Category Archives: Shopping

Shopping with Mom

I recently returned from a visit to the Frump Factor ancestral home. It was here that I endured junior high school, an endless sequence of bad haircuts, and culottes. So let’s just say the style legacy I left behind is … Continue reading

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The mascara games: Fear and loathing at the drugstore

Not too long ago, as I was half-squatting, half-sprawling on the floor of my local drugstore, unsuccessfully searching the lowest possible shelf for a replacement mascara, a question popped into my head. Do all beauty products get discontinued within a … Continue reading

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12-Step Couponing

They say admitting the problem is the first step to getting help. They say you have to hit bottom before you’re ready for recovery. Well, I hit bottom at approximately 4:56 pm today.  It was at this moment that I … Continue reading

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Mammopanic! (with a side of shopping)

There’s nothing like a normal mammogram to make you want to go shopping.  Especially when it’s one of those dreaded mammogram “call-backs.”  Not that I’m an expert or anything, since this was only my second mammogram ever, even though I’m … Continue reading

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The Solace of Shiny Things

Spring Fever is raging through Frump Factor headquarters at the moment.  When this happens, I get the irresistible urge to walk away from the ever-growing pile of student papers on my desk and go have silly, frivolous fun for a … Continue reading

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Fear of Boutiques (Part One?)

Why on earth would a fully functioning adult woman be afraid to walk into a store?  It’s crazy, I know, but I’m still often intimidated by a certain kind of fashionable, independently owned boutique. It’s frustrating because I am also … Continue reading

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Hangin’ with the Golden Girls

There’s nothing quite like shopping “Senior Citizens’ Day” at Beall’s.  Beall’s (pronounced Bell’s) is Southwest Florida’s premiere department store — at least according to the very frugal women in my family. Of course, one could argue that at Beall’s, as … Continue reading

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I already know people who are worried about how much Google knows about us, based on our whole sordid history of embarrassing searches (“rectal itch,” “Johnny Depp naked”). Do we really want this faceless entity to know that we hate bubble-shaped dresses, love animal prints, but hate the price of a $685 pair of boots?
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It’s for my friend. No, really.

No one gets through life without purchasing some embarrassing personal items. We’ve all been there.  We all know.  And we all pretend that, as adults, we are no longer embarrassed.  To which I say, ha!  If we weren’t still embarrassed, … Continue reading

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Bargain or Bust?

My husband, Mr. Frump, is a fan of the five-dollar shirt.  He’s made a few lucky finds over the years, so now he thinks that all shirts should cost five dollars.  When I try to suggest — ever so gently … Continue reading

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