Spending and Saving in New York City: Part Six

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Editor’s Note: This is part six of Noel’s ongoing series about her adventures navigating the NYC fashion world as a college student, adjusting to life without total financial support from her parents, and learning where to spend and save! In case you missed them, see Spending and Saving in New York City: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, and Part Five.

“Ever since I met you, I’ve been spending more money,” said my darling suitemate, as I tried on a pair of the new Marc by Marc Jacobs Love Mouse Ballerina Flats at the Marc by Marc Jacobs store in the West Village.

“Met me?! You’re the one who’s online window shopping every time you should be writing a paper,” I retorted. The sales associates at the store chuckled at our banter. I fell in love with the shoes once over, twice over, and thrice over. They would be a whimsical alternative to my Valentino flats — and truly, one can never have enough flats.

BCBG Mendel Wedge Bootie

“Well, I think these are a worthy investment,” said my suitemate, “They’re much more practical than those BCBG boots you bought recently.” She was right. I attained these coveted pony hair BCBG Mendel Wedge Booties a few days ago, and while they are amazingly comfortable for six-inch heels (and can do wonders for a petite girl’s legs), one needs to buy flats to stay sane in the city.

But you know, I started thinking about what my suitemate said, and maybe she was right — after all, would I have purchased these flats if she didn’t tell me how lovely they were? So lovely, in fact, that she herself wished she had a pair?

“I’m living vicariously though your shoes,” she said, as we walked to a nearby French patisserie for dinner. Actually, I wasn’t even supposed to be shopping for myself.

It was Friday, and I decided to finish my Christmas shopping right after my last final examination. My suitemate and I ventured to SoHo from Morningside Heights. To be honest, I don’t enjoy Christmas shopping — buying massive hoards of presents gives me a headache. I prefer buying birthday presents because I have more time and energy to personalize each gift. My plan of action? Uniqlo for the boys and Marc by Marc Jacobs for the girls.

I really don’t know how to shop for my guy friends — but luckily, Uniqlo offers quality basics at affordable prices. I picked up a wide range of clothing for my guy friends, from the one who loves his boxer briefs (don’t ask) to the one who looks good in his girlfriend’s clothes (again, don’t ask). I also picked up a wide range of tights and leggings for some of my girl friends — and a pair of long black leggings for myself! In my opinion, one can never have too much hosiery.

Afterward, I picked up some more Christmas presents for my girl friends in college and back home in California at the Marc by Marc Jacobs store. I ended up with two Marc by Marc Jacobs shopping bags and a giant Uniqlo shopping bag by the end of the day — in addition to another bag of tissue paper, gift bags, and Christmas cards.

“You’re giving a lot of presents to people. A lot of these people aren’t even exchanging presents this year,” my suitemate reminded me. “While people might be liberal with their gift giving where you come from, you can’t expect them to afford to get you a present too.”

Oh. Right. I went to a prep school in California where most of the students share fairly similar homogeneous economic and social backgrounds, mixed in with a sprinkling of liberalism and secularism. I had taken for granted that friends exchange gifts for Christmas, and it was one of the many things that became apparent to me when I came to Columbia.

Indeed, this morning, I had over 20 gift bags stuffed with presents for my friends —  and I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter at all whether or not I receive presents in return. I spent the morning beginning my gift deliveries to friends, watching them wake up with bleary eyes as I handed out my tokens of affection.

I even bought some clothing for my friend who is a Jehovah’s Witness, who doesn’t celebrate or acknowledge Christmas or birthdays as a part of his religion. “These are your ‘thank you for being my friend’ presents,” I told him. Not for Christmas. Not for Hanukkah. Just for being a good friend and making my first semester in college unforgettable. He told me that’s his philosophy on gift giving.

Maybe we should all stop viewing presents as holiday necessities and start seeing them as spontaneous tokens of appreciation. After all, it’s the thought that counts.

45 thoughts on “Spending and Saving in New York City: Part Six”

  1. I have a question for the blogger. What do you do for a living, besides being a college student, that allows you to spend $900 on shoes?

    Are you making $900 a week? a month?

    Because I want that job.

    Or do you get support money from your parents? I know I do, but it is tiny compared to what you would have to get to be able to blow that kind of money.

    Do you have to pay for anything else in your life, like books or utilities, or is all your money for clothes and shoes and going out?

    I’m just curious. I’d like a better frame of reference for where your money comes from when you write this series about spending and saving.

