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Value and Price: Know the Difference!
The ideal shopping goal is to buy the best quality items you can afford at the best value. However, value and price are NOT synonymous. You can get some great, high quality items (the same items you find at department stores) for much less at places like TJ Maxx. At the same time, be wary of low quality and/or novelty fashion items. Both have vastly reduced wearability, and will therefore cost you more in the long run. Read more about the cost per wear computation.
Practice Your 70/30 Rule
Put those fractions and percentages into use when it comes to closet matters. You’ll want to practice the 70/30 rule- meaning 70% of your closet should be classic pieces (mentioned in the first tip) and 30% trendy fun pieces. Reserve the trendier pieces for adding a touch of fun to your outfits, or wear them all unabashedly when you’re off-duty.
Take Less Trips to the Dry Cleaners
Full-time teachers may have neither the time nor the luxury to iron clothes, but part-timers should be able to pull this off. Buy a bottle of Febreze or make your own, and squirt your suits down after each use. Less dry cleaning bills = more allowance!