Posts tagged "Shopping"
Gifts of Love and Hate (Early Edition)

Gifts of Love and Hate (Early Edition)

We’re in the middle of composing our annual Gifts of Love and Hate for the holiday season that we publish in the Huffington Post. You know those gifts you MUST buy, even if you don’t want to buy them— and it’s a pain. We’re going through our archives and thought we’d share of our past faves....
"More Ideas than Bergdorf's has Snobs"

“More Ideas than Bergdorf’s has Snobs”

Yesterday*, The Star-Ledger of New Jersey, wrote a glowing review of Bitches on a Budget. Obviously, whenever anyone says something nice about our message we feel happy, but when someone who is a terrific writer says something nice about our writing, we positively shine. Some snippets of what they had to say in yesterday’s paper: “With a...
Heel Power. Men Lust after Women, Women Lust after Shoes.

Heel Power. Men Lust after Women, Women Lust after Shoes.

We’ve been thinking about shoes and why we love them. Why is it we have so many pairs and they are all so different? (One might argue that the twelve pair of basic black heels in our closet are all the same, but they’d be missing their complex nuances: the slightly different heel heights, subtly...
Strawberries and Spaghetti

Strawberries and Spaghetti

More strawberry ideas. One of our all time favorite restaurants in NYC was Sfoglia*, a charming Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side across from the 92nd Street Y . While everything was fantastic we lusted after two things on their menu– chicken under a brick (more on this another day) and spaghetti sauce made...
Mr. Noodle's Super Cleaner

Mr. Noodle’s Super Cleaner

Trust us, of all our fantasies about what we wanted to grow up to be, a modern day Heloise was not among them. But we’re always looking for ways to save a penny here and a penny there so we can go out and splurge on the really good stuff. We were gifted this formula...
Being Fashionable is A Privilege of Living in a Free Society

Being Fashionable is A Privilege of Living in a Free Society

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 and the grey Soviet bloc look and ubiquitous...
Shopping on a Budget

Shopping on a Budget

From the Book Bitches on a Budget   Retailing Lessons Once upon time, before shopping became theater; before our identities were defined by what we wore; before we became alienated from our core values of family, friends, and charity; before we became the buy-buy-buy, need-it-now generation; before shopping became a substitute for other kinds of...
Insurance: The Parachute

Insurance: The Parachute

Insurance is a parachute. If you trip down the stairs, stumble a little, you don’t need it. But if you fall off a cliff? Or the big bad hurricane blows your house down–you’ll be grateful for it. Insurance is not designed to prevent/correct minor problems. It’s designed to keep you from financial ruin.     There...
Groupon in Your Box? Three Rules for Safe Buying

Groupon in Your Box? Three Rules for Safe Buying

We’re here to offer a cautionary tale of what happens when you violate the three basic rules of buying from “The Flash Sale Mob”. Even though we pride ourselves on being smart shoppers, we are not above falling prey to the lure of the “Flash Sale Mob”. In our book, we lump into this category the...

The Devil is in the Data

Whether you watch videos, listen to music, view photos, browse web pages, or navigate using your cell-phone, if you’re a Verizon Wireless customer starting tomorrow this could cost you more.  Following the lead of AT&T, which announced a similar change a few months ago, Verizon is capping data usage on their cellular plans. When you go...

Right-Sizing for Kids: 10 Smart Mama Tips

The guest bloggers are back!  Today, we’re happy to have author Gale Steves, Right-Sizing Your Home – How to Make Your House Fit Your Lifestyle, serve up a dose of smart-sense for every space strapped mama on a budget. Read her post and then tell us your best advice for dealing with playroom clutter. One lucky...

A Lush Lawn: Low Cost and Eco Friendly

We can’t believe we’re writing about lawns. In our own gender-biased way, we’ve consigned the notion of a perfect green to big men chasing little balls or anal men whacking weeds in a quest for control over something.  But our ears perked up when we heard a story on our local public radio station (Go...