Travel Essentials

Last month Derria shared a few tips on how to travel like a frugal shopaholic. So now I'm going to follow-up on that and give you all some travel must haves and essentials. Some of these items may not be the cheapest, but I'll share how to get the best deal. Remember frugal and cheap aren't the same thing. 


Luggage
Luggage...well duh that's a given. If you travel often, you should invest in a good luggage set. I purchased the Lojel Wave set before I moved to Paris and it was a great investment. However, if a full set isn't doable at least get a quality carry-on. I usually only pack a carry-on unless I'll be traveling for an extended period of time. So having one that's sturdy and reliable is important. Recently, I purchased a under-seater carry-on for those budget airlines like WOW and Spirit, who only allow small carry-ons for free. Good places to purchase luggage are at T.J. Maxx, Marshals, eBags, Amazon or Overstock. 


Packing Organizers
I am super organized when it comes to packing for a trip. Packing cubes and storage bags help me do that, as well as save space. These are a must for staying organized while traveling. 

Toiletries

Leave the full-size bottles at home unless you are traveling with your with your 6 kids or something. I have the eBags Pack-it-Flat Toiletry Kit and it takes up very little space. You can buy empty travel bottles and travel size toiletries from the Dollar Tree, Walmart or Target. Pro-Tip: Pack coconut oil packets (from Trader Joe's) instead of lotion, it saves a bunch of space.



Travel Bag/ Purse
Everyone needs a good travel bag or purse. Whether you are traveling in a car, bus, train, or plane your suitcase is away from you. A good carry all is a perfect way to keep all your essentials together. I have the OMG bag from Lo & Sons and its the best travel bag ever. If you travel a lot you need this bag! (Lo & Sons if you are reading this the Pearl bag would be great for my Cuba trip.)

Travel Wallet
Passport, ID, boarding pass, credit cards and cash can be a lot to keep up with when traveling. Stay organized with a travel wallet. My brother got me one from Leatherology with my initials, but there are many other cheaper options. 

Travel Accessories
I don't go anywhere with out my neck pillow, blanket and a extra pair of socks. Comfort is key when traveling. There is nothing worse than uncomfortable travel especially a long international flight. Make sure you pack your pillow and other accessories to ensure a comfortable travel.



Airplane Survival Kit
A survival kit is something I put together with all the things I may possibly need during my flight. You can purchase a premade kit from Nordstrom, but I like to make my own. My kits includes a clorox wipes, tissue, ibuprofen, sleeping pills, tissue, lotion, lip balm, facial spray, hair ties, nail file, gum and candy, tooth brush, deodorant, and mini liquor bottles. 
Facial Spray || Lotion || Gum || Wipes || Tooth Brush || Liquor

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What's The TREND? Ruffles and Frills

I remember hating all things frilly and ruffled as a child. Just thinking about a frilly Easter dress is making me itch right now. Ruffles and frills are making a return into my adult life, but not as cringe worthy this time around. Ruffles were BIG during NYFW. Now all the designers and fast fashion stores are incorporating this trend into their collections for spring and summer. See some of my fav ruffled and frilly pieces below.
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Victoria Beckham x Target

Let me start off by saying I've LOVED Victoria Beckham since Spice Girls. I am waiting for the Spice Girls reunion. They all look great for their age but that besides the point. Have you heard?? Victoria Beckham x Target is happening and will be hitting the streets this weekend... Sunday to be exact and after looking at the lookbook I already know what I am rushing to the store to purchase.

What I am most excited about is that it is very affordable. The collection range from $6-$70 but the vast majority of the items are under $40. Right in my frugal range. It comes in Women's and Girls sizes and will only be available from April 9th until April 30th. Check out the lookbook for Sunday's release. The looks I plan on snagging are below!


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Meet Frugal Shopaholic Aileen Luib

Name:
Hi, I'm Aileen Luib!

Where are you from?
I'm from Inland Empire in Southern California.

Explain your blog or Instagram name?
The Baller on a Budget was a project I'd been longing to create for years. I came from a family that always had to budget and it seemed there was never enough money to enjoy nice things or experiences, so over time, I became more resourceful about getting things at nominal prices. After a 2nd job layoff, I realized that job instability and financial insecurity were common issues with people working 9-5 jobs, and both problems cause many to feel like they can't enjoy themselves because of a tight budget. I dove into blogging as a means to inspire these people to become more money-savvy without depriving themselves of the finer things in life.

Describe your personal style?
I don't think I have a particular style - I really like to experiment with different styles. I'm curvy at the hips, so I want to flatter my figure I prefer form-fitting dresses or jeans. Other days I'll throw on some Jordans and streetwear. Sometimes I can throw on a T, ripped jeans, some heels and a coat. My style really just depends on my mood, weather, and the occasion!
Where are your favorite places to shop?
I do the majority of my shopping from Amazon.com, just because I really like their low prices and I get free two-day, one-day or even same-day shipping depending on the item. I shop for basics at Cotton On and I get my outerwear and intimates from H&M since they have quality coats and lingerie for a reasonable price. I get my "trendy" seasonal pieces from the swap meet or even Forever 21 because trends tend to go out of style really fast, and both places I can get some nice pieces for cheap.

