Category Archives: Frugalista

Here you can find information on how I save money and how you can, too. Who doesn’t like to save?

Recap: Let’s Thrift #MYCthrift Lets Thrift 4 This past Sunday I co-hosted Let’s Thrift with Melissa Chanel. It was my first time co-hosting an event and it was a lot of fun. Continue reading

Fashion: Crossbody Crazy crossbodySince the warm weather is finally here, I’ve been searching for cute spring and summer pieces to add to my wardrobe. The last time I was in Target I saw some really cute crossbody bags but since my basket was already 85% full of Continue reading

Review: – Where It Pays To Shop Online

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving, I’m still stuffed! Lol. Since today is Black Friday and Cyber Monday is upon us, I thought this post would be appropriate. I am a HUGE online shopper. While I love shopping, I do not like shopping in stores. I don’t like crowds or hustle and bustle so as you can imagine I enjoy sales from the comfort of my home. One website I love for online shopping is because I earn money for purchases I would have made anyway so it’s the best of both worlds.

What Is Ebates pays members cash back every time they shop online as well as provides them with the best coupons and deals online.  It was founded in 1998 and Ebates has paid over $85,000,000 in cash to its members. Over 12 million people have joined Ebates.

Who Can Use Anyone shopping online can visit retailers directly through to shop and receive cash back.

Where Can You Earn Cash Back? Through any of the 1,200 online stores.

When Can Be Used? Whenever you shop online.

Why Use I have been using since 2009 and received multiple payments from the site. I prefer to shop online whenever possible because I like the convenience and there are way more specials online. With Ebates not only is it convenient but it’s economical.

How Does Work?

  1. Sign up for by clicking HERE.
  2. Visit every time you want to shop online.
  3. Browse the 1,200+ online retailers and select the one(s) you want to purchase from.
  4. Browse that store’s coupons and specials and then click “Buy Now”. {You MUST click “Buy Now” for your purchase to be tracked to your account.}
  5. Wait 24-48 hours after your purchase and you will get a notice stating the purchase date, purchase total and cash back total.

BONUS – Ebates Referral Program: Until 12/31/12 you will receive $25 for your 1st referral and $5 for each additional referral.

Have questions? Watch this easy to follow video and informational about

Have you used Do you use any other money-saving sites? Please share below.

Want White Teeth for $1?

I recently watched a YouTube video on how to whiten teeth with something soooo obvious…PEROXIDE! There are so many toothpastes on the market with peroxide in them that it’s a no-brainer.Peroxide is normally used to sterilize wounds but it is good for teeth whitening because the chemicals in it kill teeth staining bacteria. Surprisingly it’s also good for preventing sore throats (because it kills bacteria).

Before I brush in the morning and evening I rinse with peroxide. I have been doing this for about two weeks and I already see a difference. I’ve used a few other “commercial” whitening systems but this is the easiest, quickest, and cheapest one and it’s just as effective. Peroxide is now part of my beauty regimen. The only con is if you have sensitive gums it might be too harsh so if you use it and it burns you should probably discontinue use.

Directions: Pour about 2 tablespoons of the antiseptic into your mouth, and swish it around for 1 minute. The solution will begin to foam; this is how you know it is working. The hydrogen peroxide combined with oral bacteria cause bubbles to form in your mouth. Spit it out and brush your teeth as normal.

You should avoid coffee, red wine, smoking, teas and anything else that may stain teeth to see the best results.

Have you tried this before? Would you? Let me know below.

Birthday Freebies!


One month ago today I celebrated my birthday. 😀 I received some great discounts and freebies from several stores.

Here’s What I Got:
Starbucks: Free Drink Coupon, any size, hot or cold. (Must be used within 5 days or your birthday.)
How? Register any gift card and become a Gold Card Holder through Starbucks’ free rewards program.
Dunkin Donuts: Free Medium Drink Coupon.
How? Must be an email subscriber.
Victoria’s Secret: $10 Off Coupon, no minimum purchase.
How? Must be a VS Credit Card Holder.
Sephora: Free Product, varies. I received a Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Duo. It’s automatically linked to your card. Go into any Sephora the week before or after your birthday, present your card to any cashier and they will give you your free treat in a cute little Sephora bag.
How? Sign up to be a Sephora Beauty Insider through Sephora’s free rewards program.
Anthropologie: 15% off any purchase during your birthday month.
How? Must be a member of Anthropologie’s free rewards program, sign up in any Anthropoligie store.
Michael’s: 20% off any purchase during your birthday month.
How? Must be a member of Michael’s free Rewards Program, you can register when you check out at any Michael’s store.

