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Thrift and Bargain Shopping

7 Affordable Men's Clothing Brands | Style That Won't Break the Bank

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In this video men's style, grooming, fitness and lifestyle expert, Aaron Marino of IAmAlphaM, AaronMarino, and Pete & Pedro calls out 7 affordable style options for men that are worth your hard earned money. Sign up for mailing lists if you like a specific brand as you will receive coupons!
  1. The Tie Bar - $10 pocket squares and $19 ties and bow ties. The options are mind blowing with a zillion combinations and options. Alpha doesn't understand sending a lot of cash on ties, and he saves his cash!
  2. The GAP - great for staples and is Alpha's personal pick and go-to place. It works for all ages. It's a poor man's J. Crew. All of Alpha's jeans are from The GAP at around $59.
  3. Macy's American Rag - they make a good selection of affordable options and the quality is *good enough*
  4. H&M and Forever 21 - the quality is terrible (it gets rough real fast) so it'll last a few months to a year
  5. Cole Haan - for the $100 - $200 range, the quality, style, comfort is check check check! Also Johnson Murphy is another great option. You need to balance quality with affordability.
  6. - for the odd shoe sizes and widths, this site has pretty much anything!
  7. JC Penney - Alpha used to be skeptical but after Alpha M. Project, he is not skeptical anymore.

Past Topics

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Warehouse Clubs for Clothes | Bargain and Budget Shopping -
May 22, 2013
Subscribe to Alpha M. on YouTube Alpha already did a piece about Costco's slim fit dress shirts for $19.95.  Aaron Marino of alpha m. is now scouting Sam's Club. He found some great deals on Izod shirts, slim fit Kenneth Cole dress shirts, and Lucky Brand jeans. You can't try-on anything; however, you can take them back easily. Remember, with these warehouse clubs, selection depends on new inveRead More»
Platos Closet Thrift Store | Bargain and Budget Shopping  -
February 22, 2013
Plato's Closet Little known fact: Alpha grew up very poor, and all of his clothes came from Nana or thrift stores. Aaron Marino of alpha m. talks about the down-side of thrift stores with the *old* smell and sorting through a whole lot of crap to find the gem. These down-sides have changed with Plato's Closet. They don't' take just anything. It needs to be name brand and fairly new. They also breaRead More»
$87 Thrift Store Haul | Bargain and Budget Shopping -
July 6, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. shares a thrift store haul by IAmAlphaM viewer, Dave, who 36 great items for $87. In regard to thrift store shopping, you do have to hunt and dig but you can find great stuff that people just decided not to wear anymore. Typically successful people are the ones who donate. The great point is that you don't have to spend tons of money to look great. On a strict budget, you Read More»
De-stinking Thift Store Clothes | Bargain and Budget Shopping -
June 7, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. gives tips about how to get rid of the odor in men's clothing from thrift stores. Aaron enjoys shopping for sport coats and jackets that with a little tailoring will work well. Laundering clothes other than suits and sport coats will work fine. The options for suits and sport coats are enzyme deodorizing sprays. Used car dealers use enzyme sprays to get the smell of cigareRead More»

How to Save Money on Clothes | Bargain and Budget Shopping  -
January 24, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. reveals where can you find hidden gems and bargains other than thrift stores. One thing with style and looking good is that you don't have to spend a lot of money. Thrift stores are great to find outer wear like sport coats and blazers. If they are a little big, take it to the tailor. Some US stores that have unbelievable bargains and good deals on clothing include JC PennRead More»
$20 Thrift Store Couture | Bargain and Budget Shopping -
September 18, 2010
Platos Closet | Gently Used Clothes Thrift Store Haul | Style on a Budget Destinking Thrift Store Clothes Bargain Clothes Hunting Professional  male image and style consultant, Aaron Marino, takes you on a thrift store shopping adventure. Alpha shows you how to not spend a lot of money and still look amazing. Here's how to go bargain shopping! Alpha can take $20 and a good thrift store or secondRead More»

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