frugality 101

i'm not usually one to brag about frugality since - well, let's face it - i'm sort of a novice at the whole frugality thing, but i do love a bargain and despite my frivolous spending, i love bargain shopping! tonight, i just might have redefined the phrase 'dressing for less'. we had tickets to the fabulous fairy tale ball and since that required fancy head-to-toe attire for the prince and princess of the family, the queen needed to budget accordingly. my outfit set me back a total of thirty two dollars and thirty five cents. that's right, grand total: $32.35 ! i landed this $168 black halter donna ricco (new with tags, no less) on ebay for $9.99 and the strappy heels on clearance at rack room for 15 bucks. so while my budgeting skills are improving, i cannot say the same for my time management skills (read: procrastination) as this outfit literally came together today. i found the shoes by fluke this afternoon and the dress arrived via USPS priority mail at 3 p.m. - literally, an hour before i had to put it on.

oh, and speaking of the prince and princess, here they are in their "our shoes cost more than mommy's whole outifit" pose:


  1. WOW!!! Congrats Nod! You look absolutely stunning!

  2. not too shabby for $32 bucks, huh? :) now let's see if i can turn a profit re-selling the dress on ebay! which is why i didn't have anything to wear in the first place... lol

  3. Y'all look great!

    BTW, I love the song on your page!!!

  4. Hi Nadia! I'm so happy to see that you are blogging again! I have always enjoyed your blogs. I've said this before and I'll say it again: You should get paid for writing.

    Nice post! Great buy! As for me, frugality has become my middle name. ;)
    And - the kids are even more adorable than the last photos I saw of them!

    ps -You look beautiful in that dress! Gosh, I can't believe your luck. If that had been me, I would have needed to do some sort of altering if I had ordered the dress. But your time management skills are very much like mine.

    take care!



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