A few days after my birthday I also received an invitation to join the CVS Beauty Club which has some great incentives including coupons and ways to earn Extra Bucks. Sign up here! I took advantage of most of my rewards and it was great! I received other coupons via email, too.

*Tip: If you have a favorite store or one that you shop at frequently, the next time you’re there ask them if they have a rewards program!

Do you take advantage of retail birthday freebies? If so, please share below.

Subway Eat Fresh…For FREE!

Last year when I started running I took a more active stance on my overall health. I decided that if I was going to run and focus on my physical health, I should also be conscious about what I put into my body. While I didn’t cut out anything completely or take any drastic measures like becoming a pescetarian (again), I did decide that I will make better food choices.

That said, I found Subway. I started eating there more often and put a complete stop to eating McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, etc. I realized that if I had to eat “fast food,” I should choose the best option possible, Subway. Not only is Subway a healthier option, but eating at Subway also comes with a few perks if you have their SUBWAY® Card.

Every time you eat at Subway, ask the cashier to swipe your card and one point for every dollar you spend is added to your points balance. I’ve had my card for a while and I always have it swiped but I never knew what the points entitled me to. Last week I found out that I can redeem my points for FREE menu items, meaning FREE FOOD.

Here is a list of how many points you must redeem to get each free item:

1 Cookie 10 points
1 Bag of Chips (single  serve) 15 points
Fountain Drink (21oz) 20 points
Bottled Beverage (8oz, 15.2oz and 20oz) 30 points
Seattle’s Best Coffee (12oz & 16oz) 30 points
Breakfast Sandwich on 6″, Flatbread or English Muffin 35 points
Regular 6″ Sub or Flatbread 50 points
Premium 6″ Sub or Flatbread 65 points
Regular Footlong Sub, Flatbread or Salad 75 points
Breakfast Footlong Sub or Flatbread 75 points
Premium Footlong Sub or Flatbread 100 points
Add Double Meat or Extra Cheese or Bacon to Any Regular Sub or Flatbread add 20 points

To date I have 169 points! I plan on buying a few 6″ subs or salads with my points. That’s free lunch for almost the entire week! Find out more about the SUBWAY® Card here.

Do you eat at Subway? If so, do you have a SUBWAY® Card? If not, make sure you get one the next time you’re there!

Thrifting Take 2: Salvation Army vs. Goodwill vs. Goodwill Outlet

Back in June while visiting Charleston, SC for the Natural Hair Expo and enjoying family, I visited three local thrift shops. Since I didn’t have much time, I decided to focus on accessories, books and home décor at each store.

Store 1 – Salvation Army
I found a set of 4 candle holders, each with a different saying: hope, peace, faith, love. At 99 cents each I wanted all 4 but since I had limited luggage space I could only choose one; I chose “faith”. I also bought 2 books. One about prayer for a close family friend who has become my spiritual leader and the other about daily meditation for myself. Each book was 65 cents. I also found a brown woven leather belt for $2.99. And, last but most amazing, a pair of denim gauchos for NINETY NINE CENTS! I immediately tried them on over my capri pants and was amazed that they fit perfectly. I immediately started styling them in my head and thinking about how I could wear with them this summer and transition them into fall with boots and sweaters.

Store 2 – Goodwill
The first thing I noticed was that it was organized and set up the same as a department store or boutique. The sections were color coordinated and they even had a gown section with prom dresses and bridal gowns and a denim section which I thought was cool. I only browsed because most of the prices were equal to or greater than the total I paid for all three garments I purchased during my last thrifting adventure. (Read about it here.)

Store 3 – Goodwill Outlet
The setup was the same as the one in NY, tons of bins filled with random items that customers had to rummage through. Here my focus wasn’t on clothes though; I headed straight to the electronics section and scored a $4 radio for my uncle’s office. He wasn’t even fazed that it was a bright yellow SpongeBob Square Pants radio – LOL. He actually thought it was hysterical as did the cashier who stated “you’re going to make some child very happy” as I paid…before we told her the truth.

