The top in Jael's set only costs $26, but that would have put me $6 over my $150 limit so I found a $10 sweater shell at Target (But you face no obligation to stay under $150 so you could easily swap my sweater for Jael's top. You probably had the basic pants or some element already anyway)....

5% cash back) - use SEPTAFF to get 10% off sale items Ebatesasked me to participate in a challenge to create an outfit for less than $150 and I was all over it! I don't consider myself super frugal but I do like bargains and discounts and most often wait for things to go on sale or get a...

This outfit (6 cents shy of $150) captures the essentials for home--relax-fit pants, draped top and warm cardigan, which make perfect lounge clothes. To run out the door I just need a tote for my laptop, notebook, wallet and phone paired with killer, slip-on shoes (if your shoes are great...

With jewelry, this look rings up at just over $150. safari shorts, Mango $40 polka dot top, Mod Cloth $33 bow sneakers, Keds on Amazon $50 cross-body floral bag, ASOS $17 headband, Forever 21 $3.80 orange chevron ring, Forever 21 $4.80 orange flower ring, Charlotte Russe $3

The holidays are a time for lots of parties. Many of these are dress-up affairs. However, some are more casual gathers. Often, Christmas means getting together with some friends we haven't seen in a while, sitting by the fire, and sharing some cookies and cocoa. Instead of fancy dresses, these...

The shiny skirt looks demure with this outfit, but could be dressed up for parties and dates. The shoes are 64% off. The faux leather bag keeps costs low. The glasses are costume rather than real eyewear. The earrings are the same, but the whimsical tea ring had to be traded out for a more...

Just like I did last week, I'm taking on the Jael Paris' fall inspiration sets and creating a similar look for under $150 Challenge. Like I said last time, Jael Paris focuses on style for her inspiration sets rather than price, which is why this look costs $2,200. My look (below) costs only...

$150 Challenge: Cozy Fall (Plus, How To Cut Costs) Earlier this fall, Jael Paris made a Fall Inspiration post with several autumn-ready outfits. Because Jael creates these with style in mind rather than cost, I've been creating affordable versions of her looks to show how to translation...

We celebrated the boychild's graduation from Kindergarten with a Skylanders x Frito Lay party here at the house. I wanted to surprise the boychild, so he had no clue of the big surprise mommy had waiting on him when he got home. Planning the party was the fun part, I knew I wanted to do a...

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to use those same looks as inspiration for $150 Challenges. When Jael makes her inspiration look she chooses pieces for their style without worrying about how much they cost, which is why her look costs over $6,000. I kept cost low by replacing the...

 

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