As the weather warms up and you are ready to swap out your winter and spring clothes for a brighter and cooler summer wardrobe, you can resist the urge to completely buy all new clothes by shopping in your own closet first. The following tips will help you organize and evaluate your current wardrobe and give new life to the pieces you already own to help you save.

  • Take Inventory: By taking inventory of your closet, you may come across pieces you forgot about or discover opportunities for different outfit pairings. Donate clothes you no longer wear to declutter your closet and make your daily outfit choices easier.
  • Accessorize: Pair your staples, such as a simple white tee and khaki shorts, with statement accessories. Colorful scarves, bold jewelry or trendy sandals are inexpensive ways to add some personality to a basic outfit.
  • Mix Patterns & Colors: Give your wardrobe a fresh, summer look by mixing bright colors and fun patterns. Unexpected pairings will make a bold statement and jazz up your look.
  • Frequent Consignment & Secondhand Stores: If you need to add to your wardrobe, seek out name brand and trendy apparel at your local consignment and secondhand stores instead of shopping at expensive department stores.
  • Plan Ahead: Take advantage of any end-of-summer sales to get a head start on updating your wardrobe for next summer.
  • Stick to your Budget: Set a budget and stick to it. Just because something is on sale doesn’t mean you need it. Constantly evaluate your wardrobe and make smart purchases by investing in staples that are comfortable and fit well.

Free Ways to Become Fit and Healthy – Summer 2013

Instead of spending your hard earned money on an expensive gym membership, take advantage of free ways to get fit and healthy within your own home. From using your stairs to tone your legs to free online workout videos to get your cardio in, remain both committed to your health and committed your budget.

  • Find resources online by downloading free workout videos or podcasts or discovering healthy recipes and meal plans.
  • If possible, cycle or walk to work. Not only is it beneficial for your health, it can help you save money on transportation or gas.
  • Use stairs to your advantage. At work, opt to take the stairs instead of the elevator. At home, you can use your stairs to get in your cardio workout while toning your legs.
  • Download a free app such as My Fitness Pal or Fitocracy to help you track your fitness, nutrition and weight loss goals.
  • Watch your portion sizes. When cooking healthy meals at home, make sure you are maintaining a well-balanced diet and eating the appropriate portions.
  • Partner with a friend or family member for a daily walk or job. Exercising with others can make workouts more fun and help motivate you to stick to the plan on a regular basis.
  • Train for an organized run. Running is great for your health, plus having a goal and a deadline will help keep you motivated.

Regardless of your financial situation, these steps will help you start on the road to a healthy lifestyle with little financial risk.