Posts tagged "bargain"

Fishmonger Love

We’re in love with our neighborhood fishmonger. Yes, they still make fishmongers and since we’re in an anti-meat phase (for lots of reasons: hideous growing conditions, greenhouse gases, we’re grossed out eating flesh) which we don’t strictly adhere to (sometimes we give into temptation) we’re at the fish store a lot. While our fish guy...

Make Holiday Shopping Fun: Etsy Love

Do you dread holiday shopping? Does the thought of it conjure up sweaty crowds, feelings of confusion, a headache? It does for us. But, we’ve decided that it doesn’t need to be that way.  All that’s required is a little planning and knowing where to go to find fun things. Let’s just begin by saying...

Buyer Beware: Phony Pricing Comparatives

In our book (arms crossed, toe tapping–have you read it yet?), we write about the attractive and addictive nature of ‘flash sale’ web retailers like Rue La La and Gilt Groupe. We offer the cautions: buy only a product you’ve seen and loved, and buy only a product you know the retail price so that you...

Three Foxy Fab Faux Furs

We are easily distracted, particularly since we are under contract and on deadline for our new book, Mama B’s on a Budget. Today’s ADD moment came while re-reading a story we wrote a year ago about how to avoid falling victim to passing fads. We admit, the story was a little naughty, involving a devil,...

Pan-Crisped Chicken Thighs from the Book Bitches on a Budget

From the book Bitches on a Budget Pan Crisped Chicken Thighs -2-3 lbs skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs -1/4 cup olive oil -3 cloves minced garlic -1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken stock to deglaze -fresh rosemary -lemon juice -salt and pepper to taste Dark meat is delicious.  It holds up to more rigorous searing...

The Cheapest Beauty Tip, Like, Ever

We were thinking about all the money a gal spends on make-up and grooming products. You know: the Sephora binge and shame jaunts; the Duane Reade/CVS/Walgreen hair accessory pick-me-up-basket-fill-ups; the Avon lady calling and you buying all she’s selling visits. When it occurred to us the biggest error most of us make when applying make-up or...

PB&Joe

We have a confession to make. We scoffed at peanut butter and jelly when we were kids. While, on occasion, we could be coerced into a Fluffernutter on white bread (we feel nauseated thinking about it now), the thick gooey peanut butter sticking to the roof of our mouth made us feel like we were gagging....

Duck, Duck, Cheap Cheat, Duck, Goose

How often do you cook duck? We bet the answers around the circle are: Never. Never. Not often. Never. Wait! Don’t feel bad. For most of us, duck usually falls into the ‘order in a restaurant because it’s a pain in the ass to make at home’ category of meal. That’s all about to change...

A Clothing Diet? Not for this B* on a Budget

Some things in life are sacred, so we usually make it a rule to avoid mixing religion, politics and fashion. Full burqas, nun habits and total hipster head to toe black uniforms are all equally colorless. We thank the fashion gods that the cold war is over rendering the grey Soviet bloc look and the...

Play Make-Believe on a Budget

Who wants to live in the real world all the time? A bitch is in touch with her fantasies. Yep, we’re big fans of role-play… especially thrifty role-play. We’re on a budget, after all. When you think role-play, you probably think leather-clad dominatrix or sexy nurse or Catholic schoolgirl—meaning your mind goes right to the...

Bitches on a Budget: “More Ideas than Bergdorf’s has Snobs”.

The Star-Ledger of New Jersey wrote about Bitches on a Budget: “...this book has more ideas than Bergdorf’s has snobs. Buy it! With a prose style that clickety-clacks across the page like stiletto heels on a marble floor, Rosalyn Hoffman gives pointers, tips, guidance and ploys for you to maintain, or attain, the glam of...

Clever-in-Home

In case you hadn’t noticed, most of us are spending more time at home these days. It works for us since we’re mad cooks and always looking for victims, ahem, guests to eat our latest experiments. Since we’re never sure how dinner will really turn out, our strategy is to razzle- dazzle them with very...