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.

Save Vs. Spend Metroleta by tamfeingold featuring lucky brand bags

Blouse
simons.ca

Frye low heels
heels.com

Lucky brand bag
piperlime.gap.com

Teardrop jewelry
baublebar.com

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A Day At The Market

By Joel DeVyldere

A blast of color marks early autumn at the Lane County Farmers Market, where hundreds of people are loading up their bags with all colors of healthy produce and prepared foods.

Every Saturday spring through fall, the market spans three square blocks of downtown Eugene. Here you’ll find local farmers selling their produce, local musicians making sweet autumn music, and local artisans hawking their handmade clothing and crafts. Check out a few of the sights to be seen:

Certified organic produce from Grateful Harvest Farm
Certified organic produce from Grateful Harvest Farm, photo copyright Jonathan Lange

Saturday at Lane County Farmers Market
The market is a major downtown destination on Saturdays. Not just restricted to buying and selling, these blocks often function as a meet-up location and a place to just kick back and listen to some free live music. photo copyright Jonathan Lange

Farmer Paul Toups by pickup truck
Local farmer Paul Toups sells corn and pumpkins to a steady stream of loyal customers. Paul has been selling at the Lane County Farmers Market for 33 years.
photo copyright Jonathan Lange

Farmer Bob Skinner of Alsea Acre Goat Farm
Bob Skinner sells cheese uniquely made at Alsea Acre Goat Farm. Bob’s cousin Nancy heads up a small crew that cares for the goats and makes the cheese.
photo copyright Jonathan Lange

Rainbow chard at Farmers Market
A booth at the market selling rainbow chard. Chard is a cousin of the beet often grown for its broad and tasty leaves. It is sometimes used as an alternative to lettuce and spinach. photo copyright Jonathan Lange

As you can see, there’s a lot going on. Here are a couple of tips to make the most out of your Saturday Market experience:

Slow down

A lot of farmers are more than willing to talk about their farms and all the creative methods they have used to stay in the business. You might make friends.

Shop around

Some of the produce sold here is really expensive and some is much less expensive. Check around for good prices, and make sure you ask for a taste test if you’re buying a lot of something.

If you have a SNAP card, bring it

Lane County Farmer’s Market now accepts SNAP cards (formerly called food stamps). Use your card to pick up something really healthy to bring home. WIC vouchers are also accepted at many of the booths.

Drink the lemonade

Saturday Market is about more than just groceries. Be sure you make the rounds and meet local authors, musicians, craftsmen, and prepared food vendors. I can tell you from personal experience that the berry lemonade is a worthwhile buy.

Not in Eugene?

Check out these lists with details of other farmers markets in
United States
Farmers Markets (you can search by your zip code)

California
Certified Farmers Markets

Oregon Farmers’ Markets
Washington Farmers Markets

Lane County Farmer’s Market

April through December:

Saturdays
8th and Oak (Downtown)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Tuesdays
8th and Oak (Downtown)
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Thursdays
28th & Hilyard Street (next to the Amazon Community Center)
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

For details on January through March Farmers Market dates and for the special Holiday Market at the Fairgrounds in November and December check the Lane County Farmers Market website.

The Leather Jacket

By Tamara Feingold

With Fall right around the corner, these coats are the perfect layer to add over ensembles both casual and classy. Here are some combinations you might not have thought up, straight from a self-proclaimed leather jacket addict in the making. (Confession, I own 8.)

The Leather Jacket by Tamara Feingold

The Hood:

For those chilling, windy days of fall try adding a zip-up hooded sweatshirt under your leather jacket. Choose a casual jacket in distressed tan or dark gray and let the hood from your sweatshirt peek out. If it rains, you’ll stay dry and your leather will add some love to what could be a drab winter outfit.

The Blouse:

Leather jackets aren’t only for motorcycle mavens; they’re also the perfect match for feminine sheer blouses. A simple camel jacket over a light top in peach or mint instantly gives a preppy top some lacking edge.

The Flannel:

Plaid flannel shirts with leggings are must-haves for the dripping autumn days, so consider adding a leather jacket to spruce up last year’s apparel. Over-sized flannel shirts in red, green, or blue go great under jackets with a little embellishment (zippers, buckles, and spikes, oh my!)

The Plain White Tee:

A plain white t-shirt with boyfriend-style destroyed denim jeans offers an opportunity for leather jacket experimentation. Choose one with an off-center front zipper or a hood.

The Dress:

Leather jackets are ideal for nights out when lugging around a thick coat is less than practical. Pair yours with your short dress and heels for an ultra-rebellious night at the bars.

 

Rick Owens black leather jacket
$2,200 – shopmrsh.com

 

Jofama leather jacket
$295 – the-dressingroom.com

 

AllSaints biker jacket
allsaints.com

 

River Island biker jacket
$280 – riverisland.com

 

Miss Selfridge biker jacket
missselfridge.com

 

Create a College Budget That Works

By Olivia Narvaez

Going away to college marks the beginning of a young person’s freedom, but it also means much greater financial responsibility and organizational skills are needed to stay on target. Before even going to college, you have to consider the essentials for living, what you can spend on what you want, and save on what you don’t really need. Many parents still financially support their college bound children and they need to sit down and talk with their child about the budgeting they need to do.

Paying for a college education is no walk in the park. It often means considering all the extra costs that go into living on a college campus. If you set up a budget ahead of time, then you can actually see what you can and cannot do with your money.

First you look at your income, whether it is from a school job, your parents, financial aid, scholarships, and any student loans. Then you must consider the necessities of living on your own, which include rent, utilities, food and groceries, transportation, insurance, personal care items (such as medicine, shampoo, soap, etc.), and entertainment. All these things add up even though many are low cost. You have to make sure that your income and expenses balance each month.

Once you have created your budget, the next step is to make sure that you stay on target. This is the hardest part for most of us. It sometimes is helpful to write down all your expenditures on a spreadsheet or even just in a notebook so it is easier to keep track; just be sure to save all receipts.

Budgeting as a college student is not the worst thing. It will actually help you in the long run. Budgeting in this economy is such a requirement that you will probably keep doing it for the long term. Even when you have the means to spend more, it is still smart to keep track of what you are spending on a daily basis, so you can save for your dream vacation, house, and other goals. Living with a budget, you will come out on top.