4 Ways to Shop for Clothes That Will save You Money

When you’re ready to buy new clothes, you shouldn’t think for a second that you need to pay full price for them. On top of that, there are lots of deals that you can take advantage of if you shop at the right time. Clothing retailers often offer different sales based on buying in combination or during different sales events. For example, many department stores have holiday weekend sales where they’ll have an entire department half off. Depending on the time of year you’re looking for clothing, the amount of money you can save will vary. You can also forego the store altogether with a little creative thinking. Here are four tips about how you can be a savvy clothing shopper and save money.

Shopping Online with Promo Codes

Shop Online And Save
Shop Online And Save
Shopping online will save you more money the vast majority of the time. You can comparison shop using search engines like Google, and look around different websites. Usually, there’s also a promo code available on bigger online retailers. This is especially true if you’re shopping at a site that has a brick and mortar business as its base, but sells clothing online, too. It’s also possible to try items on in the store, and then find them online. This eliminates the hassle of returning things that don’t fit. Make sure to always pay attention to the size charts provided by the store.

Off-Season Sales

If you’re not someone who needs to be up on fashion trends, you can easily find some nice garments on the standard sales racks that you find at most stores. These are clothes that were stocked for a particular season. You can find some great deals if you don’t mind shopping off-season. For example, there might be items that were designed for the summer, but that can also be worn in fall. This is where you can save a lot of money by buying basics that are on sale. It just takes a little browsing. However, this tactic is only usable in-store, rather than online since it requires you to dig through sales racks.

Thrift Stores

Thrift Stores Are A Great Option To Buy On A Butget
Thrift Stores Are A Great Option To Buy On A Butget
Thrift stores are the tried and true destinations of both deal seekers as well as those interested in fashion. You can find both unique, vintage items right alongside basic staples that would be three times the price in a regular store. Thrift stores are also fun to frequent because any item you find will be one-of-a-kind. Even thrift stores have sales, too, on certain occasions. Most secondhand stores also have particular customer appreciation days where all items that have a certain color tag are a particular percentage off. This is a deep discount you can’t afford to miss, because you can stock up on everything you find. Thrift stores aren’t just good for clothes, but also shoes and accessories. You’ll be surprised at some of the designer labels you can find when you look hard enough.

Clothing Swap Parties

This is one of the most fun tactics for saving money on clothes. Everyone has clothes they don’t wear anymore, whether because something just doesn’t fit right or the owner is tired of it. When you host a clothing swap party, you can invite your friends to bring five pieces of gently used clothing to put into a pile, and then host a free-for-all swap. This way, what’s old becomes new for everyone there, and it’s all free. You can liven it up by asking guests to bring refreshments and making it a real party. The best part of an event like this is that everything is free, and you’ll probably get some very nice items if your friends have good taste.

What to Do When Your eBay Feedback Score is Bad

Selling on eBay is one of the best ways to make money on the web, whether you’re a power seller chugging through hundreds of products a month or a hobbyist who’s just busy cleaning out his attic. However, one thing that you need to remember at all times when working on eBay is the fact that it is a business primarily run on reputation. Your feedback score is no joke. It’s actually very important! People do look at them, and just because you usually see people with excellent feedback doesn’t mean that people with bad feedback don’t exist.

What if you’re one of those people? What if, through some set of circumstances, your feedback score has ended up in the garbage? If that’s the case, you’re going to need to do something about it. You’re going to have a tough time getting people to want to buy your items when they can’t even trust that you’ll ship them out! In this article, we’re going to take a look at the steps you need to take when your feedback score on eBay is no good. That way, you can get back on track to being profitable again!

Figure Out Why It’s Bad First

Improving Your eBay Feedback Score
Improving Your eBay Feedback Score
You can’t fix anything if you don’t know why it’s broken in the first place. Your best bet is going to be to take some time to actually read through your feedback to understand what’s wrong. Yes, that can be difficult. No one likes to hear bad things about themselves. However, you have to do it. Otherwise you’re just going to be struggling to understand what’s wrong.

