Tuesday, February 17, 2015

CIAA WEEK - Briana Young

CIAA WEEK is upon us, which houses tens of thousands of visitors every year is coming up once again February 23- March 1. So, maybe this is your first time, or you are an annual visitor, I don't know. But what I do know, is that you want to look great either way. I suggest keeping it cute, sexy, and comfy. The look I have come up for any day of the week for CIAA is all of that. Pictured I have styled a printed sweatshirt, with a dark green fitted skirt, and a light denim jacket.

    I paired these pieces with long knitted over the boot socks, ankle boots, and a fur scarf to go over everything. With the socks, you would want to scrunch it down a little over the boots, add some panty hose because it will be cold, and you have a show stopper outfit ! I suggest a hairstyle that is down, with a natural look for makeup on the face and eyes, and a bold red lip. Want to go bolder? Add some gold bangles, earrings, and knuckle rings. You will own this CIAA week!

Links to look:

(Dress for less pieces: Hoodie & Skirt, $50... Other pieces are suggested, and links are provided).


@thenewcheap Breakfast


We’ve all been there, on our way to work and swerving across three lane traffic to claim your spot in the Chik-Fila drive thru.  Even though Chik-Fila  employees are the nicest  group people on the planet, they  do not offer the quickest service. So you arrive late to work, with  a negative  hit on your wallet. Then there are those were you have every intention of preparing your breakfast in the morning just to either not have the energy or time which forces you to stop at the drive-thru or Bodega for your breakfast. It’s not even nine o’clock and you have already spent roughly 6 bucks. Do this five times a week and that’s $30 which in a year equals $1,820. Sure you will prepare your own breakfast a few days out of the year but without a plan you are almost guaranteed to spend over $1200 on breakfast alone every year. 

We're here to offer you a plan that will not only save you money but also free up mental space which will inevitably lead to a cheaper and calmer morning. On Sunday, go to the grocery store and purchase your breakfast for the entire work week. My neighborhood grocery store has Greek yogurt on sale for a $1.00 quite frequently. So you could easily grab five of these and a package of bagels for a total of $8. If you like cream cheese, be sure to throw some of that in the buggy too. Now you spent $10 on breakfast that will easily last you a week and a half. This equates to about $520 a year on breakfast, tad bit better than the $1,820 you spend buying breakfast each morning.  

On Monday morning round up all your breakfast for the week and take it to work where you will leave it. Now you won’t find yourself frantically trying to whip up something in the morning or doing your best Ricky Bobby impersonation just to make it to the drive thru without being late to work. This will lead to a much calmer start to your morning and about $1,300 in your account at the end of the year.

  Save this money! Don’t get in the habit of wanting to spend this! You’ve been spending this money before you got the tip from the New Cheap, so just imagine you’re still spending it now! Pay off debt or save this new found money in your account! Don’t start spending more in other areas just because you now have this money.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine's Day!!!

Alright fellas here we are…the biggest day of the year for women is upon us, Valentine’s Day! Let’s face it, at this point Christmas isn’t about her any more.  Women spend the entire Christmas season saying “I just want to see the smiles on everyone’s faces”.  Her birthday isn't that big of a deal anymore, because what woman wants to be reminded of how old she’s getting?? But Valentine’s Day?? Yea my brother that’s what she has circled on her calendar. It’s the reason why she sat through the Super Bowl, pretending to like your best friend’s girlfriend. It’s the reason why she’s been extra nice since Christmas, even though she hated your Christmas gift. This is the day that women get to flood social media with just how much they are loved. All this happiness at the expense of some sick fool who spent his entire disposable budget on public displays of affection.

So what do you do?  You’re in love, and you really want to show her how much you care. I get it bud, been there and got two of the T-Shirts to prove it. First we must be honest, Valentine’s Day is all about who can make the biggest public display of affection. If you realize that much then you’ll be able to navigate this pointless event. My first Valentine’s Day in college I lucked out, I won a raffle for a Valentine’s Day gift set…the gift set was HUGE! Since I had just started dating the girl I removed the “I love you” candy (which my roommate and I ate) and gave her the remainder of the gift. She got to parade around with this huge bear showing it to her friends and I got a belly full of candy. Easy win! Now I know everyone won't be so lucky to win a raffle three days before Valentine’s Day, so allow me to tell you about my experience the following year. The following year (with the same girl) our romantic relationship had progressed, but I was still on a similar tight college student’s budget.  Knowing that I wanted to represent well in the “What did he get you conference?” I had to come up with something huge. Enter probably the greatest/cheesiest/cheapest gift in history of mankind. I went to her house and arranged little tea candles outside of her window. When she got home, I called her cell phone and asked her to come to her balcony. She walked out to candles laid in a heart design, and me with a fist full of flowers. It cost me a whopping $9.  Pictures were taken, sent to friends and I was the king of the world…

Seriously fellas, your girlfriend’s entire Valentine’s Day can be a success for very little money! Here’s a few simple steps to ensure that your girl will have a great day:

Never go out to dinner on Valentine’s Day!

