Bookmarks: Couponing

Two years ago I went through an intense couponing phase. It was a lot of fun and I was very successful with it. Laundry detergent for pennies, free toothpaste, super cheap cosmetics. There were frustrations, though. I got really upset each time I made a “mistake” – like my printer malfunctioned and I couldn’t print the right number of coupons, or something didn’t scan right and I didn’t save the max amount that I could. It was a little stressful and honestly it led to a lot of waste. I would buy things I didn’t need or too many things to reasonably store. So gradually the phase wore off.

The question is, do I plan to go back? Have I given up couponing completely?

I have 20+ couponing articles or sites bookmarked. The highlights:

  • How to save on ink. My printer refuses to use refilled or generic ink cartridges. Therefore, I save by buying branded but unboxed ink cartridges off of eBay. Delete.
  • Posts of old deals. Delete.
  • Couponing and tax-deductible donations. Since I’m never planning to extreme coupon again, this won’t really apply to me. Delete.
  • Couponing blogs. Because evidently the two that I already follow weren’t enough? Delete.
  • Store-specific couponing tips. Not anything earth-shattering or difficult to remember. Delete. [Note: this is very different from store-specific coupon policies. Those are important.]
  • Healthy couponing tips, several of them. Basically, pick good stores, buy in bulk, print off organic coupons etc. Some of these tips become second nature (in your memory, at least) once you’ve couponed for a while. Delete.
  • Coupon clipping service website. Nah, that’s okay. Delete.

Turns out, there may be a few couponing bookmarks that I’m going to keep. To be continued.


Bookmarks: Wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes are all the rage these days. For good reason, actually. I discovered this summer that I pretty much have a functional capsule wardrobe. I go through the same outfits every other week and used to feel self-conscious about it. “Will people think I don’t do laundry?” Obviously I need to not worry about what people may think, but it was encouraging to know that there’s a move towards simpler wardrobes that aren’t about wearing a new combination every single day.

My wardrobe may be functionally capsule, but it’s not truly effective. There are some pieces that need to be replaced because they’re getting worn out or are not very comfortable.

In pursuit of a good capsule wardrobe, I had bookmarked 5 (maybe more) pages on forming a simple wardrobe.

  1. A sample mix and match wardrobe. Not very useful as this none of these are clothes I own. Delete.
  2. Tips for a minimalist wardrobe. Fairly straight-forward. It gives me some action steps:
    1. Identify my colors. Actually, looking through my bookmarks, it appears I’ve already completed this quiz: Bright colors and silver or gold. Done.
    2. Purge accessories.
    3. Identify accessories that I know would match my wardrobe and style but are affordable (so that I can pass them along if they don’t work out).
    4. Find and purchase said accessories.
    5. Purge through closet. Box up and store items that I don’t wear but like, donate items I won’t wear in the future. Salvage any clothing that I like but need repairs.
  3. A listing of how many items of clothing a person needs. Delete.
  4. Another listing of what pieces of clothing one needs plus shopping tips. Delete.
  5. Building a Remixable Wardrobe. This is a great series of post that I highly recommend. However, it’s a lot like a new cooking recipe. It’s too many tips/techniques for me to take in now while I’m still just getting my feet wet (oh, the mixed metaphors) with a capsule wardrobe. I prefer simple, so I’m going to skip this one. Great resource, but not for me.

Bonus: Facebook lets you bookmark links now too. I had an article saved on reasons why a capsule wardrobe is a good idea. Highly recommended, but intuitive once you’ve started putting it into practice. Delete.

I’d like to take a moment to recommend another great resource: Missus Smarty Pants. I had a subscription a few years ago, but never really used it. However, it’s a great service to use if you find that you’re struggling with your wardrobe. I feel like I’m in a good place of knowing what I like and what I look good in (I’m just struggling in acting on that knowledge…).

So, there we have it. Five bookmarks discarded and clear action steps on what I can do next to make those resources useful. I’ll post a follow-up once they are completed.