Sunday, September 7, 2014

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Meet Frugal Shopaholic Desiree Bell

Desiree Bell 

Where are you from?
Durham, NC

Explain your Instagram name.
Dez: Short for Desiree
Ology: The study of a particular subject (the subject being me!)

Describe your personal style?
Whatever makes me feel good! :) I’ve recently gotten into sewing, which gives me the freedom to create different looks exactly the way I want. A lot of times I find myself browsing through different sites and I’ll see something I like, but I don’t like the price tag. If I really like it enough, I’ll figure out a way to make a cheaper version myself. I've been seeing a lot of Ankara lately and I wanted IN! I ordered some fabric from Etsy and put together these shorts.
Where are your favorite places to shop?
Mainly the fabric store, but outside of that I like ASOS, Forever 21 or any place with a good sale! 

What does being a "Frugal Shopaholic" mean to you?
Patience & planning! My coworker recently got me into couponing. I thought it was a granny hobby, but I was SO mistaken. I’ve learned so many neat couponing tips that have helped me save a ton of money. Yes, it can be a little time consuming, but the end result is worth it. Everything's gotta go on sale at some point, right?
This shopping trip was a success due to the use of rain checks, store sales and super doubles (coupons up to a $2 value are doubled in worth i.e. $2 turns into $4) and yes that's chicken over there to the left! 

What is a frugal shopaholic tip or trick that you can share with our readers?
Coupon Codes! I'm a big fan of ordering online. Before each purchase, I'll check the web for any applicable coupon codes to see if I can save a few pennies.  If you decide to get into grocery couponing, stay organized and visit these sites for all the coupon info you’ll ever need (they handle all the “dirty work” for you).  or Make your own sales with rain checks, they never expire! A rain check for a great sale price paired with a good coupon is always a winning situation. Long wait at the register? Instead of getting frustrated, use this time to hunt for a mobile coupon to use with your purchase. You’d be surprised at what you might find.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Frugal Spotlight: Go Jane

Go Jane! Go Jane! Go Jane! Where do I start?? I was introduced to Go Jane about 5 years ago during my Junior year of college and my Frugal shopping life was forever changed. I check their new arrivals page just about everyday not to mention they are always running some type of promo, $1 shipping, 30% off sale or regular price items, you name it! Me and Christen use Go Jane faithfully for "Look for Less" or "Frugal Finds" posts. But for the most part we are avid fans and customers of Go Jane. 

Go Jane is an online retailer of fashion forward apparel for the progressive young women. Over 14 years in the industry and with a team of great buyers and fashion fanatics Go Jane keeps it fresh and exciting for its customers. 

Here are some items I'm looking to purchase soon:

Go Jane Picks

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Friends don't let friends leave the house without accessories, and you shouldn't either! This summer make it your business to invest in statement pieces. They can make your simple outfit chic and bold. Statement pieces allow the wearer to step out of their comfort zone and define themselves as unique, confident and passionate. 

Go ahead turn that plain body-con maxi dress or all white get up into something FIERCE! Below are some statement pieces that caught my eye and are all under $15!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Splurge or Save: Beauty Edition

Eyebrow make your face. So for people like me who have very sparse brows, we need a little help. I almost never leave the house without my brows on. There are many different brow products out there, I use Make Up Forever Aqua Brow and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade both products are about $20 but they are worth it! Recently on YouTube I came across a review of NYX's new eyebrow gel in comparison to Make Up Forever's (MUFE). The NYX product is bigger and people have even said it is better! I love a good dupe so I'm definitely going to try it!
Splurge or Save
Splurge: Make Up Forever Aqua Brow $20 
Save: NYX Eyebrow Gel $7 (Available at NYX. Use Promo Code: WELCOME25 for 25% off) 

- Christen
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

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Frugal Finds: Shorts

I hate to say it but this summer sure did fly by. But we still have time to send this summer out with a bang in some shorts on the frugal end! The good thing about shorts is that they can be transitioned into the fall with the right footwear, cardigan or jacket. 

Check out some of the frugal finds below:

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