What does being a “Frugal Shopaholic” mean to you?
Staying up-to-date with the trends usually means you'll wind up spending money on clothes every season, and it's not practical to splurge on fashion or beauty products that often, especially when these things are priorities in the budget. Being a frugal shopaholic doesn't have to mean that you're "not with the times" or "fashion-forward," you're just more practical and put your real dollars towards things that matter most. Fashion is great, but nothing is worse than having your credit cards maxed out and no money in the bank, even if you're rocking a pretty designer purse or shoes.

What is a frugal shopaholic tip or trick that can share with our readers?
Zero impulse shopping is the rule that I live by. Oftentimes I want to buy something at that very moment, but I'll force myself to stop and give it some time. If I really want it I'll come back for it, but more than half the time my mind changes and I no longer want it. By waiting a while, sometimes you'll also see the same item go on sale or you'll find something even better. Impulse shopping is a result of no self-control, so by turning away a purchase, you can give yourself some time to make a rational decision.

How can we keep in touch with you? 
I post at least once a week at www.theballeronabudget.com and several times a day on my Instagram at www.instagram.com/theballeronabudget.com!

4 Year Blog Anniversary

April 1, 2017, marks 4 years of blogging for us. To every last person who reads our blog, follows us on social media, leaves us comments or sends us encouraging emails, we appreciate you.  This past year has been the best yet. We revamped our site, were invited to NYFW, joined some blogger programs and more. After 4 years we've finally got the swing of this blogging thing. We couldn’t have grown Frugal Shopaholics to what it is now, without all of you. So we just want to say thank you all for your support, reading, commenting, sharing, and whatever else you do to help Frugal Shopaholics continue to grow! Stay tuned for bigger and better in the coming years. Take a look at our top 5 most viewed posts over the last year. 






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How to Travel Like a Frugal Shopaholic

Its always a good time to travel the world and create new memories with friends and family. But when you travel do you feel like its stressful and too expensive to do on a tight budget? Fret no more. Christen and I travel throughout the year and most of our trips are less than $500 total, including flight, room, transportation and spending money. I want to give you some of the tips & tricks we use to find cheap flights and travel like a frugal shopaholic!

Tip 1: Visit SecretFlying.com to sign up for their email list. This subscription service will send you emails daily on all flight deals domestic & international. Flights ranging from as low as $85 up to about $600-$800. They send emails to you anytime there are flight glitches or fuel dumps. It's a MUST if you want to book cheap flights around the globe. We traveled to Iceland for $250 because we got an email from Secret Flying about cheap flights! So its proven that they are legit!

Tip 2: Travel with a group of friends who are down to explore and stick with them. Its nothing worse than traveling with people who drag their feet. Once you have a good group that meshes well and is down to have a good time and lose sleep if it means you'll get the most out of your trip then only travel with that group, it'll be in your best interest! We've learned this lesson the hard way! Time is money.

Tip 3: Before traveling to your destination, make an itinerary so you know what you will be doing each day and time it helps keep your trip on track and leaves no room for those travel mates who would rather stay at the hotel or Airbnb. You paid to see the world, MAKE MOVES!

Tip 4: Hotels are cool but Airbnb's can be the best bang for your buck especially if you are traveling with a group of more than 3 people. Most Airbnb can be as cheap as $35 a night and sleep 6+ people. It really just depends. So I would suggest that in addition to looking at hotel at your destination that you check Airbnb as well.

Tip 5: Book excursions & tours in advance if at all possible. It cuts out the expense when you are on your trip. Use Viator.com to search excursions and tours at your destination. They give you tons of options to choose from that vary in price. Its also good to search google as well and always search for a promo code for whatever site you choose to book on. By now you know our motto... NEVER PAY FULL PRICE!

Tip 6: Erykah Badu said it best... Pack light. It proves true when traveling abroad for sure especially when you are flying on airlines like Wow Air and Spirit. They charge you for your baggage each leg of the trip if it more than or bigger than a bag that can fit underneath your seat. At a minimum it will be $40 each way for your bag. But if you pack light or utilize packing cubes and vacuum seal bags purchase a smaller carry-on bag you should be good to go. 

Our next international trip is to Havana, Cuba. Talk about excited. We got our tickets for $215?! Talk about cheap... right now that flight is cheaper than a flight to Miami, FL... crazy right. We are still looking at Airbnb's but I definitely take my own advice and follow the tips above. 

If you have any other tips that will help frugal travelers comment below!

