Meet Frugal Shopaholic Traci Mari Smith

Traci Mari Smith

Where are you from?
I am originally from Chicago, IL. But currently reside in Phoenix, AZ.

Explain your blog name?
I wanted my blog name to have personal meaning behind it. The blog is like a child to me, so it is my middle name and my two sons name combined. My best friend created it and I loved it ever since. Their name is Justin and Miklo, so Just Mariklo fits perfectly.

Describe your personal style?
I would say my personal style is sophisticated meets edge and quirk. I love to blend classic styles, but have fun with it. I love bold colors, polka dots, and furry things, but tone it down to make it more grown up.

Where are your favorite places to shop?
Right now my favorite place to shop is the thrift store. Mainly because stores are so set on trends, it makes it hard for me to get my creative juices flowing and I get more bang for my buck. With he 90's making a come back, the thrift stores are a gold mind for me. I also love to shop in department stores such as Nordstrom or Macy's because it is a one stop shop with a few of my favorite designers. They also have amazing clearance sections year round. When I want to splurge I go to BCBG and when I want to save I go to H&M.
What does being a "Frugal Shopaholic" mean to you?
I think being a Frugal Shopaholic means quality over quantity and being a smart shopper. Knowing your budget and understanding the quality of the item. There is nothing wrong with splurging on items if it is great quality or staple piece. Quality will last longer and a staple item can be worn many ways and bypass trends. Which is why I love the thrift store so much because there are more quality items for less.

What is a frugal shopaholic tip or trick that can share with our readers?
Being smart by checking the price with different stores and knowing if something will go on sale or not. With the convenience of smart phones, we can compare prices in a second.Check see that item is selling fast. Are there 50 other shirts there like it? Or is this the second to last one? This prevents you from being compulsive. I also say if you can't think of 3 ways for style it within the time it takes you to purchase, then put it back. If you really love it, but it is a splurge, ask the store to hold it for you while you think about it. If you want to go back before closing time to get it, then it may be worth it.

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