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When you spend most of your shopping hours calculating discounts and comparing, you have a hard time enjoying the experience. Yes, your budget isn’t weeping tears of distress. Yes, you only buy what you need. Pat yourself on the back, you are doing great! With the dust of holiday shopping all but settled, you can do something that you probably do only once or twice a year.

Saving pads your bank account, but it takes something truly special to reward yourself. When you are looking for that special little something, check your balance and decide how much of it you can spend, then spend it! There are few rules governing how you reward yourself, but you can also help someone in the process.

Etsy shops are great for the double bladed reward maneuver. You can buy something spectacular and one of a kind, and reward a needy crafter or artist while doing so! Better  yet, find a new designer or have a new designer redesign your existing wardrobe! You actually kill 3 birds with this single stone as you cull your wardrobe at the same time.

Once you have your reward, don’t forget to wear it, or use it where everyone can fuss over it!



Healing Winter Skin from Kitchen Cabinets

Fill your bottles with home made skin care potions.

If you are like me, the skin on your face and hands takes a beating during the winter months. Dry skin makes you look older, but severely dry skin cracks and leaves you open to infection. I have tried commercial hand lotions and expensive facial creams, only to find my skin getting drier. I’ve grown tired of buying pricey failures, so I’ve decided to try making my own skin treatment.

First, I visited Active Formulas. My sister-in-law suggested this site but it carries ingredients you see on pricey commercial products.  Since I am just starting my diy skincare journey, I’ll save this site and use Natural-Organic-Products-and Recipes, instead. It is less overwhelming for beginners, like me.

I plan on looking through several sites, later. Buying every ingredient, before actually using my homemade moisturizer, will take too long and be too expensive. I will focus ingredients that appear in several recipes, then buy emulsifying wax and lecithin to bind those ingredients to make the cream. As I grow more comfortable, I’ll slowly add more ingredients to my arsenal, but I’ll already have enough to make my first moisturizer. My kitchen cabinets are already stocked with grape seed, coconut and olive oils.

The most important things I have learned about saving money are planning and patience. As long as my initial cost leads to greater savings, I can accept spending now to save later! Are you tired of commercial skin creams that barely work, if at all? How do you plan to have better skin by the end of winter?


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