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  2. You are kidding yourself if you think that people here are jealous of her. They are being practical; the point of her whole series is about saving money in NYC and she has not really told us how and where to go to get good deals. The stuff she wrote about in this post should be on her blog and not on CF. As for your comment on how you don’t like reading about clothes from Forever 21, this website is for the MAJORITY of college students and the MAJORITY of college students simply do not have the funds to buy what she does.

    Seriously though, this whole series fails on so many levels. Why is this the only post on CF today? Today must be slow…

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  3. I’d love to see something about SAVING, please =D

    I made my friends cookies for the holidays, it’s a recession…….

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  4. I kind of wish this series focused more on the “saving” part.
    Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing all the designer purchases and getting incredibly jealous, wishing I could afford such extravagencies, but then I remember originally hearing about the theme for this series. I thought I could really relate to a college girl who had to cut back on her spending and find ways to be fashionable without breaking the bank in nyc (my home town)
    Although, perhaps saving to you and i are just two totally different concepts; if I made the purchases you make, my bank would have broken 7 times over.

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  5. As for your comment on how you don’t like reading about clothes from Forever 21, this website is for the MAJORITY of college students and the MAJORITY of college students simply do not have the funds to buy what she does.

    and the MAJORITY of the posts on this site feature Forever 21 and the like.

    The point of my comment was to simply post a positive comment for a series of articles which I enjoy. I’m [not really] sorry that it doesn’t agree with the MAJORITY.

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  6. I agree with some of the previous comments. This series started out a lot more interesting than it has recently become. Thanks for sharing the facts that you can easily afford BCBG boots and Marc Jacobs flats, but you have to realize that most people going to school in NYC or in any other major city can’t. So instead of writing about all of the expensive holiday presents you bought for everyone, try writing an article about how to save money on buying nice presents in the city. I’m not trying to be rude, but your articles are not about saving at all, but about spending. Spending money that again, most college students who are up to their ears in loans and who are working their way through school, do not have.

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  7. Although i enjoy reading your articles, part six is disappointing. I think you continue to stray away from the theme that your articles are supposed to be centered on. Yes, you write very well, but many of the readers want you to focus on the SAVINGS in New York City.

    I also have to agree with Lauren, not a fan of the flats. They remind me of something a 5 year old would wear, but to each her own. I find you interesting, but few of the readers can relate to you. Yes, we enjoy living vicariously through you, but I think it’s enough.

    Know your audience, and focus on that. You’re a good writer, but you’ll never be incredible unless you do that.

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  8. Leave Noel alone. She’s a great writer and gives out advice. People who read College fashion come from all types of backgrounds, some rich and some from a working class. Not every1 is going to relate or like any article. I don’t think it is fair to judge someone, criticize basically, for what she has and how she can spend her money. In her world it is the norm, maybe not yours. I have many friends who are supported by their parents and are brought up this way. And others aren’t. My friends always tell me they wish they could raid my closet because like some previous readers said, some people go from quality and not quantity. I like Forever 21 though but UNQIO isn’t that much more than 21 and of better quality.

    NYC is mixed with all different peoples and things, rich or poor. She is giving her perspective. This is what the series is about. It’s about her life in NYC.

    BTW, the BCBG shoes were on sale for $300. Yes it is still expensive but its a great pair of shoes.

    Why can’t you buy nice expensive gifts for your friends if you want. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK NOEL!

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  9. I agree with Alexa, Lauren and most of other comments. The problem with this series is the difference between what we were expecting and what it really is about. We expected more saving tips, maybe some notes about sales and bergains – Noel frequently visits shops many of us skip during the shopping, thinking they are too expensive, and actually some great deals may be find there as well. What we got is a blog about buying things most of us can’t afford – and in the light of our expectatations that’s a disappointment.

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  10. I agree with everyone. Noel, you’re a great writer, but I too read this website to find deals and steals or stay up on the latest trends, find inspiration, etc. While I do not live in NYC myself, when I do visit, it would have been wonderful to know of some hot spots where I could get quality for a bargain. This comment, as it seems with many of the other girls’ comments, is not stemming from jealousy as I too could splurge for some wonderful shoes if I really wanted to, but as a college student I try to be frugal yet still stylish. I was hoping this series would reveal something greater about fashion than the lavish spending someone takes part in. Living vicariously through you is wonderful, but maybe balance it out more with the savings part of the series. Thank you for your posts nonetheless.

