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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