Tax day is April 15th. If you didn't procrastinate, you filed your taxes a long time ago and may have even received your refund (like I did:). In either case, go out and celebrate the end of tax season by taking advantage of all the freebies and discounts these eateries have to offer. Plus, a bonus HydroMassage treat too!
Thanks to SavvySugar, here are 15 great ways to enjoy the 15th of April, tax day! There are some fun ones, like #5 and #7. Enjoy!
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If you are like me, you hate to waste perfectly good food. I'm the same way with certain beauty products. Why throw away something just because it's "almost" empty. Get more value for your hard earned dollars by stretching the life of these products to the max!
Here are some tricks and tips that I've personally done that InStyle magazine also wrote about in their April 2014 issue. Frugal, green and savvy!
I've been a huge fan of coconut oil for many years. What's great about coconut oil is it's many versatile uses. It's all natural, it smells great - it reminds me of being on a beach vacation - and it's very inexpensive!
Recently, BellaSugar.com wrote an article of the many beauty uses for coconut oil. It's available at most health food stores. Oh, and it's great for cooking also!
I would like to share my top 10 favorite ways that I've personally used coconut oil.
1. Makeup Remover - Use on a cotton pad and gently remove eye and face makeup.
2. Body Lotion - Mix coconut oil with your favorite body moisturizer.
3. Lip Balm - Great for chapped lips and it's all natural.
4. Under Eye Cream - Use a dab to help smooth bags and fine lines.
5. Body Scrub - Mix half a cup with some coarse salt or sugar and use as an exfoliate.
6. Frizz Control - Tames and smooths flyaway hair. It can also double as a leave-in conditioner.
7. Massage Oil - Just add a few drops of essential oil, like peppermint for a soothing massage mix.
8. Shaving Treatment - Use in the shower for a close shave, plus it's an instant moisturizer!
9. Itch Reliever - Soothe burns, bug bites and bruises.
10. Body Oil - Slather on after a shower and smell great.
Today's post is from guest blogger Adrian Landsberg at The Lifestyle Compound. He shares some awesome tips on how to save on travel and have fun too!
Most of the time when people think of being frugal they think of cheap and nasty. There is of course a difference. If you're frugal you get the most out of things with the least, you realize what's there that other people don't and you find the best, cost viable way to do something.
Being cheap is being a tight ass and never spending money on anything, expecting freebies all the time and not spending money on other people's happiness as well. I believe you can definitely find many frugal ways to travel the world and have more fun if you really work hard, hunt for deals and get creative.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Adrian Landsberg started The Lifestyle Compound for his love of entrepreneurship and travel. In October 2103 he quit his job of ten years to chase his dream of going on a multi-country, bucket list smashing mission. Recently he has bungee jumped naked, walked the most dangerous hike in the world and trekked to Mount Everest Base camp. Adrian enjoys writing about building passive income, self improvement, travelling and living a life full of fun and passion.
Do you love the finer things in life? Do you want to embody a wealthy lifestyle without breaking the bank? Just because you're frugal doesn't mean you need to give up anything you are accustomed to.
Some of the wealthiest people in the world are frugal and most live below their means. For example, Warren Buffet still lives in the same house in Omaha, which he purchased for $31,500 back in 1958.
Being rich is a state of mind. I personally feel a great sense of reward when I've uncovered ways to get value for my money. The key is Continue reading...
The weekend is around the corner and Spring is almost here!! Here in Southern California, the weather forecast says the high will be in the mid 80's... very nice!!
Looking for fun and free things to do this weekend? Actually you can do these on any weekend! I've come up with at least 6 fun (mostly) outdoor activities that require no money at all.
1. Go For A Walk - whether it's a walk along the beach or the park, enjoy every sight along the way.
2. Visit Farmers Market - check out a few farmers market within your neighborhood. Sample a taste or two of some of the fresh fruits or drinks the vendors are offering.
3. Tour Open Houses - pick a neighborhood that you might want to move to someday. Pick up a few ideas on how you might decorate your own home.
4. Plan Next Trip - it's never too early to start planning your next vacation. You not only save time, but money too! Plus, it gives you something to look forward to.