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March 2017 Frugal Finds: TJ Maxx

Now I know everyone knows about TJ Maxx and has experienced the great prices they offer on just about everything from suitcases to designer jewelry...In-store. But most people don't know that they have a website where you can also take advantage of even more great deals and items. I think the best part of the TJ Maxx website is that there are TONS of designer options for way less than retail price. Items you'll never see in-store. Take my advice and visit the site and sign up for emails. They email you every time they get new arrivals which is important because just like in-store things sell out pretty quickly! Check out some frugal finds from tjmaxx.com!

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Amazon Deal Club

I love Amazon....I love Amazon more than Oprah loves bread. A few weeks ago while reading my fav blogs, I came across a deal club for Amazon, Elite Deal Club. It seemed too good to be true, so I ordered a few things and it's legit. My Amazon addiction is even worse than before now. 

Elite Deal Club (EDC) is an exclusive club that provides its members with the best deals possible on Amazon products. Brands looking to promote their products share discounts through this exclusive club and offer highly discounted with prices marked down between 50% off all the way to FREE! The best part is that Elite Deal Club is a completely free service. EDC posts new products every day at 10 am (don't judge me, I set an alarm it's that real) and the best items sell out within minutes. You can only claim one discount code in the morning slot until 2 pm, then you can get whatever you want. I've been buying stuff almost every day since I discovered the club. I am hooked. Join the Elite Deal Club today and catch some great deals. 

See all the items I purchased below.


Amazon: $11.95
Elite Deal Club: $1.90


Amazon: $14.95
Elite Deal Club: $0.48


Amazon: $11.95
Elite Deal Club: $1.59


Amazon: $16.95
Elite Deal Club: $0.51


Amazon: $16.99
Elite Deal Club: $1.99


Amazon: $14.97
Elite Deal Club: $1.05


Amazon: $10.95
Elite Deal Club: $1.16


Amazon: $19.95
Elite Deal Club: $0.20


Amazon: $19.95
Elite Deal Club: $0.20

My grand total for all these items was $9.08. That is cheaper than the lowest price item at full price. Join the Elite Deal Club today and get crazy discounts on Amazon deals everyday.



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Spring Footwear

Monday is the first day of spring and boy am I ready to pull out the sandals, skirts and dresses. I have been slowly buying new spring items for the last few months just so that I am well prepared. But I wanted to help spring board your spring footwear this year by providing you with the top trending shoe of the season... The Mule! Check out some frugal mule options below. 



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The Look for Less: Fendi

Handbag accessories have become more and more popular. Many high-end designers and fast fashion retailers have bag charms in their collections. Fendi, however, started the furry bag charm trend, that everyone has copied, a few years ago. Now they have added colorful handbag straps to the bag accessories lane each retailing at about $1,000. These straps are a nice way spice up or personalize your favorite bag.  If you want to partake but don't want to spend the money check out this look for less. 
 

Fendi Strap Look for Less

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Spring 2017 Must Haves Under $75

Goodbye winter and hello spring. Although climate change is real and winter barely showed up to the party, I'm still ready for it to go. It's almost the season for happy hour, Sunday brunch, day parties and more. Spring is less than 2 weeks away so it's time to get these wardrobes into formation. Now there are a lot of trends for the upcoming warmer months, but you don't have to indulge in them all. So we've picked out the must haves we think you should add to your spring wardrobe.  Check them out below!

Spring 2017 Must Haves Under $75


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What's The TREND? Berets

A beret is a round flattish cap of felt or cloth. They've been around for more than a decade and have been apart of the cycle of fashion trends forever... so much so that I've had my collection of them for 10 years and I'm pretty sure at one period of time my grandmother and mother have worn them as well.

Back better than ever you can get them in any color, print or texture. Some of my favorite that I have seen so far have been in leather and those that have metal grommets. You should definitely have one in your wardrobe, one that can add pizzaz to any look. Check out some cute options below!

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What Derria Wore

IMG_5714More men's wear in my closet in 2017! I'm not afraid to go to the men's section in any store just to see what hidden gems I can find. The shirt I'm wearing is from the H&M men's department in an XS so it fits just like it would in the women's section. 

Lets talk about my love for the Who What Wear x Target line. I've purchased multiple pieces from the line and they continue to deliver quality, simple yet Chic apparel at a reasonable price. Sometimes it's priced cheaper than Targets staple store brands. I've been eyeing these pants for a few weeks and knew they would be perfect for this look. Only $30, not bad! My favorite part of this look is my fanny pack. Christen and I actually bought these at the same time and didn't know it until we got on Facetime and went to show each other per the usual! You'll notice that fanny packs are making a come back and I had to bust out in this faux leather quilted one from Forever21. Got it on sale for $11, it's sold out now but I've provided a link to one similar below. Check out myoutfit deets below!
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Top: H&M
Pants: Who What Wear x Target
Bag: Forever21 (Similar)
Heels: JustFab
Glasses: Derria's Closet

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