The problem I have with this is that these people lump everyone into the same budget mold. One might be able to afford your "frugal" $50 dress while another may not. A recipe touting "cheap family meals"that cost $20 per meal may be fine for some who spend $200 per week on their groceries but, maybe not for others. I'm sure the people who write these articles are well-meaning and on budgets themselves but, we can't forget we live in a society where everyone is of varying incomes and what is budget-friendly for some may not be for others.
That's all. :)