons and pick the option that best fits your needs. For instance the product you are looking for may cost $10 on website A while it might be available for $8 on website B.

Having said that, there are countless shopping websites available today, the top 5 being:

Top 5 Online Shopping Sites

Walmart – Probably the most often heard of, Walmart is always on top of the lists of the top sites. With the tagline “Save money, live better”, there is not much that is left to say about it. Walmart brings to you amazing offers from time to time alongside their terrific selection of products. People who have to shop often (practically everyone) know that a good saving is the way to go and coupons make it worth the while. Additionally, the company has recently launched a new program that allows consumers the luxury of purchasing an item online and paying the bill in cash at a nearby Walmart location! This makes shopping all the more convenient.

Amazon – This one is known as one of the easiest ways to purchase items sold by companies or re-sold by consumers, thus offering you millions of things to choose from. And since many of the products are those sold by consumers themselves, you can get gently used books or previously purchased items for much less than you would pay for them retail! Moreover, Amazon is a much safer alternative when it comes to paying for your items. In case you are not willing to pay through your credit or debit card on the site, you can opt to using PayPal, which is a safer medium of making the payment.

Target – Target is one of the top online websites. You can find everything available on the website, ranging from clothes, shoes, accessories to stuff for the holidays! That too for a great discount if you’re lucky! And a cherry on the icing is that Target exclusively offers free home delivery to almost anywhere, provided that your order is over $75, and also allows free returns – even via post! Additionally, Target also offers you a wide selection of things to choose from.

Best Buy – As the name itself indicates, Best Buy is your best bet when shopping online. One of the perks of shopping on Best Buy is that you can order items online and ship them to a U.S. address or pick them up at a U.S. store. Also INTERNATIONAL CREDIT CARDS are accepted which makes paying for your items even more simple. So wherever you are, Best Buy is there for you.

NewEgg – NewEgg has a huge range of products to sell from computer hardware to apparel and services. This is one of the biggest tech re-seller with warehouses in various states. They have a very short delivery time and the shopping experience is one of a kind!

 
 

Best Costume Ideas for Halloween

November 1, 2015Holidays

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Did you know that there is a record of people wearing Halloween costumes in Scotland in 1585? That’s centuries of Halloween party fun! Soon the invitations will be pouring in to have creepy, spooky fun with your friends, and you won’t want to miss out by not having a costume. That means finding some cool, but affordable Halloween costume ideas for the entire family. There are thousands of party costume choices, but it’s just a matter of narrowing down your choice.

Here are some of the best costume ideas for Halloween this year.

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1. Super Hero costumes are fun for the entire family. Costumes are suitable for boy or girl, man or woman. There’s a plethora of super hero movies and at least six super hero TV shows running at the moment. You can dress as your favorite Super Hero and act the part, if only for one night.

2. Almost as popular as Super Hero costumes are Video Game Costumes. These characters are super heroes in their own way, but are focused on characters from popular video games. You can bring out the geek in you with one of these cool costumes.

3. Even before Pirates of the Caribbean, the pirate theme was a hot costume idea. With pirate costumes you can add your own jewelry and accessories to spice up the look. For other items you don’t have around home, you can find eye patches, scarves, hats, and swords from an online costume shop.

4. Scare you friends by wearing a creepy horror film character costume. Michael Myers is probably one of the most popular choices, but you can put together an affordable costume by shopping around costume sites. You don’t necessarily have to use costumes for their intended purpose either. You may be able to find a creepy dress for the girl from The Ring in the Witches or classic Halloween costume category. Have a look around, to see what unique ideas would be perfect for your costume.

5. If you don’t wish to be a specific character on Halloween, you may opt for a traditional Halloween costume such as witch, ghost, or goblin. Even a creepy clown is bound to freak out a few of your friends. You may choose to name your character, or keep it generic.

If you can save some cash on your new Halloween costume that’ll give you more to buy additional accessories for your costume. When you visit Shindigz.com, you’ll be offered a discount coupon shortly after visiting the site. Shindigz is full of great costume ideas and you can dress up your costume any way you wish, to make a character unique to you.

Halloween offers one chance per year to be someone different. You can save money by buying your Halloween costume, then reusing it again the next year. Find your favorite Halloween costume now, before stock sells out. You’ll have fun making a grand entrance while wearing your Super Hero, Video Game, Pirate, Horror, or classic Halloween costume!

 
 

How to Save Money on Grocery Items

October 26, 2015Shopping Tips

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Many of us are often caught off guard by how quickly the price of groceries can add up, leaving us staggering as we leave the checkout. Since groceries are necessity, we all could stand to save where we can on our groceries. Here are a few simple ways that you can save money on your groceries the next time that you hit the store.

