Value’s village finds!

Gold t-shirt from Value's village (3.99$), brown necklace from Value's village (1.99), jeans from H&M (25$) and olive liquid lipstick «trouble» from lime crime (5.99$).
Gold t-shirt from Value’s village (3.99$), brown necklace from Value’s village (1.99), jeans from H&M (25$) and olive liquid lipstick «trouble» from lime crime (5.99$).

Value’s village is always my go-to store when I want to find new clothes, but still don’t want to break my budget. This month, I found numerous items that are pretty original and fun to wear. I share with you my favorites!

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The key is to accessorize!

If you are craving for new clothes, but you don’t have the money for it here is my suggestion: don’t spend money stupidly and just buy yourself a few accessories.

You can create a whole lot of new outfits just by changing the way you wear your clothes and by adding a different accessory. If you go buy let’s say 3 new outfits you will spend at least 80$, but if you go buy yourself 4 accessories it will cost you 20$ and you will feel like you renewed your wardrobe.

Here are my examples of what you can do!

Silky scarf and bracelet.
Silky scarf and bracelet.

A scarf transforms the most casual outfits into a fancy one. A brown scarf with white clothes pops out pretty nicely. Big bracelets look expensive, but they aren’t necessarily. You can add them with almost every outfits.

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Switch ‘n bitch and clothing exchange

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Jeans top from the clothing exchange, grey pants from Forever 21 (26$), earings from Value’s Village (3.99$) and hat from beach shop in LA (12$). 

Clothing exchange

My experience

Last week I went to a clothing exchange event with one of my friend. She heard of this event on a Facebook group filled with people from Montreal interested in tradings. On the group, a girl proposed an evening of clothes swapping at her appartment. We both went. We each brought clothes that we didn’t wear anymore, but that were still nice looking. I brought 19 pieces. At the girl’s place we were about 12 random women from 16 to 40 years old all strangers to eachother. We divided all the clothes in big piles for every sizes (from XS to XL). Six girls at a time we would go through the piles and choose one item, try it on and if we liked it we kept it and let another person sort through the piles and so on. 

The only rule was to get as much pieces as you brought. Since I brought 19 pieces I technically could pick 19, but I only found 7 items I liked. 

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Black sweater from the clothing exchange, shorts from Urban Outfitters (60$), necklaces from Ardene (10$). 

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Cutting on your food’s expenses

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There are many things we are buying and consuming that we don’t actually need. I remember buying a 40$ bracelet that broke the third time I wore it and even if it didn’t break it was too big for my wrist anyway. What a waste of money! Back then I was living at my parents’ house so I didn’t really care about my excessive spending.

Now, I am on my own and I have to follow a strict budget to get by. So, I need to be much more disciplined. I learned to cut some unnecessary expenses and I changed some of my habits that were too pricey.

Consequently, I share with you my tricks and ideas if you want to do the same and end up with more money at the end of the month!

This article is about cutting on your food’s expenses because it is possible to do so without starving yourself.

  • No more «every morning» coffee/tea: A lot of people love to start their day by going to Starbucks or McDonald’s to get their hot beverage. It’s a strong habit that costs you about 2.50$ every day, wich would be 12.50$ a week and 50$ monthly. What I do is pretty easy and a lot of people have already understood. Buy yourself a reusable mug (10$) and make your own coffee at home. If you are cheap like me you can buy instant coffee for 4.99$ on sale and you are good for a month!
    Money saved: 45$
  • Bring your lunch to work: Again it’s about habits you have everyday, going to the restaurant at every lunch time is extremely expensive. Let’s say you go to Subway and take only a 6 inches sandwich, it will cost you about 6$ (35$ a week, 140$ a month). Then, if you make your own lunches you will pay for the groceries of course. If you buy a pack of 6 sandwiches (4$), meat (5$), salad (2$) and tomatoes (2$) you have 6 sandwiches for 13$, so it costs you 43$ for the month.
    Money saved: 97$

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Keeping the party going even if you are broke!

Keeping the party going!

No matter how old you are or what is your job if you like to go out with friends and have some drinks it’s not less money that will stop you from doing it. So, I think that it’s absolutely possible to keep on partying without ruining yourself. Here are my ideas! (Of course the intention here is not to promote heavy drinking, it’s only to give tips to people who would drink anyway).

