Category Archives: Photos of the Festival

Thanks for a great Festival!


99 Cent Chef and Bargain Babe

Finally caught my breath after the super busy Frugal Festival Food! We have tons of photos from the event and a video. Festival goers gobbled up delicious fresh fruit from Albertsons, relished the Coupon Challenge contest sponsored by and Albertsons, and went home with sooo many raffle and door prizes.

Listening to feedback, next year we will make significant changes:

  • Have three separate check in lines for VIPs, Goldstar, and day of ticket sales
  • Begin checking in guests as soon as they arrive
  • Limit door prizes to Goldstar members only
  • Display a map of the Festival grounds at the entrance
  • Have more vendors and classes!

See you next year!

Recap: Frugal Fest was a blast!

Some 250 swappers showed up at the NoHo PAC Saturday to swap clothes, jewelry, shoes, media, and housewares. A steady stream of swappers began dropping off items and checking in at 10 a.m. and kept coming until the swap began at 1 p.m. Our amazing crew of volunteers – Yazmin, Ellie, Stacy, Kristin, Jeanne, Leslie, Bobbi, Ellen, Angela, Natane, Meital, and Morgan – sorted each donation as swappers dropped them off.

It was amazing to see the room fill up! Tables were piled three feet high with clothes, the perimeter of the room was lined with men’s clothes, scarves, dresses, jewelry, and shoes. We covered the stage with housewares, books, DVDs, and records. [See photos here.]

Nearly every swapper was lined up outside when we opened the doors promptly at 1 p.m. We cheered them on as they rushed in to begin the swap. Swappers surrounded the tables three deep, buzzing around the room to find the best items. It was mayhem!

Swappers snapped up the majority of items within 30 minutes!!! A lot of folks took a break from the swapping madness in the lobby of the NoHo PAC and waited for the raffle to begin at 2 p.m. Another few dozen people came at 2 p.m., when admission was free, to see what was left. At the end of the day we had just five bags of clothes to donate to Goodwill. Everything else found a home!

For my part, I snagged a string of fuzzy magenta balls that is a cross between a scarf and a boa. I wore it during the entire event and towards the end a woman approached me.

“I’m so glad Bargain Babe is taking home my scarf!”

“This is yours? I love it! It’s so soft and fuzzy.”

“Well, it’s rabbit balls.”


“It’s made of rabbit fur.”

Oh my! I was enjoying the swap too much to take home anything else,  but I definitely want to go to another swap. Can you believe the Frugal Festival Summer Swap was my first swap? Are there any good ones coming up?

For more info about next year’s Frugal Fest, join my email list. Thanks to our incredible sponsors, WalletPop, Goldstar,, Holiday Inn Santa Monica,,, Free Fun LA, Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel, the 99 Cents Only Cookbook, and Yelp for making the event possible. My swap co-hosts, Amy and Melissa of were amazing to work with. Let’s do it again soon!

Pictures of Frugal Fe$t

Check out the new PHOTOS tab on the Frugal Festival blog for tons of pictures from the inaugural Fe$tival!

Got a picture from the Fe$tival that you want to share? Email me a copy.

Frugal Fe$t a smashing success!

Bargain Babe with Aaron, who won the $100 cash prize, sponsored by

Bargain Babe with Aaron, who won the $100 cash prize, sponsored by

If you read about the Frugal Fe$tival in today’s LA Times and LA Daily News, welcome! Between 250-300 people joined us for a totally free celebration of frugality and the launch of, a site where you can find and share deals in Los Angeles.

If you’d like to share a deal on, get started here.

The Fe$t also celebrated the 6-month anniversary of, which helps you save money on groceries, gas, and other everyday expenses. Sign up for my free email list here.

We gave away 50 free T-shirts and 52 raffle prizes, which means roughly 102 of of the 300 people who attended took something home for free! My Mom’s homemade chocolate chip cookies got snapped up like THAT and the free swap was tres popular. Photos coming soon!

If you missed the Fe$tival, you can buy a hot pink Frugal Fe$t T-shirt for $15 (includes shipping) by emailing me.

Thank you Meital, Bargain Hubby, Bobbi, Alex, my Mom, Michele, Stacey, and Meirav for volunteering and making the event fantastic. Congrats on a job well done. Who’s up for doing it again? 🙂