Subject your closet to the hanger testiStock/AzmanJaka
We all have clothes we haven’t worn in months. Instead of keeping them “just in case,” prove to yourself just how little you wear the items by doing the hanger test: hang all your clothes facing one way, and when you wear the item and hang it back up, hang it the opposite way. At the end of a month, you can see which clothes you didn’t even touch. Bring them to a consignment shop or secondhand store that buys clothes. Often times you can take the money or get store credit, which works out either way. Finally, you can get rid of these 16 items in your closet.
Choose your shopping sprees wiselyiStock/ozgurcankaya
There are plenty of great opportunities to buy more and spend less throughout the year, think: Black Friday, the day after Christmas, and tax-free season (July and August). (Related: These Black Friday deals aren’t as good as you think.) Instead of buying whenever you feel the need for some retail therapy, keep a list, and head out the door (or log onto Amazon) when big deals are sure to be happening. Many large chains also have annual or bi-annual clearance sales. Mark them on your calendar and put off the therapy for a little longer.
Create a “Do I need this?” listiStock/iprogressman
Impulse shopping is costly and almost everyone does it: In a poll of 1,000 adult Americans, 75 percent said they had made in impulse purchase; 16 percent said they spent $500 or more on the purchase, and 10 percent spent $1,000 or more. Instead of wasting that money, try this litmus test: Every time there’s something you want to buy, add it to your “Do I need this?” list. At the end of the month, go through the potential purchases to see if you still need or want that item.