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Thrifting may be just another form of shopping to some, but for others it can be pretty intimidating. How do you know if something borrowed is in good shape or what’s a good price for something used? We don’t have the answers but thankfully our sister site, StyleBlazer, does and they’ve put all the info in the simple thrifting tutorial video above. Watch, learn, and most importantly, happy shopping!
A Black Mecca is a city where a good amount of African Americans live and thrive in the community on a daily basis. When you hear of a Black mecca you always think of places such as Atlanta and DC but in this segment, Goapele gives us a tour of her hometown Oakland, California. We are encouraging locals to support and celebrate small town businesses in the area during black history month!
Click here to see our editors tour St. Louis.
For more information on the places that were featured in the segment see below:
530 18th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
901 Washington St.
Oakland, CA 94607
45 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612
1035 7th St.
Oakland, CA 94607
Did you know that some generic products are actually better than brand name? Shop smart in 2015 and check out our list of products you should always buy generic.
You don’t have to wait until next Black Friday to find ridiculously low deals on the stuff you want.
Every month of the year features rock-bottom prices on the things you need and want — as long as you know when to buy.
How do you plan to spend your holiday weekend. It’s okay if you’re not into the craziness of Black Friday as some folks just don’t want to deal with unnecessary chaos on their much needed days off. Should you be looking for things to do, here are some ways you can enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend.
If you have been patiently twiddling your thumbs until this time of year, the wait is almost over. Thousands of people will hop in their cars, stand in long lines and deal with crowds in the celebration known as Black Friday. Some may decide to hold off on their purchases, but should you be interested in filling up your shopping cart, it’s good to know about the deals. Here’s a look at some of the biggest Black Friday sales you can expect this year.
Do you get excited each holiday season to find gifts for the people you love? You certainly aren’t alone as many of us plan to hit up malls, boutiques and the internet for the best presents our money can buy. It’s no secret how much retailers look to capitalize on our holiday shopping with deals and specials, but are they really saving us money? Take a look at some of the lies companies try to sell us.
Have you been having trouble keeping money in your wallet? You might think you’re savvy when it comes to shopping, but that doesn’t mean you can’t and won’t fall victim to the marketing schemes of retailers. Here are some retail tricks to make you shop.
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Admittedly, I have never been the curviest person. But contrary to my friends’ and co-workers’ beliefs I haven’t seen a size XS since I was a freshman in college. But even then I’m not sure if my size was result of my fast metabolism or retailers tricking me into thinking I was a size I really wasn’t.
If for some reason you aren’t familiar with the term, “vanity-sizing” refers to the practice of naming a garment a size that doesn’t exactly match the item’s true cut so that women feel better about making that purchase (and more likely to buy more of it or continue shopping at that same retailer). For example, labeling something a “small” that is actually a “medium”. The practice is popular in areas where sizes aren’t standardized, and The United States is famous for it.
TIME.com is reporting that J. Crew has now taken vanity-sizing to a ridiculous new level by now introducing the size “000”. The size is for women who simply can’t fit an XXS because of their 30.5” bust and 23” waist. Think waspy figures like Keira Knightley or burlesque performer Dita Von Teese who has been squeezing into a corset for years to keep her 22” waist. The retailer has received harsh criticism for forcing women to scrutinize the minute differences of their figures and experience unnecessary “size shame”.
The problem with vanity-sizing for me is that it plays a complete mind game with exactly what size a woman is, which can be extremely frustrating for those trying to lose or gain weight if not just for vanity reasons, but for health reasons. It seems that the heavier the average woman becomes over time, the more the practice of vanity-sizing occurs. According to the 2003 SizeUSA study, the average woman is about 5’4″ and 150 pounds, which is 20 pounds heavier than 40 years ago. Jim Lovejoy, the industry director for the SizeUSA survey recently revealed to Newsweek:
“According to standard size measurements, that average 155 pound woman should be wearing a size 16, but thanks to vanity-sizing, she’s probably buying a size 10 or 12.”
“Most companies aren’t using the standard ASTM [American Society for Testing and Materials] sizes any more. Sizes have been creeping up a half inch at a time so that women can fit into smaller sizes and feel good about it.”
J. Crew insists the new size has nothing to do with vanity and that the smaller size comes from demands from Asia where women typically tend to be smaller:
“We are simply addressing the demand coming from Asia for smaller sizes than what we had carried.”
“Our sizes typically run big and the Asia market tends to run small.”
I think we should all just buy whatever makes us feel and look good and save the numbers for the register.
Do you shop at J. Crew? Do you think vanity-sizing is dangerous for women’s health and self-esteem?
When you decide to pull-up your big girl panties and take charge of your finances like a grown woman, you may begin to realize that everyone will not be happy with your new frugal lifestyle. Your shopaholic friends will become your new financial frenemies and say things to keep you chained to the door of revolving credit, conspicuous consumption and living beyond your means. But they will never outwardly admit that they want what’s financially worse for you. They are like wolves in sheep’s clothing–they will sugar coat what they have to say the way a true financial enemy would do—with flattery and platitudes.
Discerning between you financial frenemy and financial friend is a cornerstone to developing a healthy financial backbone. But be strong and of good courage when you come across the forked tongue of your financial frenemy. Your wallet and your financial future depend on it.
Here are five things that financial frenemies love to say to appeal to keep your financial situation in critical condition:
1. “You only live once (YOLO)”: It’s true; you only live once, but here is something else to remember: each of your credit card bills, mortgage payments and car notes has their own life cycle OAM (once a month.)
2. “But it is on sale…” If you are desperately trying to adhere to a budget, a financial frenemy will gladly try to throw you off your course to debt-free living by saying, “but it’s on sale” to justify something that is not scheduled in your budget. What your financial frenemy fails to understand is that buying unnecessary items whether for a little or a lot is wasted money if it is not a need.
3. “You work hard, you deserve it.” This statement really kills me. When your financial frenemy starts whispering this yadda-yadda, ask them to be more specific about what “it” really means. Because when it comes to spending money that you do not have on things that you already own, “it” really means the following: less money, more debt, more crap, and more clutter. I doubt that that is something that you work hard for or deserve.
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