I spent about 15 minutes in each store but was still able to snag a few great things; I can only imagine what other great items I would have found if I had more time. After having a chance to hit all three, I think the Salvation Army was my favorite. It was more organized than the Goodwill Outlet and the prices were more reasonable than at the Goodwill. I’ll definitely be checking out a Salvation Army or two in NY.

For Thrifting Tips, please see “THEE Goodwill Outlet”.

If you haven’t thrifted yet, what are you waiting for? Please share your tips or great finds below.

VoxBox by Influenster

Being an avid YouTube watcher, a few months ago I came across some videos about the VoxBox from Influenster. Several vloggers had uploaded videos about products they received to test and review. I had no idea what either was so I searched the internet. And, low and behold I found this site.

Influenster is a company that selects consumers to review products for FREE. Their upcoming VoxBox was the Spring Beauty VoxBox. When I visited the site I saw the products that were in previous VoxBoxes. Each VoxBox is geared towards a specific consumer/audience. Your consumer category is calculated by answering short quizzes which then unlock badges. The objective is to be honest so that Influenster can assess what type of consumer you are so that you receive appropriate products. For example, someone who doesn’t have kids probably won’t find much use in the Mom VoxBox.

So, I signed up but didn’t think I would be selected even though I had unlocked as many badges as I possible. Then in March I received an email stating I was selected and requesting my skin tone. I was so excited! The email said more details would follow but to expect my Spring Beauty VoxBox shipment confirmation soon. When it arrived I was pleasantly surprised, I really enjoyed my Spring Beauty VoxBox and I hope I’m selected for the next one.

Below are the products I received and their prices along with a short review if I’ve used it. If you’re an Influenster, please share in the Comments section!

SOYJOY Bar: $0.99 to $1.29
I received the strawberry SOYJOY bar. I usually buy Fiber One bars (I throw them in my purse for an on-the-go snack since I forget to eat sometimes) and I still prefer Fiber One. I probably wouldn’t purchase them. I didn’t dislike the bar but it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me or make me want to purchase it. It was just okay.

Dr. Scholl’s for Her High Heel Insoles: $9.99
I received the Dr. Scholl’s for Her High Heel Insoles but I haven’t tried these yet because I don’t wear lots of heels. Although, I’m excited to because I’ve heard they make heels feel very comfortable.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash: $6.99 to $8.99 for full-size bottle
I received a 2 oz bottle of the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash. This body wash is uh-maze-ing! I didn’t think it would be this good but it definitely exceeded my expectations and I will DEFINITELY purchase it. I’ve been using Aveeno Positively Radiant daily face moisturizer with SPF 30 for years. Now I have to add this to my list of staple products.

Chapstick Lip SHIELD 365: $1.89 to $2.39
I received this Chapstick product but I haven’t tried it yet. I have tried other Chapstick products and found them very moisturizing.

Bath & Body Works Fine Fragrance Mist: $14.00
I received the new Bath & Body Works Fine Fragrance Mist and I LOVE it. Even though it’s an eau de toilette, it’s not as strong as most perfumes I use (my current favs are Burberry Brit, Hermes Voyage D’Hermes and Un Jardin Sur Le Nil and Versace Bright Crystal). However, it’s perfect for the summer because it’s not too heavy. I think I’m going to purchase a perfume atomizer so I can carry some in my purse.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects: $9.99
I received the Sally Hansen Salon Effects in pure lace and I absolutely LOVE this product. I had 2 packs that were sitting in my cupboard forever. It wasn’t until I received these that I finally used them and in so glad I did. Tip: If you have a short nail bed, you can cut them in half and use one strip for two nails which allows you to use one pack for two applications, which is a great value!

Sheer Cover Duo Concealer: $29.95 (1-month supply kit 9 products)          This concealer is really good. There are two colors so if neither one is a perfect match for your skin tone, you can mix them. Or you can use the darker one on blemishes and the lighter one solely under your eyes or for your eyebrows. It’s a great product. If I used concealer regularly I would definitely buy it.

$1 Old Navy Flip Flops!!!

Hi, dolls! Just wanted to let you all know that this weekend Old Navy is having their $1 flip flop sale. So, if you love flip flops as much as I do, make sure you head over early! xoxo

My Black is Beautiful FREE Sisterhood Giveaway

I JUST entered for mine. Like the “My Black is Beautiful” facebook fanpage and click this link now! (I’ll be honest, I’m not exactly sure what I’m getting but it’s free and somehow connected to Charmin and as a woman I pay too much for tissue as it is, so why not? LOL.)