What’s your most recent and favorite cheap and chic purchase?

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I decided recently that my kitchen needs a pitcher, but I didn’t want to spend a lot on it, because a pitcher is the type of item I’d be prone to break, and don’t even ask me why. So I was excited to find this ceramic one, which looks hands-thrown but most assuredly isn’t. I’m also looking forward to employing it as a vase. OK, your turn: what inexpensive item has recently set your heart racing?

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52 Thoughts on What’s your most recent and favorite cheap and chic purchase?
    kj
    22 Sep 2022
    10:04am

    Although I have never bought a single thing from Tory Burch, I impulse-purchased a pair of suede mules on steep discount and have worn them every day since they arrived. They’ve turned out to be perfect for the transition into fall.

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    Joannawnyc
    21 Sep 2022
    11:09am

    Don’t laugh but–I finally got a seatbelt adjuster and it is THE BEST THING EVER

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      Joannawnyc
      21 Sep 2022
      11:10am

      It’s minimal and sleek too!

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      Viajera
      21 Sep 2022
      12:22pm

      I’m not laughing at allll – in fact, wondering if I need one. (Not entirely sure what they are, but will google.) Good for you!!

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        M
        21 Sep 2022
        1:24pm

        Seatbelts may not properly protect petite people and women’s weight distribution. It’s worth investigating if you are on the petite side, or if seatbelts seem to hit you at the wrong place.

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    Betsy P
    21 Sep 2022
    11:14am

    Walking shorts from Wal-Mart that are wicking fabric. About $8.99 a pair.

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    Bette
    21 Sep 2022
    11:30am

    Not sure how chic this is, but it was definitely cheap — a $5 corner cat scratcher from Amazon. I love this thing so much:

    https://www.amazon.com/Catit-Senses-2-0-Self-Groomer/dp/B00D3NI2PG

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      Heather
      21 Sep 2022
      11:37am

      My cats would love that! I have an older cat and just acquired a kitten — she just showed up and ingratiated herself. They are working things out between them, but I think this would help, as they have scent glands on their faces.

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      Viajera
      21 Sep 2022
      12:24pm

      Now I almost want a cat … I guess I am suggestible today!

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        Heather
        21 Sep 2022
        6:21pm

        Maybe an especially cute kitten will appear on your deck as well!

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      Mouse
      21 Sep 2022
      6:09pm

      This is definitely not cheap but is chic and all of our cats love it. We call it the throne. Has lasted through a few cats although looking pretty ratty now. Worth it.

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        MARGARET
        23 Sep 2022
        9:37am

        Is there a link? The only person I want to buy stuff for anymore is my cat. Since he is the king of my household, he needs a throne!

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          Constance Bryceland
          23 Sep 2022
          5:10pm

          I grabbed a jar of face cream called “Soft” because it was not locked up at Walmart and it really is nice. I love the texture and fresh aroma. I think it is a Nivea cream. Almost 7 oz, very good deal.

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    y.k.
    21 Sep 2022
    11:30am

    i love these Q’s – the best ideas come up in the comments. NUXE Prodigieux le parfum- it’s light & beachy, perfect for daytime and smells to me like childhood. it’s not dirt cheap but cheap for perfume -about $70.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    21 Sep 2022
    11:36am

    I picked up a Burt’s Bees Face Oil when I was in WI caring for my mom and ran out of my face goo. It was on-sale and had a coupon stuck to the front, so it was a SCORE!

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      Betsy P
      21 Sep 2022
      1:13pm

      You always have the best finds/advice. Dare I ask if you were or are in fashion at some point?

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    Nancy
    21 Sep 2022
    12:41pm

    MAC longwear paint pot in color soft ochre. I feel like the only part of my body that isn’t dry is my eyelids to difficult to keep eyeshadow (both on lids and as liner on the lower lash area). This is the only thing I have found that does that. Also another makeup discovery…Sephora brand makeup setting spray…it really works and same or even a bit better than name brands.

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      Michele
      21 Sep 2022
      1:44pm

      Oh! Mac Paint Pot in Laying Low … it’s a fast, easy, “your lids but better” color for when I need polish but I’m in a rush. Or, lazy. Which is often

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        Papersitter
        21 Sep 2022
        2:26pm

        Thanks for this recommendation. I’ve been needing some easy way to polish up!

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    JJ
    22 Sep 2022
    8:09am

    The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Squalane. $9 at Ulta. I put two drops on face and neck at night so it’s lasting a good long time, and I swear my 57-year-old-and-looks-it skin seems softer and smoother since I’ve been using it!

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      C.D.
      22 Sep 2022
      10:02am

      Second this. Also, The Ordinary Squalene Cleanser to take off the day’s makeup and grime without leaving your skin feeling tight and dry afterwards.

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      Kathy
      24 Sep 2022
      9:46pm

      I love it, too! I add a few drops to the little scoop of CeraVe I plaster my face with every morning.

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    Ashley
    22 Sep 2022
    7:47am

    Wool trousers ($2.50) and Italian ceramic espresso cups and saucers ($5) from my local thrift store.

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    Mimi A.
    22 Sep 2022
    11:42am

    I wore out a favorite pair of Tom’s slip ons that serve as slippers and more, then found the perfect black and white wool plaid pair on eBay, new without box, for less than $20 instead of $60. I was more intent on finding the fabric and pattern I wanted, but the discount was a happy surprise.

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    gilli
    21 Sep 2022
    8:06pm

    I actually got this as a gift, anelectric mug warmer from Amazon. It even made my lukewarm coffee hot!

