Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Cost-Effective Clothing Shopping Online


This blog post is sponsored. 

Is Clothes Shopping Online Cost-Effective?

If you love shopping for clothes (and who doesn’t), then you’ll have no doubt spent plenty of time browsing websites and stores for a bargain or two. But you may have noticed that clothes shopping online is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. There’s a lot of choices, but with so many websites, how do you find what you’re looking for at the right price? Let’s look at some of the options available:

Brand and store websites

We all have our favorite brands and labels, don’t we? So, we’ll often be drawn to these when shopping online. But are they a good place to bag a bargain? 

Basically, they can be if you know what you’re doing. The first thing to do, is to sign up for their emails. Why? Because although they may clog up your inbox, they’re also the place where you’ll find out about sales and discounts before anyone else. Sales previews are one such perk. When you hit a website for the first time, keep an eye out for those pop-up boxes offering discounts on your first purchases too!

Sales websites and apps

Sales and clearance websites that stock end-of-line or end-of-season clothes are everywhere. And many offer up to 70% off the retail price. However, these are usually limited in size and choice. Plus, it’s always good to check that the price is actually the cheapest on the internet. There are also secret sales websites that sound exclusive and exciting, but they’re just sites that you need to sign up with before accessing their sales offers. Again, these can be limited in terms of products, and sales usually run at extremely specific times. So, you must be ready to shop!

If you don’t want to be chained to dates and times, you could use an app that cleverly tracks the sales happening online. These are handy for filtering out the stuff you’re not interested in and receiving notifications when sales have just started.

Online clothing catalogs

Lastly, can online clothing catalogs save you money? Well, perhaps not, but they are good if you’re only looking for one type of clothing, such as plus size or petite clothing. And they do have one benefit for those struggling to afford new clothes – you can spread the cost of your purchases. These online catalogues with credit offer numerous options such as no credit checks or pay monthly schemes. Of course, some would argue that you’re just racking up more debts.

Friday, March 26, 2021

5 Things on Friday 3/26/2021

 Good morning! It's finally spring, and it was nice to wake up to the sound of rain. Let's catch up!

Here's what I've been up to:

1. Last weekend, I breathed a HUGE sigh of relief. I had my first Covid shot. I had some pretty bad arm soreness, and my heart rate has been higher than normal, which means my body is creating antibodies. I also was a little more tired than normal, but YAY! 

2. Matt and I went up north for a few days last weekend. It was really nice. We went out to eat, had dessert, massages, and the weather was fantastic. I couldn't have asked for a better weekend. I did, of course, have work to do while I was up there. I'm still getting the house ready for the rental season. 

3. I have been preparing for almost a year and a half to have the rest of my hair turned gray for the rest of my grow-out. I had it done this week. They bleached the rest of my hair and turned it silver. I was astonished that I only had to take an inch and a half off my length. I still have a few more years of trimming and growing it out, but it looks so much better. I have to admit that I was in shock right afterward, and it's taking me a little while to get used to it. I've had mostly dark hair my whole life. 

4. I finished reading a fantastic book called The Secret Life of Addie Larue. If you're looking for a good read this is it. It does start off slow but it picks up and becomes interesting. I would have to give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. This is the best book I've read so far this year.

5. K has been on a baking frenzy this week. She made garlic bread from scratch and beignets. Both were really good. I love that she's found some new passions. Doing school online gets lonely for these kids. 

Friday, March 12, 2021

5 Things on Friday 3/12/21


Happy Friday! These weeks are flying by! I can't believe Spring is around the corner! Finally!!

What I've been up to:

1. Last weekend, I checked out Vivio's in Warren. That place was hopping. When I eat out, I always go right when it opens, so there are fewer people. By the time we left, it was packed. No spacing at the bar which annoyed me, but I guess that was those people's choice to sit pretty much on top of each other. The food was okay, but they did have the best long island that I've ever had in my life. I see this place is definitely a local hangout. I won't be back anytime soon.

2. K wanted to see Chaos Walking. In other words, she wanted to see Tom Holland. The movie was pretty bad. I gave it a 2.5 out of 5. It seriously was weird and lacked a plot. Anyways, I wasn't there for the movie but the popcorn and goodies. I would say at most there were 8 people in the theater and no one near us.  Which was super nice. So, I sat and shoved popcorn and candy into my mouth like it was no one's business.

3. I've so enjoyed the weather this week. I suffer from seasonal depression, and it's so weird because I have a crazy amount of motivation that I didn't have before, thanks to the longer days. I'm still going back and forth about eventually buying another rental someplace warm so I can get away from here during the winter to battle my seasonal depression. 

