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The Savings Bank (and an ode to Louboutins)

17 Feb

With one challenge under my belt (and amazingly some change leftover from my first purchases!) I figured that I should outline what happens to the money that I don’t spend. I have decided that every week I will add the remaining money into a little piggy bank that I will call the SpendThrift Savings Bank:

 

My purse bank šŸ˜® Thanks Mom!

So how much money is in the savings bank at the moment? I have a grand total of $6.53 (at some point I’ll see if I can arrange a widget in the sidebar that always has the tally going). I’ll be interested to see how much this savings bank grows over time.

Now what is the purpose of this savings bank? Well I figured that with the exception of pulling out some money to cover the shipping costs associated with my one online shopping cheatĀ  (see the rules for further clarification), I will let my leftover challenge money accumulate over the course of the entire experiment and buy something fun at the end of it!Ā  Do I have any ideas for what would qualify as “something fun”? Hmm, let me think about this for about a nanosecond…

Christian Louboutin Maudissima $595

Ahhh, *swoon*….

Christian Louboutin Very Prive $795

Double *swoon*

If you are questioning my sanity or ability to do math yes I realize that even if I manage to save $5 from each weekly challenge that only brings me to $260 at the end of the year. However, I am hoping that by the end of this experiment I am gainfully employed and I can use my SpendThrift savings bank money as a down payment on a beautiful pair of signature red soles. I may not even be able to walk in the pair of shoes that I decide to buy (Louboutins do come with certain risks) but really, sitting shoes have their merits too right?

I have loved Christian Louboutin shoes ever since I first saw them years ago. When I was planning my wedding I was downright obsessed with one pair in particular:

Christian Louboutin Rosazissimo

 

I kept imagining myself walking down the aisle (ok, beach in my case) wearing my beautiful “something blues”. However, the $995 price tag coupled with the fact that heels and sand aren’t really a good mix meant that they just weren’t an option. Come to think of it they really wouldn’t have fit with my Grecian-style dress but really, I didn’t care at the time. I knew that no one else at my wedding would have cared that I was wearing Louboutins (some friends even told me to find a pair of *gasp* knock-offs) but I would have known and that would have been enough for me! I did find a perfect pair of Jimmy Choos as an alternative but Louboutins still would have been the epitome of luxury and I still think that they make amazing shoes that are perfect for weddings:

Christian Louboutin NĀ°Prive Riche

Well I think that I’ve gushed enough about Louboutins for one day. My next post will be the Week 2 result post!

Ebay and online shopping

8 Feb

I’ve been thinking a lot about some of the finer details of this challengeĀ  and the rules. Specifically, I haven’t decided how eBay and online shopping should fit in. I have to admit that I love shopping online! I think that it’s convenient, you can find things that you wouldn’t normally be able to find in a mall, and you can get some amazing deals!

My wedding (a little over a year ago) was a prime example of how successful and budget-friendly online shopping can be (I think that stylewise it was also a success, I was featured as a Wedding Belle in a Weddingbells magazine blog at least :o). Even though we got married at a resort in the Caribbean I still wanted to bring down decorations for the reception, create welcome bags for our guests, and have some really cute outfits to wear the week we were down there. I also had a budget to stick to (well try to stick to at least) and the online deals I found were great! For example, I found my authentic Jimmy Choo wedding shoes for a ridiculously low price (see the about me section for a pic!). Here are some other examples of some cute Lilly Pulitzer and Betsey Johnson shoes I found (keep in mind my wedding colours were fuchsia and lime green):

I was especially successful at finding bargains on eBay… a little too successful though. The thing is, finding deals and steals can be very addictive. Wedding shopping turned into things like late night Coach binges:

Obviously a leather messenger bag and dog collars don’t quite fall in the realm of “wedding-related expenses” though…


Overall the point that I want to make is that you can be wildly successful shopping online. How can I fit this in with the rules of this experiment though? Here are the main problems with online shopping:

1. With many sites/stores you have to pay for shipping. Do shipping costs have to fall within my $20 limit (Raine says yes) or can they be added on top of the $20?

2. Exchange rates can make the cost of items more expensive.

3. Shipping can take a while. Can I wait for a purchase to arrive or do I have to receive it by the next Saturday (the end day of the challenge week) for it to count? Again, Raine says that I need to have the item in my hands and ready to photograph at the end of the week.

Hmm, I’m thinking that I have to agree with Raine in terms of shipping costs and time but this severely limits my online shopping options…

What do you think?