Reach Out to Unhappy Buyers for Amends

Offer Unhappy Buyers Some Sort Of Compensation
Offer Unhappy Buyers Some Sort Of Compensation
Now that you have a better sense of what the problem is with your operating practices, you should try to apologize to people who had a bad experience with you. The best way to do this is through eBay’s own system. Offer unhappy buyers a partial refund or some other way to say “sorry” to them. Try to get them to change their scores to something more positive. This won’t always work, but most of the time, it will. You should see a dramatic turnaround in your feedback scores in just a little while when you’re using this method!

Make an Effort at Fixing the Problem

If there are other issues at play with your feedback score, such as problems with your shipping times or even the quality of your items, then you need to make an effort to fix those things. You shouldn’t continue to do the same things you were before. That obviously was not working for you. The only way to get a better feedback score is to get more people to give you that good feedback. Work harder to sell more things through the site, and then come back with a better feedback score. You’ll be happy you made the effort to change.

Take a Break and Refocus Your Efforts

Maybe you just aren’t ready for that kind of change, though. If you are just feeling sad and discouraged about the progress of your eBay sales, then you should step back for a little while. There’s nothing wrong with taking a break to clear your head. In fact, that could be just what you need. Once you’ve had some time to think about what you’ve been doing wrong, you can come back and get a fresh start. With your new perspective and energy, it shouldn’t be all that difficult to take care of business and get your feedback back to where you need it to be.

Ditch Your Old Account and Make a New One

Of course, sometimes, no matter what you do, you’re just not going to be able to make things work out. When you’re struggling to get your feedback score up and nothing is getting it done, you might just want to abandon your account. Lay low for a little while, and then go back in with a brand new account. Start over and try to get things right as a seller this time. You don’t want to have to keep ditching the site and reinventing yourself. That wouldn’t be profitable at all!

Dating a Woman Who Has Lots of Male Friends

Dating a woman who has her own friends is great. To make a relationship work, it requires that the two of you have your own time that you spend either alone, or with other people. When your woman has friends, you don’t have to worry about her constantly wanting to cling to you. Most of the time, her friends will provide her with enough of a distraction to let the two of you enjoy your time away from each other. Most men are fine with their ladies having a girls’ night out. But many of us are less than thrilled when we discover that our lady is spending her “me time” with a bunch of guys.

Meet Her Buddies (And See If They’re Up to Something)

Meeting Her Friends Is The First Step
Meeting Her Friends Is The First Step
Believe it or not, some men can be just friends with women, and have no desire to date or have sex with them. Of course, most of the time this is pretty rare, so deciding to meet your lady’s male friends is always a good idea. Don’t make it seem like you want to meet them because you don’t trust them. If you do this, she will turn things around to make it seem like you don’t trust her. Even if you don’t trust her, it’s probably best if you don’t make her aware of it.

Find out what her pals are into, and host something at your place that you can invite them to. Meeting all of her male in a group setting makes it feel less like an interrogation, and more like hangout. Make sure to actually talk to her guy friends and try to gauge whether or not some (or all) of them will be a problem. Be on the lookout for alpha males. They’re almost always waiting for the perfect opportunity to try to hook up with someone else’s woman. Don’t forget to check for wandering eyes. Most of us aren’t as discreet as we think we are when it comes to checking women out. If you see someone’s eyes lingering on your lady for too long, it could be a sign that he wants to be more than just friends with her.

Admit When You Are Uncomfortable

Tell Her You Have A Problem With Her Male Friends
Tell Her You Have A Problem With Her Male Friends
Explain to her how you are feeling, you feel concerned about their intentions, it’s best to speak up about it. Try to avoid telling her that you don’t want her hanging out with them. It will only cause arguments and conflict in the relationship. Instead, take her out on a date, and tell her why you feel uncomfortable with her having certain male friends. Be willing to compromise. Tell her that some of her male friends make you uncomfortable, and then explain why. Always start by telling her that you trust her. As hard as it may be, acknowledge that you are insecure (or pretend to be).  In other words, make her feel guilty for making you uncomfortable.

