Monday, April 5, 2010

Is a 500 dollar outfit a bargain...

Okay, I realize it might just be me, because I am notoriously cheap when it comes to clothes, but some of these bargain hunting segments on TV are a laugh! A few days ago I was watching the TODAY show and they had a segment on regarding "frugal" clothes shopping and how to "shop the discount stores". You know that's my thing, so I was all ears (and eyes).

(check it out at http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/36097951#36097951)

I do not want to sound like a discount shopping party pooper - again maybe it is just me - but is one outfit for a little under $500.00 a bargain?  I get it - the original outfit was several hundred dollars more, so it is a savings - but to call it a bargain?!?!  I don't think so.  I've said it before - I'll say it again, a bargain is when you purchase something for significantly less than its true value or worth.   

Ladies - please check out the video and take a look at the outfits.  Please...Pahleeze, let me know if you think they are real bargains.  In my mind, being frugal, (which is a different animal from getting a "sale" or "discount") is a look for under $100.00.  Ridiculous?  I don't think so - check out me in my fav going out with the kids outfit!

Shout out to my 6 year old  who took this picture! 

Striped Blazer $4.99, Beatles Tee - $7.99.  Faux Bakelite Jewelry - %8.99 , Old Navy Jeans %10.00,  zebra flats $0.00 Total $31.97  (Also,  I would like to add, with the exception of my blazer - all were NEW!)

So its not Sarah Jessica Parker, but for a day running around with the kids - not so bad!

6 comments:

  1. I watched the video. I see your point. I guess if you buy every single piece of your outfit new from the store it could add up. I always try to find trendy looks with clothes I already own but have not worn in that combo before. I also look to buy one or two bargain items that I can put together outfits with stuff I already own. I have never added up the cost of everything to see how much my outfits total up to. I am afraid to check. Cause, I have to admit I am one of those people who is brand centric. So, I am willing to spend more for a brand name item knowing how much it costs full price. I do like your outfit though. Especially those lizard loafers. :)

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  2. Thanks for following my blog! I love your blog! I am always looking for bargain and I love second hand stores..

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  3. Thanks Daphne!

    The funny thing is, I am really cheap when it comes to clothes...but will spend anything on a good meal...isn't that crazy! Also, I do think that there are certain brands that represent true creativity and quality. I am sure I would be one of those crazy women if I had the means to have a closet full of Louie bags. And Diane Von Furstenburg - her vintage is as expensive as some of her current items...and its worth it.

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  4. From The Budget Diet girl to my new frugal friend...great blog! I'd love to feature you on my site...The Budget Diet is a diet for your wallet, not your waistline!

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  5. I will admit it- I am CHEAP! I can not imagine spending that much on an outfit, because I know that I can get so much MORE for that $500!!! LOL

    I am lucky enough to live very close to a huge outlet mall. (Well, maybe "lucky" isn't the right word because I spend way too much $ there!)

    You look fab by the way.

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  6. Sorry guys, I didn't realize you left comments. Bad blogger...

    Kristi - Oh my goodness...a blog with the words diet and budget! I will be stopping by.'


    B's mom - I had to stop going to my thrift stores and outlest for a minute- you really not are saving any money when you buy something you don't need just because its on sale....

    Sigh


    CJ

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