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Thursday, February 17, 2011

The real (cheap) side of me.

I think I come off different than I really am.

You see, I like to shop. It's true.

Correction. I like to walk through shops, department stores, browse through expensive stuff, and most of all? Check for the red lines. 

I am a huge cheap-o. Like. Cheapity cheap. While you'd probably never really know it when looking at my stuff, everything I buy has to be majorly on sale. I have a really hard time justifying and rationalizing anything that isn't on sale. Almost, ever. 

I'll go a few times a month to some of my favorite spots. You know, Target...Kohl's...maybe the mall. But, when I leave? I'm hardly leaving with anything, at all. Or, mainly just a few things for the baby. 

I like nice things. My house looks well put together ( although way too much comes from el cheapo Ikea, if I'm being honest...), my husband, my girl and I? We are well dressed. We look put together, and we are for the most part.

I just have a hard time justifying spending money in those areas. For instance, if I need new shoes? I'll ask for gift cards to DSW for my birthday or Christmas. I feel less guilty buying myself nice things when using gift cards.

Another area that goes slightly neglected? 

My hair. 

I see people all the time who can hardly pay their monthly bills but never miss an appointment to get their hair cut and colored. While that's great for them, I just cannot mentally justify the extra spending every two months. I just can't.

I mean, I know I could do it. We could afford it. Heck, I make some of my own side money. But, I just can think of a million other things that are more necessary to spend money on...or save for. So, I let my roots grow out, and go without haircuts for way.too.long. [Fact: My last haircut was before Emeline was born. My last color? When I was 38 weeks pregnant. That means its been nearly 10 months. Um. Blech. I have a gift card to get my hair done, soon, though. Yay!]

I'm not claiming to be the wisest with money. My husband will tell you that's not exactly the case. I'm not terrible, I'm not. But, when it comes to grocery shopping? I'm a big, fat, money-saving failure. I suck at couponing. I've attempted, but never been successful because, honestly? Part of my brain doesn't really 'get' it. The doubling. The store deals. It just becomes a hodge-podgey mess in my apparently pea-sized brain. 

I save money in areas like diaper-buying, as in, I will only, ever buy them when I get them for at least 50% off from Amazon and they come shipped to my door. This has saved us tons.

We used to be major money-wasters in the eating-out department. We've since toned that down like whoa. I thought having a baby would cure that, but it didn't really. My kid (so far) has been pretty amazing in restaurants. She makes it way too easy on us to continue that habit. Since starting Weight Watchers though? I'd rather just cook at home. My budget-abiding-husband thanks me, and so do my thighs. [Fifteen pounds, say what?]

I honestly don't know where this post is going. I even lost myself. But, whatever.

I talk about shopping and going out, often. But, the real me is a cheapity-cheapster. Mainly? I'm a window shopper.

So, there. My dirty little secret. I wear all extremely on-sale clothing and rarely get my hair done.

I am so glamorous. 

The end.

33 comments:

  1. Awesome job on the 15 lbs!!! So happy for you! I'm super cheap when it comes to clothes and home goods and I only get my hair cut once or twice a year! I just can't force myself to buy something full price when I know it will be on sale in a month... I'm right there with you on the grocery couponing though! I wish I could, but I just can't force myself to do it. It's too time consuming and confusing!

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  2. Ok so hook us up with some tips. I need all the help I can get! I'm trying to be more prepared so that I don't find myself having to pay full price for something because I need it right then!
    My friends go to the grocery store & save twice as much as they pay!

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  3. I am the same way, especially with clothes. I even got so bad that I found myself buying things I kinda liked because they were on sale, over things I absolutely loved that were just like $10 more. I quickly learned it's better to buy clothes I'm going to wear all the time for more money, than something that's going to live in my closet.
    I still spend a ton of my money eating out. I really have to try to stop that.

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  4. Weight Watchers is also saving me a ton of money on my groceries/food expenses. Love it. Wish I could say I've lost 15 lbs. I've lost about 7.5 at this point (gained 1.5 lbs back in the last two weeks, not sure why).

