stk325098rknTo all the spoiled heiresses, coddled socialites and rich-for-no-reason, debutante-princesses with Pomeranians peekin’ out from the top of your brand new Louis V. bags: mommy misses you (sniff), terribly.

Never in a million years did I think I could be nostalgic for vapid chit-chat about Lindsay’s fake bake tan (and why she never sprays her feet?), but there it is. Between talk of economic downturns, foreclosures, outsourcing, stock losses and bailouts, the fact is that things have changed, and not for the better.

The gravy days of retail spending are gone. What’s left of my once Carrie Bradshaw wannabe fabulous girlfriends is a sorority of laid-off or scared they may get laid-off girls–the girls of Po’ Phi Po’. We have all taken an oath that we will support each other through thick and thin (bank accounts) and start counting our blessings. And indeed, there are still some blessings to count. Off the top of my head I can think of at least three different under-appreciated advantages of being “liberated” from the chains of excess capital.

Now, I know being broke isn’t anywhere near being cute. Broke is not the new pink, and I know that cash still rules everything around me, just like the Wu prophesied. But, the fact remains that the economy has gone to hell with the help of $900.00 Gucci handbags bought on credit. It’s not just hard out here for a pimp anymore. So what’s a girl to do? Just sit around and cry over her second request for payment notices? Well, of course not! Sometimes in life a sista goes through temporary setbacks with her money from no direct fault of her own.

In the meantime whilst chewing our manicures and praying for Daddy Obama to kiss the economy and make it all better, I say we look at the glass as half full. Life has thrown us some olives. Let’s make some dirty martinis. I give you three good reasons why having limited means doesn’t necessarily limit a girl’s swagger.

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