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noun: A biographical document connected to the World Wide Web that explains the frugalholic tendencies of Karina, blogger for the Knitting and Purling blog. Read about a girl’s love affair with shopping, and how she justifies her shopaholic nature by leading a frugal lifestyle consisting of couponing and bargain hunting.
I’m 100% a self-proclaimed shopaholic
I enjoy consuming goods… a lot.
But in my defense, much of my consumption supports local artisans thanks to my love of all things handmade or one of a kind. And I have no problems spending my hard-earned cash on local businesses and people who make a living out of selling handcrafted goods.
As for the items that I buy which aren’t OOAK? Well, let’s just say I can justify the sheer quantity of my purchases simply due to my ability in always finding the best frugal deals available. I definitely have a skilled eye for zeroing in on when, where, and how I can buy an item at the very lowest price possible!
Much of this ability to lead a frugal lifestyle comes from years of experience working for a coupon company that deals almost exclusively with online shopping.
Don’t be fooled! It’s no longer considered uncool to be frugal.
Hello, have you seen TLC’s Extreme Couponing? You may or may not agree with the tactics these people use (I do admit, buying 18,000 bottles of mustard is a bit ridiculous)… but you can’t deny the fact that coupons are hot commodities these days. I mean, even Google tried to buy out Groupon for 6 billion dollars in recent memory!
(Note: OK, obviously that last statement is no longer up-to-date… since Groupon has long since rejected Google’s offer, and are now floundering as the whole daily deals industry is now falling by the wayside. But hey, this blog page was originally written back in January of 2011! So please forgive me.)
The solution? I justify my shopaholic tendencies by…
- If you don’t already dabble in online shopping, then where have you been over the last decade? Living under a rock? (I’m kidding.)
- But no really, if you don’t currently participate in online shopping activities, then listen up! I wholeheartedly endorse online shopping as the best way to shop. Why? Not only will you be able to get access to products that may not be available at local stores (because, frankly… the stockroom of most online merchants is likely no different than the storage facility seen at the ending of Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark!), there’s also a much higher probability you’ll find items on sale at lower prices when bought through an online retailer.
- Secondly, if you do dabble in online shopping activities? You’ll need to scour the Internet beforehand in search of online coupons (in order to ensure you’re saving the maximum amount possible)
- This shouldn’t be too hard, because nowadays everyone and their grandma has started their own coupon website. But it doesn’t matter where you get your coupons, as long as the one you end up using saves you the most money!
- So just remember: Friends don’t let friends shop online without using online coupons.
If you would like more advice on how to shop smart by shopping frugally, then you should definitely follow my Knitting and Purling blog. Let me help you improve your lifestyle, by opening the door to unbelievable savings!