The Working Girl’s Guide To Buying Luxury – Part II (How)

How Do I Afford Luxury Items?

Psst, this is Part 2. Do check out Part 1, here.

There’s a million dollar question. I love fashion but I’m also cognisant of the fact that I am lusting after first world luxury earning third world wages. It’s also important that I disclose that I have no financial obligations – no home loans, no car loans, heck I don’t even have rent. My expenses are usually things I buy for myself, the odd grocery trip, buying clothes/toys for my baby boy and socialising. Read More

The Working Girl’s Guide To Buying Luxury Goods – Part I (Where)

Last month, I had a small article published in The Hindu Weekend, about the Valentino shoes that I had purchased during my holiday in Spain. This was more personal, but I had a draft that also went deep into the money aspects of it. So I thought I’d expand on it and publish it here! I’ve split it into three parts – the where (the cheapest place to buy luxury goods), the what (deciding what kind of luxury goods to buy) and the how (saving for luxury goods). Read More

The 3 Best Personal Finance Apps To Help You Manage Your Money

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I’d been getting a lot of emails asking about the best apps for managing money and the best personal finance apps. I’ve tried out a whole bunch of apps and here are my favourites. My only criteria for liking/recommending an app is this: Does the app make me want to come back? Using an app to track your money requires you to cultivate the habit of recording your expenses and incomes as and when they happen. So, it is important for the app and its interface to be addictive, in a way. These are the best apps among those I tested to help you track your expenditure and create budgets. They’re all American made but they all support the Rupee symbol as well. Read More

The Only Rule You Need To Remember While Shopping A Sale

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Sale season just doesn’t seem to end, does it? If it’s not an end-of-season-sale at a high street retailer like Zara, it’s an exhibition featuring cool indie brands or boutique selections from other parts of the country. There’s always something that you want to buy or need to have. We seem to be constantly bombarded by desire and it is so exhausting just to keep up. The advertising during sales also feed into existing temptation – it’s always like, look how much money you’d save! And you believe it and literally buy that sentiment of ‘saving’ money during sales – except you’re not saving money. Read More

I Completed SIX MONTHS of No-Buying – An Honest Update

I completed 6 months of No-Buying about three weeks ago. During these six months I didn’t buy a single item of western clothing, shoes, bags or makeup. And honestly, it wasn’t even that hard. Here’s why –

No-Buying is A Habit

You know how they say that you need to get your head into the game if you want to be successful at taking on a diet? Because making responsible eating choices is a habit – and similarly, making responsible purchases are also a habit. I took on the no-buy because I was sick of the crap that I had accumulated over the years – I had way too many clothes, way too much makeup, way too much stuff and yet, I wasn’t happy. Every time I was tempted to make a purchase, I reminded myself of how shitty I felt when I went through my stuff and I forced myself to introspect every time I saw something that I liked – Read More

I Figured Out The Menstrual Cup – Boondh Cup Review

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One of my resolutions for 2018 was to make my period as eco-friendly as possible. It took about 9 months for my period to return post-baby and I had initially purchased the Eco-Femme Cloth Pads (which were a great alternative to regular pads) but it wasn’t long before I was informed about the sustainable period miracle that is the menstrual cup. I got a lot of recommendations for the Boondh Cup, which I ended up purchasing. It took me a few months to figure it out so I thought I’d share my thoughts here. Read More

How To Save Money For A Holiday!

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Hello! Just popping in to say that I have written not one, but two articles on how to save money for a holiday and other holiday and travel related money hacks, for Verve and The News Minute and I’ve compiled both of them for the blog (including a bonus tip for the blog!). I feel like with the advent/invasion of social media, taking a holiday has become some kind of public outing and there’s no denying a certain kind of pressure to travel to really exotic/fancy places, which doesn’t come cheap. We travel to spend quality time with the people we want to (and ourselves) but lately, I see that people are putting on like, a show, when they go on vacation, with constant Instagram stories and facebook updates. I’m guilty of this myself and I am consciously going to avoid it henceforth – while I do enjoy sharing on social media, I definitely want to let go of the ‘upload right here right now’ attitude and enjoy the moment (by the way, if you’re holidaying in Europe, staying in the moment will also help you protect your belongings from pickpockets). Read More

The Greatest Lesson That My Crocs Taught Me

I bought myself a pair of Crocs a few months into my pregnancy. The flats I’d been wearing until then were comfortable before pregnancy, but a few months in, I found myself having pain around my soles because I needed more cushioning. I wasn’t a fan of the design by any means, but they were incredibly comfortable and I wore them through my pregnancy and beyond, ugly design be damned. Read More

How’s That No Buy Coming Along?

Happy New Year! Hope the first twenty days of 2018 have been going well for you. It’s been going well so far, although I do feel overwhelmed from time to time with the baby and all the projects that I have on hand. I am trying my best to cut down on doing everything and instead, prioritize and allocate time for leisure and catch up with my now never-ending reading list. I think part of the stress is because of baby’s first birthday party (I still can’t believe he’s going to be one tomorrow!) and my (not so) great idea to do/DIY the party decor. Actually, all my stress is because of this party. If I do pull it off, I’ll be sure to post photos here and show you ways you can make cute stuff on the cheap! Read More