For those of you following my unemployment journey since the beginning, you know I decided against taking another job in Pharmaceuticals to pursue my dreams of writing. So, five months later I am happy to announce I am officially employed with a Public Relations company here in Philadelphia.
As glamorous as not having a full-time job may seem, I found it was somewhat lonely and brought down my self-esteem. Instead of feeling productive and accomplished, it was hard to feel like I deserved down time after a day spent in my bedroom. While unemployed, I felt that I did not have as strong of a sense of self, as I did when I was working. Needless to say, I don’t see “housewife” in my future any time soon.
But do not fret; I will continue my journey here on Madly Megan after my new job begins.
In other news, the holiday season is quickly approaching, which means spending on others is in your near future. When you have to buy gifts for multiple people, it is hard to find money to spend on that perfect Christmas outfit for yours truly.
SO, here are a few out-of-the-box ways to find a perfect holiday outfit without breaking the bank.
- Thrift Stores
This is a great way to find affordable clothes, but also an even better way to make money. Check out places like Buffalo Exchange, or Plato’s Closet to sell your old clothes for cash-money now. Also, your local consignment shop probably trades clothes for cash; they just may be slightly more particular about the items.
- H&M 15-percent-off entire purchase
As you probably figured out, I am obsessed with H&M. They produce affordable, fashionable clothes for every occasion. As an H&M connoisseur, I discovered their hidden discount offered every time you shop; all you have to do is bring a small bag of old clothes. H&M collects the clothes you are disposing, and in return gifts you a 15-percent-off coupon to use on your entire purchase. Don’t say I never told you anything.
- Family is for hand-me-downs
I was rummaging through my parents’ basement the other day when I discovered my great-grandmother’s vintage mink fur coat. As my mind filled with millions of outfit combinations I could style with this bad boy, I instantly fell in love. This isn’t the first time I’ve hit the clothes jackpot in a family member’s closet; both my grandmother’s and aunt’s houses have also been successful places for unique finds. Even if your relative isn’t ready to officially gift you the new item, ask to borrow it for a special occasion or holiday dinner. Chances are if they’ve kept that jacket, or necklace, it means it wears well and has stood the test of time, and likely will for you too.