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  11. I think this series is missing its mark, and the number of negative comments reflects this. It would be fine if the series detailed life in New York with a great budget — that might be a fun read — but the idea that it is about “saving” in NYC is laughable. I’m at college in southern Virginia and am supported generously (in my opinion) by my parents, to the tune of about $500 every few months that I distribute between food, entertainment, gas, and a few clothing pieces every month or so. I feel like that’s more of a typical college student life, and I’m very lucky to receive an allowance because I know many people don’t.

    I also work during the summer and save to splurge on a few classic, quality pieces, like Michael Kors platform sandals, Frye boots, or a designer dress. That, to me, is actual saving and spending, rather than blowing nearly a thousand on two pairs of shoes in one go, plus hundreds on Christmas presents. That is so far removed from most people’s experiences that it’s impossible to relate to. I think it’s time to reevaluate this series, or at least steer away from parts like this particular one.

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  12. I don’t think anyone’s telling her not to buy expensive things for herself or her friends, I think we’re trying to emphasize the fact that she shouldn’t be writing about it on a college website for a series supposed to be about SAVING.

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  13. I agree with many of the other commentators. Although Noel is a good blogger, this series seems to be off the mark. Honestly, I can’t fathom how a student can spend this kind of money and pass herself off as one “without total financial support from her parents.” This series is really insensitive to many readers and doesn’t fit with the rest of the CF posts. Maybe I am a little bit jealous, but this series is just so out of touch with its readership.

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  14. I have been an avid college fashion reader for years, but I am disguested by this article, as well as others written by Noel. I am also a college student and although I have a fantastic co-op job, I can not think of spending that much money on a pair of shoes. YOU LIVE IN NYC, there is no way you can wear any of the shoes you bought in the next couple of months. There is a thing called snow, which will ruin those pony hair BCBG boots. And your feet are going to be VERY cold wearing those marc jacob mouse flats. A good article about saving would be buying a good pair of Sorels or inexpensive gifts for friends.

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  15. Well I for one enjoy these articles. I would never go out and buy really expensive mouse shoes, but I do mostly limit my clothing purchases to high end pieces of clothing because I appreciate the quality. The fact that Noel shops at higher end stores is more interesting to me than a lot of the outfits including Forever 21, Wet Seal, etc. Those don’t really apply to me as I make it a point not to shop at these stores. However, the articles don’t bother me! The only explanation I can think of as to why the current article seems to bother so many people is perhaps a tiny bit jealousy. If it makes you feel bad, then why not just stop reading it?

    And for the record, I am nowhere near as wealthy as Noel (…or her parents?) appear to be. I just place importance of quality over quantity in my budget.

    I’m straying a bit from the topic at hand, but really I just wanted to post a positive comment to Noel. She has a fun “voice” in her articles and I enjoy them. 🙂

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  16. I really love College Fashion and have been reading it religiously for the past year or so, one of the reasons I love reading CF so much is because of the wide array of topics that everyone writes on, this way, I can relate to more than one girl and it’s a really comforting feeling. Even Noel, although she definitely buys much more extravagant items than I do, we’re definitely the same in that we both fall head over heels for certain items that we just HAVE to have.
    I liked Noel’s previous posts, despite the extravagant purchases (to each their own!) but I would like to hear more about how she is able to save so much money for her purchases, and less about how many people she’s buying presents for.

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  17. By the way, I did appreciate Noel’s Spending and Saving in NYC parts one to five. This particular article just left a sour after taste.

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  18. After reading this post, I felt somewhat offended. I realize that I’ve never been to NYC and shopped there, but why is the content of this post about Noel and the money she can spend? I read college fashion because I like how trends are deconstructed and made affordable. I felt bad when I read this, because I can’t go out and drop a ton of money on designer shoes or 20 bags worth of gifts for friends. I wish this blog would stay more relatable to college students; I’d rather see posts about affordable and meaningful gifts than have to read about Noel’s dilemma of having bought expensive presents for her friends.

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  19. I don’t mind this series so much, but I do agree with everyone else that it isn’t relatable at all. And it is definitely much more spending than saving. I don’t really care–I mean, I don’t expect to be able to relate to every article that’s published on CF–but I think you guys are kidding yourselves if you think it’s something that the majority of your readers can relate to or even that it can still really be called “spending and saving in New York”.

