Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Tale of Two Sites

In February,  style guru Kim Moore over at +Fashion Cents TV did a post on how Flash Sales had change and should include a "Buyer beware" note to ensure you are getting the best bang for your buck.  Thanks to the tips Kim shared, I saved $107.41!

Here's what happened:
Ideel offered the Kate Spade Cedar Street Patent Lacey wallet (orbit blue) for $159.99.  Add tax (Chicago 9.25%) and shipping ($9.95) my total would be $184.74.    As a huge fan of, I would get $6.40 (4% rebate) back by shopping through their portal.  I liked the wallet but…I decided to browse a bit.

Kate Spade Cedar Street Patent Lacey wallet via

Following Kim's tips:

  1. Check other sites: I jumped over to and found the same wallet listed normally for $198.00 but on sale for $98.00!  Click "add to cart"
  2. Check tax and shipping: I got free shipping but I was still stuck with the sales tax ($6.80).
  3. Look for other discounts:  a quick search on RetailMeNot got me a 25% off promo code ($24.50) and would give me 3.5% back ($2.57).
  4. Check the return policy:  This was a final sale but because it was an accessory I was ok with that.

Final cost with a little research:  $77.73

Lessons learned:  
  • A little research goes a long way
  • Like Outlet Malls, you can't always expect the best price
Click here to read Kim's post and get more tips on staying in fashion.

Happy Savings!

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Place For Everything

Happy New Year!

It's the start of the first week of a new year and if you believe the news, the most depressing day of the year.  So congratulations you made it through!

As I was thinking about the upcoming year, I kept coming back to a quote from Benjamin Franklin, "A place for everything, everything in it's place" and realized this was my challenge.  Things in my world are no longer in their place.  So this is my rebuilding year.  The year when everything goes back where it belongs:
  • Financial
  • Educational
  • Social
I'm pretty sure you won't be interested in the educational and even less in the social, so I'll focus on the financial.  So let's get started.  Have you see this?

This has been floating around Facebook for the last week or so.  Each week you save a dollar more than the last and at the end of the year you have $1,378.00!

I'm in with a twist, I going to contribute using money I've saved by being A Frugal Girl.  

Here are the ground rules - 
  • Once deposited, I can't withdraw it (ok that was a given).  
  • I have to post how I did it (I guess that was a given too).  :-)
Week 1 - January 1st, I saved $1.80 at Jewel getting green peppers and onions to go with my black eye peas.  I guess that puts me ahead ;-)

Happy Savings!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year! Now Go Be Better!

As I was getting ready to start 2013, I thought about what work well and not so well in the year that was and what I could do moving forwarding. Here's what I came up with:

  • Be better at saying no
  • Be more organized
  • Be more financially responsible
  • Be more social
  • Be healthier
  • Be happy
  • Be a better friend
  • Be a better landlord/business owner

And then I stopped. The B's were too loud in my head. I realized all I really wanted was to Be Better. At Everything! Not perfect, not awesome, not even great...just better than I was last year.

Sounds daunting but it's not. This year, I going to work at going that extra step in my day to day. On New Year's Day, I opened my linen closet and the wire storage system that hangs over the door slapped open. AGAIN! I had this thing for at least 4 years. Never secured just there annoying me every time I open the door.

Tuesday, I took that first extra step. Secured the storage unit to the door and then organized the closet. It was a little thing. But the thrill of knowing I won't hear that "slap" again is well worth it. And being able to find everything is not a bad thing either.

The ways to Be Better are limitless and with every steps the B's in my head will go eventually be silent. Not because of list of resolutions, just the goal to be better than I was before.

How will you be in the New Year?