Links Lisa Likes – Holidays in Full Effect

Something happens once Thanksgiving comes and goes. My schedule seems to get busier and busier, especially with the holiday season upon us.

A week after Thanksgiving, my friends and I had our own little Friendsgiving dinner celebration. My friend Remilla (the one who designed this site!) and her husband hosted at their house. It was “Mad Men” themed and even though most of us don’t watch the show, we dressed up to the nines! I also loved the handmade place cards Remilla DIYed herself! So pretty!

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The Fiance and I also had the chance to stop by a local holiday must-see. Every year around the holidays, there’s a house in Vallejo (the city where we grew up and where I now live) that goes all out with the Christmas decorations. The couple at this house does this every single year as a tribute to their oldest daughter who died in a plane crash in 1999 (source).

For us Vallejo-ans, when we pass by this house and it’s all lit up, that’s when it really feels like the holidays. The couple lets people walk around the house and they’re outside every single night, conversing with the passersby and even handing out candy canes for the kids.

 Last Week on LvtL

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This Week’s LLL

How I Got My Wedding Dress for Cheap (Over 50% Off) – [Indebted and in Debt]
I get anxiety just thinking about how expensive a wedding dress is. It’s so great to know that there are cheaper options!

The Trouble With Moderation – [The Broke and Beautiful Life]
Once you have a little taste of luxury, it’s hard to go back.

Why I Deleted Over 300 Facebook Friends – [Fit is the New Poor]
I recently did the same thing for my Instagram. It’s freeing!

Why Your Story Isn’t So Special (and what to do about it) – [Studenomics]
Honest and blunt. Don’t think you’re better than certain advice just because your situation is “different”.

Why You Should Have Targeted Savings Accounts – [Dear Debt]
Having multiple savings accounts for different goals can really help keep your finances organized!

How have you felt the holiday spirit lately?

AMDG,
Lisa

Totally Awesome Amazon Giveaway – December

Totally Awesome Amazon Giveaway – December

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Christmas is coming! We all know it isn’t exactly an affordable holiday, so my blogger friends and I have come together to bring you another Totally Awesome Amazon Giveaway! This month we’re giving away a $750 Amazon gift card to one of our lucky readers!

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Links Lisa Likes – Can You Stand The Rain?

Finally – after what seemed like forever – California is getting some decent rain around here!

Normally, I’m not a huge fan of the rain. I prefer sunshine all day, everyday.  But I wrote a few months ago about the serious drought we’re in and how us Californians can save water, so this is good news!

Of course, we can all thank Steph Curry for this :)

Gratitude

Reading this post by Melanie over at Dear Debt definitely made my day! I’m thankful for you, girl!

Last Week on LvtL

Links Lisa Likes – Thanksgiving
I’m still drooling over the feast we had last week at my house for Thanksgiving!

November 2014 Net Worth Update
My latest update had me staring my credit card debt problem in the face. Humbling, that’s for sure.

The “One In, Two Out” Rule
My wardrobe is out of control and it’s hard for me to take the time to take care of it. This rule helps me maintain my wardrobe gradually throughout the year.

This Week’s LLL

3 Surprising Leadership Lessons From (Wait for it) Nuns – [The Muse]
I absolutely love this! The sisters I’ve encountered are totally kick-butt and incredibly humble!

5 Life Lessons From Charlie Brown – [Financially Blonde]
I love these lessons learned from Mr. Charlie Brown himself! #1 speaks to me.

How to Prevent Financial Relapse – [The Simple Dollar]
I keep going in and out of credit card debt, so I really needed to read this.

I Want to Be Content More Than I Want to Be Thankful – [Indebted and In Debt]
I absolutely love this reflection on contentment and gratitude.

Stay Fit Despite Your Busy Holiday Schedule – [Budget and the Bees]
Make sure you find the time to do a little bit of exercise each week!

Hope you had a wonderful week!

