What it means to Live on the Chic

I've been thinking a lot lately about this blog and how it's affected my life. I've thought about what it means to me to live on the chic... so here's for all you who are in my same position. So, I put together a list of things that I do to live as cheaply, yet chicly, as possible.

Rules to Living on the Chic

1. Start with great basics. When you invest in great basic pieces, you buy less through the years. When you have good quality basics, such as great jeans or a good couch, will serve you in many ways. You can dress them up or down or any which way you want!

2. Keep it simple. When you don't gather extra accessories, knick-nacks, and things you don't need you live a much simpler life and can come up with fun project to do to keep you busy! Those activities will not only keep you busy, but help you build skills to help you in the future. Keeping things simple means you spend more money and spend more time on you!

3. Shop and research before investing big. Patience is a virtue, and when you can shop around and not have to have a certain thing right away, it saves you money too. So, say you want to buy a pair of Seven for all Mankind Jeans... Now, those puppies aren't cheap, if you can wait to buy them, you can find them on sale sites such as Gilt or Rue La La. Those sites also have other high end jeans if you need the right away.

4. Use your resources. You have people you may know that know how to help you with a project or know where to get the materials you need for cheaper. I always call my mom, who taught me to be frugal and buy second hand-- but always shop other sources and people to get what you need. Don't be afraid to ask people, especially if it will save you money. 

5. Reduce, reuse, recycle. If you have a project that is finished, but you still have left over material... you can always pass it along or use it for other projects! I know some ladies who have gone dumpster diving for project materials... and I'll admit I've done it once or twice myself. 

6. Set a limit. When you don't have a lot of money, you need to set a specific amount that you'd be willing to pay for a product or service... that way, if it's possible, you could barter with the person selling it or find a way to trade with them. You never know until you ask... and it could save you money once again.

7. Be inventive. Say you've got a ton of something but you don't know what to do with them... Analyze and figure out what you DO need and see if there's a way to use that to meet your needs. When you see something that could be used in a different way, why not try it?! 

Now with this list... I'll be doing more posts about these things and how to achieve them in all aspects of your life. Your health, your love life, your home, your clothes, and so much more! If there's a specific topic you'd like me to write about be sure to comment and let me know!!

PS Apparently Blogger's Follow gadget isn't working on my page. I'm working on fixing it... Please check back in if you want to join my site! (Please do!!!!! I love getting new followers!)


greenrubydesigns said...

Great advise! Sooo helpful!!! Thanks!