Going Cheap

So how is the recession affecting your purchases? If you’re like me and you’re already a bargain shopper, it’s tough to see the difference in what you buy now versus pre-economic meltdown. But there are areas where I’ve made some changes to save a few more bucks. Have you?

Found an old friend – My Benefit cream is amazing, but it’s not cheap. It was lucky for me a friend’s daughter started selling Avon. For half the price, I now use Anew, which in my estimation is a phenomenal face cream and one I used years ago. Thanks to constant sales, I was able to pick up a jar for 15 bucks. Benefit costs $32. Cha-ching!

Took advantage of retail drought – Retailers are struggling. As a result, prices are insanely low and there are any number of discounts on top of that to entice you. Example – my $44 Levi’s 542s were $19.99. My man’s Dockers winter jacket – $30, down from $120. Even my favorite new boutique (Best Friends in Phoenixville, PA) has a sale rack where you can score a Graham and Spencer dress for as low as 10 bucks (top price on the sale rack – 30 bucks). A great way to stock up on investment pieces!

Bought more investment pieces – Maybe it’s the need to feel like I’m treating myself, but I’ve been buying fewer low-priced items and buying more higher-end pieces. I bought a lovely Velvet dress for $116, but I know I’ll get tons of wear from it. Also, today I’m going back to that boutique and getting a gorgeous little gray dress that caught my eye a week ago. Same cost, but again, it’s a style that is somewhat trendy, definitely classy, and will last any number of seasons.

Avoided eBay – You heard me. I’ve stopped shopping eBay because the prices locally are so much better. Plus no shipping charges. Until things bounce back, I can find better bargains here.

Replaced expensive facial scrubs with… table sugar – I swear it works like a charm. It dissolves, so it’s not as harmful to your skin as say crushed walnut shells would be. It costs a fraction of what a packaged scrub would cost, plus it comes in bulk. 😉 And sugar has slews of uses. I make a terrific and nearly-pain-free leg wax with it.

What have you cut back on? Are you still splurging once in a while? If so, on what?


March 10, 2009. bargains, clothes, eBay. 1 comment.

Shoes! More Shoes!

It’s tough for me to contain my excitement about the change of seasons. While I mourn summer like nobody’s business (it’s my favorite season), my body’s already craving fall’s cooler days (and all those jackets and shoes I’ve been buying all summer in preparation for fall). I sat myself down over the weekend and yes, I bought two more pairs of shoes on eBay. These are just so cute:

    Okay, to be fair, I haven’t actually won the second pair yet, but here they are: Just please, don’t bid against me. It’s not like a really need yet another pair of shoes, but I’ve got my heart set on these for some weird reason.



What have you bought?

September 3, 2008. bargains, eBay, shoes. Leave a comment.

eBay and Authenticity

You should know this about me right here and now – I’m a eBay shopper. I’ve scored, according to my rating, over 101 items to date, most of them shoes and tops. If you’re into labels, you’ll find them at greatly reduced prices on eBay. A sample – a satin BCBG kimono dress goes for $49 plus shipping. These are said to be authentic, so that’s quite a reduction from the typical $200 BCBG price tag.

What’s disturbing is when the items aren’t authentic, but are advertised and presented as authentic. eBay has been the target of a class-action suit by one manufacturer for not putting a stop to the peddling of counterfeit products. eBay does have controls in place, but with the sheer magnitude of new items being posted daily, it’s a daunting task to police the site’s listings.

If you’re shopping on eBay, read first the tutorials and forums to help spot phony goods. I’ve had some serious questions about a few of my Versace dresses – the material is the same quality as my store-bought Versace, but there’s no certificate of authentication, nor any of the other controls Versace has in place. The problem, from my perspective, is first-time buyers aren’t aware of the things they should be looking for.


May 14, 2008. clothes, eBay. Leave a comment.