Make a list around sales: You can make your grocery list centered around sales and stock up on the items that you use regularly then freeze or store them.

Use coupons: Manufacturers and stores regularly will give out coupons to encourage people to purchase different products. Most people do not claim the many coupons that are released into the public. While most coupons will only give you a small percentage off of the regular purchase price, this can add up to large savings in the long run. Look for different websites that show you different coupon deals that are available such as our site  www.couponcodeday.com .

Get fruits and veggies from the farmer’s market: Farmer’s markets or auctions offers fruits and veggies in bulk at a relatively low price per unit. This also helps your local economy and you are more likely to be purchasing fresher produce than what is available in the grocery store, allowing it to last longer.

Purchase your meat wholesale: If you are able to purchase your meat directly from a farmer, you can pick out cows and pigs that you wish to have butchered and then pay a butcher to produce the different cuts that you want. This can save you a significant amount of money per pound as you are not having to pay the third party costs that must be covered by a store.

Sign up for the rewards program: Many grocery stores offer reward programs to their customers, which often leads to discounts or even cash back. This is a way that you can stretch your dollar farther, by using the points earned to get items that rarely go on sale such as deli meats, dairy products, and produce.

Buy the generic brand: Many people have an aversion to buying generic brand items, but many of these items are actually on par with the name brand items. If your taste buds can’t stomach generic brands, purchase it for items that you don’t eat such as paper products, cleansers, and hygiene products. Going for the generic brand will help you to save large amounts of money in the long run with you often saving 50 cents or more over the name brand product.

Buy in bulk: You can save large amounts of money when you buy items in bulk from a store or club. This is best used for prepackaged snacks, frozen foods, hygiene products, and paper products, and any other items that you plan to use regularly.

There are many different ways that you can save money on the grocery items that you need. With a little effort by looking for the best sales and the coupons that you need. By preplanning your grocery trips you can shave off some money from the groceries that you have to buy each month.

 
 

Hottest Fall Color Trends

October 18, 2015Fashion

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Although the runways have been overflowing with models in cool weather fashions since early summer, it’s finally time to unleash 2015’s fall trends. What’s most evident in this season’s fashion market is that colors are getting more toned down, more somber. Fall, although brilliantly colored with its golden-red leaves, is an entirely different story when it comes to what is the fashion forward thing to wear. From Gucci to Valentino to Alexander McQueen, it’s time to leave the bright, eye-popping colors of summer and do an about-face to the demure hues of autumn. Three colors emerged on top: gray, black and brown.

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The biggest hit this season will be gray. Although there are an indistinguishable amount of shades out there, the focus this fall will be on cooler shades with monochromatic elements, meaning that each gray will have a hint of a particular color in them. What’s great about this color is that you can match it with just about anything; its versatility means that you won’t have to worry about your outfit clashing, no matter what you wear with it. One particular item that’s been prevalent on the runways is the fashion cape, which looks absolutely stunning in gray. Kohl’s has several styles to choose from for this fall. If you want to jazz your gray outfit up a bit, choose metallic grays that will show off a little sparkle.

Black came in a close second, but it’s never been out of style. Black has always been the chic fashion choice all stylists turn to when other color choices grow dull. Whether it’s a Gucci handbag with silver buckles added for flare or a rehashed version of the little black dress, dark colors have always done well over the fall and winter months. This year’s choices have a big focus on leather and lace pieces. InStyle’s fall style guide picks up on this with their selection that includes a stunning black lace skirt from Dolce & Gabbana, as well as stiletto-heeled leather ankle boots from Rupert Sanderson. There’s no shortage of outfits that proudly display this classic color choice.

Last, but certainly not least, are the earthy brown tones that have paraded the catwalks of this year’s fashion shows. From darker chocolate shades to tepid taupe and sand hues, brown has always been a popular color for autumn. This year, it’s all about cognac. This rich brown shade has all the subtlety and sophistication of the drink it’s named after, but watch out: you might get so intoxicated by this color that you’ll never wear anything else. To avoid repeating yourself too much, pair it with colors that transition well into other outfits of different shades and hues. Rosy shades of pink and muted yellows go well with cognac and match up well with both gray and black, so you’re covered.

Other honorable mentions for fall include deep greens, mauve pinks and light orchid, but these take a backseat to fall’s hottest color trends: gray, black and brown. These three hues will keep your fall/winter wardrobe fresh and chic, so don’t hesitate to load up on a few tasty outfits and matching shoes.

