Monday, March 17, 2014

Splurge vs. Save


(Psst. Click on any item in the above picture to immediately be directed to the product page!)

I've got a problem, you guys. My problem is that I have champagne taste on a beer budget. That's right. I can't help it that I have expensive taste (and no money)! Since I have been trying to stick to a budget lately, I'm hanging on to my savings account by finding less expensive alternatives to the designer products I love. Take, for example, this hot pink Valentino bag I've had my eye on for ages. This 23-year old cannot afford a $2,000 bag! I can, however, afford this under $100 alternative, which is just as cute and just as bright.

I feel like I may be coming down with a cold, so I'll be taking it easy today. You can bet that Starbucks hot chocolate, a new Essie polish and lots of Emergen-C will be in my immediate future. Hope you all had a great weekend!

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22 comments:

  1. You always have the cutest ideas!

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  2. I love the pieces you found! That bag is adorable!

    Hunter
    Prep on a Budget

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  3. Wow, and they look so similar thank you so much for the info.

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  4. I hope you feel better! I'm going to have to check out that hot pink bag while I'm sick in bed too!
    - Victoria
    http://victorialnorris.blogspot.com

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  5. Such a great post! love your alternatives and that mint bag is seriously sweet!
    xo
    http://thefashionistabubble.blogspot.ca

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  6. Champagne taste on a beer budget! I am literally the exact same way! There's a Kate Spade bangle that says that on the inside, I feel like you need that :)

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  7. I love Splurge vs. Save posts! Those handbags you found are beautiful!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

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  8. Great minds think alike- I just did a Save vs. Splurge post on Friday with handbags! I have the SAME problem, expensive taste on a recent college graduate budget. Whoops?!

    thesouthernshell.blogspot.com

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  9. I have the same problem - expensive taste on a beer budget! In love with that hot pink purse!

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  10. Same problem! I love finding steals like these :)

    Kristin
    thedixiedaisy.blogspot.com

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  11. Girl I feel ya I'm in the same boat! Oh the woes of the early-20s. Save your money for another trip to NYC ;)

    katiesbliss.com

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  12. I really like the pink purse. Have a great week

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  13. Great post! I'm right there with you! These are great alternatives to the pricer options. Love the bright pink bag and the Steve Madden sandal.

    Feel better!!

    xx, jen
    http://www.comfortably-chic.com

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  14. I love the dupe for the pink bag, gorgeous!

    www.lavishingg.com
    xoxo

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  15. Loving those Steve Madden finds...and ahhh a girl can dream over the Valentino but the alternative is spot on! Thanks for sharing :) Xx.

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  16. I love all the saves, such great finds!

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  17. You are the queen of finding super-chic items on a budget! A girl after my own heart, because this 22-year-old is getting married in a few months and my budget is tiny. I love ALL of these finds and want that mint clutch!

    ~Jacy
    www.lovelenore.com

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  18. I love the first two shoes! I'm so glad to see this practical shape coming back in style.

    -- Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

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  19. Great roundup! Love all of the options. Hope you feel better soon!

    -AJ
    OccasionallyAJ.com

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  20. I'm always amazed at how often times I prefer the "save" over the higher-end item. This is the case across the board in this post too! Great comparisons here.
    Cheers from LA,
    http://allthatglittersla.com/

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  21. Fabulous post, Caitlin. I love this type of post Great work on finding the alternatives.

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