When a woman feels like you are being sincere, and that you trust her by sharing your feelings with her, she will be much more willing to compromise with you. She will also be more willing to take your feelings into consideration. If you’ve done a good job of stating why you’re uncomfortable with some of her guy friends, she will eventually start to feel the same way about them.

Accepting the fact that your lady has male friends can be difficult, but if you take the time to meet them, you can get rid of most of the apprehension you have about them. If she refuses to let you meet her male friends, she might be hiding something.   

Reorganizing Your Computer Desk Made Easy

Everybody loves coming home from work and sitting down in front of their own awesome computer so that they can waste time on the Internet for a while. After all, it’s a great way to unwind! However, it might not be your favorite thing to do if every day you come home to sit down at a really dirty and disorganized desk. A messy space will leave you feeling like you’re a mess yourself. That’s not the kind of atmosphere that you want to create for yourself in your home office. It’s quite the opposite, as a matter of fact! That’s why you should take an afternoon to fix things up.

Reorganizing your space will give your desk a new lease on life. In fact, you may even begin to want to spend more time than ever before on your computer. There’s nothing wrong with that! However, you’re not going to be able to achieve that if you don’t first make things nice and tidy. This guide is here to help walk you through the steps that you’ll need to take in order to get your desk in good working order once again. Let’s get started!

Start By Clearing Everything Off

Clear Everything Off Your Desk
Clear Everything Off Your Desk
You aren’t going to have any sort of luck trying to clean and reorganize a desk that’s still covered in a bunch of junk. Step one is going to making sure that you’ve taken everything off of your desk. That means everything! Don’t just throw it around all over the place, either. That’s not going to help you clean up. Instead, as you take things off your desk, try to sort and organize them. You’re going to want to put things in an order that you can transfer back onto your desk later. By keeping everything nice and tidy now, you can keep yourself from having issues later on where you have to delay putting your desk back together while you find items you misplaced.

Reorganize Your Cables and Zip Tie Them Up

One of the biggest sources for clutter and mess on anyone’s desk is going to be their computer cables. It doesn’t matter how nicely you set them up the first time you sat down at your desk, those cables always seem to end up tangled together after a little while. How does it happen? No one knows! Now that you have everything out of the way, though, you should use zip ties to cinch up your cables and keep them all in one easy to find place. That way, you won’t have to ever go through the hassle of detangling them ever again.

Clean Your Monitor and Your Keyboard

Don’t forget that you should get some actual cleaning done while you’re doing all of this. The two things that are going to need the most attention will be your monitor and your keyboard. With a lint free cloth and some screen cleaner, get all of the grime off of your monitor. That will allow you to see things much more clearly once again. Then pop the keys off your keyboard and clean out all the crumbs and dust that get trapped inside of there. Once you’ve got them spic and span, you can replace them on your desktop.

Designate Areas For All Your Things

Designate Areas For Everything
Designate Areas For Everything
Now is the time to start moving everything back onto your desk. However, as we said before, don’t just toss everything back onto your desk in a jumble. You won’t have accomplished anything at that point. You’ll just have made another mess. Instead, designate spots on your desk for things like papers, as well as areas for pens and pencils. Once you’ve gotten that taken care of, you’re almost through. Make a survey of your entire workspace. Does it feel like you will be able to get things done more quickly now? If so, you can sit back down and get to work!

How to Reprimand an Employee the Right Way

Even the best employee occasionally makes a mistake that can’t be brushed off. How you handle this situation will decide whether or not this can move more swiftly. If you do the wrong thing, you and your employee will be dealing with this mistake for a long time to come. If you handle it properly, it can fade into a memory very soon. It’s a tough call to make, but the odds are good that you can keep moving forward and enjoying yourself and your employee doesn’t have to rue the day that he made that mistake. Here’s how to handle things so they don’t blow up in your face.

