Friday, August 10, 2012

Q&A Splurge vs. Save

I love hearing how people find "look-a-likes" to expensive products or clothes...because I LOVE finding a good deal.  But I also like to hear people's take on what items they value and will spend extra money on.  The whole "spend vs. save" mentality.   So for this week's Q&A, I thought I'd interview my girlfriends on their shopping habits and have spill their "saves and splurges" with us.  

Enjoy!  And happy Friday! 

From Becky... 

Splurge: I was going to say my handbags but when I really thought about it, I came to the conclusion that I basically live/work/sleep in comfy “workout/yoga” gear so I splurge when it comes to that. It is safe to say that I am a little obsessed with Lululemon. The amazing quality of their clothes justifies spending a little more on it.

Save: Shoes. Don’t get me wrong, I love shoes, love buying shoes, have probably way too many shoes, but it is something I don’t typically spend a TON of money on. I try to find great deals on great shoes and go from there!

...From Michelle

Splurge:  I always splurge on nail polish because I am in love with Essie polish! Ballet Slippers will always be a go-to favorite of mine.  Simple, classy and always cute!  I also splurge on perfume because I always want the best smelling stuff!

Save: I like to save on make-up remover. I use the makeup remover wipes, sometimes the CVS brand, which is always on sale for like $3-4 and they get great reviews!  They are just as good at the Mac or even Neutrogena wipes.

From Laurie...

Splurge:  I tend to splurge on boots. Why? Because all of my shoes tend to fall apart, even expensive heels, wedges, etc. Maybe I am really heavy on my feet? Since I don’t LOVE shoes I don’t mind buying less expensive brands and replacing more often. But a good pair of Frye boots tend to last forever. I received my first pair for Christmas 2005 and they are still a staple in my wardrobe today. Don’t get me wrong, I've had expensive boots (even a Frye pair, gasp!) break down on me too but I've had the best luck overall with that brand. Definitely worth the money I would say. Tip: If you splurge on boots be sure to find ways to incorporate them into your year round style. I wouldn't recommend buying a $300 pair of boots if you’re only intending to wear them certain seasons!

Save: Rubber flip flops are rubber flip flops.  I also don’t go out of my way to buy name brand blouses for work. I appreciate a good deal, whatever the brand so my work tops range from Kohl’s to Marc Jacobs. And truthfully, I think they’re all the same quality.

From Emily...

Splurge:  Bras, Underwear. You wear them all day, everyday. They need to be comfy and durable. Le Mystere and Hanky Panky respectively. I also splurge on purses. I really can't justify it, but I love them and I make sure that I use them to their fullest extent.  Last but not least, blow dryers and straighteners.  Cheap ones really fry your hair. The more expensive ones are gentler AND last longer

Save:  Shampoo and Conditioner.  Why spend more than you have to, do expensive ones really make a difference? Crest Whitestrips - they work just as well as getting your teeth professionally cleaned, but at a much cheaper price.  And mascara. I go through it too quickly so I need a cheap brand that works well.

From Kory...

Splurge:  I got the CND Shellac UV machine as a Christmas gift from my husband. The polishes are a little pricey but I’ve mastered the technique and can give myself a manicure in 18 minutes! I love that I don’t have to think about my nails for at least a week.

Save: Perfume! I have so many samples from Sephora/Ulta that I never buy myself a full perfume. I do love rollerball pens (because they’re fun to carry in your purse) but honestly, I have enough in samples to get by for signature scent here!

...From Lisa

Splurge:  I splurge on jewelry (or should I say my husband Billy does). I am on a David Yurman kick right now, so I all I want is just about every piece in his collection. J I am currently eying this bracelet and this bracelet to wear together. I also usually wear a lot of purple, so I would LOVE to have this ring

Save:  In the summer, I save on sundresses. All of my sundresses, for the most part, are from the Target juniors section, like this one, or are LC Lauren Conrad ones from Kohl’s like this one. And both stores seem to restock them every couple of weeks, so there are always fun, new ones to check out. You could say, though, that I splurge on this because I end up buying so many!

From Kelly...

Splurge:  I would say that I’d consider most of my “splurge” items those that I can get a lot of use out of/use on a daily or weekly basis. In addition, I feel like I splurge on hard to find items – for example, jeans that fit just right (I feel like the material is more substantial on premium denim, so it keeps them looking better longer. And this might just be in my head, but I think this also makes me look skinnier! It takes me forever to find a pair of jeans that I love – so when I find that magical pair, I don’t mind spending more) or an everyday black purse that isn’t too trendy but still has some personality.

Save:  Basic t-shirts, camis and tanks. Old Navy is where it’s at! Especially during a sale. I stocked up the other day when I had 40% off and got tanks and camis for $4.50 each! Especially during a sale.

...From Megan

Splurge: This is probably a boring answer, but I really try to be good and splurge on pieces that will last years and years and save on the trendier pieces that I think are only going to last one season. I also try to follow the rule of three I learned from my CAbi consultant….if the item doesn’t go with three things I already own or I can’t think of three places to wear it; I probably shouldn’t get it. Some of my bigger investments have been my Louis Vuitton speedy bag, Tory Burch Reva ballet flats and Miller sandals and Ray-Ban sunglasses. Items that I know I will always love and wear with anything.

Save:  I save by going to Target, or TJ Maxx and Marshalls for the trendier pieces like colorful wedges, palazzo pants or lace shorts...things that I’m loving right now but might not last for years. Or for looking for 'look-alike’ items that I have seen at other stores. For example, I found a dress on that was similar (and A LOT less) to the Fei Fei dress by BCBB that I wanted.

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