  1. Make your own wine: A lot of companies now offer to prepare housewine and bottled it for you. In the long run it’s way cheaper to make your own wine like that than to buy one or two bottles at the grocerie store every week. All you have to do is to bring your own empty bottles (I asked a restaurant and they gave me 15 empty bottles) and to find a package deal online, it could be with tuango or directly with a wine company it doesn’t mean that it will be more expensive.
    Me and my two roommates found a deal at 150$ for 25 bottles of 750 ml. We split The bill in three. If you do the math its only 6$ a bottle. Furthermore, you can choose the grape and the flavor of your choice.
  2. The albertarian way: This is the cheapest way and the less classy but it deserves one try and after you know if you can handle it or not. You basically just need a 95% alcohol of your choice (in Alberta they sold it in any good liquor store for about 15$ a bottle of 13 oz), an empty bottle of 2L of soft drink and juice or soda or both at your taste. You put the amount of two shooters of The alcohol (2 1/2 oz) in the empty 2L bottle. You fill The rest of the bottle with juice or soda, mix it and drink it!
  3. Krakenize your night : This is probably one of the most tasty and strong rum in Canada that is affordable. It costs about 40$ for a 26 oz and the good thing is the percentage of alcohol: 47%. Even if it’s pretty strong the taste is delectable and you can mix it with the classic coca cola, a bit of lemon juice and a lot of ice. Amazing in summer time. By the way their website is pretty cool.

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The key is to accessorize!

If you are craving for new clothes, but you don’t have the money for it here is my suggestion: don’t spend money stupidly and just buy yourself a few accessories.

You can create a whole lot of new outfits just by changing the way you wear your clothes and by adding a different accessory. If you go buy let’s say 3 new outfits you will spend at least 80$, but if you go buy yourself 4 accessories it will cost you 20$ and you will feel like you renewed your wardrobe.

Here are my examples of what you can do!

Silky scarf and bracelet.
Silky scarf and bracelet.

A scarf transforms the most casual outfits into a fancy one. A brown scarf with white clothes pops out pretty nicely. Big bracelets look expensive, but they aren’t necessarily. You can add them with almost every outfits.

Price to accessorize this outfit $$$: 20$ Continue reading

Pimp your kraft dinner

My Kraft dinner recipe!
My Kraft dinner recipe!

The meal of the poors, the meal of the teenagers, the meal of the busy people… The Kraft dinner is the meal for so many situations I can’t keep count. For me it’s a must. First of all, Kraft dinner is cheap, when you buy a pack on sale it’s 0.99 $ and if you get it regular price it’s not more than 2.20 $. Furthermore, Kraft dinner is fast and delightful. If you don’t like the original taste of it or if you want to make it a full meal with nutritous ingredients here is my recipe! Continue reading

Traveling even if you are broke

Alberta, Canada, 2015.
Alberta, Canada, 2015.

Traveling is definitely one of the things that drives me the most to save money. Discovering new countries, immersing myself in new habits and meeting people from everywhere is priceless to me. I have been lucky enough to have parents that share this interest with me. They have been supporting me for my first travels. However, after I finished university I still wanted to enjoy my summer some place new even if I had only 200$ in my bank account. I decided to fill my backpack and leave anyway!

Here is what I did and what you can do too to travel even if you are broke.

Working while traveling: 

Choose a destination where you can work and where it’s easy to get a job. In Canada, particularly in Alberta and BC, you can easily get hired in the tourism industry during the summer (mainly hotels). If you are Canadian you don’t need to get a visa to work in your own country. I went to Banff (AB) in May and I found a job after three days of handing out resumes. The best thing with working and travelling is that you are making money, meeting coworkers and getting to know the area where you work. The amazing thing with the town of Banff or Jasper (AB), is that most of the employers offer a place to live as well. It’s basically a staff accomodation where all the employees who come from abroad can live, you have your own room or you share it with another person and all the others rooms are shared spaces. You don’t need to leave home with a lot of money and you learn to live like a local which is the best way to travel when you are young in my opinion. I had 80$ when I arrived in Banff. After two months and a half I had earn 2500$, met an amazing load of people and travel around the district, so I could continue to travel with the 2500$ I made and return at home once I had spend it all… or not… Continue reading

Value village rocks!

My pieces from value villgae.
My pieces from value village.

(Photo: Wool cream scarf, fishnet black long sleeves shirt, long fishnet black cardigan, ivory earings and dark coral earings.) 

Honestly, value village saved me many times. When you have a shopping rage and you know if you just go to a ordinary mall it will cost you hundreds of dollars for a few pieces just head to value’s village. The beauty with that community store is that you can find it anywhere, it’s huge and it’s super cheap. If you don’t mind going through every item there is to find a few perfect pieces just go! When I shop at value village I normally go out of the store with 4 pieces for 30$. I found there many clothes and accessories that are now my favorites (see the pictures for proof). The best surprise at value village is probably the dresses section. Of course it depends the location and the time of the year when you go shopping, but honestly I saw a bunch of times beautiful dresses from very good brands and in perfect state. Don’t be shy to check out the earings too, like you can see in the picture I found amazing jewelleries. Continue reading