About Broke & Bougie


Look, I'm just trying to get by and look good doing it in one of the most ridiculously expensive cities in the country. I work at a rewarding job i.e. my salary does not support my bougie lifestyle, but I'm making it work. On one of DC's most miniscule salaries I eat clean, exercise, go to cool events, drink a lot (sorry not sorry for that one), pamper myself, and maintain my dog's bougie lifestyle

Let me set something straight- I don't do "cheap". I do "inexpensive". This is not one of those blogs that's like "hey look at this great deal- $70 for a dress!" In fact those blogs piss me off  because let me tell you about the last time I had $70 to spend on something- never. Oh wait no, in college when I was a bartender and made more money than I make now, and my cost of living was approximately zero dollars because I was a stain (I think we should just eat Pokey Sticks and drink Natty Light and play Nintendo today instead of going to class). If bargain shopping were an Olympic sport I'd win the gold and those people would get silver by a longshot- like if it was comparable to swimming I would have lapped Ms. $70 Dress four times in a four lap race. Then I would sell the gold medal because I heard you get taxed for those and I can't even afford that. 

Despite being broke, I love all things DC. This is my personal account of taking advantage of all this city has to offer and taking care of myself and my dog-all while being tipsy and not overdrafting my bank account. Oh and, just to throw a wrench in the game - I got married in March 2015 to my husband (I call him Harrison in this blog because that's his name) and we paid for it ourselves aka it was  the brokest, bougiest wedding DC's ever seen. And it was amazing. And I sometimes post things I learned from it because F you, Weddingwire and your $50k wedding features and your DIYs that cost more than I have in life savings. (Insert shameless plug for my wedding planner/bff Meg Terry currently living in Orlando - find her if you're there- and photographer BFFs from Penelope Anne who travel).

Questions? Comments? Lots of love you want to send my way? Drinks you want to buy me? Shoot me an e-mail at brokeandbougieblog@gmail.com. If you are funny and have wisdom to spread to the broke and bougie out there, contact me- I love guest posts.

34 comments:

  1. I just found your blog through a pintrest posting. You are great. Thank you for sharing, it it very helpful that you provide so many details. Not to mention your sidebar commentary is hilarious. Keep up the good work. Although people may not say it "You are doing a fabulous job".

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    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!!

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  2. Love your blog! No way will I be actually clean eating 100%, and that's why I love that your recipes allow the occasional dose of a condiment. Just trying to live"healthy" and avoid hangovers, definitely enjoying your site!! Keep it up (please? Wouldn't know what to do without you telling me what and how to cook lol)

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    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement! Good luck staying healthy and avoiding those hangovers in the new year!

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  3. Looking forward to following you from a fellow DC blogger!

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  4. Hey friend,

    Miss your face. As you know, I've never been too bougie, but sometimes I eat that way, and I am def pretty broke these days. I love your blog.

    Also, when I saw "bougie," my first thought was this song: :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1FTYTRHowg

    Much love, Laura

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  5. I just came across your blog and WOW! FINALLY, recipes that are healthy, and what appear to be low in carb without having to purchase something. Thank you so much! I'm so excited to try these recipes and not go broke while doing it.

    Sincerely,
    A poor college student trying to lose weight :)

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    1. So glad this blog is helpful!! Thanks for the kind words!

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  6. Just found your site and love it. Cracks me up! I, too, work in a rewarding field and therefore am broke. I'm attempting to "clean eat" basically because I realized my comfortable married lifestyle had me comfortably gaining lots of lbs. Keep up the good work!!!

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    1. Thanks for reading!! We shouldn't have to sacrifice just because we work these rewarding jobs right? Good luck with the clean eating!

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  7. How have I missed this blog my whole life?!!? Teach me how to broke and bougie!! Miss ya!

    Dani

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  8. Thank you for your comments on my blog! Can I just say how ridiculous it is to live "comfortably" in the DC area? Let's just say that I have mapped out all of my favorite happy hour places solely because of their specials! So nice to meet you!

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  9. Found your blog through the HumpDay blog linkup and boy am I glad I did. I'm a gym rat but still unsure of how to eat healthy (sounds ridonkulous), so your recipes are a God-send. :)

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  10. Oh my god, this is so brilliant! You're hysterical, and I totally agree about Ms. $70 Dress. Seriously, on what budget is that a deal and where can I get it?!

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  11. Where did you go to college? Your mention of "pokey sticks" makes me think...possibly the university of georgia? I hope so...

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    1. YAAASSSS go dawgs!!!!! RIP pokey sticks- last time I was in athens gumby's had been shut down!

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  12. Hi Lindsay!

    I'm a college student trying to eat cleanly! I'm so excited to try your recipes! Any advice for a clean eating beginner?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah! I definitely recommend scanning through the clean eating page, making lists before you go to the grocery store, planning meals for the week, and making sure you have lots of clean snacks (nuts, greek yogurt, fruit, veggies, cottage cheese) on hand!

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  13. I really want to start "eating clean" so I went to Pinterest and found your wacky blog! I love you already. I live in Fort Lauderdale, FL, so I understand the expense that comes along with living in a "cool" city. I live my life "ballin on a budget", so the Broke and Bougie blog is just perfect! The $70 dress comments crack me up. Until Ms. $70 can purchase 5 pairs of shoes for $67 from Target (online shopping is great sometimes) then talk to me about a deal! I am the Clearance Queen :) I look forward to reading your blog...it is awesome.
    p.s- "Pokey Sticks" were a Thursday night ritual for me and my roommates in Tallahassee. You just brought back so many memories!

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    1. Ballin on a Budget yaaas!! Honored to have the Clearance Queen stop by (:

      And pokey sticks. POKEY STICKS.

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  14. You are rad and I love your blog... especially the wedding posts. I'm planning an inexpensive DC wedding and it is HARD. Keep us all the good work!

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    1. Thank you so much Amber!! I would love to hear about your inexpensive wedding ideas because...yeah..it's OUT OF CONTROL here!

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  15. How did I JUST see this! LOVE IT! <3

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  16. Hi Ashlyn,

    I am not a dietitian or certified in any way, these are just my experiments with cleaning up my diet (:

    Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  17. As a single mom of a 2yr old receiving $0 in child support, working full time for a mere $8.00 and going to school full time my finances are.. well... Nonexistent. This blog is for real people trying to survive and I couldn't be happier I found this! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Brittni and thanks for reading!! I admire women like you who balance so many things, best of luck!!

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  18. Thank you for hilariously inspiring a change up in my lame diet! I found your clean eating cheat on Pinterest the other night and spent like an hour memorizing the recipes. Yay for Greek friends and zip lock bags!

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  19. Great blog! Thank you for saying loud and proud how broke you are! Me too! I find that most people will hide it and are ashamed to say it but hey! We all work hard and sometimes this life just drains our money out, bills and bills and bills! I look forward to reading more. :^)

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  20. Hi. Where did you end up holding your wedding?

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