 
 

Frugal Tips for Your Kids

October 10, 2015Kids

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It seems that these days, talking about budgets, debt, benefits, and money in general has become an everyday occurrence. And while these topics can seem overwhelming and maybe even a little bit depressing, it’s important that children learn the importance of money from an early age. In fact, the Brigham Young University School of Family Life says it’s the responsibility of parents to prepare their children to be financially independent adults. And part of these skills needs to be about how to save money and to live frugally.

If you aren’t sure where to start in teaching your children to be frugal, these tips are a good starting point.

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  •  Be an Example

The best way a parent can influence their children to be more frugal is to lead by example. If parents are financially responsible on a daily basis, their children will learn and be influenced by this lifestyle. Without giving a single lecture, parents can influence their children for the better.

  •  Teach Simplicity

In today’s world, it seems like children are inundated with things. There are new games, electronics, clothes, and toys that come out every day and advertising very specifically targets young people. Try to instill a level of simplicity in your home. Focus on events and experiences instead of things. This will teach your children that ‘stuff’ isn’t all that important.

  •  Show Value of Things

It’s easy to throw old or used things away without giving them a second look. However, you can use these items to teach your children the true value of things. Instead of throwing away or donating books, turn them in for money at one of the many websites that provides this service. You can do the same for old clothes and electronics.

  •  Shop Smartly

When you take your children shopping, show them that you pay attention to prices. Show them that items like cellphones, games, and toys can be purchased for better prices if you do a little research. Allow them to purchase things with their allowance and show them how much they can save by buying second hand or using coupons.

  •  Set Goals

Sit down as a family and decide on a financial goal you can all work towards together. Maybe it can be a trip or something that the whole family wants. Then decide what you can do to reach this goal, whether it’s putting aside change or cutting a few habits until you reach the goal.

  •  Make It a Game

When you go shopping with your children, see who can find the best priced items. This will teach your children to take packaging, price per unit, and weight into account. Thankfully, most stores have this information clearly marked on the shelves, so it’s not as complicated as it sounds. And this will make learning about finances and shopping into something fun.

  •  Clearly Note Progress

Saving as a child won’t make as big an impact if there isn’t a reward at the end. Clearly mark how well your children are doing at saving, how much they’ve saved, and how close you’ve gotten to certain goals. This will make the little sacrifices more bearable.

 
 

4 Reasons Why You Should Wait for Back to School Shopping

October 3, 2015Shopping Tips

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Back to school shopping can get quite expensive, especially if you have more than one child or a child starting higher education. And now days, back to school shopping doesn’t just include new clothes and a few supplies, it can also mean purchasing new and expensive electronics. While back to school shopping is inevitable, there are a few tricks you can use to save money, one of which is waiting a little bit before doing your back to school shopping.

Below are four reasons why you should wait for back to school shopping.

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  1. School Supply Prices Don’t Change Much

One excuse for shopping right before school starts is that there are lots of sales on school supplies. And while it’s true you can sometimes find great deals on backpacks and lunchboxes right before school starts, most other supplies will stay the same price throughout the year. If you still have supplies at home that can last your child a few weeks at school, don’t feel pressured to buy everything at once. Instead, replace things as your child runs out. You won’t be paying more and you’ll save money by not purchasing things your child doesn’t actually use.

  1. Electronic Prices Drop Closer to the Holidays

It might be tempting to buy your new high school or college student a brand new computer or phone just before school starts, but if you wait a few weeks, you’ll save quite a bit of money. As the holidays get closer, stores will start putting old stock on sale so they can clear out their inventory. This means you can get huge discounts on the same products you might have bought at full price a month earlier.

  1. Clothes Go On Sale as the Seasons Change

There might be a few things you have to buy for your growing child before sending them back to school. However, whenever possible, hold off on buying any new clothes until fall gets into full swing. Starting in October, prices for back to school clothes fall drastically. As summer and fall clothes get moved out to make space for winter gear, you’ll find all sorts of deals. If possible, you can even purchase clothes for the next school year, too.

  1. You’ll Avoid the Crowds

This might not seem like a huge reason to wait for back to school shopping, but you’ll definitely feel a difference in your mood if you wait a little while. When school’s about to start, people flock to stores, filling them with anxious and stressed parents and their excited children. Walking in to a situation like that can cause you stress and anxiety. This need to get away from the crowds will also have you rushing through your shopping, which means you won’t be making the best decisions. However, if you wait until things have died down a little, you can go shopping and almost have the stores to yourself. You can take your time making decisions, which will result in more savings.

