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The Frugalista: Natalie McNeal
Miami-based journalist Natalie McNeal launched herself into the budget blogosphere in 2008, when $20,000 in personal debt still didn’t prevent her from “spending more money on my hair than I had in my savings account,” she told The Atlanta Post. When she decided to go cold turkey on the spendy extracurriculars, she documented the project online in her first of many “No Buy Months.” During this experiment, McNeal saved $400 — and The Frugalista was born. Now, she scours everything from Groupon to Gilt Groupe for the latest on “living the frugal and fabulous life.” Her site includes tips on everything from saving on car insurance, to recycling lipstick tubes (for brand new ones) — even where to get free Cinnabons on Tax Day. In 2010, she published “The Frugalista Files: How One Woman Got Out Of Debt Without Giving Up the Fabulous Life.” These days, Natalie still commits to a No Buy Month every year. Could you do the same?