I’m not cheap, I’m frugal

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.

Emilio Pucci scarf.

Emilio Pucci scarf.

And my latest bargain score was getting this (see below) Vince Camuto lamb napa leather jacket that retails for $820 for $120. Thanks, hubby. =)

Vince Camuto leather jacket.

Vince Camuto leather jacket. See that nice little red sticker-discount, baby!

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?



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'I’m not cheap, I’m frugal' have 5 comments

  1. June 10, 2014 @ 9:45 AM Roxanne

    Well, bless your heart, Whitney! Just had to say it. My grandmother taught me that frugal is smart, cheap is foolish. Being frugal means making the most of what you have (money) to acquire what you want (stuff) that retains it’s value (quality lasts). Cheaply made, buy-it-now-in-quantity products don’t last, so they are never the “good deal” they seem. You are a smart one, and I stand right along your side. 🙂


    • June 10, 2014 @ 12:23 PM Whitney

      LOL. Thanks. I’m glad to know I’m not alone!


  2. June 10, 2014 @ 12:15 PM Imluvinmycurls

    Love the scarf and OMG the jacket!


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