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  20. BTW, anyone is NYC. A huge sale of balenciaga shoes at DSW. Limited quantities but its pretty, I checked. They’re all like $99.95. AND its real, I checked and its DSW, they aren’t going to fake it.
    GO!

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  21. I can see where Noel and Zephyr are going with this, though — in the midst of so many guides and lists, a kind of literary journalism writing can be a nice change! And I think Noel has a pretty good voice; people above have certainly said they enjoy reading her writing.

    And I think Noel definitely has a good eye — didn’t you say that you’re starting a fashion blog and magazine at Columbia? — and she would be able to write for an upscale young audience very well. Your choices here are so fun, chic and clearly well-made!

    But I think the consensus here seems to be that her shopping experiences are not common among college girls, nor are they useful. I still think that the idea of a “budget blogger” on CF is a great idea, and I think that we shouldn’t rule out these longer blog-like pieces, but I think that someone who’s a little older and more experienced at college could end up being a more helpful, authoritative voice in that.

    Noel’s just a freshman, and I know that I didn’t really figure out how to use my budget well until junior year! This might be her using her budget well — we all have different budgets to draw on — but I don’t think her posts are providing useful lessons for readers right now.

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  22. Elizabeth: Exactly! MXMJ is relatively budget friendly for trinkets :).
    Malorie: In fact, I hold a part-time job in the city when I’m not doing school-related work, extracurriculars, or interning. I also work full-time during winter break. I pay for my own health insurance and taxes, although I am very lucky for having parents who pay for my books and tuition/boarding at such an expensive school. And yes, I do pay for my own clothes and gifts for others.
    I make about $15,000 by myself in a year, but I don’t touch 95% of it because I am saving up for my own apartment in NYC for when I graduate college. I am also trying to save up for business school (I dream of attending Harvard business school — which is highly improbably, I must admit). My parents have the means to completely support me and my mother has the habit of handing me wads of cash to ease herself of the guilt of never being home, but they are completely self-made people and they want me to be self-made too. I guess I’m not, by the model set by my parents, but I do hope this provides a “frame” for you, Malorie.

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

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  23. yeah, i thought this series would focus more on the saving. i don’t really care to hear about how much money you can freely spend.

    You spent nearly $900 on two pairs of shoes…a lot of college students don’t even have that much money in their bank account, let alone the resources to buy “Marc by Marc Jacobs for the girls”…

    I’m not judging you, I would love to be able to afford those things an get extravagant gifts for my friends, and I love the last bit of your article.

    I just think these articles are a bit superficial. most people were hoping these posts would be a real way to find places and ways to save in NYC while living with a slim budget

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  24. I too like Noel come from a wealthy family. However, I felt uncomfortable reading this article. It’s insensitive and tactless to be posting about how much money you are able to spend under the guise of a “saving in NYC” article. Know the majority of your audience. Talking about Marc Jacobs is fine but focus on the bargains in the store or boutiques in NYC that offer similar things for half the price. Maybe the focus of your article should be about where to find nice, quality things in NYC even if they cost more. That way your readers won’t feel short changed when the point of the article is completely different from what they expected

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  25. I honestly agree with all the previous comments. This series is great, but totally useless. Originally, when Noel’s series was first introduced, it was supposed to be on how she saved while living in New York, not about how she can afford BCBG boots, Valentino shoes, and Marc Jacobs flats.
    Buying expensive gifts for friends that can’t return the favor will just make them feel inferior and will make them feel alienated from her. Maybe she should look into other ways of showing affection…
    Most college students can’t relate to Noel’s style of life- why is it on a site dedicated towards college students?

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  26. my best friend since elementary school and i stopped buying each other birthday and christmas presents when we got to college. we both decided that we wouldn’t have enough money to do each other justice, so we would spend time with each other instead. we bought our first present for each other in three years for our respective 21st birthdays!

    as to my friends at college, i always bake insane amounts of cookies, caramel corn, peanut butter candies, and chocolate covered pretzels for them. they are mostly guys, and never complain 😉

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  27. What in the world is the point of this series?? This just seems to be a random blog about Noel’s life to me, but isn’t this supposed to be a FASHION blog about where we can learn more about fashion and where to buy it. I live in NYC and I’ve been following Noel’s blog for a while thinking I would get some great tips either about shopping in NYC or shopping in general. So far this blog seems like a waste of time and completely irrelevant to the rest of this website. I absolutely love College Fashion and a lot of the new writers but this series is just pointless to me. It does not offer any advice on HOW to budget (other than the infamous “buy a $200 scarf”) nor does it talk about the real deals out there.

