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Do's and Don'ts For Shopping At Thrift Stores

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do's and don'ts for shopping at thrift storesWhat are the do's and don'ts for buying at thrift stores?

You know that not everything in there is a treasure but you don't want to overlook any hidden gems either.

You can become an expert thrift store shopper knowing what the best strategies are.

No one can deny you can save money in thrift stores but you have to know how to spend smartly. 

How To Buy A Castle

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how to buy a castle
One of the main points of More Style Than Cash is to save you money on the small things so you can enjoy the really big things in life.

In case you have squirreled away a sizable chunk of change and was thinking about upgrading to  something a little more palatial I thought we could discuss the ins and outs of buying a castle.

Castles come up for sale more often than you would think and they are not like buying other properties as they have their own set of challenges you should know about.

Even if your budget doesn't let you splurge quite yet here are somethings to think about.

Shoe Repair - Ten Secrets From An Expert

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Shoe repair
Shoes can be heartbreaking. You find a gorgeous pair of shoes on sale in your size and life is glorious. But when a heel breaks, a strap snaps or a seam splits that joy can turn to regret and sorrow.

Your best friend can be a shoe repairman. But is there something you should know about shoe repair even before you lose your heart to those perfect pair of pumps.

Joe Goias of the Village Cobbler has been in the shoe repair business for over 25 years and has trained and worked with some of the best in the business. He has seen the good, bad and ugly in shoe repair and has a wealth of knowledge that he is always willing to share.

Here are his top 10 tips to get your most from your shoes and shoe repairs.

Ten Money Saving Things To Buy That Will Pay For Themselves

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things to buy to save money light bulbWe budget and we save and we still spend, spend, spend. No matter how smart and frugal you are there are items that you have to put money out for day after day, year after year.

You can tighten the rein on a lot of items you buy. Saving money is easier when you know what you should be buying in the first place that is money saving in the long run.

While sometimes you might be putting out a bit more money in the beginning your saving will be showing within a year.

So here is a list of ten things to buy to save money.
Knockoff curseThere is a joy to owning something that is made of quality. A Chanel bag, Gucci purse, Louboutin shoes. They shout to the world that you have money and style. But if you have to pinch pennies then the sad truth is that these items probably are out of your reach. 

Savvy counterfeiters know that people crave these expensive brands and over the years have flooded the market with knockoffs at affordable prices.

Fashion houses hate knockoff for many reasons, they are cheaply made, they ruin the brand and they take money away from the real thing.

While many fashion forward women will buy knockoffs with the justification that it really doesn't hurt anyone, new research is showing the person that gets hurt the most might be themselves. Owning a knockoff might be making you into a liar and a cheat.
Stocking your bathroom with luxuryYou bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. It is also a money pit because you constantly need to restock it.

While saving money is one of your first concerns sometimes it makes sense to spend a little more to use quality items that last longer.

When should you save and when should you splurge when stocking your bathroom?

Here is my money saving ideas of how to stock up the basics for your bathroom.
buying second handIn the last 50 years commercials have done a great job in convincing us that new is better than used.

The mind set is  that if it was owned by anyone else then there must be something wrong with it.

You need to buy all shiny and new.

We have all been in homes that have been filled with old second hand stuff and thought that there is no way we would live like that. But there are people that only buy second hand and have gorgeous homes.

How do you have a happy medium? What can you live on second hand and when should you buy new?

Are You a Saver, Stockpiler or Hoarder?

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saving stockpiling hoardingStuff, stuff, stuff. We all have it. Some of us more than others. Buy how do you know if you have so much stuff that it might be a problem?

We can all justify why we have so much stuff and often we will argue that what we are doing is financially savvy. You need to buy things to save money, right?

But are you in denial? We have all probably seen the television shows about hoarders and figure if our lives are not that bad we don't really have to worry. But as an antique dealer part of my trade was buying from estates and making appraisals and some of the homes were eye popping in what I saw.

There is a difference between a person that saves, stockpiles and hoards but it can be a slippery slope and you need to know if you are in danger of becoming out of control.

A Real Outlet Sale - Cambridge Towel Tent Sale

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Towel SaleI love outlet sales and on my continuous hunt to save money I am constantly disappointed in what most outlet sales now consist of.

With the development of outlet malls the real outlet sales have almost all but vanished. Businesses now often run a second cheaper line that they sell at outlet mall trying to fool the consumer. There truly is no real money saving.

But the real outlet sale has not totally disappeared! I delighted to share that Cambridge Towel still has it's once a year tent sale where the bargains are genuine.
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