AMDG,
Lisa

The “One In, Two Out” Rule

I’ve been a bad pf blogger lately.

Not only did I go Black Friday (okay, Thursday) shopping, I did so mostly on credit (okay, all on credit).

I know. I want to smack myself in the face sometimes.

I’ll write about my mistakes some other time. Seriously, my guilt and shame can take up more than a post or two. But alas, the damage is done and I have a ton of pretty clothes that are ready to be incorporated into my wardrobe.

But remember when I confessed that my family is a bunch of mini-hoarders? I left off that post mentioning that I had an idea to take control of my own obsession with stuff and now is the time to implement it.

Yes, I bought a lot of new clothes this past week. But my closet is already jam-packed with items that I just don’t wear anymore. As much as I would like to set aside one whole day to clean out my closet, I just don’t have the time for that. So instead of tackling it all at one go, I’ve decided to implement one rule when it comes to clothes shopping.

The One In, Two Out Rule

The “One In, Two Out” Rule

You may have heard about this rule. It sounds just like what it is – whenever you purchase something new, a new shirt for example, you have to get rid of two shirts that are already in your wardrobe. You can donate the outgoing items or sell them, or even gift them, it doesn’t matter – as long as it leaves your closet.

Personally, I like the idea of sticking to the same categories. One shirt in, two shirts out. One dress in, two dresses out. Obviously, you don’t necessarily have to do it this way. If you buy a new shirt, you don’t have to get rid of two shirts, you can get rid of one shirt and one pair of pants, or two pairs of shoes, whatever. It’s really up to you how you want to implement this rule into your own clothes shopping routine.

Implementing the “One In, Two Out” Rule

Take Count of the “Ins”

On Black Friday, Target had a 40% off sale on all their clothing (minus Toms for Target, outerwear, and other special categories). So, I stocked up on a lot of clothing that I knew I needed  – sweaters, pants that actually fit, boots, etc.

Shortly after my terrible shopping binge, I took count of all that I brought home:

4 camisoles
4 sweaters
3 tops
2 dresses
2 pairs of shoes
1 pair of pants

What a haul. I stocked up on camis because I always need them when layering, especially since it’s getting colder here in the Bay Area. Plus, a lot of my camis I already own are too short and too small. Everything else are items that I’ve been meaning to buy, either to refresh my current wardrobe or replace some old items.

 Figure Out What Needs To Go

Remember, the one in, two out rule means for every item you bring into your closet, you have to get rid of two items. Let’s look at my haul again and see what that means in terms of items I need to get rid of.

4 camisoles in => 8 camisoles out
4 sweaters in => 8 sweaters out
3 tops in => 6 tops out
2 dresses in => 4 dresses out
2 pairs of shoes in => 4 pairs of shoes out
1 pair of pants in => 2 pairs of pants out

All in all, I’m getting rid of 32 pieces of clothing!

How the One In, Two Out Rule Can Help You Tame Your Closet

The One In, Two Out Rule Forces You to Re-evaluate Your Purchases

When you implement the one in, two out rule, you start to think of your clothing purchases differently. When you know that every new item means you’ll be getting rid of two, you may think twice about those tribal print leggings.

Knowing that each new clothing piece will replace not only one, but two pieces in your wardrobe, you’ll be forced to rethink that impulse buy.

The One In, Two Out Rule Helps You Gradually Maintain Your Closet Throughout theYear

Let’s face it – you’re a busy person. I sure as hell can’t find the time to go through my closet and get rid of everything that needs to go all in one day, and I’m sure you’re the same way. The one in, two out rule can help you get rid of things in your closet without taking up too much of your time.

You know the items that need to go – that pair of jeans that just doesn’t button anymore, or that shirt that has one too many holes in it. Take the opportunity to get rid of the clothes you know don’t belong in your closet anymore.

Will you be implementing the one in, two out rule to your clothing routine?

AMDG,
Lisa
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