Frugal Fashionista: High Life on a Low Budget

At “First Class Fashionista” we are beauty and brains, and we believe being a true “Fashionista” doesn’t mean you have to spend first class money to travel first class, stay in 5 star hotels, dine at the finest restaurants or even rock the latest look of the trendsetting Fashionista!

I am a college student, and while I don’t deny myself what I need, I try to get what I want for as little as possible. Here are some simple tips you can try to save money without compromising your Fashionista lifestyle.

Frugal Fashionista

Frugal First Class Fashionista

1.) Happy Hour. I know this is not new news, but don’t write it off. If you’re anything like me, you don’t think about happy hour until you’ve missed it. If you live in one of the foodiest towns in the country, like I do, it’s worth planning ahead and scheduling a little earlier dinner.

2.) For the “Fitness Fashionista”. I use the gym at my school. It works, but it’s nothing special. So to get a taste of the high life, I take advantage of every free trial offer at local gyms and clubs. So far, I have gotten a free three days to a week at Rally Sport, 24 hour fitness, and Colorado Athletic Club. But there are many, many more. Another great summer way to get fit for free is jogging up the hiking trails in the foothills. It’s beautiful and challenging, and much more entertaining than the gym. I usually just pound an energy drink, throw on some headphones and run. Stop to sit on a rock at the top for a beautiful view of Boulder.

3.) Coupons and Groupons. I recently signed up for livingsocial.com and so far have gotten great deals on restaurants, manicures, even a microdermabrasion session! There are other Groupon sites you can sign up for, and restaurant.com is another great source for deals. You can get $10 for $25 gift certificates to participating restaurants, so long as you spend at least $35 at the restaurant. Also, when I purchased my gift certificate there was an 80% discount when you enter a discount code at checkout. That is $2 for a $25 gift card!

Fashionista with Piggy Pank

Frugal Fashionista Piggy Pank

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About Anna Marie

Ana Marie is an incoming junior at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She is double-majoring in Spanish and Journalism, and hopes to one day have a career that combines those two fields. Ana is a Boulder native and loves fashion, art, cooking, fitness, and spending time with her boyfriend, Mark. Ana is also exploring the world of modeling and hopes it takes kindly to her.