5. Stroll Art Festivals - make a day out of of browsing through local artist's arts and crafts works.
6. Check Out Flea Markets - explore local swap meets or flea markets and discover one-of-a-kind treasures.
Remember to wear something green on Monday, St. Patrick's Day and check out your local drinking establishments for deals and discounts on St. Patty's Day festivities!
Click HERE for more free and fun ideas!
Yay! The weekend is almost here. Enjoy the last few days of winter! Remember that daylight saving time this year will begin at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9th, when most U.S. states will spring forward an hour.
However, every season, every day and every time is a chance to save money on something, right?
Here are 8 more thrifty tips you can do to save some money! For more money saving tips, click HERE.
Awards season is winding down with the best one yet this coming Sunday... the Oscars! If you haven't seen all (or any) of the nominated flicks, there are a number of ways to see them or any other movie for free (or almost free!)
Library - haven't been to the library for years? It might be time to "check it out" (pun intended). You can borrow any available DVD's, usually 2 at a time.
Hulu.com - I watch my favorite TV shows on Hulu. They also have great movies you can watch for free. Upgrade to HuluPlus for more movie selections.
Local Movie Nights - There are often organized movie nights in certain neighborhoods. Check your local newspapers or check online for one near you.
Swap or Borrow - I'm sure you have DVD's stored away that a friend might want to watch. See what they have, you may be able to swap or borrow a few from them.
Crackle.com - This site is similar to Hulu.com - they offer a pretty good selection of free movies and television shows.
Redbox.com - For only $1.20 per movie, you can rent most of the latest "just released" DVD titles. Check online for discount promo codes. May sure to return each DVD the next day to avoid paying late fees.
Do you realize how much some women spend on their hair? According to an article on Huffington Post, it could be anywhere from $900 to $10,000 a year, that's "shear" madness! I used to spend more money on hair care, but I've learned it doesn't necessarily mean that my hair is healthier or looks better.
Let me share the ways I've able to save a bunch of money on my hair MANEtenance! Here's a breakdown of my savvy hair habits:
Haircut & Trim - I was spending up to $75 a few years back on a haircut at some fancy salon. Since I have long wavy/curly hair, I don't have to get it trimmed as often as someone who has straight hair or bangs. I now spend $10 every 3 months. The no-frills salon I go to doesn't need an appointment, they don't shampoo your hair beforehand or blow dry after the cut. However, their stylist are very good and I've gotten excellent cuts no matter who I get. Total cost per year: $40
Hair Color - I have to admit that it's nice to have someone at a salon color your hair - to do your roots and really get in the nooks and crannies. However, it can be very costly to get my roots done every month! I have been dyeing my roots at home for a few years now. I've been using a natural product called Herbatint, it doesn't have all that chemical stuff that salons use. It cost me $10 a box, which I split into 2 applications. It's super easy to use plus it's a healthier and cheaper alternative. Total cost per year: $60
Shampoo & Conditioner - Although there are a lot of cheap drugstore brands, I've gotten the best results for my type of hair from the Redken product line. However, I don't pay the full retail price. I look for sales from department store salons like JC Penney's. They often have promotions of a boxed set of shampoo & conditioner for a great 2 for 1 deal. I also go to a beauty supply store where I have a 10% off discount card on any product at the store. Since I don't wash my curly hair everyday, I don't use up the shampoo & conditioner as fast. Another tip: I use a little bit of conditioner as a leave-in conditioner, which saves me money on buying a separate one. Total cost per year: $50
Hair Products - As I mentioned, I sometimes use after-shampoo conditioner as a leave-in conditioner. I've also combined it with other hair products, such as a serum. However, I've gotten really good results with coconut oil for my waves. Coconut oil is 100% organic it can be used for skin, hair and of course cooking. I've also used it in combination with other hair products. Total cost per year: $30
Hair Accessories - The only accessory I use are elastic ponytail holders and claw clips to keep my hair off my face. I also use a headband when I wash my face at night. I go to my local Dollar store to buy a pack (or 2) of pony-o's, hair clips and headbands. Total cost per year: $5
Hair Tools - Although I own a blowdryer/diffuser and a flat iron, I hardly use any of them. I got the blowdryer on sale and the flat iron was a gift. I let my hair dry naturally, which is way better for wavy and curly hair, plus I don't use a hair brush! Not only does it save me money on electricity but it's better to not constantly blow heat on my hair. Sometimes, I do feel like having straight hair, so I use my flat iron. It takes time, about 30 minutes, but it doesn't cost me anything:) Total cost per year: $0
Although it's great to "trim" hair care cost. I sometimes treat myself to some really great hair products. Plus with the money I'm saving on my hair, I can also treat myself to a luxurious massage or facial.