 
 

Top 3 Clothing Subscriptions Programs To Save Money

September 24, 2015Clothing

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Save Money On ClothingFor busy people, it can seem almost impossible to get out of the house or office and go clothes shopping. And, when it is time to buy new clothes, most of the time it’s just outfits that are hastily thrown together, with very little concern about whether they’re stylish or flattering. If this sounds like you, then a clothing subscription program might be the best way for you to get clothes you love, but might not have considered.

If you’re interested in trying out a clothing subscription program, the three listed below are considered the top in the industry. They have a vast assortment of sizes and styles that will fit you and your life perfectly.

1. Gwynnie Bee

There are lots of clothing subscriptions available online, but Gwynnie Bee has set itself apart by being one of the few that offers truly stylish plus sized clothes at an affordable price. For a flat monthly fee, you can subscribe and get unlimited exchanges. And, with over 150 brands to choose from, you’ll be exchanging quite a bit, which is fine, since the shipping is free.

One of the best parts about Gwynnie Bee is how easy their service is to use. Using a guest account, you can browse through all of their collections before you even make the decision to use the service. And once you’ve decided on a subscription plan, you’re only paying one flat fee. For a fraction of what it would cost to purchase the clothes, you can rent and return dozens of outfits.

2. Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix isn’t your typical clothing subscription program. While other programs specialize in certain styles or sizes, Stitch Fix covers everything. And, what sets it apart is that when you subscribe to Stitch Fix, you get your own personal stylist.

Once you’ve been assigned a personal stylist, they’ll pick out clothes that you both feel will work best for your lifestyle and your figure. While what you chose to order is completely up to you, having a second set of eyes and a professionals’ opinion might open you up to things you wouldn’t have tried by yourself. And, since this stylist is part of the subscription service, you’re getting this help and clothes for a very low monthly cost.

3. The Ms. Collection

At The Ms. Collection, the program is built around women who want to have a changing wardrobe, but don’t have the time to get out and do the shopping for themselves and don’t want to spend huge amounts of money. If you like to try new clothes every couple of weeks, but don’t have the budget to redo your wardrobe once a month, then The Ms. Collection will be perfect for you.

This service offers a rotating clothes rental system that will allow you to pick and choose from designers and styles that you love. And, since everything is available at a flat, monthly rate, you’ll be able to experience these fashions for as long as you want!

 
 

Back to School Shopping Tips for Saving Money

September 16, 2015Shopping Tips

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It seems that everyone these days is trying to find ways to save money. From DIY projects at home to couponing, any way you can save a few dollars is a good thing. And this is equally as true when you’re doing your back to school shopping. According to the National Retail Federation, parents for children in elementary, middle, and high school are planning to spend at least $97 per child on backpacks and notebooks alone! With back to school costs on the rise, it’s even more important to save money where ever possible.

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Here are a few tips on ways you can save money on your back to school shopping.

Wait for the List

If you have a child in school, you probably already know that THE list is what schools give out every year for things you’re required to send to school with your child. Don’t impulse buy. Instead, wait until you have this list to do your shopping. This way, you’re not buying any extras, which will save you money.

Search Online First

While school supplies right now are pretty cheap in stores, there are even bigger deals available online. Buying online won’t only save you money, but you won’t have to stress out about dealing with all the crowds or worry about not finding what you need. Target is a favorite for back to school shopping and with the right coupon, you can get free shipping!

Clear Out the Closet

Before you go to buy new clothes for your child, make a thorough inventory of the clothes they already have that can still be worn. Sure, it’s not as exciting as new clothes, but if they’re still in good shape and fit well, wait to replace the clothes. Once you’ve gotten rid of all the clothes that can no longer be worn, make a list of clothes that are needed and stick with that list.

Buy Clothes Online

If you know what sizes your child is, then looking online might save you more money than shopping at retail locations. Not only will you be able to find the same clothes and styles, but there are several more coupons and deals available online. One great place to get deals right now is Children’s Place, which is having a huge sale on jeans.

Save on College Costs

Sending a child off to college isn’t just heartbreaking, it’s also extremely expensive. But, you do want your teenager to have the best supplies before starting his or her higher education, so it’s important you find the right things at the right prices. The cost of electronics can be minimized by careful research. And, for those heading to dorms, bedding and decorations can also be bought at extreme discounts.

It can be a bit disheartening to think about the cost of buying back to school supplies. But, if you do a little bit of research and start with a solid plan of action, you’ll be able to get everything you need and save money.