Money is about living our best life now and in the long-term. How do we maximize each dollar we spend and use so that we can achieve all of our goals and dreams by a certain period of time? One of my favorite ways to do that is by being fabulously frugal. Being fabulously frugal is about increasing the fabulous in our life while decreasing the cost.
Frugality means caring about value. Being frugal is about making choices to maximize the value, enjoyment and happiness you get for your money.
Let’s all take on the challenge of being fabulously frugal this month. Look for ways to save money while living more fabulously in each area of your life. For some areas of your life, this will seem really easy. For others, it might take some creativity and brainstorming with friends.
You’ll know when you’ve come up with something good because it will feel like a win-win. You’ll be saving money but also would actually prefer this way of doing things even if money weren’t in the equation. This is really personal and will be different for everyone. Don’t forget to take a look at your savings on an annual basis. A $5 savings per day might not feel like it’s having a big impact but when you look at that annually, that’s $1,825 you’ve freed up to use elsewhere or save.
Here are some ideas for being fabulously frugal. ‘d love to hear what you find. Send me an email at email@example.com or comment below with your fab frugal ideas!
FITNESS: I’m a huge fan of ClassPass. It’s so fabulously frugal because you get to go to amazing studios around the city for a flat rate that pays for itself in 4 classes. I hate the idea of my fitness bill increasing the more I work out. They also have an easy booking system so that you can book whatever studios you want, wherever you want in the city. I run to whatever class I’m going to in order to get more cardio and save on the subway swipe to and from the studio. While the weather is still nice, I love to workout outside. Justin, Simi and I ran through Central Park over the weekend and I was in awe of the view. I want to enjoy every last bit of good weather before the cold starts rolling in!
BEAUTY: There are so many ways to decrease the price of your beauty bill while increasing your fabulousness. One of which is to go to a hair stylist in training at a fancy salon. You get the same level of service as if you were a full paying customer but it does take a bit more time because your cut/color will be checked over by an experienced stylist. I also love Lifebooker for getting great deals around the city on anything beauty related. I would use this site even if it weren’t for the deals because it makes it so easy to book appointments whenever and wherever you want. One investment I made for our wedding has paid off in dividends – my clip in extensions. I can look and feel fabulous without getting my hair blown out which is a ~$45 savings each time. Not only can I wear them whenever I want, they save me the time of travel to and from the salon and more than paid for themselves by the 5th blowout I skipped.
TRAVEL: I learned a lot about being a fabulously frugal traveler when Justin and I traveled for our honeymoon this summer. Sometimes we were fabulously frugal and other times it was more of a learning experience but I share my best tips in 10 Ways to Save Big While Traveling.
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HOME DECOR: I’m newly obsessed with a company called Homepolish which offers interior design services by the hour. Advice from the experts can save us time, help us create a space we love to spend time in and save us lots of money. They can also help you plan your wedding registry so you only get things you will use and love for your home. Stay tuned for more! I’m going to sit down with one of their designers in November for an interview. I also love fun DIY projects. PopSugar has tons of DIY decor ideas for you to go through that will make you proud.
A Homepolish living room.
FASHION: I have found that planning is the best way to be fabulously frugal when it comes to shopping. When you know what you want, you can wait for the sample sale or for the item to go on sale. When you are in a rush, you are at the mercy of the store and whatever they are offering. I watch the sales in my area via Racked.com. I learned so much from working with Rachel Levin (our interview here). Stay tuned for a post on my simplified, high quality wardrobe – complements of Rachel!
FOOD: I love cooking healthy, easy, delicious and cheap recipes (here’s one for pickles!)! If you have some favorites, please send them my way. I also love having friends over for dinner. When I want to host a dinner party but am not in the mood to cook, I use Kitchensurfing. Kitchensurfing offers a very affordable service where a chef comes in, cooks for you and your guests and cleans up. Very fabulously frugal! A potluck is another great idea. Have everyone bring a dish and you can even get creative with fun dinner party themes.
DRINK: My new favorite toy, the Coravin, saves me money and increases the fabulousness of my life because I get to taste wine without opening the bottle! Sharing a bottle of wine with friends at the park or in your home is much cheaper than going out (2.5-3x as cheap). It’s also often quieter and cozier which makes it easier to enjoy the amazing company.
I also love making infused water which tastes amazing, keeps me hydrated and costs very little. Here are 8 delicious infused water recipes from Shape.com.