by Wenlan Chia
October 24th, 2008
Do not want to give up the extra enjoyment of everyday life? Twinkle staff contributes their economic survival tips.
Turn Your Old Favorites into New Favorites
Second-hand shops are among the few businesses that are growing, and growing fast. Go through your closet and pick out those pieces that you can live without, take them to the consignment shop, and â€œvoilaâ€, now you have money to put toward new favorites.Â Consignment stores will often give you a higher store credit in lieu of cash, so you can buy something new without spending a dime.Â You may want to split the consignment with a few different shops to catch as much traffic as possible.
Ladies Who Lunch On a Budget
Lunch deals are a great opportunity to take advantage of the cityâ€™s gourmet food without breaking the bank. Plenty of restaurants run by famous chefs, like Jean Georges, offer prix fixe lunch specials for under $25. Twice a year many of the New Yorkâ€™s trendiest restaurants participate in Restaurant Week, where they offer three-course gourmet meals for a very low price. There are many other deals to be found at different times of the year, you just have to search for them. Hereâ€™s a few to start you off:
Gotham Bar and Grill
Going Green on Wine
Domestic vineyards offer the same quality wines at lower prices because you do not pay gas or international shipping.Â There are many vineyards such as St. Supery Vineyard who are using sustainable and eco-friendly techniques.. Many wine shops will keep your buying history and will help you explore these more eco-friendly wines.
Instead of going to the spa once a month, why not try a weekly facial at home?Â Many manufacturers specializing in skin-care offer excellent products for you to do it at home. Focus on what your skin really needs and stick to those that really work.
Bliss Steep Clean Complete Set
St. Ives Apricot Facial Scrub
Clinique Three Step Facial
Travel in a slower season and at the last minute! Holiday travel can be less of a hassle if you go to the right place at right time. Go to Europe during the Thanksgiving holiday when foreign flights are cheaper and itâ€™s the off-season in Europe, especially Eastern Europe. Or go to Asia right after lunar New Year (usually in early to mid-Feb) when people in the region go back to work and spring has not yet attracted the international tourists.
Basic vs. Novelty
Inspired by Project Runway? How about learning to sew and knit?Â You can get more VALUE by creating novelty pieces or stylish basics that are perfect for your wardrobe. For example, a straight pencil skirt is a fantastic project, because itâ€™s so easy to make. The money you save from making the skirt can afford you the luxurious fabric that makes the skirt looks expensive. Novelty or time-consuming pieces can be very expensive in a store, but to make a piece like a hand-knit sweater is worth the time. And only you will know who the designer was!
Bargain vs. Worth
Lastly, remember a bargain does not necessarily mean money well-spent. The goal is to carefully edit choices, and consider quality and timelessness, which will stretch your budget even further.Â Happy spending!