Spend time with the ones you love this Valentine's weekend.
Tell them and show them how much they mean to you every day of the year!
I read this article about how some of the worlds richest people continue to live frugally. Becoming wealthy and staying that way takes a certain level of discipline. Sure, an occasional splurge won't put you in the poor house, but frequent frivolous spending on things that aren't necessities can quickly put a serious dent in your wallet.
The frugal habits necessary to achieve financial success and maintain it are often lessons learned early on.
Who said being wealthy means you can't look for a good deal? Kiplinger shares how the super rich try to watch their wallet just like you. Here's a few of my favorites:
Estimated net worth: $44 billion
How he struck it rich: Founded Berkshire Hathaway, the noted investment holding company
Frugal habit: Has lived in the same modest home for 54 years.
Buffett could easily afford to live in a mansion much bigger than his 6,000-square-foot, five-bedroom stucco house in Omaha, which he purchased for $31,500 back in 1958. Yet the multibillionaire prefers the simple life in small-town America. In his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders last year, Buffett discussed the housing recovery and said, "The third best investment I ever made was the purchase of my home." (The first two: wedding rings he bought for his first and second wives.) Buffett added, "For the $31,500 I paid for our house, my family and I gained 52 years of terrific memories, with more to come." Today, the average price of a five-bedroom home for sale in Omaha is $391,983, according to Trulia.com. That's more than 12 times the amount Buffett paid.
Estimated net worth: The Obamas' assets are valued between $2.6 and $8.3 million.
How she struck it rich: Combined wealth with her husband and author, President Barack Obama
Frugal habit: Shops at Target
The First Lady is thrifty, too. She was spotted shopping at a Target store in the Washington DC area la few summers ago. What did she buy? It's reported that Mrs. Obama picked up dog food and toys for the first family's pet, Bo. In addition to finding ways to save on everyday household items, the First Lady is also known to cut costs when it comes to fashion. Despite having access to practically any high-end designer line she wants, Mrs. Obama sometimes chooses to wear clothing from discount stores, such as H&M. She has appeared on the Today show wearing a $35 dress from the retailer.
T. Boone Pickens
Estimated net worth: $1.4 billion
How he struck it rich: Oil!
Frugal habit: Buys new business clothes once every five years
Pickens has 55+ years’ worth of professional achievements, including growing his first company, Mesa Petroleum, into a $2 billion business and an infamous 1985 Time magazine cover. But these days, Pickens is almost as well known for his low-budget lifestyle as he is for his high-profile financial success. "People are always surprised that I don't have a closet full of suits," Pickens told Kiplinger. "I buy three suits every five or so years and only own 10 total. That's all I need." Pickens credits his grandmother with having taught him money lessons that still resonate: "She'd always tell me, 'Don't ever go any place with money in your pocket, looking for something to buy.'" Even today, Pickens says that whenever he visits a store he first makes a list of what he needs, and he carries only the exact amount of money he plans to spend.
Estimated net worth: $100 million
How she struck it rich: Created the Skinnygirl cocktail brand
Frugal habit: Never pays retail prices for clothing or shoes and bargain hunts on eBay
Frankel doesn't take her newfound wealth (she sold Skinnygirl to Beam Global for a reported $100 million last year) for granted. Just a few years ago, the reality TV star and entrepreneur couldn't even pay her rent, as she revealed in a 2011 interview with ABC's Nightline. Her guilty pleasure is fashion, so when it comes to spending money on clothes, Frankel is adamant about not buying anything that isn’t on sale. To help avoid making impulse purchases, she shops mostly online at retailers like net-a-porter.com and discount sites such as eBay.com.
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