Start with a Compliment

Employees Know When They Have made A Mistake
Employees Know When They Have made A Mistake
The first thing that you should do is open with a compliment. You should let him know that there isn’t a better bookkeeper than him, usually. You know that he’s a valuable man to have on the team and you don’t mean to imply otherwise even accidentally. This will help soothe his ego. Often, workers know that they’ve made a mistake before you come to talk to him about it. Doing this will soothe his ego so that he’s not on the defensive. You don’t want to chew him out right off the bat, and this will help you sound like you understand that he works hard and does a very good job for you. Sometimes things just need to happen this way, that’s all. Make the compliment sincere, and if possible have it be related to the work that he made a mistake on. It’s good to tell him he’s a good bookkeeper, but if he made a mistake with a client instead you should say that mostly he makes people laugh and a lot of your clients like that about him.

Don’t Sound Angry When You Reprimand

Don't Sound Angry
Don’t Sound Angry
Even if he made a serious mistake, try not to sound angry. He’s going to be upset himself, and defensive, and he’s going to be afraid that there’s going to be personal animosity between the two of you now. You should let your tone convey the idea that things are still fine. There’s no reason for him to think that they aren’t going to work out for you and he to continue to work together. Plus, when people know that someone is angry at them they’re probably going to be angry in return. It’s just human nature. You should just calmly explain what the problem was with their behavior, and what you would like them to do in the future if he’s ever in that situation again.

Let Them Know That a First Offense Is Just a Mistake

A First Offense Is Just A Mistake
A First Offense Is Just A Mistake
The last thing that you need to do in order to settle things is to let your employee know that you think that this was just a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes, and now that you’ve had the official talk, you want to say off the record that you understand where they were coming from. This is the kind of thing that restores your employee’s confidence in himself and in your relationship. If this is a repeat offense you can’t really do this step, but if this is the first mistake it’s an easy way to patch things up with you.

Four Apps to Improve Your Quality of Life

Okay, so maybe saying these apps will magically eliminate your FML moments is a bit of a stretch, but they will definitely make your life infinitely easier to manage, and easier to enjoy.

Swiftkey

|SwiftKey... One Keyboard For Every Device
SwiftKey… One Keyboard For Every Device
If typing on your smartphone just isn’t working out for you because of tiny keyboards or large hands, try something different with Swiftkey. One of the most popular third-party keyboard apps, Swiftkey lets you “type” by dragging your finger from key to key to spell words. It even links with your Google+, Facebook, and Evernote accounts to personalize their autocorrect and spelling suggestions. Add in cloud capability, and you can save and transfer your typing patterns to any of your Swiftkey-enabled devices that has Swiftkey installed.

The best part? Swiftkey is free, and works on both Android, and more recently, iOS 8. The Android app offers keyboards in 60 languages, and lets you load in three keyboards at any time to use simultaneously. Currently, the iOS 8 is able to host two keyboards, and has limited language support, though with future versions of the app promise updates and improvements.

Evernote

Evernote Helps You Keep Track Of Your ¨To Do Lists¨
Evernote Helps You Keep Track Of Your ¨To Do Lists¨
Your mileage may vary, but the free app Evernote could potentially be the most beautiful, useful thing to ever appear in your life. It integrates with desktop, web and mobile to become a single inbox, for yes, notes, but also daily journal writings, videos, pictures, and can even help you go paperless. Use it to keep track of your task lists. Use the Google-integrated Web Clipper extension to file your web links and bookmarks right into the notes and lists you need them in. Keep track of all the recipes that Grandmom ever gave you.

With tons of plug-ins and multi-platform integration, Evernote is a great way to organize all the ins and outs of your life.

