Thursday, August 12, 2010

Making Use of Multi-Use Products

We love products that can be used in a variety of ways.  Not only do you save money by buying fewer items, but many of these basics are less expensive than their specialized alternatives.  Here are some examples:

Baking Soda
  • Leaven quick breads and other baked goods.
  • Freshen fridge and freezer.
  • Open a slow-running drain, in combination with white vinegar.
  • Create a spectacular volcano effect (also with vinegar).
  • Mix with water and use as toothpaste.
  • Deodorize a whole host of items, including smelly shoes, rugs, upholstery and your garbage disposal.
  • Sprinkle on a moist sponge to clean appliances, counters, sinks, pots and pans and other items scratch-free.
  • Brighten and whiten laundry by adding a cup to each load.
Vaseline
  • Use as a lip balm.
  • Smooth callused heels and elbows.
  • Add shine to freshly shaved legs.
  • Comb through eyelashes for a bit of thickening and shine.
  • Protect baby's bottom from diaper rash.
Toothpaste
  • Fill small nail holes in the wall before repainting.
  • Removes white rings from wooden furniture.
  • Clean chrome and silver (including jewelry and flatware).
  • Smooth the surface of your steam iron.
  • Dry up pimples overnight.
  • Remove stubborn smells from hands.
  • Remove tar from skin.
  • Clean teeth.
Lemon Juice
  • Flavor foods and beverages.
  • Keep apple, banana and pear slices from turning brown.
  • Whiten and brighten the laundry without the problems of bleach.
Samy Professional Dry Icing Instant Re-Styler
Fabulous hairstyling product use as:
  • Pomade
  • Mousse
  • Gel
  • Hairspray
  • Texturizing ceam

Friday, August 6, 2010

Beauty Savings and Splurges

The Real Beauty web site has a helpful article about which beauty products are worth splurging on, and which you can score at the drugstore for big savings.  Here's a summary:

Save
  • Shampoo and conditioner 
  • Mascara (lots of good choices at the drugstore, plus replacing it frequently is more important than using top-name brands)  
  • Sunscreen (buy lots and wear it every day!)
  • Make-up remover and toner
  • Cold cream for cleansing, makeup removal, or even to calm sunburned skin
Splurge
  • Facial moisturizer and night cream (moisturizing is one of the most important things you can do for your skin, so take it seriously)
  • Good make-up brushes (and be sure to take care of them by washing them often!) and other tools of the trade like tweezers, eyelash curlers, hairdryers, flatirons and hair brushes
  • Foundation (you need to choose the right formula, color, and texture to match your skin)
To see the full article, click here.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Recession's Positive Side

Talk about making lemons out of lemonade - I just read an article about the 10 Good Things About Our Bad Economy.  True, many of the ideas mentioned - like making more meals at home, entertaining yourself and your friends on the cheap, "shopping your own closet" for new looks - have already been discussed here (and elsewhere), but seeing the list withe all the positive sides (e.g. it's more healthy to make your meals from scratch, spending time with friends matters more than what you do together, it helps you feel more creative to add fashionable flourishes to what you already own than buying a new sweater), is endlessly encouraging!