February’s Guest Post from Elise Morgan

Hey everyone, this month we have a fabulous guest poster called Elise Morgan who is a beauty, fashion and health writer and a regular contributor at socialifestylemag.com, celebricious.com and fashionambitions.com.  She has really kindly written us a piece on how we can be more frugal with our money which I don’t know about you but I definitely could do with!  I apologise sincerely to Elise and you all as this is a bit late but I have been really poorly and have not managed to get this up on here until now.  It is a fab piece so I hope you enjoy it.  Show Elise some love if you like her writing by following here on Twitter @elisesmorgan1 or on Facebook following this link https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011272686505 🙂 Please share your comments below!

(All photo’s in this post sourced by contributor)

Green Lifestyle: Going Frugal

We live in a consumer society in which who we are has become irrelevant, and how much we spend is valued. Credit cards have spoilt us, and as one purchase only leads to another we get caught in this vicious circle of never-ending shopping that does not truly fulfil us, though it does leave us with empty bank accounts at the end of the month. If you are tired of living above your means or you simply wish to invest your money in something smarter, frugal is the way to go. This by no means implies that you are stingy, it simply signifies that you are ready to make changes in your lifestyle. Life is highly unpredictable and the smartest thing you can do for yourself and your family is to plan ahead, adopt clever spending habits and save your checkbook. In the spirit of saving, one of the most valuable things we have is our planet, and it needs to be saved as well. If you love Mother Nature as much as it loves us, try your best to preserve its beauty for next generations to enjoy. Going green and frugal might seem like a lot of work, but with these steps, it does not only become easy, but it is also fun and super-creative.

Thrift, Donate, Repair, Repeat

One of the key elements of going frugal is making smart decisions when it comes to your wardrobe. As trends come and go, when shopping for clothes buy items that have a timeless quality to them and that you will wear for seasons to come. Another brilliant option that has been around for decades, and thanks to hipsters it has reclaimed its status as the ‘it-thing’ is thrift shopping. Thrift shops are amazing! They carry used but well-preserved clothes that more often than not have far better craftsmanship and quality than most of the new things out there. The styles are often amazing, and you can find vintage things that no longer exist and you have been dreaming of! Aside from them being a great source of fashion inspiration for you, thrift shops are great if you are a mom. As one, you know the struggles of buying children’s clothes and having the kids grow out of them in a second, taking you back to square one. So, dear moms, for great thrift shopping gems, head here now. And, when your kids do eventually grow out of even these clothes, do not throw them away – there probably is another mom you know who would highly appreciate the donation.

If you love a dress or a pair of jeans, but you notice a rip, do not jump to the dump(ster). Head over to your nearest tailor, and it will be repaired and ready for you to rock it again. The same goes for shoes. Hey, even Carrie Bradshaw has a shoe-guy who helps her with her ‘tired old soles’, so why wouldn’t you? Perhaps we cannot fix a broken mirror, but we can certainly do something to save our favourite pair of shoes.

Going Green – But Not with Envy

There are literally hundreds of ways to go green, and these ways are not only eco-friendly but wallet-friendly as well. The first thing you can do is cut down on eating out, and take-out coffee. You have made a nice home for yourself (and your family), why not spend more time there? Make your own meals as well as your own coffee – it saves you money and spares the planet yet another plastic container. To take things a bit further, start making your own beauty and household products. There are great websites that can teach you how.

The next time you go grocery shopping, make it your instinctive reaction to say ‘paper’ when the cashier asks. Finally, always remember to recycle. It might seem like a small bottle to you, but it is a great step for mankind.

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