This is a rookie mistake that will be costly. You will also spend more time in line then you will eating.  I once spent an uncomfortable evening squeezed into an amazing restaurant. Restaurants offer a
special menus for Valentine’s Day, usually it’s a scaled down offering by the chef, but with higher prices. You’ll stand in line for hours and receive terrible service by an overworked waitress.  Set up a restaurant
at home. Even go the distance of printing out a menu, yea it’s cheesy but you’ll thank me later!

Think Public
The bigger, the better! The smaller the budget, the bigger the display it needs to be. Most grocery stores have very cheap flower offerings, grab a few flowers and show up at her job. If you live in a place
with nice weather set up a picnic in the park.

Think of her single friend.

Women’s feelings are affected by others. So undoubtedly your girlfriend has a friend who doesn’t have someone to spend Valentine’s Day with.  You don’t need those sad vibes ruining the work you're
putting in! So a simple box of candy with BOTH you and your girlfriends names on it (this will also help the next time you screw up).

Get creative
Unless this is the year that you're going to propose you shouldn’t break the bank on Valentine’s Day. Challenge yourself to stay under a limit while providing a lasting memory. Leaving sticky notes all over
the apartment that she’ll see while getting ready for work. This idea would cost you nothing (take the notes from the office). Buying a BeyoncĂ© concert DVD and sitting through the entire show will cost you
nothing but your pride during checkout (speaking from experience). Fill her room with balloons, write a note in every balloon about something you like/love about her.

Reuse ideas from the past.

Phil Jackson has the triangle offense. He’s won multiple championships with this offense. While personnel has changed the triangle offense remains the same. I’m sure Michael Jordan doesn’t converse with Kobe
about Phil’s coaching techniques. So don’t be afraid to reuse good ideas from past relationships. Let’s be honest............ you don’t even talk to your ex-girlfriend, so you don’t have to worry about the current and the past comparing notes about past life events.

The probation period
There isn't any reason why you should provide the moon and the stars for a girl you just started dating.  Keep it simple if you just started dating. Simple grocery store flowers and a box of candy will do the trick while she is in this probation period. Once she’s out of this period, she will be able to access the perks of a full time employee.  Fellas don’t use this as an excuse to not get her anything, however keep it very simple! A box of candy and a card. Keep in mind if you set the bar to high, you’ll have a lifetime of attempting to outdo yourself each year.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Valentine's Day - Briana Young

 VALENTINE'S 2015 is here ladies !
Whether you're going out on a fabulous date or hanging out with your girlfriends... you need to look good doing it!  @thenewcheap gave me the challenge of  keeping a Valentine's outfit under $50. Because I'm an overachiever, ladies this outfit will only cost you $40!  So here is what you do to create this amazing outfit to do whatever you are doing for the  night.  For this look, I suggest you have long waves in your hair, or an updo. For your makeup, I suggest a simple eye, and a bold lip. Add a long peacoat to this look, some stud earrings, and the perfect perfume to finish the look. You'll be  ready for the perfect night, with the perfect outfit! (Even if it is just a group of your single friends)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dear @thenewcheap.....

My girlfriends and I would love to plan a weekend getaway. None of us have ever been wine tasting and would like to try it. We want to get out of Augusta, but don't want to end up somewhere that's for couples. We each have about 200 we can spend and that has to include the hotel!
Pleeeeeease can you help us out?!

Mommy’s who need to get out.