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  5. Hahaha, me too girl!!!! Trust me, you are NOT alone. No need to be ashamed! I'm all about a good bargain, and I think I always will be... no matter how much money I have!!!

    Congrats on losing 15lbs!!!! I'm sure it feels GREAT!

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  6. You go! I'm a bargin shopper myself. I would even say I find it fun and a challenge to get as much as I can with a certain amount.

    As far as your weight loss, CONGRATS! I know that has got to feel great! I'm about to start Weight Watchers myself, and would LOVE some helpful tips from you!!

    mnrumsey@aol.com

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  7. The hair thing is so me too. Peter gave me a gift card for a manicure and pedicure for Christmas and I'm going to use it for a cut and color instead. Practical-shmactical, but honestly, no one cares what my toes look like in February in Iowa! My head gets much more attention. Also, I really need to do the diaper thing from Amazon. Maybe today...

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  8. this post made me laugh cause we are so similar in this. i think we get it from mom. haha!

    i even have gift cards to the hair salon and still haven't gone in almost 6 months. i did drag G to kohl's with me last night and i got that $300 chair i wanted for $60 plus $10 in kohl's cash. and G even put the chair together for me while i was at worship practice! score! lol

    oh and ps- hit the 10lb mark finally! feels like it took forever! love you!

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  9. Bwahaha. Love it. And love you a little more now. Everything changed when we had Sam, most importantly the priorities as far as money. I used to be a mani/pedi twice a month and a highlights every other month kind of girl. Now I find ways to do it myself. If I *really* need to go get something done I try to "earn it" with extra work outs and getting projects done around the house that have been put off. But even then I feel selfish going out and paying someone to do something that I know I can do myself AND still make it look good.

    And shopping? Well, I'm no saint. But I'm really good about coupons and discounts, I rarely buy anything that isn't on sale or has a coup/disc attached. Especially diapers :)

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  10. Justin is always telling me to go window shopping to get out of the house, but it does not work at all for me. I CANNOT just go to Target and browse!

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  11. Me too!!! It PAINS me to buy something at full price!! Gotta love a good deal :)

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  12. phew. I'm glad I'm not the only one that turned cheap after having a baby!

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  13. 15 pounds say whaaaaa? You go. I was hoping that having Eva would cure our excessive eating out but ... like you guys, it hasn't really. Sure we've toned it down, but she does good in restaurants, too, and we get take out more than we used to (the real FOOD kind). We figured out how much we spent at restaurants in January and my jaw.dropped ... We have made a huge effort to cut back this month, and have. Only gone out ONCE and it was with a giftcard.

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  14. Yay on the 15 lbs!!

    When I was wearing my hair curly, I went a whole year without a haircut - curly hair hides everything! Long hair is great too - I can go six months without a haircut by just wearing a ponytail or bun all the time.

    Now the color? I wish there was a cheap way to do something about that. I have so. much. gray hair! :-( But I'm too lazy to color it and too anal to let my roots show so I just sigh in the mirror every time I see yet another one pop out.

    I'm telling myself that it's not that bad. ;-)

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  15. Me too!! Back in 2008 hubs and I went from living in a condo and two incomes, to living in a house {with a MUCH bigger mortgage} with a baby, and only 1 income! WE had to make some huge changes. Kohls is my favorite and I really refuse to buy anything full price! I am lucky with my hair though, my best friend is a liscenced beautician and does my hair for free. Otherwise I would never get it done!

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  16. 15lbs...you rock. Seriously. After this babe is born, beyond the baby weight, I have 15 or 20 that need to go.

    And dude. I get the el cheapo life. Gabe hates chicken, so when we go to chick fil a? He gets a kids meal with the fruit, I order an extra large fries, and I eat his chicken while we share the fries. I'm that person.

    (I just scared myself. I'm turning into my mother.)