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    M
    21 Sep 2022
    1:34pm

    My cheap and cheerful thing is the Gladelig coffee mug from IKEA. It looks like 1970s stoneware and comes in gray or blue for under $5. It’s just the Goldilocks size for me, and keeps my coffee warm.

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      M
      21 Sep 2022
      1:49pm

      Also, room shoes from Uniqlo. Mine were a discontinued color and felt fabric on deep discount, but they’re worth every penny at full price for simple, no-fuss slippers that stay on my slim feet and cushion hard floors. I found them in the men’s section.

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    Janie
    21 Sep 2022
    1:43pm

    Cerave facial cleansing balm for $9 on amazon, best ever. I swear my skin looks better, smoother, glowier after just 5 days.

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    cw
    21 Sep 2022
    1:51pm

    When the whole Roe v Wade disaster happened I bought some green bandanas from an Etsy seller. They’re made in the US, 100% cotton and come in several different shades of green to suite every complexion. You can bet when Betty and I fly back to Texas we’ll both be sporting green bandanas. (the company is: BurlapFabric, but there are a number of Etsy sellers with bandanas) I always love these posts!

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      Elizabeth
      21 Sep 2022
      7:17pm

      I had no idea that green bandanas are a thing… Thanks you to your post and google I learned something new today! A great way to show support for reproductive rights!

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    AK
    21 Sep 2022
    2:28pm

    Fun socks. Most recently a red-checkered Vans pair.

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    Elizabeth
    21 Sep 2022
    3:54pm

    What a fun post! I love reading about everyones favorite cheap purchase! I learned a few things! 🙂

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    Milou
    21 Sep 2022
    4:03pm

    Organic Jojoba oil from Whole Foods – it’s like 13 bucks for a decent size bottle. My menopausal skin started freaking out this summer so I simplified my skin care routine and now just use jojoba as a moisturizer. It has been a game changer.

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    Meg
    21 Sep 2022
    5:13pm

    The Bug Bite Thing. I think it was $15 on Amazon. I react badly to even the teeniest mosquito bites and this has been a game changer!! Bought one for my similarly afflicted son who brought it on a camping trip- the whole crew was borrowing it.

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      JJ
      21 Sep 2022
      6:13pm

      I have one too! I was skeptical but amazed that it actually helps!

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    anastasia Christou
    22 Sep 2022
    6:43pm

    a couple of Lipsticks in bright berry shades – from Drew Barrymore’s Cosmetic range Flower Beauty – $5 each, really pretty!

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    Linda Kerr
    22 Sep 2022
    6:58am

    LUCAS’ PAPAW OINTMENT. For lips, ends of hair, and believe it or not “slugging” my face a couple times a week. It’s wonderful.

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    Liz
    21 Sep 2022
    12:50pm

    I seem to buy a lot my cheap, chic home decor from Cost Plus World Market. I love their throw pillows (I have a pair of Moroccan Berber carpet pillows on my couch), and pottery candle holders, and I recently bought some cheap orange and grey art deco-style sheer bedroom curtains from them. Their stuff always looks much more expensive than it is. Kim, your pitcher reminds me of my favorite mug, which I got as a gift from my nephew who bought it at a Farmer’s Market. I use it literally every day for my coffee.

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      amaya
      28 Sep 2022
      1:10am

      Me too! Cost Plus has a great selection of fake plants too. My living room just got seriously spruced up.

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    Ellie
    23 Sep 2022
    12:21pm

    Lovely, tiny early 20th century Sèvres box, picked up at a Paris flea market for €30. Entirely useless for anything except sitting on my dresser, but it is so beautiful I don’t care.

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    Ellie
    23 Sep 2022
    12:26pm

    Speaking of cheap, this group seems like a good source of potential replacements for the Neutrogena anti-wrinkle face cream that has been [email protected]#$% discontinued so J&J can steer us towards a Roc-brand “alternative” that costs twice as much for 3/4 the product. I’ve used this stuff for literally decades and it was perfect, and cost only $12-15 a tube. Nabbed a small stash of the night version online, but worried about what to do when it runs out in about 6 months. And the last bits of the SPF day cream are for $40+ a pop! Any suggestions for girls who will invest in useless Sèvres boxes, but can’t stomach the price of fancy face creams?

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      Viajera
      23 Sep 2022
      2:44pm

      You’ve come to the right place – I’ll go alert people in the Friday comments, bc people here have mannnnny thoughts about face creams. Btw, what is the active ingredient(s) in the discontinued cream? And what was the name, if i may ask? … … … My issue with creams is getting myself to use them up. I don’t like the smell of Vit C creams, but I am in need of them anyway.

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      Viajera
      23 Sep 2022
      2:48pm

      Oh also, from time to time, Kim will do a post about cosmetics, and those posts are always good for tips. If nobody gets back to you, you could try a search. I learn a ton of useful stuff here too.

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        Ellie
        24 Sep 2022
        6:12pm

        Thanks! She does, but is definitely more willing to spend money on face cream than I :)!. The product was Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream (with and without SPF), “a daily Retinol facial moisturizer with multi-vitamins.” Any suggestions *most* welcome.

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          znofunclub
          25 Sep 2022
          8:15am

          I highly recommend La Roche Posay, not expensive and saved my rosacea-prone, sensitive skin in the past months. Truly excellent. I buy it online at a Dutch retailer but I’m sure there’s international options!

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      Constance
      23 Sep 2022
      5:15pm

      I just posted above about “Soft” from Nivea which I am loving. It was only $6 at Walmart…

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