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12 Everyday Uses for Coconut Oil

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Going nuts for coconut oil Via Shutterstock

Recently, a friend told me that I could tame my 12 year-old son’s unruly locks by rubbing a little coconut oil into his hair. Considering the price of many hair creams, I figured it would be worth a try. I researched coconut oil online and discovered that it is being hailed as the new miracle cure for just about everything. There are articles suggesting that it can reverse Alzheimer’s, and cure HIV, athlete’s foot, cellulite, yeast infections and bad breath in dogs (not that any of these claims are substantiated). A fire crew even used it to release a trapped dog’s head from a metal gate.

I put coconut oil to the test – and what I found surprised me.

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Elective Surgery: Good Idea AND Good Investment?

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Elective surgery and cosmetic procedures can make you feel better about yourself, and help you earn more money. Via Shutterstock.

Over the years, I’ve had several elective surgery procedures. I had to pay for all or part of them, and I regret none of them. I’ve had a breast reduction, eye surgery to end my need for glasses, and several procedures on my face to remove scars and moles. The breast reduction, done ten years ago, was not covered by insurance, and it cost around $10,000.The eye surgery was done less than a year ago, and cost $4,000 out of pocket (the remaining $7,000 was picked up by insurance). The facial surgeries were also insured, and I paid about $500 out of pocket in total.

Between the competitive job market and our society’s emphasis on looking your best, elective surgery can be a good investment. Employers’ hiring decisions are based on more than just an outstanding resume. Studies show that along with character, integrity and the ability to be a team player, looks play a role in who gets the job and who makes more money.

What you need to know about elective cosmetic surgery

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How To Make Teeth Whitening Toothpaste: 4 Recipes

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Whiten teeth at home with these DIY recipes! Via Shutterstock.

With teeth whitening products costing over $40 a pop, it’s no surprise that we’ve received many questions from readers asking how to make homemade whitening toothpaste. I’ve made a list of four easy homemade teeth whitening recipes. While these recipes vary in many ways, there’s one way they’re all the same…they cost $10 or less!

4 Natural and Homemade Teeth Whitening Recipes

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Expensive Hair Dryers – Are They Worth It?

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Beauty – at what price? Via Shutterstock

In my twenties, I spent countless hours grooming. At one point, I even had a short stint as a hair model. But as a mom, there are many days where I’m just throwing my unwashed hair back in a ponytail. Of course I still blow dry my hair and straighten it when I can, but it’s harder to squeeze in the time. That’s why, when my hairdresser recommended a high-end hair dryer, telling me it would save me time and eliminate the need of flat ironing so frequently, I thought the extra expense might save me money in the long run, by saving me time. So I went to the beauty supply store and splurged.

Are pricey hair dryers worth the expense?

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The Pros and Cons of Warehouse Sales

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Tokidoki Warehouse Sale

One of my favorite clothing and handbag lines is Tokidoki. It’s playful, fun, hip… and a bit pricey. But about a year ago, I found the brand’s Facebook page and gave them a “Like.” Now a couple of times a year I’m notified about their secret Warehouse Sales, which are not advertised to the public. Many brands, especially higher end ones, have warehouse sales. The trick is to find out about them.

Pros and cons of shopping warehouse sales.

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9 Ways to Save Money at The Body Shop

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Use these tips to score awesome deals at The Body Shop! ztil301 / Flickr

I love to pamper myself at home with salt scrubs and lotions. It’s like going to the spa for a quarter of the price, especially if I shop during a The Body Shop sale. The Body Shop is also a great place to buy quick gifts. Whenever I don’t know what to buy someone, I grab a nice fragrance or lotion. It’s quick and everyone loves them. Since I’m a frequent shopper at The Body Shop, I’ve learned some great ways to save!

9 ways to save at The Body Shop

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Make Your Own Spa Treatments for a Fraction of the Cost

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Ahh… there’s nothing like being pampered. A day at the spa is one of the most luxurious ways to treat yourself. As you sit in a dark room listening to simulated waves crash on a beach, you find yourself soothed and relaxed…until you realize this is costing you well over a hundred bucks, which is a luxury you can’t afford!

Spa treatments don’t have to be expensive. Here are 5 cheap and effective spa treatments.

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How to Dye Your Hair With Hydrogen Peroxide

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Get highlights or lighter hair with hydrogen peroxide. Via shutterstock

Going to a salon for professional highlights and hair coloring is expensive and time consuming. You can dye and highlight your hair with a $1 bottle of hydrogen peroxide (3%) at home. Just make sure to go slowly and read all the tips below to be safe. While a salon is THE safest way to dye your hair, it is possible to dye your hair safely at home. Of course, you could also dump a whole bottle on your head and come out with a terrible, blotchy dye job. So read these tips first!

I scoured the web to make this the most comprehensive post on how to dye your hair with hydrogen peroxide.

Using 3% hydrogen peroxide to highlight you hair.

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How to Avoid Bridesmaid Bankruptcy

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Can you afford to be a bridesmaid? Via Shutterstock.

This summer my sisters and I are the only bridesmaids for my cousin’s wedding. While it can be hard to save as a wedding guest, it seems nearly impossible as a bridesmaid! Since I’m on a budget (and really who isn’t?) I’ve been looking for ways to save while still being a helpful and supportive bridesmaid. Here are my tips for how to save when you’re part of the bridal party.

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How to get a deal on kids' haircuts

How to Score a Cheap Kids Haircut

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The kiddie hair salons today are really quite amazing – some have chairs in the shapes of cars, airplanes or motorcycles. They give out balloons and lollipops, there are arcade games, DVDs of your choosing, toys, books, and vending machines with small toys and prizes in them. You might as well be at Disneyland. And when you get the bill for your kid’s fifteen minute haircut, you’ll think that’s where you were.

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You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good cheap kids haircut.

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