4. With all of my newfound motivation, I've started working on scary basement again. I have a load to take to the Salvation Army. Also, Matt's employee cleaned out one of the rooms in the basement and started building shelves and painting. It smells so much better. Soon, I will be able to start putting my boxes on shelves. I hate living in a mess. It totally sets me off.

5. I love anything having to do with the Royals. I made the mistake of watching the Oprah interview with my husband. He stopped it every 5 minutes to make heated comments. Here is the thing. I was trapped before. I agreed to take care of a family member, not knowing she was mentally ill and abusive to us. I wasn't allowed to use the kitchen as needed or basically live my life like I normally do. I felt like I was suffocating, and each day lasted forever. I feel for Harry's wife. Until you've been in a situation, you really don't know how suffocating it is. I heard some people say, but she's living in luxury. It doesn't matter; being trapped is awful.

Friday, March 5, 2021

5 Things on Friday 3/5/21

Good morning! I'm sitting here with a cup of joe and reflecting on the week. I really enjoy this time with you, and it gives me a chance to be grateful.
What I've been up to:
1. My best bud and I hit Ann Arbor, and we went blowouts at Dry Bar. I went with the old-fashion style. At first, I didn't like it, but I loved it once the curls fell out a bit. I never make it one week. I think I made it 4 days before I washed it. We then had lunch at Bobcat Bonnie's in Ypsilanti. It was a good day.
2. I've been reading the Galveston Diet. Well, it's a series of videos and lectures. I'm rounding 46 and have noticed that I gain belly fat which I never did before. I started studying why this happens when we age. On top of counting my macros which I've been doing for years, I added intermittent fasting and made sure I was under my sugar goal. Plus, I started paying attention to make sure I received 25-35 grams of fiber per day. Whoa, I've been shocked by the results. I'm already down to my goal, plus my belly is back down to being almost flat. Shocked!!!
3. As many of you know, I've been selling Scentsy since September, and I've been pretty successful. Last week was pretty exciting because I gained my first recruit. Yay!!!!
4. Yesterday, I toyed around going back to school for a second degree as an ultrasound tech. They make good money (not that I need money), and it's a low-stress job. I'm the co-owner of a mobile home park; I own a beach rental and do all of the cleaning, plus my little Scentsy business. Honestly, I do not do much at the mobile home park. I tried to take over the billing a few times and butted heads with my spouse. I need to know this place inside and out just in case something happens to my husband. So, I've decided to dig in again. I guess it's not like I don't do anything here. Last summer, I had all new addresses made for our residents. I had no idea where to start, but I did it. Also, nailed reading meters. So exciting, LOL.
5. The girls bought a silk to hang in one of our barns. It's been getting them out of the house and out for some exercise. Yay!

Friday, February 26, 2021

5 Things on Friday 2/26/21


Good morning, friends! It's been a pretty uneventful week, but sometimes those are a blessing. Let me fill you in on the latest happenings.

What I've been up to:

1. Last week we had some friends over. It was one family; we're super cautious. We had a great time. Matt made his huge monster cookies and his chocolate mousse. The kids even came out of their dungeons to play games and be social. I kicked butt at Catan but the 4 kids kicked our butts at Code Names. I think as adults, we overthink things. I even managed to make it to midnight, which was shocking considering I'm usually out by 9 pm. 

2. I found out that I have soft tissue damage on top of my sciatica. So, that means a longer recovery period. I'm at a month now and possibly need one more month to heal. Working out is my sanity. I've been doing very gentle exercises for my sciatica and walking an hour a day. I was told I could walk as long as I heated my injury first. I am healing. I can now sleep for a little bit on my side.

3. My parents are fully vaccinated, so my mom has walked over just about every day this week. It's been really nice. 

4. Scary basement is progressing. The scary basement is a lifetime of other people's things that was just thrown down there for sixty years. It's been really hard moving into a house that's not empty. The basement makes me sick if I'm down there for more than a few minutes. Plus, every time I look at it, I get overwhelmed and shutdown. We have a full-time employee that is amazing. He's cleaned out one room and is getting ready to build me shelves to store all of my seasonal items. 

5. My hair transformation has fully started. I picked up Olaplex shampoo, conditioner, and bonding to get my dyed part of my hair ready for bleach. I'm about 6 months into letting my hair go gray. My husband really loves gray hair. That and I'm tired of spending $200 every six weeks, and my roots are showing two weeks later. I love that I'm joining a group of brave women that are showing society who's boss.