"I like my money where I can see it...hanging in my closet." -Carrie Bradshaw
Listen, who doesn't drool over Carrie Bradshaw's closet? I remember first seeing this quirky, no limits, fashion queen standing in the middle of a city street in a tulle skirt. It was then I knew that I had to have a closet like Carrie.
She was strong and independent but feminine. And it all showed in her sense of style. Half of the reason I watched the show was because I just wanted to see what she would put to the fashion test. I was never disappointed. But alas like all good bubbles, mine was busted. If we want that closet, we have to cough up the cash.
Why can't we be wealthy like Big, Carrie's reoccurring love interest, AND clothes wealthy like Carrie? Read on to find out things you can do in the short term to expand that wallet. We are giving you tips so that you can slide those pretty feet into that favorite pump you've been eyeing.
1. Sell your clothes. Wait. I know what you're thinking...I am trying to have a full fabulous closet. But weeding out the items you don't wear not only makes room for more, but if you make money off of them, you can put that right back into your clothing budget. Try local yard sale sites. Websites like Poshmark might even be worth checking into. You could also get a group of girls together and do a clothing swap.
2. Find free stuff. Short of standing out on a corner and begging, finding free stuff is a great way to eliminate unnecessary spending. Instead of dumping dollars into entertainment expenses like buying music on your phone or renting Redbox movies that you never return and pay full price, why not use your local library? A library isn't just books. There are so many free resources and events. Why not forgo a trip to the theaters or a concert? Head to EVPL for a free concert or to grab some movies to take home.
3. Get a side gig. You would be surprised how easy it is to make a little money here and there doing side jobs. Even better, there are so many jobs that can be done from the comfort of your own home. Virtual assistants, blogging, product reviews, copy editing, etc... Penny Hoarder always has great recommendations on gig entrepreneurship.
4. Be thrifty. Fall in love with shopping thrift stores. Some of my most valuable items are vintage that have come from thrifting. Shake off the mindset that used goods don't have value. Not only can you score some awesome duds, but it's eco friendly. Reusing an item instead of purchasing it new cuts down on the pollution of the clothing industry.
5. Visit a financial advisor. The world of money can be so confusing. Sure it's easy to spend it, and it may be easy to make it, but managing it...um, no. Tax planning, retirement contributing, investing are all complex. Everyone's situation is unique, and mistakes can unknowing be reflected in that wallet and thus in that closet. What if you're paying too much in income taxes? That may be nice when tax season comes around, but what if you want that black little number calling your name at Apricot Lane NOW? What if your money could be making money instead of just sitting there gathering digital dust? So how do we know if what we are doing is cost effective or cost increasing? Answer: See an expert. Amy Bouchie, Certified Financial Planner, of New Horizons Financial Consultants is our go to financial guru. Amy offers a unique set of certifications to take you through all stages of your financial life...planning, investing, retirement, divorce, and asset management to name a few. It may seem like too much of a grown up thing to do, but adulting can be fun when it means mo' money.
Special thanks to all of our photographers! This blog was a nice opportunity to throwback to some of our previous fashion inspirations.