Weekend reading

Would you take out a loan to buy clothes?

I’m not convinced that a short term high interest loan like Affirm should be used as a budgeting tool. Yes it does tell you in a straightforward way what your payments are, but why wouldn’t you use a similar tool that is at least interest free e.g. Afterpay 🧐?

Road-tripping with the Amazon nomads

Retail arbitrage. Consumerism. β€œSo many people are owned by their possessions.”

This article is surprisingly deep.

The coast of utopia

Bryon Bay (where all the rich hippies live πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί), lifestyle influencers, I mean come on, this is a must read πŸ˜…

Save some dollars by denim recycling

A way to get a pair of new jeans, be a little kinder to the environment, and save some money? πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Note: this is USA specific πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Blue Jeans Goes Green turns jeans into denim insulation, which is pretty cool. To get the denim material they’ve partnered up with retailers who in turn offer a discount on your purchase if you donate your old jeans.

For example:

Levi’s – 20% off a single item

Madewell – $20 off a pair of jeans

Rag & Bone – 20% your purchase

I’ve tried this at Madewell and it’s as easy as handing over a pair of jeans and getting $20 off. But of course, read the fine print before you head to the store.

If you’ve got some old denim lying around, why not give this a try?

Long weekend reading

1. threadUP’s 2019 Resale Report

Resale has grown 21x faster than new retail apparel in the past 3 years 😯

The average consumer has 136 items of clothing 😯😯

This report is full of interesting statistics.

2. Drop culture

How psychology is being used to drive shopping behaviour.

3. This is Marketing – a book by Seth Godin

Seth is great at what he does (marketing) writes in an easy to read way. I find reading his books to be a faster way than reading his blog, to learn about his ideas.

Weekend reading

Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2019 – because like it or not, the internet is affecting your life

How to Overcome the Bias We Have Toward Our Own Ideas – self-explanatory

Smitten Kitchen weeknight recipes – cooking is cheaper than eating out. Applicable if you’re not getting free or subsidised work food 🀫

100 Outfits in 100 Days – Renee has a way with words, plus the idea of documenting daily outfits that you wear vs outfits that you post on Instagram is refreshing 😊

Weekend reading

How Walmart tricks people into saving money – “Like many Americans, Dawn Paquin thinks about the importance of saving more often than she actually saves.” So how did Walmart change her behaviour?Β 

Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life – on the irrationality of human behaviour. Good reminder that not all problems can be solved by logic.

Chase closes Finn – because as it turns out, when it comes to banking, millennials don’t need a separate brand or experience. Utterly unsurprising 🀫

Sharing is caring

Discount codes & sale information – now has it’s own page (check the menu πŸ˜‰). Saves you trawling through the internet.

Dad texts post – funny, sad, and heartwarming. The comments section is awesome.

Wilosophy podcast – “Wil Anderson asks smart people stupid questions and tries to find out the meaning of life. Or something…”. Insightful and funny, what a wonderful combination.