Now there comes a point in each of our lives when we are labeled something by others. Sometimes it can be good, sometimes it can be bad, and sometimes it can be just plain true. All three of those elements have been smashed into one marvelous label that I take with a grain of salt, boast about with my head held high, and relish in all its glory. After 3 years of blood, sweat, tears (NOT AN EXAGGERATION! ok maybe just a little…), I have been labeled by my fellow peers, a gypsy. (insert Borat quote here)

Perhaps it is because of my dark coloring and affinity for large hoop earrings and bangles. Or, perhaps it is because I planned penny pinching travels while abroad. But most likely, it is because I have proven time and time again that a dollar can go much further than one would think.

Now I know what you’re all thinking, now now Maddy, we don’t want a lecture on economics and frugality. And I promise, that is not what I will be dealing out today. No. Today I want to teach you all a little secret about how to make the most of our college pocketbooks (are pocketbooks just wallets but for olden times?)

I am not the type of person that puts money above my entertainment and nonsensical pleasures, but when it came to furnishing an entire apartment for the upcoming year, I have to be honest, numbers were not my friend. So I turned to the mothership for gypsies like myself, Craigslist. One man’s trash truly is another man’s treasure. Between the fruitful searches on craigslist and the kindness and passing down from older graduates, I was able to furnish my corner of the room with a bed, side table, oak dresser, and an Ansel Adams print from the 1970’s for only $25. Gypsy much? I think so. You see! You can create a home out of a humble man’s earnings. Designing a new home does not have to be the bank breaker everyone makes it out to be.

I one day hope to start my own blog of penny pinching tricks (just ask anyone about the 5 dollar boots I bought out of someone’s trunk), but for now, this is my forum and I hope it suits you well. Do not hesitate to enquire if you do seek advice about future frugality and gypsy antics. Oh, and always remember, Gypsies have magic tears 😉