"I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible. I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.”
—Theodore Roosevelt, Oct. 14, 1912
On this day in 1912, Theodore Roosevelt was shot in Milwaukee; the bullet tore through his overcoat, pierced the manuscript of his speech, flattened his steel spectacle case, and drove into his chest. Despite his wound, Roosevelt still insisted on making his scheduled speech.
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Splurge or Save: Fall Staples
The budget guy’s guide to smart spending
Whether you’re on a budget or just want to shop smarter this season, knowing when to invest and when to save is key. Generally, items that you’ll wear again and again for years to come are worth dishing out for. Trendier items or simple classics, like a pullover sweater, can easily be found at more affordable prices. Read on to find out what to splurge on and when to save, and begin your smart shopping below.
The Coat: Save
Unless you live somewhere with bitter winters and all-around cold weather, there’s no need to spend half your rent on a new coat. After all, you’ll only be wearing it outside, so who are you trying to impress?
The Blazer: Splurge
A good blazer will always be a clothing standby. Wear it to work or on a date, and not only will you look extra dapper, but you’ll feel that much more confident.
The Chunky Sweater: Splurge
The great thing about a thick knit sweater is that you can wear it year round for a little extra warmth. Look for a well-made style in wool or cashmere.
The Pullover: Save
Layer a thin sweater over a crisp button-up, and you’ll look instantly pulled together. Don’t spend a fortune on a pullover, though - stores like H&M and Banana Republic are great for simple sweaters.
Denim comes in all shapes and sizes, at all different price points. You can find a great, comfortable pair of jeans that won’t cost a fortune, like these three below, and you’ll never fear ruining them.
You can generally tell the quality of shoes by looking at them. While you can find a good pair for less, when you’re looking for a sturdier style like a nice fall boot, spend a little more to get the best for your money. Just remember to weatherproof them or leave them inside when winter hits.
Hats, scarves and gloves are easily replaceable, and keep you warm no matter what. Especially if you tend to lose smaller items, cheaper versions will work just fine.