Budget Lexicon

Tips for living a fabulous life on a budget

Budget Home Design – Flea Market Finds January 27, 2010

In a recent adventure to the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market I found some great budget accessories for my apartment including: windowsill plants/pots $1/each, drinking glasses $10/4, and a horse shoe $1.  I placed the horse shoe above the door to my kitchen for good luck. I was totally exhausted after 5 hours of flea market shopping, but it was well worth it.


Budget Weekend Outing – Cinespia May 27, 2009

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Cinespia – $10.00/ticket

I love living in LA, because there are so many unique things to do.  One of my fav things to do in LA is Cinespia.  Cinespia is an event where they show movies in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery every Saturday night during the summer.

This past weekend, a few of us went to see Dazed and Confused on Sunday night.  It feels like an outdoor music festival.  We got there at 5:00 and while the gates don’t open until 7:00, everyone hangs out and picnics before the show.  Our picnic spread included: wraps, pasta, humus, chips, mimosas, and chocolate covered pretzels.  We had so much fun hanging out, listening to the DJs, people watching and eventually watching the show.

Cinespia is a budget friend outing that everyone in LA should experience at least once.


Flea Market Finds May 26, 2009



Bird pictures – $30 for 4 pictures

Deer figures – $15 for both

This past weekend my friend Cedes and I decided to do some bargain shopping at the the Melrose Trading Post flea market.  I love flea market shopping.  There is always a lot of junk, but nothings beats a great flea market find.

This past weekend was my best flea market excursion to date.  Within the first 10 minutes, I found 4 vintage bird pictures that reminded me of my grandmother and 2 deer figurines.  While we kept shopping, I decided that $45 was my limit and kept the rest of my spending under control.  These purchases are the perfect accents for my book shelf.


LA Magazine “Cheap Eats” May 13, 2009

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cheapeats_pLos Angeles Magazine did a spread on “cheap eats” in their May issue.  YAY! Four pages of new budget restaurants to explore! Zankou Chicken is first on my list!

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Thrift Store Shopping August 10, 2008

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I recently received a comment requesting vintage clothing store recommendations and I am embarrassed to say I don’t have any.  In the past, the funny smell and weird clothes distract me in my search for one of a kind items. Now that vintage has become trendy, many vintage stores have jacked out their prices.  All that being said, I would really like to explore some vintage stores for an upcoming post.  Does anyone have any recommendations?


Budget Happy Hour – Palomino August 7, 2008

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I can’t believe that it is already August. Soon September will be upon us, which means goodbye warm weather and goodbye Westwood. My company is relocating from Westwood to Culver City and needless to say, everyone is sad.

One of the best parts of working in Westwood is that Palomino‘s happy hour is right around the corner. I love their happy hour because the food is so tasty and cheap – 50% off appetizers, $5.00 pizzas and a $4.00 drink menu. My favorite things to order are the cosmo margarita, tomato basil pizza, and cheese fondue.

What’s better than relaxing with friends over great food and drinks and not worrying about the bill?


Try Budget Coffee Instead of Brunch August 4, 2008

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A friend’s story of $80 brunch at the Ivy got me thinking about how much money I spend on weekend lunch or brunch.  Some times when my budget is a little tight, I have mid-afternoon coffee instead of brunch.  

This weekend, I followed the advice of follow blogger Cupcakes and Cashmere and I decided to try out Clementine. Everything in this bakery is so cute and pretty. While the brunch prices are in line with brunch throughout the city. Clementine’s beautiful pastries and strong coffee are perfect for a coffee date with friends. 


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