We all have a beauty routine. For some, it’s rolling out of bed and slapping on lip gloss while for others, it’s a well orchestrated hour of what could be described as an art installment. No matter the drill, taking care of yourself takes money. With a few tips, tricks and shortcuts, Bargain Babe will help you spend less on products and services and more on an automatic toilet flusher for cats. If you’re into that sorta thing.
Health + Beauty
I’m frugal about a lot of things, but there are certain high-end beauty products that I am willing to pay good money for. Are you the same way? Is there a bottle of Bumble & Bumble conditioner nestled next to your bar of Ivory soap? Are there certain parts of your body that you are willing to regularly splurge on?
Here are 5 beauty products I splurge on. And 5 I skimp on.
Fight wrinkles, dry skin, sun spots, and dullness with natural skin care items already in your kitchen. There’s no need for harsh chemicals and it’s cheaper than store-bought products!
Note: I’m not a dermatologist, but many of the items below have worked for me and friends.
Stock your fridge and pantry with these items to make your own natural skin care.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, kicked into high gear on October 1st with the opening of the new public marketplaces. Due to the controversial nature of the law, many people are not properly informed. This can lead to making the wrong decisions, which can in turn have catastrophic consequences to both your physical and financial health.
Beginning in 2014, unless you qualify for an exemption, you’re required to have health insurance or pay a penalty. Having the right attitude and information will help you choose a plan that provides the best value. (more…)
A reader recently suggested we share our favorite thrift store shopping blogs so I rounded up my top favorites. I like to read these blogs for inexpensive home decor and frugal fashion inspiration — in addition to Bargain Babe, of course! New to thrifting? Check out our 15 thrift store shopping tips. Plus, find out why Julia felt guilty about shopping at thrift stores.
Here are 5 thrift shopping blogs you must check out.
I’ve been in search of the best natural deodorant and took it upon myself to test out a few sticks, sprays, and roll-ons. Some of them flat-out didn’t work. I’m sharing my findings with you because buying deodorants that don’t work stinks — literally! Plus, it’s a waste of money.
Unlike antiperspirants, the deodorants I tried don’t contain parabens, PEGs, and synthetic ingredients so you will have some wetness (your body was built to sweat, after all), but you shouldn’t smell.
Below I compare natural deodorant prices, and their staying power. Plus, I also share a homemade DIY Deodorant Recipe.
Why? Because it has soooo many uses, yet it is cheap, about a dollar per 16 ounces. I advise that you get good quality apple cider vinegar that is organic and has “mother” in the bottle. “Mother” is a cobweb-like mass that floats inside the bottle near the bottom. It’s actually full of stuff that is good for you. I get mine at the local farmer’s market or I buy Bragg apple cider vinegar at the grocery store.
Using a bottle of apple cider vinegar instead of buying all the individual products that would be needed for the uses listed below makes this a real money saver.
Note: regular white vinegar is great for cleaning, but for body use (inside and outside) I use organic apple cider vinegar because it has many additional nutrients.
There are literally hundreds of uses for apple cider vinegar, but these are my personal 10 favorites.
Please note that this has just been my experience. This is not medical advice. (more…)
One of my best friends just spent five days achy and feverish. Every time I would call or text to check in, she reminded me: get your flu shot! With flu season embarking upon us, you may be looking for somewhere to get free or cheap flu shots to keep yourself and your family protected.
WebMD reports it’s best to get your flu shot in September or October, because it takes about two weeks for the immunity to be most effective. Remember to call ahead to confirm price and hours, check if your insurance is taken, or to see if an appointment is needed, as well as to make sure the vaccine is in stock. Also, even if you miss the prime fall window but still want a shot, getting one later in the winter will still protect you through the remainder of the season, which lasts until spring.
Here are the best flu shot deals for 2013:
Looking for an even bigger bargain than your local Goodwill? If you’ve got the bargain hunter-gathering instinct, and have some time to spare, track down a Goodwill Outlet for bargains by the (literal) bin-load!
Goodwill Outlets are not for the faint of heart. Clothing, books, and other items that haven’t sold in a certain timeframe at your local Goodwill are pulled from the shelves and poured into bins at the outlet, and sold either by the pound (for example, $2.49/lb for clothing at the Goodwill Marketplace in Santa Ana, but only $0.79/lb in St. Louis) or for a very low per-item fee (the DC Goodwill Fashionista reports most pieces are $1.75 at the Boston outlet). Some outlets also feature electronics, homegoods, and furniture. Major finds for me have been a 1-year-old’s Halloween costume for $0.75, a Gymboree sweater for $0.40, and a Hawaiian-print bed sheet that I turned into curtains for $1.29.
Finding gold amidst the dross requires some “diving in,” but with a little preparation you can come out with some bargain treasures!
Here are 10 tips for finding bargains at a Goodwill Outlet: (more…)
Want to get addicted to exercise? Get yourself the Fitbit One fitness tracker that syncs wirelessly to your smart phone and tells you how many steps you’ve taken, flights of stairs you’ve climbed, how many calories you’ve burned, and how long and well you slept. I check mine as many times a day as my obsessive compulsive brain wants!