    Zephyr, in all of your interviews you talked about how you wanted to create a site specifically for college students. This blog series can be found a dime a dozen and they are usually a lot more helpful and they relate to their audience much better! I can appreciate Noel’s article on her personal blog but not in the context of this site and it’s a little annoying to click onto a site that I love and find articles like these.

    Just to clarify for Zephyr and anyone else who might jump down my throat – I am NOT a hater. I really just want Zephyr to know that this blog is seemingly pointless. If it included actual shopping tips or more discussion on actually budgeting, it would be a lot more helpful

    Nikki

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  28. You must bear in mind that the majority of college students cannot afford these sort of things–it sort of seems like you’re showing off. Also, sometimes, you need to realize that getting friends of yours presents that they could never afford when they have nothing to give to you can make them feel…awkward. I too came from a background where nice presents were given and received freely, but once I got to college, after some awkward moments freshman year, I realized that it’s important to scale the gift to what you expect to receive in return (to some extent at least). If they can’t afford to do anything other than give you cookies, then it probably isn’t a good idea to be giving them $500 worth of stuff…trust me, it will only end badly.

    Also, please, maybe give some advice as to the bargains that can be found in these stores, or perhaps to how investing in some more expensive, albeit classic pieces can really pay off because of the quality. I sympathize with you because I too came from a background like yours, but as you get in to college, you need to realize the variety of people that are there with you, and on this site it’s the same way…

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  29. While your posts are interesting, I also have to agree with what everyone else is saying. I think, rather than practically boasting about how you can afford two pairs of expensive novelty shoes AND expensive presents for your friends (enough to fill 20 bags!), you COULD have focused on maybe the great deals to be found at the Marc by Marc Jacobs store or Uniqlo. I live in NYC and I’ve been to these stores countless times. There are really great deals in each of them. My friend found rain boots from Marc by Marc Jacobs for only 20$, and Uniqlo has 25$ wool cardigans and 20$ jeans. Why not focus more on the bargains you can find at the stores you shopped at, rather than just telling us how much you spent – frankly, you sound like you’re showing off that you can buy all of these things without worrying about money, which most of us can NOT do, regardless of where we live or go to school.

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  30. I don’t understand how people think that a series on where to get great bargains ONLY in NYC would be more relatable than what she’s already doing. Why would anyone not living in NY be interested in that? The stories are more interesting.

    Of all the new bloggers, I hope this series continues. If you don’t like reading her series…DON’T READ IT.

    That said, I hate the flats. 🙂 The boots are AMAZING, though!

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  31. I am not quite sure either about the practicality or the jealousy in these comments, but they are repetitive for sure!

    For goodness’ sakes I think we get the point: we want to learn more about saving and we don’t like the darn flats and we don’t like how Noel keeps talking about spending lots of money BUT no offense to Noel plus we like the writing style.

    OKAY LET’S STOP NOW.

    In my opinion, kudos for Nikki for giving an honest opinion, but really, how many of you would have spewed all that criticism if she hadn’t been brave enough to start it? And though I have honestly been disappointed with quite a few of the new writers’ posts in comparison to Zephyr’s, Noel’s series is commendable for its unique voice and series idea.

    I am sure that in the future, this series will be molded into something great, and this is just part of the process. The constructive comments will be helpful but they’re piling up with the same message.

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  32. I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog (probably the surest sign of a good blog post, making me think) and the conclusion I’ve come up with is that no, this blog doesn’t have much reflection on me and how I live my life. $300 shoes, buying gifts for 20 friends, or being supported financially by my parents during college are all completely laughable concepts. But then, so is wearing a fur vest – nothing against people who do, it’s just not my personal style. This Spending and Saving blog is a lot like that – fine for people for whom it fits, but a bit out of range for me (and others, seems like). And that’s fine.

    I think this one hit home especially hard, though, because it has to do with money, and that’s a touchy subject. I wonder how the “real world” will treat Noel after college – here I am, almost two years graduated, and I’m underemployed (it’s a recession, after all) and living at home to keep my rent down. I budget my money to within an inch of its life. Do I still have nice things? Absolutely, but I get them because I do research to make sure they’re the right thing for me and that I’m getting a good price, that I’ll wear them a lot (low cost-per-wear), and that they’re stylish but also fit well with my body and style (not all trends do). Is that a lot of work? Oh yeah. Time-consuming? You bet. I can go months between purchases – but I know that after waiting all that time, it’s really worth it to me, I’ve saved up enough for it to never use credit, and then I have absolutely no guilt about buying it. That’s the sort of thing I could stand to hear more about on this blog.

