Editors’ Picks: Fashionable Money-Saving Tips that Are Good for Your Wallet and the Environment

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2020 is one for the record books and things are tough all over. Many people are experiencing some painful financial struggles, and the fashion industry has been hit particularly hard. With that in mind, Fashion Reverie has put together a list of products that will save you money and, in some cases, are kind to the environment.

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Beautiscoop

One dirty little secret of the beauty industry is how products are packaged. Often, containers are specifically engineered to make it difficult to get the product out. This forces consumers to saw open plastic bottles and realize there is still 5 more days of moisturizer in them. But what can you do if your container is hard plastic or glass?  Beautility’s Beautiscoop will get every last drop of your beauty products out of the container easily and retails for a mere $9.99 (before shipping). If you use high-end department store products, it could pay for itself the first time you use it.  AUTILITY™, Beauty on Purpose™, recoup BEAUTISCOOP™.

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Bluapple Producer Freshness Saver Ball

What’s the most expensive food? Someone might say caviar or filet mignon, but the most expensive food you buy is the food you don’t eat—food that goes from the shopping bag to the fridge to the garbage. Bluapple Balls absorb ethylene gas given off by fresh produce, extending the life of your food three times longer than normal. The refillable balls last about three months and cost around $15. It can save you hundreds.

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Sunbeam Heated Fleece Throw

Remember when you were a kid and you tried to turn up the heat and your mother yelled at you to put on a sweater? Well, this autumn when we will most likely still be stuck at home, a quick and easy way to cut fuel costs is to use a heated throw rather than turning up the heat. Another advantage? You and your honey can snuggle underneath it together to generate even more warmth.

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Home Depot Tool Rental

Have you ever needed say a drill to install some shelves, so you buy an electric drill and then proceeded to never ever use it again? Why buy a drill when you can rent one for a fraction of the price?  Home Depot offers a multitude of tools and equipment for rent. Oh, and that drill you haven’t used since 2016? Sell it online.

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Clothes Drying Rack

Using a drying rack in your home can dramatically reduce your energy bills. Clothes racks themselves cost between $20-$40 (or less if you find one used) and can save up to $200 per year in energy costs. But energy isn’t the only thing you’ll save. Do you ever wonder what lint is? It’s your clothes falling apart very slowly. Dryers in particular can eat up delicate clothes. Using a dryer rack can dramatically extend their life span.

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Wool Dryer Balls

But what if for practical reasons a dryer rack simple isn’t an option? Here’s another easy way to reduce your energy bill. Wool dryer balls are a fantastic all-natural way to soften your clothes, eliminate static, and reduce energy usage by drying your clothes faster. Wool dryer balls work by bouncing their way in between layers of wet clothing that would otherwise stick together. The separation of the layers of clothes allows warm air to dry your clothes more quickly.

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Makeup Eraser Cloth

Do you buy those makeup remover wipes? Not only can they clog up landfills (and your toilet if you try to flush them), but the chemicals used in them can be very drying for your skin. Makeup Eraser cloths will remove your makeup with nothing but water and in the long run, will cost considerably less than a plastic tub of wipes.

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S’well Stainless Steel Traveler

Bottles of water can run around $2 at a typical convenience store. Not only that, but the plastic from the bottle and the fuel required to transport it adds up and negatively impacts the environment. Filling up your own water bottle at home will cost pennies and reduce waste. The S’well traveler can keep water cold for up to 26 hours and hot for up to 11. The wide opening can accommodate ice cubes and makes for easy cleaning.

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Thinx Underwear

While this will require an initial investment, over time period panties will save you money as you can avoid buying pads and tampons. Additionally, it will save you money on dry cleaning (and big embarrassment) when tampons leak. If you need another reason, it will keep pads out of landfills and eliminates worries about tampons clogging your plumbing.

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Blew Razor Blade Dryer

People often think that repeated use is what dulls a razor, but it’s the oxidation of the metal. Blew Razor Blade Dryer dries your razor to prevent that oxidation and keeps the blade sharp. The device even sanitizes the blade with a UV light to prevent infection. If you use high-end razors, it will pay for itself within a few months and save considerable money over the course of a year. Additionally, it will keep dozens of disposable razors out of landfills where they injure wildlife or sanitation workers.

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Leave items in your online shopping cart

With so many of us shopping online, the competition for customers is fierce. One quick easy way to save a few bucks is to do your shopping online then log out before buying. After a day (or maybe two) you’ll probably get an email that says something like “Hey did you forget something?” and that email will often be accompanied by a coupon code to entice you to complete your purchase. There’s no guarantee, but it never hurts to try!

—Cameron Grey Rose

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