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The High Cost of Spa Facials – Are They Worth It?

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My gym has a spa, so today I went in to find out about getting a facial. I guess it’s been a while since I’ve had one, because I was shocked at the prices. The basic facial is $85 and each add-on – and who doesn’t want add-ons? – is $39 extra. How can anyone sit back and relax and de-stress when they know how much this is costing?! There has to be a way to get the same or similar spa treatments for a fraction of the cost.

Cut the cost of spa facials – while using the same high-end products.

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Makeover Madness: How Much Do You Spend on Beauty Products?

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How much do you spend on beauty products? Via Shutterstock.

For a long part of my life I was a HUGE tomboy so I never spent a penny on beauty products. That all changed when I went to college and my sisters got more into different makeup techniques. They always looked so great (especially in pictures!) that I became curious. I was lucky enough to have them teach me all their hair and makeup tricks. That’s why I was so eager to help when my boyfriend’s sister told me she really wished she had a makeup and hair routine for work. Unfortunately, I have no idea how do anyone’s makeup but my own and barely blow dry my hair every day. For this reason, my boyfriend and I decided to give her a makeover for her graduation present from us and it was a total success…with a large cost!

How Much Does A Makeover Cost?

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Homemade icecream

7 Healthy Ice Cream Recipes You Can Make in Your Blender

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Is the heat getting to you? One sure-fire way to cool down is with a frozen treat. High-end ice creams and sorbets can be a little pricey. Not to mention sugary and fattening. So we’ve put together a list of easy, affordable DIY ice cream recipes featuring healthy, low-cal ingredients like real fruit and coconut milk. Good for you and good for the kids. And best of all – no ice cream machine needed!

Here are 7 easy and healthy ice cream recipes.

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18 Unusual Cat Gifts Found at CatConLA

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Kimchi Kawaii’s Catpuccino

Recently, over 10,000 people attended the first-ever CatConLA, dubbed “Comic-Con for Cat Lovers.” I put on my kitty ears (and cat-print dress and cat handbag) and pounced on the opportunity to attend this amazing event. In addition to the various kitty tees, totes and toys, I found some pawsitively unique cat-themed items.

Here are 18 Unusual Cat Gifts I Found at CatConLA.

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Save money by starting your own herb garden this year!

Save Money with Herbs: How to Start an Herb Garden!

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Save money by starting your own herb garden this year! Via Shutterstock.

I LOVE fresh herbs. Adding some fresh basil, cilantro, or parsley can make a dish so much more delicious. While I adore cooking with fresh herbs, I hate having to go the store and constantly buy them. Especially since they tend to wilt so quickly! That’s why this year I decided to make my own herb garden at home. Interested in starting your own herb garden but not sure where to start? Let us help!

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10 Summer Drink Recipes to Beat the Heat

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When the summer temps start rising, nothing beats the heat like an ice-cold drink. Instead of reaching for soda or plain water, why not try some of these delicious drink recipes? Each is inexpensive, easy to make and will make you feel like you’re vacationing on a tropical island.

Here are 10 summer drink recipes to try.

 

 

 

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Is this your every morning? Then the 10 item wardrobe may be for you! Via Shutterstock.

The Ten Item Wardrobe: Simplify Your Closet & Your Life

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Is this your every morning? Then the 10 item wardrobe may be for you! Via Shutterstock.

I recently saw the Ted Talk: The Ten Item Wardrobe while reading a blog post on Money Saving Mom. I have to admit, that when I first read the title I was a little skeptical. A ten item wardrobe…what!? I have more than ten bathing suits! But, after watching the video my perception changed. Maybe a ten item wardrobe could lead to a simpler life?

Can a ten item wardrobe simplify your life?

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16 Unusual Uses for Honey

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Raw honey

You put honey in your tea, but did you know there are so many other ways it can be useful? Just like there are many different uses for coconut oil and olive oil, honey is one of those items you have lying around the house that can be used in a variety of different ways. But make sure you’re using the real thing – raw honey – because many brands available in stores are ultra-processed and may even contain high-fructose corn syrup.

Here are 16 different ways you can use honey.

 

 

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Cheap name brand and health food finds at Big Lots!

Five Grocery Deals at Big Lots

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Cheap name brand and health food finds at Big Lots!

As a kid, it was a special trip when Grandma would take me shopping at Big Lots. My little eyes would wander the endless aisles of dolls, cookies, coffee mugs and radios. I didn’t visit Big Lots often because Grandma lived far away but when I did, I was allowed to choose one thing to bring home with me. The options were limitless (why didn’t came home with a new recliner, I’ll never know)! I would spend hours weighing my options, until Grandma would make her way towards the checkout. I would quickly throw my carefully selected item in her cart, bouncing up and down until it was in my hands again.

As I got older, Big Lots became a distant memory. It would be years until I stepped into a store, and when I did two years ago, it was an oddly comforting experience. While the items I mulled over had matured (shower curtain rings instead of jelly bracelets), the variety of options was the same. And being the savvy spender that I am, I was shocked at the name brand food items I found for dollars less than my local grocery store. Big Lots and its bargain shopping quickly jumped back to the top of my list of favorite places on the planet.

Five Grocery Deals at Big Lots

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Save cash by saying goodbye to traditional period products

How to save $600 on feminine products

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Save cash by saying goodbye to traditional period products

If you are a woman, or a husband/baby daddy of one, you cringe at how much you spend on feminine products. Between tampons, liners and pads, the costs add up. I estimated that I spend $125 a year on menstrual products. And then I discovered reusable menstrual cups and realized my days of staring at drugstore shelves of colorful boxes while frantically doing math equations on my fingers were over.

How to save $600 on feminine products

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Are You Throwing Away Food That Isn’t Really Expired?

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Every so often I catch my husband going through the refrigerator or pantry and throwing away items that have passed their expiration dates. Mayonnaise, relish, canned food. But have they really expired? Are you looking to minimize food waste and save money? Then stop throwing away perfectly good food.

How to tell if the food you’re throwing out is really expired.

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Don't worry...flowers aren't on this Mother's Day gift list! Via Shutterstock.

13 Frugal & Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts!

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Don’t worry…flowers aren’t on this Mother’s Day gift list! Via Shutterstock.

Mother’s Day is a time to show Mom just how much you care…which is why there’s so much pressure to pick the perfect gift! If you’re still on the lookout for a Mother’s Day gift you’ll want to check our gift list that includes products under $100, under $50, and even under $20!

Mother’s Day Gifts in Every Price Range

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Five best beauty products under $10

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Cheap beauty products, in cost not quality – via Shutterstock

It’s safe to say every beauty product in my bathroom is under $10 – with the exception of my flatiron and hair dryer. I am a firm believer that you don’t have to spend a lot to get quality products – hence why I won’t step foot in a Whole Foods. Brands are catching on to this type of consumer – demanding quality at a price that’s realistic – and creating some amazing products. So, I’m here to share with you my favorite products to smell, look and feel my best …ish. Because let’s be honest, no product is a complete miracle worker!

Five best beauty products under $10

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