When Is It Worth The Splurge?


by Stephanie Berenbaum – April 20, 2011

The Fab & Fru Spending Philosophy

The other day a friend commented to me that my new pair of rather pricey jeans “weren’t very Fab & Fru”!  While her observation may have been true at face value, she got me thinking about the Fabulous & Frugal philosophy — and why my jeans actually fit in perfectly with the Fab & Fru lifestyle.  The truth is, being responsible with your money does not always mean buying the cheapest item out there!  Using my jeans as an example – it was a much better investment to buy a couple pairs of high quality jeans that you look great in and will last you years, rather than buying many pairs of cheap jeans that will wear out within  a matter of months.  –Brandi learned this the hard when she had to throw two relatively new holey pairs of jeans just this week!

Spending within Your Means

The key to spending wisely, is to spend within your means!  This means if you choose to invest in a fabulous pair of quality jeans, you MUST be prepared to pay for them – in full – in cash.  Even if you use your credit card,  pay that bill in full at the end of the month!  If you don’t have the funds available now, start saving until you can afford what you want to buy.

Finding the Fab & Fru Balance

The trick to really embracing a Fab & Fru life is finding the balance and learning when it is worth it to spend more for something, and when you’re better off buying the cheaper product.  People tend to gravitate towards one extreme or the other – but learning how to rock a pair of $169 jeans with $15 sandals from Target is an art!

The High Waisted Jeans of My Dreams

I don’t know about you, but I have always had a really hard time finding jeans that fit.  I’ve wasted more money than I like to think about on pair after pair of so-so, “inexpensive” jeans that end up just taking up space in my closet. And while I typically have fantastic luck scoring all other frugal fashion purchases, the hunt for the perfect pair of jeans has been elusive at best.  So when I do come across a winning pair, I truly feel it’s like finding a needle in a haystack- and it’s worth every penny!

Totally Worth the Splurge

At $169 per pair, my new favorite find – the High Waisted Skinny by 7 for All Mankind -  may not seem frugal at first glance. But spending for quality – when it is worth it – is a way better investment than buying 5 pairs of crappy, cheap jeans that will wear out in a few washings, or that don’t look that great on.  Remember: A deal is not a deal if your purchase just sits in the closet.  If you’re not going to wear it – and wear it well- don’t buy it! And on the flip side…  As we like to say, half of being Fabulous & Frugal is just being Fabulous – and learning to spending wisely is a major key to it all!

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4 Responses to “When Is It Worth The Splurge?”

  1. Amy Saves says:

    I never skimp on a good pair of jeans. my favorite pair is from Hudson and they were totally worth the $175 price tag.

  2. Tara Melissa says:

    I tend to try to think of “cost-per-wear/use” when making purchases, especially more expensive ones. I also keep in mind the difference quality makes for my overall comfort (I’m looking at you, $5 flats from hell). Cheap socks are negotiable, cheap shoes are not.

    As a college student on a budget, purchases exceeding $100 are few and far between, but I take careful consideration when it comes to things like coats, shoes and handbags. I’ll also be less reluctant to spend more on an item that’s extremely versatile, like a classic leather jacket or leather boots, or a scarf that can be worn with almost every outfit in my closet. I can’t, however, justify spending over $30 on a pair of jeans, even though they’re a staple of my wardrobe. I just can’t. Maybe one day.

  3. Monique says:

    My mother is the queen of clearance shopping. She can find some steals at Saks or Nordstrom like no other. She, like you, believes in buying high quality pants that fit well. You should never worry about price if its fits wells and can maintain over time. She has pants she has kept since the 80s and 90s that fit so well.

  4. DeChristia says:

    Shopping around in my favorite stores always helps me find a great deal on my favorite brands. Most stores carry similar products in different colors with different materials. I try to find the highest quality product with the least wash maintenance i.e. no dry cleaning. Shopping online sample sale sites for your favorite brands is very helpful. Especially, when looking for those one of a kind pieces.
    I also register with my favorite brands websites to receive coupons and sale previews.

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