IFTT

Create Recipes With IFTTT
Create Recipes With IFTTT
Standing for If This Then That, this is THE app for social media fanatics, and it’s available for free for both Android and iOS. IFTT is a webapp automation service that creates recipes that let you pull material from one app to use on another. Save your snarkiest tweets to your Evernote for great posterity the minute you send them out, or crosspost all your awesome photoshoots to Pinterest and Instagram instantaneously for a serious positive feedback loop.

Asana

Do you work from home? Telecommute? Have flex hours? If you have one or all of the above, Asana may just be your new best friend. This web-based service has turned out a free iPhone, iPad and Android compatible app that helps you keep track of all your to-dos, and the also the to-dos of the people you work with. Task items and their accompanying conversations are all self contained, and organize those lists into full projects. Get automatic updates whenever tasks are in progress or completed. Better yet, integrate with file programs like Google Drive, Box, and Dropbox. In short: ditch the email chains and fussy, aggressive phone calls, and get with Asana instead.

Bonus: Delectable

Reward Yourself With Delectable
Reward Yourself With Delectable
We can’t be all work and no play. Reward yourself with Delectable, a free wine scanner app that that gives you all the info you ever wanted on your next bottle of vino, as soon as you snap a picture of that label. File your favorites into albums and lists, and share your picks with your friends by hashtagging and messaging at them, and keep up to date with their most recent alcohol adventures.

Understanding Your Fingernails and Their Link to Your Overall Health

Sometimes you may think that your fingernails are pretty useless. If you’d like to decorate them then you can paint them or apply fake ones for fashion purposes. They break obnoxiously and can be painful because of this. But at the end of the day do they really do anything for you? Actually, yes. Your fingernails can be great tip offs for any health issues you might have. Instead of ignoring a nasty nail or asking a friend about the issue, look into the possible underlying cause of your nail problems.

Blue Tinged Nails

You Are Not Getting Enough Oxygen
You Are Not Getting Enough Oxygen
Many assume that the blue tinge in their nails is just the color of the skin underneath or that it’s meant to be that way because of genetics. It’s actually rare that you would have this color from birth. Blue tinted nails mean that you aren’t getting enough oxygen or that your blood isn’t carrying enough oxygen to the rest of your body.

Pale Whitish Nails

It can be hard to tell if there’s a problem with pale nails because some people are born with a lighter colored nail bed than others. If your nails suddenly become pale when they used to be darker, look for other signs of illness related to anemia and malnutrition that you might be expressing. Pale nails can also be a sign of poor circulation to the hands.

Completely White Nails

Your Nails Can Tell You A Lot About Your Health
Your Nails Can Tell You A Lot About Your Health
White nails should be a sign of a problem no matter what your skin tone. A white nail differs from a pale nail in that your nails will look completely white with a dark rim. This can mean anything from congestive heart failure to a week liver. You might even have something called Terry’s nails which can happen as people age. One of the more severe illnesses related with white nails is hepatitis.

Nails with Grooves

Nails with pits and grooves can mean any number of things. In a good scenario, lines and ridges on your nails just means you have a vitamin deficiency which isn’t letting them grow properly. In a worse situation, grooved and pitted nails can mean you have psoriasis, alopecia, Reiter’s syndrome, or arthritis.

Yellowed Nails

If you’ve ever had a relative that smokes then you might notice their nails are stained a bit yellow with nicotine. When your nails are yellow without smoking, however, it can be a large sign of respiratory illness. Another common reason your nails will turn yellow is because you have a fungal infection. There are over the counter cures for nail fungus you can try. If these don’t work, it might be something more serious.

Dark Lines

This Could Be An Indication Of Skin Cancer
This Could Be An Indication Of Skin Cancer
A dark line or spot under a nail can mean that you simply bruised your finger and the nail might be dead in places. This is actually not uncommon, especially for those that work with their hands quite often. If you can’t think of any injuries to your nail that might have occurred and you still have dark lines and spots, seek medical attention. This can be a sign of skin cancer.

