Recently my girlfriends and I were discussing Oprah's latest Favorite Things show. You know the one, the shameless screamfest where suburban housewives from across the country are handed thousands of dollars worth of trinkets that Ms. Winfrey finds appealing? We wondered: Besides Oprah and her cronies, who has the money to buy such things? Yes, the $500 cashmere Ralph Lauren sweater is GORGEOUS, but I can update my entire wardrobe at Old Navy for that. And even if I could afford one, the $700 required to buy the Burberry purse would blow my grocery budget for the month.
Most of her viewers, moms like myself, view longingly at the screen, like a sick housebound child watching her friends playing outside without her. Why, Oprah, do you tease us so? Unless I win the lottery, or a ticket to next years' show, these things are sadly out of reach.
For those of you feeling left out, I conducted my own informal survey of moms to come up with my OWN list: The “Frugal Mom's Favorite Things”. To make the list, these things had to be things that multiple moms raved about. Things that for one reason or another make the frugal mom's life a little easier, or simply more pleasant. Enjoy!
Bath & Body Works Wallflowers
Who doesn't love Bath & Body Works? This year they introduced cute little air fresheners called Wallflowers. Wallflowers plug into an outlet and emit great scents for a month or longer. Plus, they frequently go on sale. I got mine for a mere $6. I love the Creamy Nutmeg fragrance.