ShopSmart Reveals the Most Common Tricky Ad Claims–and How to Avoid Them

Reading Ads Fineprint

Shutterstock As the saying goes, promise (and large promise, at that) is the soul of advertising. Unfortunately, advertisers get to pay for their houses and cars because they sell things well, not because they can keep their promises. The July 2012 copy of Shopsmart magazine reminds us of this with their timely article that exposes […]

How to Wear a Mini Skirt

Lily White Zigzag Miniskirt

One of the lyrics in Dave Matthews’ song “Crash into Me” is “hike up your skirt a little more.” Wow, what a perfect beat-the-heat suggestion for this warmer weather, Dave! (Okay, so that part of the song may have other meanings, but we won’t go there). Our interpretation? Why, it’s time to wear a miniskirt! […]

Are You a Shopaholic? Here Are Some Tips to Help You Out

Tips for Shopaholics

Credit: V-Shopaholic on Blogspot Dear Budget Fashionista, I am a shopaholic. I love buying clothes, yet I never have anything to wear. I spent $1,500 on Bluefly purchasing shoes, a beautiful leather Lamarthe bag and other clothes. When I don’t shop I feel irritated, like a junkie who needs her next fix. I shop vintage, […]

7 Ways to Navigate Memorial Day Sales

Memorial Day sale

Shutterstock Memorial Day on our shopping calendar is the stuff summer lovin’ is made of: sales tax holidays in some states (if you’re lucky to live in one), massive deals and discounts, and a whole weekend’s worth of excuse to shop around ala-The Fast and The Furious. Now… we personally know how summer euphoria and […]

The Outnet: Site Review

The Outnet

The Outnet is the high-fashion-focused Net-a-Porter’s outlet site—which pleases us because, while we love perusing Net-a-Porter’s designer offerings, we just can’t justify (or afford) the prices. And, in this economy, it only stands to reason that high-end retailers will diversify to tap into the budget shopping market (theOutnet.com calls it “chic discount shopping”, a phrase […]

Five Quick Shopping Tips for Busy People

A few months ago, we received a comment from a faithful TBF reader who said, and I quote, “I’m too busy to budget shop”. While our first reaction was, “who doesn’t have time to bargain shop?”, the more we thought about it, the more we understood where the reader was coming from. Budget shopping can […]