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Aug 05, 2014

Men's Style: How to Make the Most of a Budget Wardrobe

created at: 08/05/2014

When it comes to getting the most from an everyone-has-a limited clothing budget, the two most helpful questions to think about are "what's the best men's style value in terms of long-lasting quality vs. price" and "on what should I save, and on what should I invest?"… read more

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Jun 16, 2014

Men's Style: The Case for Fewer — but Better — Clothes

created at: 06/16/2014

In the first half of the 20th century, the average U.S. citizen spent about 12-14% on clothing. Today, we spend only 3%, and yet we own about 5x the amount of clothes. In the vein of fast food, economists are calling this "fast fashion," and like that extra value meal, it's not very good for… read more

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Mar 26, 2014

How to: Make a Large DIY Worktable or Multi-User Desk

I'm digging this one: by embracing very affordable materials (OSB subfloor panels, pine 2x4s and 2x6s), this project pulls off a high/low aesthetic that actually benefits from its low cost.… read more

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Mar 24, 2014

10 Ways to Improve Your Style Without Spending a Dime

There are times to add new pieces...to make investments, to research, to spend a couple hours in the dressing room. (Turn, turn, turn.) And then, there are times to get creative with what you already have, and improve your wardrobe and own personal style without spending a single cent.… read more

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Mar 18, 2014

An Excellent Bargain Bottle: Our Pick for the Best Budget Liquor

created at: 03/18/2014Like many things, the world of spirits and liquor is a spectrum. On one end, there's the only-there-for-ABV stuff that college kids drink, on the other, the collections and high-end bottles of fine connoisseurs, with plenty of options in between. And while there are the days when something special is the only way to go, there are also plenty of time when you want a budget bottle that works: something for mixing, something to bring to a party, or a good-enough bottle to share with guests.    

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Feb 28, 2014

How to: Make Cheap Beer Tastes Delicious with These 11 Creative Beer Cocktails

It happens. Some well meaning person will bring over a cheap six pack of pale lager and then drinks something better, leaving you with the remains in the fridge. You pick up a few Pacificos at your local Mexican market thinking, "Oh, I actually like this." Or, you find your self at an all day party - a wedding reception, perhaps - where the beer is free, but leaves something to be… read more

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Feb 10, 2014

ManMade Guide: How to Celebrate a Rad (and Not Cheesy) Valentine's Day on a Budget

Gentlemen, Cupid is in the hood. What are you going to do? Freak out? Nah, that's for amateurs. In this guide, we're showing you how to rock V-Day like a pro.   

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Aug 21, 2012

Why You Should Buy Good Things: The Case for Spending a Little More Sometimes

On ManMade, we've always made the argument to buy high-quality goods made with reliable materials, even if it means you ultimately end up being able to afford less. This applies to men's clothing and style items, which will last longer and be more versatile, and all kinds of quality goods created by skilled workers and artists. 

But beyond the ethical and aesthetic reasons, spending a little mre also makes financial sense as well, and will most often end up saving youread more

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Mar 10, 2010

One Chicken, 17 Healthy Meals, 26 Bucks, No Mayo

Kristen Swensson of Cheap, Healthy, Good has accomplished an incredible week-long adventure: she created an entire weeks worth of healthy meals for two people with pantry staples, $25.00, and one whole chicken. "The stretchability of a whole chicken is a frequently discussed topic among food and frugality bloggers... [but] here’s the thing: sometimes, those dinners aren’t the healthiest meals in the world. There tend to be a lot of quesadillas and casseroles whenever these type of posts pop up, not to mention chicken salads drenched with full-fat mayo. Now, there’s nothing wrong with this whatsoever (except the mayo - blech), but I wanted to see if I could put a healthier spin on it. In a sentence: I wanted to find out if it was possible to create a gaggle of inexpensive, lower-fat meals with the leftovers from one big ol’ chicken."

And she did it! No repeats, and no waste, and only $0.86 over… read more

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