Make friends with a tailor

Second hand stores, consignment shops, online resellers, antique shops, they are all potential goldmines for stretching your buying dollar and finding unique and interesting items.  Creating a Prosperous Moneylife™ is about choice and creativity – how you can create the life you want in a way that makes your wallet happy too. Heading into second hand shops can feel daunting to even a seasoned shopper.  With some planning, the right mindset and a few tips and tricks, you will be finding treasures in no time. Repurposing is not only eco-friendly, it is good for the wallet and your home!  Here are fifteen tips and tricks for reseller shopping to get you going. 1. Find your style Although with a keen eye you may find current trends in resale shops, keep a look out for unique pieces to add flair to your style.  A simple wardrobe with a few really great interesting items can really make a statement.  Look at vintage shops and estate sales for classic items. 2. Dress for Shopping There may not be a dressing room available, so tights, a tight tank and a loose sweater is a good combination to let you try on things without flashing the world.  Slip-on shoes make it easy and a purse that can go across your chest will keep your hands free. 3. Have an idea of what you are looking for If you know what you are looking for, you can decide quickly if the shop is the right place, and you are less likely to get sidetracked. I knew I needed sweaters and that I had 30 minutes...

Luxury For Less

What a week!  Pat Mussieux put on an amazing 3-day Wealth Makers event.  I was so thrilled to give my Luxury For Less prize to Marilyn Garshowitz.  Marilyn was so excited and really understood the idea about Luxury For Less.  Taking action on your money life doesn’t mean not having nice things, great experiences – it just means being creative, flexible and choosy about how you spend your money. The Luxury For Less basket was $417 worth of fabulous items, including a Coach purse!  Total investment in the basket = $141.  Creativity, flexibility and a bit of searching for a great price created this great basket.  Congratulations Marilyn! How can you use creativity, flexibility and a bit of leg-work to create your own Luxury For Less? Have a super...

Free Hugs!

They say the best things in life are free.  Joy, kindness, and laughter are three wonderful and free things that can be shared easily. Several years ago I was mesmerized by this video of Free Hugs in Italy. I know the value of being hugged – touch is a critical element to our well-being.  I loved the idea and knew it was something I wanted to do. This weekend at the massive annual Kempenfest Arts and Crafts fair here in Barrie, Ontario, I got my chance. Ten of us invited thousands of people to have a Free Hug as they moved through the show. We shared over 1500 hugs over four hours with people young and old, big and small. Some told us they hadn’t been hugged in 10 years.  #freehugsbarrie Yes, the best things in life are free.  I was so pleased to share this moment and to give these hugs. I know I got the biggest benefit of it as I experienced the surprise, laughter and joy from all of these marvelous people. What can you do this week that is fun, free, and gives to others and to...