Yes! You are watching your spending. You are counting your coins. You are pinching pennies. Kudos to you! You have entered the world of the frugal-ites. A money saving lifestyle takes initiative. Most of it takes some planning. If you fail to plan then [at the risk of sounding cliché] you should plan to fail at this venture. Today I want to share with you that you can plan to be fabulous while being frugal. Fabulous? Yes, you can look like the Jones’ without putting out the same money that they do. Let us not look at this as “keeping up” but more so staying one step ahead.
I have a few favorite items in my purse that I carry with me that make me feel, look and smell like a million bucks. I will share with you these items and how you can get them [or similar] items for yourself. We all can be fabulous, daaa’rling.
PRRRR M·A·C LIP GLASS
My MAC lip glass that I carry around to gloss my lips and keep it “poppin” is a nice “freebie” courtesy of the MAC recycling program. Back to M·A·C allows their customers to return six empty primary packaging containers made of plastic or glass to M·A·C for a specified free M·A·C product. So essentially, it’s a buy six get one free deal. I wear the foundation, lipsticks, powders and blushes so I always accrue enough empties to equal a free product. My product of choice is the lip glass. Your choice may be different. The bottom line is that this nifty handbag occupant would normally cost you about $16. You saved while still being able to look great!
Your choice of free product depends upon where you go to make your swap. Here’s the breakdown:
• M·A·C Counter – Free Lipstick
• M·A·C Free Standing Store – Lipstick, Lip gloss (Lip glass), or Eye shadow
Items that can be returned includes (but is not limited to – so be sure to ask) containers of lipsticks, eye shadows, glosses, wipes, foundations, and etc.
For M·A·C locations in the Greater Philadelphia area click here.
Dolce & Gabbana Purse Spray
Purse sized Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Perfume
While it is not free it is seriously discounted. I can purchase a purse size fabulous fragrance for the fraction of the cost of a full size bottle, which in many instances is way outside my budget for some “smell good”. My coin, however, will let me splurge approximately $25 for my favorite fragrance. Instead of the unnecessary dousing of oneself with too much perfume from a $70 plus bottle you can can give yourself a mini spritz & smell like a fresh bed of flowers, or a cool breeze or whatever makes you feel amazing. It does not have to be my preference of D&G but think purse size or roller ball.
The best places to get purse sizes perfumes ranging from $14 and up is Ulta. Ulta has several locations in the Greater Philadelphia area. To find the one nearest you click here.
Dolce & Gabbana DD8089 Sunglasses
Dolce & Gabbanna Designer Sunglasses
The beams of fabulousness are so bright around me that my handbag would not be complete without some cool shades. It just so happens that I have the same type of sunglasses that I have perfume but that is purely coincidental. I went to my secret squirrel location and cop’d a pair of designer eyewear for a fraction of what they normally cost. And where did I go you ask? Well, you can get these fabulous finds and many of their stature at Neiman Marcus Last Call outlet in Philadelphia Mills [formerly Franklin Mills] located in Northeast Philadelphia. Gucci, Prada, Coach, D&G and many more very high end names grace the sunglass racks of this outlet store. Many times the glasses are on sale in addition to their already slashed prices. I purchased these D&G glasses for 65 bucks. Now I am certain that many will say well that isn’t very frugal. But considering that their price point was $285 I would beg to differ. Accompanied with a very cool case to protect my shades this was one of my most fave fabulously frugal finds. You too can find your perfect shades their too. I just know it.
American Express Serve®
American Express Serve®
I know when you think pre-paid credit card you do not think “fabulous” but let me tell you about this little find right here. The American Express Serve® card is probably the most frugal friendly reloadable pre-paid card on the market. First, unlike others there is no reload fee. Second, you receive all of the benefits of being an American Express Card holder. That means free online bill pay, sub-accounts and cards, ATM access, 24 hour customer service and no fees. In addition those AMEX pre-sales include you! Fabulous! American Express Serve card holders are currently being offered 1% cash back* on purchases made with the card [*offer ends May 31, 2015]. For someone who is trying to pinch pennies but needs a credit card to handle some business this is the easiest and coolest way to do it without breaking the bank. No fees, percentage rates or red tape. When you pull it out of your wallet you will not feel like you are jeopardizing your frugal lifestyle.
To find out more click here.