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  33. I just wanna clear the air about something:
    I wrote about how I wished she would write about savings, and many girls are saying how they “prefer quality over quantity”. I am an average college student, and I shop at nice stores like Noel as WELL as Forever 21. I do have nice things, I just tend to buy shirts that were originally $100 for $20 because they go on sale at the end of the month.

    I think it’s silly to buy things for that price, when I can get the same items for less after waiting for a few weeks.

    Who said that an average college student doesn’t like quality? You don’t have to be rich to buy nice, quality items. I save and buy one nice thing every month. THAT’S what average college students do, not what Noel does. And no, I’m not jealous. I live a comfortable lifestyle, and I enjoy bargain hunting for the same pieces other girls spend a whole month’s savings on.

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  34. I think that the main point is that the series hasn’t focused on actually saving money.

    I find the articles interesting to read (love the stuff she talks about) but misleading when you think you’re getting something on saving but she talks about buying expensive clothing.

    There is nothing wrong with what she has been writing but the series should be advertised as something else or she should put a new spin on it, like how she found a pair of amazing boots for half off and put the rest towards savings or how she and her roommate bought a cappuccino maker to save money on daily coffee runs. Something along those lines would be more in tune to the saving money subject.

    Otherwise the articles are interesting, if not a little unrealistic for most, to read about–just need a different series name.

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  35. After reading Noel’s blog, I felt compelled to comment about the deviation from the title of the article and basically, the main points of CF. I’ve been following Zephyr and the staff for some time now and I have always appreciated their work, but this post is a turn off.

    I have to completely agree with most of the comments above. As nice of a writer Noel is, this article has nothing to do with it’s blog title, “spending and saving”. No where in the article did it even mention how we were to save by going to the Marc by Marc Jacobs store or Uniqlo. It in fact, felt like a bragging blog all about what she bought with her money without even mentioning where she was “saving”. Isn’t the saving supposed to be half the article?

    A tip-off for Noel to refocus on a college student’s budget should have been when her roommate said, “You’re giving a lot of presents to people. A lot of these people aren’t even exchanging presents this year.” We’re in a serious recession, and for someone to write about how she can get twenty bags full of goodies (something that I’m sure most college students can’t do) doesn’t encourage a reader to shop for the best deals. I have lived in NYC all my life and go to college here as well, so I was hoping for great steals in secluded areas that I would not have found on my own. For the readers that do not live in NYC, they can read about how NYC earned it’s title of being one of fashion’s main hot spots and bring that fashion to where they live.

    Don’t get me wrong, I understand that from Noel’s perspective, it must seem normal to write about a simple day where she shops without a limit for anyone. But to be a great writer, Noel should be writing with our, the reader’s, perspectives as well. As a college student who can afford Uniqlo and Marc Jacobs, but not $600 boots, I am very disappointed in this article. I really hope the next one will be re-focused.

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  36. Great post and AMEN on that last part. I may not always get/give presents due to financial restraints, but my friends still know I adore them. That’s the important part…good thing to know I’m not the only one!! 🙂

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  37. *stares in disbelief* you bought shoes with a mouse on them?

    I need more savings, not seeing what you got for your friends.

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  38. Thanks to Quinn for suggesting baking your own gifts. It’s much more time intensive but it sure is a great way to save at Christmas and show others you really care about them.

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  39. What is the point of this? I thought it was supposed to be about saving money not spending.
    Someone else who actually knows how to live cheaply should be writing these posts. A Uniqlo sweater for $39.95 is not ‘cheap’ for me, its a total splurge.

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  40. i have to agree. while both shoes are lovely,i don’t see the need for you to tell us you can afford all of your gifts by marc jacobs….WHAT WAS YOUR POINT?

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  41. Just gotta say, a lot of MXMJ stores offer dirt-cheap gifts. I’m talking about $10 tote bags and $5 necklaces. If I lived close to one, I too would go there to Christmas shop for friends 🙂

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  42. I know how noel must feel. A lot of people think I’m stuck up and snobby because I have money… it’s not true or fair!

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