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  17. We've put ourselves on a pretty strict budget. And it definitely involves some give and take. I LOVE clothes shopping, but like you, rarely buy anything full price. And I skimp on other things, like my hair. I don't have to color it which saves a TON, and I only cut it maybe once every 3 months or so. Plus, the only "salon" thing I ever do is wax my eyebrows. I hardly ever get pedis, I never get manis, I don't tan, I don't get facials (although I probably should), and I rarely get massages. I'm pretty low-maintenance for a girl.

    And like you, I LOVE me some gift cards!

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  18. There is nothing wrong with being cheap! I have a hard time paying full price for anything too! In fact I go to the mall and look at my fav stores just to get ideas on what the current fashion looks like. Then I hit up goodwill and clearance racks and try to replicate the looks I just saw! I think you look great in every picture you have ever posted:-)

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  19. 15 lbs is incredible! Wish I could lose that much!!!

    And I'm kind of the opposite. I'll cheap out on anything to save up for a good hair cut. :) Though, now that I think about it, it's probably been since before Halloween...should get back there. ;)

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  20. The last time my hair was cut was when Noah was 2 months old. Can you say serious split ends going on?? But like you, I just can't justify it. Npt yet.

    Go YOU for the 15 lbs!! :)

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  21. I NEVER get my hair done. Cuts by mom or great clips unless i have a living social voucher, and NO COLOR EVER yup that's why i'm so bummed i'm starting to see a few grey hairs, because for now i can pluck them but I DO NOT want to have to start dyeing. Congrats on the 15lbs btw! And you knwo whats better than cheap? FREE! Come check out my {first} giveaway complete with H&M and lululemon gift cards :-)

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  22. I am right there with you! It just feels wrong when I pay full price for anything for myself.

    But, man do I love me some window shopping!

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  23. I am the same way about my hair. My cousin, who is an artist and former hairdresser,constantly gives me trouble about it. Heck, for the record, I am the same about being uber cheap. Great minds, ya know.

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  24. I'm super bad about my hair! I let it go until I can't stand it! Lately I haven't been happy with my quick trips to the salon! I need to just go to the good one and book like months away and if I need to change it, then I'll change it! I'm so bad about making appointments!

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  25. I thought the baby would curb our eating out habits too, but she didn't. She's so good in restaurants that we still go way too often. And I'm with you on couponing. I like the idea of it, but I just don't get it. Oh well.

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  26. Recently, I've taken it a step beyond that and started shopping at this great Goodwill near the house. Saving money on brand names clothes that I find hidden in the racks is just awesome. :)

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  27. OMG I buy Target clothes to justify my $110 salon bill! Love it!

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  28. I am the same way, I just mainly browse. I get my fill without having to buy anything. Works for me :)

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  29. A girl after my own heart. I'm as frugal as they come ( although I do get my hair done every 3 months or so) I would never ever buy anything not on sale, and I only shop for clothes when there are major sales/clearance.

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  30. It takes me at least 2 trips to whichever store I have found an item to buy said item! Unless it is for connor! Haha

    Have you ever heard of e-mealz? You sign up and are able to go on their website weekly and download 5 recipes for the week (they include your shopping list!) and it usually costs me around $45 a week for groceries AND they have the option of signing up for weight watchers recipes! That is what we signed up for and they are good. I don't use coupons either. I feel like a lot of the food that most people get on sale are not good for you.

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  31. yeah, I really need to work on eating out. we spend way too much on eating out. I'm embarrassed to admit how much.

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  32. I'm like you - I am HORRIBLE at saving money in the food department but I'm good about it when it comes to clothes and shoes for all of us.

    And hey, I see NOTHING wrong with that at all. If you're good at getting deals then that is a FABULOUS thing!! :D

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  33. Oh my gosh, I could have written this myself. SOOOOOO me! I always have a hard time explaining myself and my financial "cheap-ness and shopping, etc." habit, but yeah....this is it!

    Oh, Katie, yet another reason I love you!

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