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Favorite Things

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By Greg Hernandez (Oprah Winfrey at 2011 TCA)

“Oprah’s Favorites” for a Fraction

By Barbara Loraine, Queen of Green

Lux for Less!

Let’s face it, we love what Oprah loves.  Oprah’s “Favorite Things” get bought up like crazy.  But, to spare your budget,  I have suggestions on how to get similar favorites for a fraction.  Try  these ideas to get a better bang for your buck.

The take-away: shop the internet before you buy.

Cakes from the Cake Boss or from the local bakery are wonderful . . . and pricey.  This holiday season, learn to do it yourself.  Do a search on Youtube.com to learn how to make a wonderful cake, unbelievable frostings, and do quick and easy (but impressive) decorations.  Here’s a flash from my past when Chef Carl taught me how to decorate a cake. 

Classic Uggs are great, but why pay $300 when you can get them at Costco for less?

Plates – shop Marshalls, Ross, and other mark-down stores for bargains on tableware.

Mediation with Oprah and Deepak Chopra – Sorry, Oprah, inspiration doesn’t have to cost $100!  Search Amazon.com for alternatives for a song.

Teavana  at $3 for 2 ounces? Try  EnlighTea.com for less.

$250 for a low-fat frier that is a healthier alternative to deep-fat frying.   Try craigslist, I see one for sale right now for $100, and it says it was used once!

Kindle Paperwhite  – $119 on Amazon.com, or $50 on Craigslist

Bigarade Shower Gel is $75, Body Milk is $95.  Seriously?  Try Trader Joe’s, or your local health food store for a less-pricey option.  Look for healthy ingredients and natural fragrances for LESS.

Quilted nylon barn jacket by cwonder.com at $128.  Try LandsEnd at $99, The Gap, $70,  Old Navy  for $60.  Or, try Nordstrom, where their $150 Laundry jacket is now $99 or their Burberry quilted jacket is $595.  Or check out the BCB Moto Jacket, was  $128, now $86.

Beats Studio Headphones  $300.  Instead try Audiotechnica, $80 recommended by CNET

Enroc products salad bowl and spoons are $54.  Shop local farmers markets for hand crafted table ware at comparable prices.  Or Try Marshalls and Ross for equivalent items and pay less

Candylicious Stationery Set.  At $300, it’s no bargain to make a good impression with a hand written note.  Check your local stores, from stationery stores to Target – for designs and prices that suit you.

Again, the take-away is: get what you love, pamper yourself and your loved ones, but you don’t have to bust your budget to do so.