I highly recommend repairing your clothes or hiring someone to do so.
First of all, it saves space in the landfills. I even think that the tailor makes some of the clothes better than new.
Secondly, it saves time. Finding clothes that fit may take many attempts. The jeans in my closet range from a size 2 to a size 10, so the label does not help a lot.
I save money, most of the time. It is cheaper to see on a button than buy a new garment. Also, it is quicker than searching the sales.
There are videos on youtube that teach some of these skills. When special equipment is needed for the job, I am more likely to have someone else do it, because I believe it to be cheaper than buying the special supplies. If you are unsure if repair is possible, you can just ask the tailor. Nowadays, the easiest place to find them is at a dry cleaners.
Your gifts don’t have to support horrific working conditions in distant garment factories.
I really liked the buy used clothes tip.
Going searching for that perfect holiday gift? Make sure it’s union made in America. Check out this Made in America, union-made gift guide. Here are some highlights from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s resource site, Labor 411. Gifts include those made by members of UNITE HERE, Boilermakers (IBB), Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM), Machinists (IAM), United Steelworkers (USW), Teamsters (IBT), UAW, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union/UFCW (RWDSU/UFCW) and United Farm Workers (UFW).
Apparel and Accessories
Brooks Brothers (UNITE HERE)
Joseph Abboud (UNITE HERE)
Majestic Athletic (UNITE HERE)
Timex watches (IAM)
Naturalizer shoes (UFCW)
Nunn Bush shoes (UFCW)
Red Wing Shoes (UFCW)
Caress skin care (UFCW)
Dove beauty products (UFCW)
Old Spice (UFCW)
(All made by RWDSU/UFCW)
Barrel of Monkeys
Chutes and Ladders
Game of Life
Hi Ho Cherry-O
American Athletic (Russell) (UAW)
Louisville Slugger (UAW and IBT)
MacGregor Golf clubs (Boilermakers [IBB])
Standard Golf (IAM)
Top-Flite golf balls (IBB)
Rayovac batteries (Teamsters and UAW)
Bic Lighters (USW)
Ghirardelli chocolates (BCTGM)
Jelly Belly (BCTGM)
Laffy Taffy (BCTGM)
Tootsie Roll Pops (BCTGM)
Wine and Beer
(Wines brought to you by UFW.)
Chateau Ste. Michelle (IBT)
Gallo of Sonoma
Miller Beer (UAW & IBT)
Miller High Life
Miller Genuine Draft
Anheuser-Busch (IBT & IAM)
Budweiser American Ale
If You’re in the ‘Big Spender’ Category (UAW)
See more cars made by UAW.
Editor’s note: This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all made in America, union-made products. Some places to find more info on those products include but are not limited to Labor 411, Union Plus, American Rights at Work and the BCTGM website.
Reposted from AFL-CIO NOW
Obsolete Frugal Tip?
I used to buy blocks of cheese, rather than shredded cheese, to save money. Now they are either the same price, or the shredded is cheaper. Wonder if it is that way everywhere, or just here.
Holiday Gift Idea
Instead of buying something new for a person, you can repair something they already have. It is best to ask them before taking whatever it is, so the gift will not be a surprise.
Here are some ideas:
-Clothes repair - Especially jeans for women, because it takes so much time to find the right size. If you do not have the skills to do this yourself, take it to your local tailor.
-Book Rebinding- Copying service stores can rebind books.
-Computer Repair - Of course those with lots of knowledge can repair the most, but sometimes a less skilled person can help a person with less knowledge than themself.
-Upcycle- A loved item may not be repairable, and the owner might love being able to keep it in a different capacity.
Hope this helps. If it does not, check the other frugal/ budget blogs for some great ideas. Also, maybe a gift is not always necessary.
For Produce Lovers
Buying produce can be tricky, especially with certain fruits and veggies that do not last long. Sometimes, we do not have the time to go to the grocery store often enough to keep enough around.
I recently bought tupperware fridgesmart containers, and they really help. The produce stays fresher. I believe that it will pay for itself in the long run.
Tupperware did not pay me in any way for this. Not everyone can afford this brand, so I left this as a conversation. Maybe some of you know more economical brands.
Maybe a container like one of these filled with farmers market products would be the perfect gift for some people.
I thought others might like this directory of union made products. Seems sort of like buying fair trade.
Reason to Love Porch Sitting
- saves money
- sometimes makes a good coffee shop replacement
- builds community
- makes neighborhood safer
- less formal way to have friends over (if on first floor)
- might save energy
- gives you a rest from some of the technology
I was inspired for this post by the Porch Sitting Union of America. Feel free to look them up. I am thinking of a future post on alternatives to porch sitting, because not everyone has one.
I want to say thank you to all the Americans who worked during the holiday. I appreciated having power, being protected by police and military, having ems around if I needed them, etc. I really wish more people could have had the day off.
I am so blessed. Yesterday, I enjoyed some delicious food with extended family. Today, we are being creative with the leftovers. So many yummy things to do with thanksgiving food.
I think it is good to take a day or two to appreciate our blessings before holiday shopping. It helps me to spend less.