Often when I tell people I’m known as “Indy’s FruGal,” they usually respond with a “bless your heart” look, or ask me about my couponing, to which I give a blank stare. It’s like you tell people you’re frugal and they automatically interpret that as cheap. Let me make this very clear: there is not now, nor has there ever been anything cheap about me. M’kay? Do I love and live for a deal? Absolutely. Will I pay retail for things? Rarely. But seeking and buying on a discount doesn’t make me cheap. Like most, I believe in quality and value, and I always want to get a good return on my investment. I don’t care if my investment was $1 or $100; spending money has to be worth my time and effort. I love Target’s Mossimo brand just as much as I love high-end Missoni, but the way my checking and savings accounts are set up, I can’t spend money on Missoni, so I bargain hunt for luxury. In fact, some of my biggest and proudest bargain scores have been designer finds. Like that time I got this (see below) beautiful Emilio Pucci scarf for 25 cents at Goodwill. Or the time I purchased an authentic (fakes are NEVER fashionable) Louis Vuitton speedy bag for $350 instead of the $970 retail price.
And my latest bargain score was getting this (see below) Vince Camuto lamb napa leather jacket that retails for $820 for $120. Thanks, hubby. =)
There’s more, but I digress. I’m no label whore, but if it’s staring me in the face in all its discount glory, I have to pounce! I have a few tricks up my sleeve as to how I live the luxe life for less, which I will be sharing with you in another post coming soon! What is your definition of frugal? Have you had a serious bargain score before?