Confessions of a Frugal Shopaholic Purse Lover

Seriously, how cute is it???? Mummy Hearts Target!

So last week in preparation for the Eat and Greet at general Mills I was given permission from Hubs to buy myself a new purse. I decided I didn’t want function but form and headed to Target for an oversize black purse. Problem: There were tons of them and I couldn’t decide. I discarded the expensive one (still only $35 – you know Target!), and headed to the mirror with 5 others to “try them on.” There I stand in the full length mirror seeing how they look and narrowed it down to 3. Stink! I only have Isaac with me, who can I ask?

I wandered the store looking for a young sales associate who would understand not needing function over form and come up empty handed until I run into another young Mum.

“Excuse me, I’m sorry to be rude,” I began, “Which of these purses do you like? You should know it’s not for practical purposes but how it looks.”
“Oh” She says, clearly startled and picks out the one that I was erring towards.
“Thank you so much,” I reply and then ask, “Do you like free things? Would you like to slash your grocery bill because if so you should visit my website!”

I grab a business card, hand it to her and leave her looking at me dumbfounded. As I walk away it hit me that the conversation may not have gone the same way as I imagined it in my head and she probably thinks I’m a big idiot! Either that or as my mother in law says, she’ll visit my site to see how a shopaholic purse lover can get free groceries!
Stranger, if you’re out there, please say hi!

That night here’s how my conversation went on Twitter with my dear friend, Natalie. Right before we both got really sick because of some deep fried Twinkies. Seriously I HATE Twinkies but LOVE them deep fried. Til the sickness there were becoming one of my fave things about the US!!!

nataliejanetteDoes anyone else do this? @mummydeals tries on purses b4 buying! In front of the mirror!

bubblecakesbabyI totally do this! Too Funny! @nataliejanette RT Does anyone else do this? @mummydeals tries on purses b4 buying! In front of the mirror!

CorrinRenee@nataliejanette @mummydeals absolutely! i try purses on infront of the mirror. w & wo a coat. gotta make sure it looks good from all angles!

nataliejanette@mummydeals @corrinrenee APPARENTLY I’m the only one!


  1. Drama queens mum (Kimberly) says:

    I usually get my purses @ Target too. They have such cute 1s.

  2. Mrs. Cline says:

    And apparently, I AM the only one. Hmmm.

    Could be because I never shop for purses though, as you pointed out…


  3. I'm on a tighter budget than you, Mummy, so I go to Goodwill (Ridge Road; Lansing,Il.) for my handbag deals. They cost only $3 each. There are upscale designer bags for more money in locked cabinets near the check-out, if that's what you want. But I bought a classy leather bag for everyday, a gorgeous, dark red, leather-look midsize bag and a small purse shaped like a Chinese takeaway carton complete with faux bamboo handle – – all three for $9. The small purse still had its tag from Marshall Field; it wasn't the latest fashion, but it was never used, and is in a cute floral pattern. I never searched all the way through the large table of handbags, purses, backpacks, kits and shoulder bags for fear of finding too many that I loved, but I always see many beautiful items, most of them appearing new/never used. Don't forget: Sundays and Mondays have specials of the day which change from week to week. Usually the specials offer 75% off clothing or bags or toys or other merchandise.

  4. mylittleducks5 says:

    I think you saw Jeff that day too. He said he saw you at Target and you were asking about purses. haha

  5. Midwest Mommy says:

    You are so funny! But deep fried twinkies? Where were you?

  6. MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner says:

    I totally try on purses… I must have a full-length mirror, and I try it on the shoulder, on the wrist, and held in my hand down the side of my leg… it's the only way!

    You KNOW I loved that bag—the braid is TOO cute!

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