 Dear Mom in need of a break,

A weekend centered around wine tasting is a great idea for moms! A $200 budget is more than enough for a great weekend! Here’s the plan. I fully understand that a vacation doesn’t truly feel like a vacation if you don’t leave your area. So, it’s important to get away from Augusta so that you can relax. We must also keep in mind that in the event that something happens with the children, a mom would need to get home quickly. I would scan a 2 hour radius from home for a small winery. Why a small relatively unknown winery? You mentioned that no one in the group has been to a wine tasting, so it’s better to start small. Once you’ve been to a couple of wine tastings and know if you enjoy the event, then maybe splurge on a nicer one. Because let’s be honest, I could give you ladies wine out of the garage, and as long as you don’t hear a child cry for an hour it would be a great time spent by all. Wineries are usually nested in bubbling areas to provide for visitors to the winery. Find a hotel, with a large suite style room. I grew up in a house full of women and I know that when women are getting dressed, it is a team event. So, there’s no need to make your group run franticly up and down the hall for contouring tools (I mentioned a make-up technique, I deserve a 1000 points). Another benefit of having a suite style room is the number of people that can fit into these rooms comfortably. Pack snacks, and I’m not talking goldfish or fruit snacks! While the ladies are getting ready, you’re going to want to snack on something. Each lady should bring a snack for the group that everyone can share while getting dressed. 
One of the benefits of this weekend is that you don’t have someone kicking you in your back all night, so while we want to save money, don’t over cram people into the room. If someone is short on cash in the group, bring an air mattress. Because once the attempt to navigate the club scene fails (you’ve been out of the game to long, and  plus you have cheerio’s in your purse!) you’ll end up in the room watching movies with everyone is falling asleep where they can. Make sure you select a hotel that serves breakfast, this will cut down on food and travel cost! 
Travel...there are so many taxi services available for you ladies to travel with.  Share the cost of travel and keep it to a minimum.
Shopping: I’m a realist, you’re not going to get this many women together and there not be gossip and shopping! Set aside the money that you want to shop with, and spend only that. Spend that money on only yourself! This weekend is for you, so no need to feel like you have to get something for everyone back home. The present that they will receive is a happy refreshed mom upon her return. They will be alright if you don’t bring them back something, and let’s be honest, when’s the last time you bought something for yourself? Some extra tips; choose a hotel that has a loyalty/rewards program and join it. After your stay, you’ll receive the reward points for future travel that can be used on the next “Mommy weekend”. Encourage everyone to bring their favorite wine to share while getting ready. Wine tasting is just that, a small tasting! So, it’s important to get your wine fill before and/or afterwards. Research the restaurants in the area prior to your trip to see who offers the best deals/specials for your party size. Most importantly, enjoy yourselves and get some much needed and well deserved R&R!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cooking with @TheNewCheap- Chicken Tortilla Soup

Alexus Nance is a chef, who received her training from Johnson & Wales - Charlotte . During her time in college, she got the opportunity to experiment with mixing the new knowledge she was obtaining and her limited budget as a college student.  Alexus will bringing those lessons learned to the New Cheap.  If you're looking to make great meals, while stretching your money: keep an eye out for these recipes by Alexus!

 Chicken Tortilla Soup

2 large chicken breast, large dice

1 ½ cup rice, white

whole onion, diced

chicken stock (32 oz whole container) (Swanson brand)

taco powder (2 mild packets)

frozen corn, whole bag

minced garlic, 1 tablespoon

1 can of Rotel (red and green chilli)




sour cream

shredded sharp cheddar cheese


A lemon

1. Marinate diced chicken in lemon juice and 1 pack of taco powder for 1 hour

2. Saute chicken in a little bit of oil (do in a soup pot)
or a pan thats big enough to hold all the ingredients

3.Add the onion and garlic to the chicken cook until both are   slightly browned.

4 Add the chicken stock and water ( as desired, depends on how soupy you want it to be or just enough water to cover the rice)

5. add the rice and corn, cook until the rice is almost done

6. Add the rotel, season with taco powder & cumin ( to taste)

7. Add toppings, squeeze lemon into soup

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Fashion for the New Cheap By Briana Young

Men, I've got to tell you... 2015 it's time to start stepping out of your comfort zone, and moving into the spotlight. Before you start adding up potential cost for the spotlight, know that I'm definitely a "New Cheap-er". I know there is a way to get the look you've always wanted to but for far less than you thought you'd have to pay!

Personally, I LOVE to save and look good while doing it! So, when I talk with male clients about their fears of upgrading their wardrobe and I hear cost being one of the major setbacks, it upsets me a great deal! In an effort to give others a glimpse at dressing for this “New Cheap” lifestyle, I will be posting outfit combinations that will literally shock you for how NEW Cheap they are! I've been styling for a long time. I think the biggest problem men have is not stepping out of their comfort zone to find great pieces that fit their budget. Stay tuned on The New Cheap to stay up to date with the latest trends, at reasonable prices!

Every man needs a dark denim button up, grey chinos, and great accessories to match! Your pockets will love you, and the ladies will too! Check the links below to check out these items! Dress in style for less than $55!

Don't forget to tag us in your pics, and show us how you styled this look!