I currently have a huge backlog of hauls, freebie ebooks, and other topics to post on here, as seen by the pile of receipts at left, which has actually doubled since the photo was taken. I'm going to be working diligently to publish all these overdue posts, which I'll backdate to the appropriate dates so there isn't an over-abundance of posts listed for the month of February. I'll update this post with links to the backdated posts below, so you can easily figure out which ones are new.
In the meantime, make sure to follow me on Twitter @FrugalAndrea. I usually tweet a few times a day, mostly coupons, discounts, and other deals, but also news and trivia about fashion and shopping.
Today I lost a bet. A stupid bet. And now, for the month of September, I'm banned from shopping.
Since moving to our new house, my husband and I have been planning to buy a new TV for our living room, as our 4+ year old one is not quite up to par anymore. Of course, that meant that my husband wanted to get an even bigger TV.
TV shopping is one of the few shopping experiences I let my husband handle; to me, they all pretty much look the same, and they're all pretty much way too big. He had picked out a 55" Vizio from Wal-Mart and debated for a few days with our friend Chris whether the box containing the TV would actually fit in our car.
I told them that they were being ridiculous; of course it would fit. I was so sure of the stowing capacity of my car (which has moved me in and out of college dorms, carted bookshelves and Rubbermaid bins, and can fit our dog's crate) that I promised it would fit... and if it didn't, I wouldn't go shopping for a month. So I told him to get a move on and buy the darn TV already.
Today, we went to buy the TV. Man, that box was massive. They let us wheel it out to the car on a heavy duty stock room cart (with which William ran over my toe, breaking my toenail).
It didn't fit.
We had to put the box in an empty parking spot next to us, unpack it, and then load the TV, styrofoam, and flattened box into the car separately... and it still didn't fit. The flattened box was still slightly too long for the car, so I had to go back into Wal-Mart, purchase a package of bungee cords, and then figure out how to hook them onto my car such that they would hold the trunk shut. All while receiving tips, "That happened to us, too!" comments, and weird looks from the other customers in the parking lot. (I hope we don't wind up on People of Wal-Mart.)
Suffice it to say William was quickly claiming bet victory, and now I won't be shopping again for the month.
Luckily for all of you, I managed to squeeze in a trip to Borders, which has entered the final days of its liquidation, before the ban went into effect. I'll be posting that haul soon. For the rest of the month, I'll be posting pre-blog hauls that haven't been documented yet, freebies, deals, tips, confessions, and peeks into my wardrobe, as well as updating the site with recommended TV shows, additions to the book shelf, background on my 3 fellow Fernandes family frugalistas, and other goodies. So don't stop visiting just because I've stopped shopping!
P.S. - Don't tell my husband I said this, but it never hurts to take a break from the spending, anyway. After all, we are trying to be frugal!
Since I'm not as big a shopper as Andréa, I tend to favor different stores than she does. She asked me to share my shopping tendencies.
Like Andréa, I like secondhand stores such as Salvation Army, Goodwill (although their prices aren't as good as Salvation Army), and Savers (I think they're only in New England) for super low prices, especially when shopping for something really basic like jeans. I get shopping fatigue really fast, however, so that kind of store can also be pretty overwhelming for me.
Unlike Andréa, I don't really like to shop at stores like TJMaxx and Marshalls, because they have that same overwhelming nature (crowded racks with all sorts of things on them), but their prices aren't as good as a thrift store.
Probably the stores that I enjoy shopping at the most are Old Navy, Target, and—slightly less—Kohl's, because those stores have decent prices and fairly basic stuff, but they also have organized racks so I don't have to look through every single item. Kohl's can get a bit crowded and messy, though.
I think I'm always trying to find a balance between easy shopping and finding a good bargain, because truly frugal shopping takes a lot of energy.
You may have noticed this blog is called Adventures of a Frugalista... but just what is a frugalista, anyway?
The term is a combination of frugal and fashionista, which itself is a combination of fashion and the suffix -ista.
1. Characterized by or reflecting economy in the use of resources
2. Economical; prudent; thrifty
3. Avoiding unnecessary expenditure; avoiding waste
1. A designer, promoter, or follower of the latest fashions
2. A devoted follower of fashion
So a frugalista is a devoted follower of fashion + someone who avoids unnecessary expenditure, or a thrifty fashionista.
1. A person who is fashionable while being thrifty
2. A person whose budget does not prevent them from being fashionable
3. Someone for whom fashion and frugality are equally important
Hi, my name is Andréa Fernandes, and I'm a shopaholic.
I like to shop... a lot. Definitely more than I should on my freelance income. But having a limited budget doesn't mean I can't shop at all, it just means I have to get a little creative. And let's be honest: everyone could do to save a little more money, especially in this recession.
So I invite you to follow me on my frugal shopping adventures. I'll share with you the best stores for finding good deals; the awesome hauls I can get for just $20, or $50, or $100; what pieces are worth investing a little more money into; and how you can make different pieces work together to create awesome outfits on the cheap.
My family thinks of me as their own personal shopper:
Need a gift but don't have the time to go shopping? Call Andréa.
Shopping overwhelms you but you need a whole new wardrobe — and quick? Call Andréa.
Always need more fashionable but inexpensive pieces to add to your 9-to-5 wardrobe? Call Andréa.
I hope that with this blog, I can help you become your own personal shopper.
Now let's get on our way!