Frugal Shopping Ideas Inspired by THE Shopaholic, Herself!

by on Friday, November 19th, 2010

If shopping tips to save money are a dime a dozen, then why aren’t we seeing our symbolic piggy banks (I have an antique silver one in a teddy bear shape, for realsies) overflow?

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What frugal shopping ideas can we learn? Or is it too late? Yipes!

In this guest post, E. Evonna offers some frugal shopping ideas based on the lovable but misguided protagonist of Confessions of a Shopaholic. That’s right, Rebecca Bloomwood, it’s time to talk about…

Where Becky Went Wrong

frugal shopping ideasThe novel series Confessions of a Shopaholic offers an entertaining look into the life of super-fab fashionista, Rebecca Bloomwood. Becky is a colorful character whose shopping habits extend well beyond a simple passion for fashion. She actually has a passion for shopping. Anything from clothes and shoes to cookware and home décor, once Becky gets the idea into her head that she wants, excuse me, needs an item or two or three, she spends whatever it takes to claim her treasures. Even if it means spending her last.

As refreshing and entertaining as Confessions of a Shopaholic is, every sensible reader has to stop and consider all the things Becky does wrong. Becky’s actions are actually pretty serious issues in the real world. To begin, although our heroine is indeed lovable, she is also completely irresponsible. For example, her impulse buying not only shows how financially un-savvy she is (despite being a financial journalist), it shows how detached she is from reality. Becky only truly sees the error of her ways when her credit card statements arrive, which leads us to the next issue. When Becky received letter after letter from credit card companies, it would have been wise for her to curtail her spending and put it towards paying off her outstanding balances. But since Becky’s story would have been much less exciting if she would have taken the sensible route, it was brilliantly decided by Sophie Kinsela that she would use her overdraft accounts to continue her merciless assault of countless stores.

shopping tips to save moneyI admit that on every shopping excursion I am more than tempted to throw caution, not to mention frugal advice, to the wind and literally shop ‘til I drop. Or at least until my credit limit is reached. However, realizing that doing so will only lead to trouble down the road is the first step to being a smart shopper. Establishing a budget before hitting the mall is a great way to enjoy your purchases and avoid unwanted bills and accumulated interest down the road. But since even the most well planned budget can be broken at the drop of a black pleated double handled Versace handbag, there are other ways of making sure you don’t spend more than you can afford. Paying cash for items over $100 is a good way to tame spending. Seeing the hard earned bills disappear in exchange for merchandise really puts things into perspective. When using a credit card its easy to forget that somewhere down the line there is actually “paper” supporting “plastic.” Other tips include deciding beforehand what you intend to buy and sticking to that plan, and with clothing specifically buying items that have multiple uses.

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Shop (Smartly!):

  1. Confessions of a Shopaholic on Amazon
  2. Confessions of a Shopaholic DVD on Amazon (Note from Jessica Rae: I own this movie when I received it to review once, and it’s a great anytime chick-flick.)
  3. Shopaholic Gift Set of Books on Amazon

E. Evonna is a guest blogger for My Dog Ate My Blog and a writer on Online Computer Science Degree for Guide to Online Schools.

What shopping tips to save money will you take away from this piece?

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