Bitches on a Budget: Sage Advice for Surviving Tough Times in Style

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Your portfolio may be dwindling, but today's modern woman shouldn't bite one well-manicured nail with worry. Roz Hoffman dishes up the wisdom you need to get perfect style without busting your bank account-or what's left of it! Let Roz be your recession-era fashion guru, travel agent, grooming consultant, therapist, sommelier, and life coach all rolled into one. No coupon clipping, Prada depriving, or carb ...

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Overview

Your portfolio may be dwindling, but today's modern woman shouldn't bite one well-manicured nail with worry. Roz Hoffman dishes up the wisdom you need to get perfect style without busting your bank account-or what's left of it! Let Roz be your recession-era fashion guru, travel agent, grooming consultant, therapist, sommelier, and life coach all rolled into one. No coupon clipping, Prada depriving, or carb hating allowed.

Brimming with tips on how to:

Look and feel rich, whatever your salary

Exchange overpriced labels for stylish looks and wretched excess for social consciousness

Strip your closet down to the essentials, embrace "vintage," and snag incredible bargains online

Put the fun back into exercise and trim your ass without trimming your assets

Entertain at home without feeling like a homebody

Purge your lust for the trappings of the hedge-fund era and rediscover your own pleasure spots

And much more...

Living well is one trend that will never go out of style-and it doesn't take oodles of moola to make it happen. Adjust your attitude, impress your friends, amaze yourself, reconnect with the joy in life, look hot, feel great stock market, be damned. Reap the rewards. Be a Bitch on a Budget.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The book melds two fads: “Deal with having less during the recession,” and the “Girl, get a clue!” category popularized by books like He's Just Not That into You. A former department store buyer and marketing executive, Hoffman echoes the often trotted-out advice that women should “invest in” a few quality items they'll enjoy wearing, looking at or using for years to come, and cut back on everything else. Much of her suggestions are obvious—shop at cheaper retail stores, for example, or get haircuts less often. Rather than being about saving money, the book is about spending it—the Hoffman way. This contradiction aside, a sassy tone and abundant—if not always successful—ribald jokes make frugality seem fun. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451229175
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 589,198
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosalyn Hoffman is a former buyer for Bonwit teller, Filene's, and Lord & Taylor in New York City. She was also a marketing executive for Avon and Lillian Vernon. She speaks Chinese and has traveled extensively in China. In addition to being a serious cook and wine collector, she has lived and studied cooking in France and has traveled the world cataloging changing markets. Aside from food and cooking, her other passion is design and architecture. She has worked with award-winning architects in the building and design of several modern homes that have garnered awards and international recognition.

Roz is a Buzz Board Insider and a contributor to The Daily Beast, and her work has appeared on More Magazine online and Divine Caroline. Bitches on a Budget has been featured on the JWT Anxiety Index, a measure of significant cultural movements, and its television rights have been optioned by Sharp Entertainment.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Shopping Out of the Apocalypse 5

2 Grooming: Maintaining a Baseline of Maintenance 41

3 No Money Is No Excuse: Be a Healthy (and Thrifty) Bitch 73

4 Home Remedies to Get You Out of Recession Depression 103

5 It's Not an Endurance Test, So Get the Hell Out to Town 144

6 A Bitch on Wheels Knows Her Limits 180

7 Get Out, Get Entertained: Welcome to the New Good Times 206

8 Get Comfortable: The Cheap Pleasures of Home 241

9 Eating In: Rethinking the Daily Grind 257

10 Pamper the Bitch 299

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2010

    Love it!

    I have read this book and loved every page! I have since recommended it to many of my friends. The writing style is fun, playful and fresh. I love that the author includes recommendations at all "budget levels". Being on a budget means something different to everyone and this book includes it all, whether we're talking about what to buy at Target or more expensive (but worthwhile!) hose. A great resource to have around when you're trying to decide whether a purchase is worth the splurge!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    Funny, informative, and entertaining read

    Someone recommended the book to me and I wasn't sure what to expect but it is awesome! There's some great tips for lots of different subjects and for people who have all different budgets. The author is witty and very funny which makes the book really easy to read. I have told others about the book and they have also really enjoyed it. Highly recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    It's "B**ching" and I mean that in a Positive Way!

    This little book is absolutely jam-packed with great advice for anyone who values her time and money. In fact, even a guy could benefit from many of the insider tips and astute appraisals (just ask my husband!). The content is organized in a way that makes it easy to use as a reference book. While working on an upcoming vacation earlier today, I perused the Travel section once again, where I had turned down corners and highlighted various websites to investigate.

    My favorite chapters were the ones on clothing and travel, which coincide with my passions. However, there wasn't a single chapter without at least three or four suggestions that I plan to explore. Costco, Target and sample sales online, here I come!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    Thank you

    My car finally died last week (it was on its last legs for ages). Lucky for me I was in the middle of reading this book! All I can say is THANK HEAVEN. I took the author's advice about cars and didn't let myself get suckered. A fun read, with surprisingly useful stuff.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2010

    Great Read.... Had to go back for more

    This book was great, I read it twice cover to cover.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    witty and instructive

    A very well writte and witty book that keeps you interested from the first word on. Especially for today it's so relevant. The author really gives voice to her generation.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    Wicked Great Shopping Bible

    This is a smooth and edgy read at the end of which you may safely unlock your shopping chastity belt and hit the pavement saving! I laughed, resonated to shopping pitfalls, and learned how to modify my eyes to fit my appetites and budget. Hoffman's 322 page book left me hungry for more. Ladies, close your purse until you open your eyes and read this transforming shopping bible.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    Great Read, Great Tips

    This book is a fun read and is filled with fabulous tips that you really will use. I keep referring to it for advice on travel, shopping, eating, etc. It's not a book to read once; it's a terrific reference tool to keep coming back to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2010

    What a hidden gem!

    I picked up this book on a lark--it was sort of buried in the shelves--and as I scanned it at the store I was captivated! I don't often say this about a book, but it really spoke to me. It was funny, edgy and completely absorbing. If you're a smart woman who wants to hear what another smart woman has to say about life, kids, shopping, travel, cooking and a host of other subjects, this is the one for you! Needless to say, I bought it right away and have since passed it along to my sister.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

    The most entertaining book I've read all year!

    I highly recommend this book. A friend recommended it to me a few weeks ago, and I picked it up today thinking I would give it to my sister for a belated xmas present. But when I got home and was about to wrap it, I sat down and started reading through it...and I couldn't put it down! I sat there for hours - it's just hilarious, with lots of great tips (especially now that it's sale season and the author taught me all about how to understand sales cycles and markdowns!). I'm a huge foodie, so the chapter with all the recipes was awesome. All of them were so cheap and easy but looked delicious. This book is snarky and straightforward without making you feel bad about yourself (like a lot of other books out there I've read!)...just for average women trying to look stylish but with less money to spend. I am definitely keeping this copy for myself and will pick up a couple more for my sister and my mom in the next few days...highly recommend this - its funny and smart with lots of useful info!

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