Monday, June 27, 2011

Savin' Maven Monday: You Don't Even Know Me...But You Wanna Take Me Shopping (feature)

Good Monday to all...

In today's segment of Savin' Maven Monday, I'm going to switch things up a bit. I hope y'all don't mind.

As you all should know by now, I loooovve to shop. Even more than that, I love finding great deals and bargains. Everyone has their own set of rules and guidelines that they adhere to when shopping but every now and again, it's cool and exciting to explore the shopping habits of other frugalistas.

Some ladies like to get the newest items, hot off the press, and don't mind paying full price for them. Kudos to you diva, because I don't do full price, honey! 

Mmmmkayyy *snaps fingers in a roundabout motion*

 Some of us like to use coupons everywhere we go, some of us hate the hassle of clipping coupons and would rather just shop clearance racks; hell, some of us hate shopping in stores all together and would rather find deals online through Ebay or Craigslist. Some like to shop at home while others prefer taking bus trips to Chinatown to find the latest swag. We all have our own little quirks...and I can appreciate that.  That's what makes us all unique, right?

Soooo, since the store and coupon deals have been a little sucky as of late and my store purchases have been slim to none, I would like to share with you some general shopping pointers and tips...brought to you by the very awesome Lauren from HappyLifeInNYC.

Everyone, say hello to Lauren!
I am so honored to be guest posting for Miss Rockwell today! I absolutely love her blog (I did not compensate her to say this okay). While my methods for saving money are still a work in progress, I thought I’d share some of my tips with you. Enjoy!

Create a plan of attack by keeping a watchful eye on your prize. Whenever I decide that I want something (a new summer dress, a pair of nude pumps, etc.), I always survey stores online before going anywhere. I try to get a feel for what’s out there, how much it costs, and the quality. That helps me make a plan before I go to any stores. I might veer off my original plan once I get there, but if I spend more than I originally planned then it will be because it was worth it for that particular item (i.e. I wasn’t going to find it cheaper and/or better quality anywhere else).

Gilt Groupe

Loiter.... and shamelessly hover around inexpensive online shops. Gilt Groupe, Rue LaLa, and Shopmail are my go to websites. Shopmail is the best – you fill your favorite brands and designers, give them your sizes, and then everyday they send you an email with the items on sale from various stores that fit your criteria. They survey the Internet to find deals and then all you have to do is open one email!

Figure out what you love...obsess and stalk.  I’m obsessed with Forever 21. The store is super overwhelming (for me anyway), but I try to go during the day when it’s empty. If I don’t have the time then I just order things online and hope for the best!


Ain't nothing wrong with a little Jungle Fever. I always mix and match expensive pieces with cheap ones. I spend more on jeans and purses because they make an outfit look so much more expensive, even when mixed with cheap t-shirts and flip flops.

By ALL means...CHEAT! Keep an alternate on the side...just in case! I have a couple of other secret websites up my sleeve. They’re kind of embarrassing and they are definitely hit or miss. Some of my favorites are Lulus, Charlotte Russe, and Modcloth.

Vintage Virgin Romper

Tell me...where do you love to shop?
And what's your secret for saving money while shopping?
 (sharing is caring)

Post Title from: Turning Me On by Keri Hilson feat. Lil Wayne


  1. I don't think I've visited any of those stores since I began thrifting. I don't know, I just find better deals elsewhere. I've gotten spoiled by the thrift store prices.


  2. There's nothing embarassing about charlotte russe or lulus! They have cute, affordable pieces. I am a thrift-aholic. I love thrift stores, clearance racks, sales, get the drift. I'm always glad to have some more pointers!

  3. Ohhh I love discounted things also. FREE is even better! I don't shop ANYWHERE where there isn't a coupon or discount attached! That's not my flava!


  4. I am all about I always go the clearance racks at my favorite dept. stores & of course Marshalls, TJMaxx & Ross. But my first stop before hitting those stores in Goodwill & Value Village.


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