Inflamed Nail

An inflamed nail isn’t exactly related to your actual nail. Instead, examine the area around and below your cuticle. It might be red and puffy for another reason, such as slamming your finger in a door or having an irritated cuticle. In some cases an inflamed cuticle area can be associated with lupus or a connective tissue disorder.

Nails That Split and Crack

If Your Nails Split And Crack, You Need To See A Doctor Immediately
If Your Nails Split And Crack, You Need To See A Doctor Immediately
Nails don’t typically flake and split. If your nails do this often then there might be a bigger problem going on than just an ugly nail. Splitting nails can be a sign of a nail fungus or something worse like thyroid disease. In a better scenario, split nails can also be a sign of malnutrition and mineral deficiency.

Nail Biting

Nail biting is one nail symptom that you have to be proactive with, meaning it’s not something that just occurs naturally as a sign or symptom: you cause it. Nail biting is associated with anxiety and OCD. Most think that nail biting is normal and that a lot of people do it. This is untrue, however, and may mean that you should seek a professional to help you curb this habit.

How to Tell If Your Sexual Appetite Is Healthy or an Addiction

The question is simple and to the point. Do you feel like you are treading a thin line between being a voracious young person or someone with a healthy need for sex versus someone who needs help to curb their desires and uncontrollable urges? The differences might be obvious to you or they may be part of a very blurred line that you don’t know which side you belong on. Go through the list and see for yourself. Are you a healthy person or a secret sex addict?

Do You Constantly Go Out of Your Way for Sex?

How Is Your Sexual Appetite?
How Is Your Sexual Appetite?
Having sex occasionally is normal. In fact, having sex a lot can be normal within reason. Even if you’re having scheduled days for sex, be you single or in a relationship, then you’re on the good side of the line. The time when you cross over is when you are doing one thing and decide suddenly that you need sex now. You’re coming home from work and you feel compelled to just go to a bar, pick someone up, and then get some in the car. If this happens often then watch out.

Does Your Need for Sex Hinder Your Day to Day Life?

One sure fire way to tell if you’re actually a sex addict is to examine how you react to a sexual stimulus in the middle of work, school, or errands. People can’t help but get aroused sometimes and that can include times when they’re just doing everyday things. If this arousal is persistent and something that you feel the urge to satisfy immediately on a regular basis then you might be treading on some very murky water. Your sex life shouldn’t interfere with your ability to do day-to-day tasks.

Do You Find Yourself Wanting to Cheat or Go Wild?

Going Wild...
Going Wild…
If you’re in a committed, monogamous relationship then you have some standards to uphold. One of those standards is that your partner is the only person you’ll be sleeping with. If your relationship is fine and healthy but you still feel a compulsion to go completely crazy and cheat on your partner often then you might need to examine how healthy your sexual frequency really is. Some people just aren’t the kind who can settle down. This is something completely different than a sex addict but there might be a similar style of sexual promiscuity.

How Often do You Actually Want to Have Sex?

It’s normal for some people to have high sex drives and be extremely sexual quite often. During puberty and your young adult years, for example, there’s a tendency for people to be quite hormonal and hot and bothered. If you’re someone, however, that feels the urge and need to have sex on a daily basis and does not ever get tired of sex or the rush derived from it then it’s possible you’re addicted. Remember that sex addiction is just like drug addiction. You have to have it all the time and you’ll look for it any time of the day, over and over again.

Do You Think You Could Listen to “No” if You Needed To?

She Said NO!... Now What?
She Said NO!… Now What?
Sometimes someone who is addicted to sex isn’t fully cognitive or aware of what they’re doing. They see the opportunity to have sex and they can’t shut it off. Because of this they may not be able to listen when their partner is saying that they don’t want to have sex anymore. This is rape, plain and simple. If you have been in a situation where this might be applicable then there is definitely something amiss. When you are risking endangering others with your addiction, it’s time to get help.