Spend Vs. Save

By Tamara Feingold

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1. Shoes: Spend

Besides the occasional summer sandal or party heel, shed some extra cash on shoes. Don’t make the mistake of getting those tall leather boots for a too-good-to-be-true price; they’ll likely disintegrate in the rain before the season is over.  Instead, find quality boots and flats that will last multiple seasons. Choose simple colors (black or dark brown) and you’ll be able to wear them with most of your outfits.

2. Tops: Save

Add a wider variety of tops to your wardrobe by skipping over-priced trends. Buy simple tops at inexpensive stores or more daring pieces at thrift stores. Because you won’t be wearing the same tops as often as other clothes, quality isn’t as important here. Buying used tops will ensure an individual style and will save you more money for layers and statement pieces.

3. Jeans: Spend

There’s no need to shell out hundreds for those rhinestone-encrusted stitched-pocketed designer duds, but try to find jeans that will survive the fall season. Despite what you may think, people can tell those worn spots and shredded knees weren’t factory-made. Buying just a couple of pairs of semi-spendy jeans that truly fit your body will boost your confidence and lower the number you need to buy. Wash them inside-out in cold water and let them hang to dry for longer lasting denim that won’t stretch out.

4. Jewelry: Save

Despite what you’ve heard, diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend. There’s no denying that the high-value jewel is appropriate for certain special occasions, but for everyday jewelry try to pick up some vintage finds. Thrift stores, garage sales, and antique stores can all offer jewelry jackpots. The exception? Offer up a little extra cash for rings; cheap metal will turn your fingers green in no time.

5. Bags: Spend

Spending more on quality bags, especially backpacks and book bags, will save you in the long run. Inexpensive bags used often will lead to broken straps and ripped lining. Instead, find a simple purse that shows your style and carry it without worry of wearing out. It’s okay to save on clutches and crossbodies though; bags that won’t be stuffed aren’t in danger of drooping.

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Rain Boots for Everyone: Styles Under $50 for Men, Women, and Kids

By Serena Piper

Being fashionable doesn’t have to cost you a pretty penny. Below are three pairs of rain boots under $50 for men, women, and children, so you can save your feet, and save your money.As we move into the winter months, we are finding ourselves caught in the rain a lot more often, and probably more often than we would like. Often we choose to wear the wrong pair of shoes on a day when the rain just won’t let up. When it looks like a drizzle will appear while you’re out and about, grab one of the pairs of rain boots below so you don’t end up with wet socks!

For the women

Sporty Zebra Rain Boots at target.com

Short Zebra Sporty Rain Boots / Target ($24.99)
For the zebra print lovers of the world, you can now wear the pattern on your feet! Not an up-to-your-knees boot person? No problem, these boots come up to mid-calf. They also have a nice splash of hot pink color inside.

Baffin Prime Rain Boots / R.E.I. ($34.95)
If you like getting dirty, consider picking up these shiny black booties from outdoor specialist R.E.I., featuring a bit of a heel with extra cushioning.

NOMAD Artist Bon jour / 6pm.com ($42.99)
Ever tried wearing art on your feet? No matter which of the three scenes you choose, you’ll definitely stand out!

For the men

Kamik Erickson Rain Boots at 6pm.com

Kamik Emerson Black Boots / 6pm.com ($38.70)
Not all rain boots come up to your calf, just look at these slip-ons from 6pm.com. Comfy, cushioned, and waterproof!

Isotoner Geometric Loafers / Kohls ($26.60)
At first glance, these classy black shoes don’t look like rain boots, but that’s exactly why they’re perfect for wearing to work or even an interview. They’re made well and just look how super comfortable they look!

Tingley Executive Black Boots / Overstock.com ($41.45)
Completely waterproof from rain, mud, and snow, these black boots would look great with skinny jeans.

For the kids

Kids Uda Frog Rain Boots from Target.com

Kids Uda Frog Rain Boots / Target.com ($18.39 – $22.99)
Fun puddle stompers for the young set. Kids can’t wait for the rain to start!

Girl’s Molly Rain Boot / Target.com ($15.99 – $19.99)
Stylish rain boots for the young fashionista; beautiful and waterproof.

Youth Solid Rainboot – Black / Target.com ($18.39)
Classic mud boots for kids who love to get out in the rain.

No matter which style you choose, rain boots are a great way to liven up your wardrobe when the rainy season sets in. Which style will you be wearing?