Hi, I'm Aileen Luib!
Where are you from?
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!