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Lady Gaga still uses coupons at grocery stores and haggles down prices at retail shops. Angela Bassett has been known to flaunt her frugal ways, and let’s not forget Kandi Burruss buying two homes in foreclosure. If these top money makers know the value of saving cash, why not ball on a budget? Forget keeping up with the Joneses. Not only will you refrain from putting a hurting on your wallet, you will also revel in the fact that you just saved some major cash flow. Your paycheck may not be celeb size, but you can live it up baller-style with these super savvy saving techniques. From top savings on clothes to entertainment, there is always a way to shave cents off your purchases here and there. You work hard everyday. Now it’s time to play hard – minus big-time spending.

Swag Bucks

This online portal helps you accrue digital dinero called “Swag Bucks,” which can be redeemed for Swagbucks.com merchandise. You get paid for doing things like searching the web and taking trusted online surveys which don’t much of your time. And you thought your swag couldn’t get any better?

RetailMeNot

Google promo codes from sites like RetailMeNot before buying anything online. You will pleased to save anywhere from 10% to 50% on wanted items. Scoff at retail prices and single-handedly save with the click of your mouse!

ScoutMob Mobster

Unlike Groupon, ScoutMob gets you deals for free. Download their app on your smart phone and you will receive daily deals for discounts at local restaurants, saving up to 50-100% instantly. All you do is print off the deal from your computer or show your smart phone to the waiter or cashier after you dine. You can also get deals at boutiques and other shops.

Groupon Guru

Sign up for this special club and get daily deals on restaurants, fitness, shopping, beauty, travel and more. You purchase restaurant coupons, say for $10 and get $30 to $40 worth of food and drink. You can eat, lose weight, get beautified, and take a road trip for a fraction of the price with groupon.

Goodwill/Consignment Boutique Buyer

You will be surprised at the hot name-brand finds you can find at your local goodwill or consignment shop. You can mix and max an outfit to fit your own flavor or find complete outfits. People will never guess where you bought your new stylish clothes. Make sure you purchase quality items and wash the new-to-you clothes or put them in the cleaners.

PoshMark

Shop from the closets of the wealthy for dirt cheap prices. With this community of wealthy men and women who recently emptied their closets of expensive clothing, you can be the proud new owner of designer shoes, purses, clothes, and accessories for a small fee. The site displays top labels like Coach, Juicy Couture, Dooney & Bourke, and Chanel just to name  few.

Gilt Groupe Guilty Obsession

Gilt Groupe is a dream website for girls who favor labels like Rolex, Guccui, Marc Jacobs and Dolce & Gabanna. Unheard of reductions of up to 70% off make this ball-on-a-budget tip worth it even if you do have the cash to buy these brands at their retail price.

Switch-a-roo Seasonal Shopper

Wait until things go on sale and buy your summer stuff in the winter and your winter stuff in the summer. Stores mark clothes down so low you will think you’re stealing. Seize the opportunity to bulk up your wardrobe for less.

Mani/Pedi, Anyone?

Now that you have the swag gear, it’s time to dazzle with a well manicured nail. Soak your own digits and tootsies. Finally use the heap of Avon Foot products shoved in the back of your bathroom closet. Polish your nails with a hot new spring color and call it a day.

Be Your Own Kitchen Beautician

Wash and style your own hair. Trust me, with practice comes skill. With everything you need like rollers, flat irons, setting lotion, and shea creams available at neighborhood beauty supply stores, you should be able to hook your own hair up without paying a hairdresser every week to do it. For more options, check out You-Tube video clips for the style you want.

Potluck Partier

All dolled up with nowhere to go that is easy on your wallet? Stay home then. Instead of going out wining and dining all the time, host a potluck party based on food themes. One party, everyone bring an Italian dish and for the next fiesta, indulge in Spanish cuisines. Spice up the fun and make it a masquerade ball. It’s guaranteed everyone will have a ball.

Open Mic Night Owl

Can’t afford those Bey concert tickets? You can still be entertained by enjoying live music from a local band – complete with poets, comedians, musicians and other performers. The truth is, they’re probably more real musicians than any mainstream artist and you can experience their musicianship for the low.

1iota

This website offers free tickets for fans. Want to be part of a live show for a night of entertainment? Join their mailing list and you could be well on your way to join The Voice or Talking Dead audience!

Movie Maniac

If you are eager to catch a new blockbuster film, try hitting up a matinee. Also, there is a website called Gofobo that offers access to free movie screenings. In the past four years, the company has handed out over 6 million passes for some 10,000 screenings.

 

Road Tripster

Want to hop in the car and take a drive somewhere special? Try using Expedia.com. You can save big on hotels and vacation spots. No need to spend a grip on some much needed R&R.

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