shampoo http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1362/all en-US Alternative Uses for Everything in Your Bathroom http://www.wisebread.com/alternative-uses-for-everything-in-your-bathroom <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/alternative-uses-for-everything-in-your-bathroom" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/tAH55Itru71XFkDJmPexVIArDS2LtKI3REEPYB7GSJg/mtime:1345718488/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2206957188_186f11f60b_z.jpg" alt="bathroom" title="bathroom" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a kid, I used to love using other people's bathrooms &mdash; there was always a new, exotic array of creams, cleaners, and conditioners to stare at, wondering &ldquo;What's this for?&rdquo; (And, in some cases, &ldquo;Why does this [insert: soap, lotion, powder] smell so flipping awful?&rdquo;)</p> <p>These days, I still get a little excited about the products we keep in our bathrooms &mdash; but now, it's because I like discovering alternative uses for everyday things (OK, I still like to know what other people's lotions smell like, too). I've collected tips from around Wise Bread and the web to help you make the most of your bathroom products. So whether you want to get more life out of the stuff you own or are out of something and need to find a substitute, read on for great ways to get more out of everything in your bathroom. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-%E2%80%9Cyuck%E2%80%9D-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom From &quot;Yuck&quot; to Yes!</a>)</p> <h2>Bar Soap</h2> <p>Yeah, you can use a bar of soap to make things smell nice and clean, but it can also help you keep things smelling nice in another way &mdash; if you hang it up outside, bar soap can help <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-a-skunk-without-losing-your-dignity">deter skunks</a>. Prefer liquid soap to bar soap? You can follow this tutorial for turning <a href="http://www.savvyhousekeeping.com/how-to-turn-a-bar-of-soap-into-liquid-hand-soap/">bar soap into liquid</a>. There are plenty more alternative uses for bar soap, too &mdash; like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nine-frugal-suggestions-for-a-humble-bar-of-soap">these nine</a>.</p> <h2>Bobby Pins</h2> <p>From pulling zippers to holding hems, check out Myscha's piece on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-practical-uses-for-bobby-pins">25 uses for bobby pins</a>.</p> <h2>Comb</h2> <p>I fondly remember <a href="http://nicholasacademy.com/scienceexperiment293combkazoo.html">making a comb into a musical instrument</a> as a kid. Real Simple has seven more <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/new-uses-for-old-things/news-uses-for-comb-00000000029987/index.html">uses for combs</a> &mdash; including using a (clean) comb to create some awesome cake-frosting texture.</p> <h2>Conditioner</h2> <p>Personally, I'm a soap-and-water shaver. But one thing I remember from my days of reading teen magazines was the suggestion of swapping in conditioner for shave cream when you're in a pinch. Since conditioner is, at heart, a moisturizer, it can also be used as a stand-in for lotion, or even to grease up stuck things like zippers or rings trapped on fingers (because, come on, do you really want to cover your wedding ring in butter?).</p> <h2>Cotton Balls</h2> <p>Stylelist has a great list of alternative <a href="http://www.stylelist.com/chris-barnes/5-new-uses-cotton-balls_b_1400319.html">uses for cotton balls</a>; my favorite detials how you can use cotton balls to make daffodils last longer.</p> <h2>Deodorant</h2> <p>The Coupon High recommends a few <a href="http://www.thecouponhigh.net/6-alternative-uses-for-deodorant/">uses for deodorant</a>, including drying pimples.</p> <h2>Floss</h2> <p>Our own Linsey Knerl has already listed 14 great <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-the-mouth-14-uses-for-dental-floss">uses for floss</a>, including hanging photos, precision cake cutting, and even baby delivery (um, don't try that at home?).</p> <h2>Hairbrush</h2> <p>Over at Yahoo! Voices, Angela Vee lists a few different <a href="http://voices.yahoo.com/how-recycle-old-hair-brushes-3184448.html">ways to use old hairbrushes</a>. Most of them are for (big surprise) brushing other things, but I especially like her suggestion of using an old brush to work dirt out of messy kids' clothes (or adult clothes, because sometimes, you just have to jump in a mud puddle no matter what your age is).</p> <h2>Hairdryer</h2> <p>I've always liked using my hair dryer as a way to dry clothes in a pinch, but that's a pretty obvious use. For more creative options, take a look at this Instructables guide on <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/13-Unusual-Uses-for-a-Hair-Dryer/">ways to use a hair dryer</a>.</p> <h2>Liquid Soap</h2> <p>If your liquid soap is Castile soap (like Dr. Bronner's), you can dilute it and use it as a household cleaner, add a &frac14; cup to your laundry in place of regular detergent, or even use it as a toothpaste.</p> <h2>Lotion</h2> <p>When I'm having a particularly frizzy hair day (such as every day that I'm on the East Coast), I'll often use a little bit of lotion to help tame the curly beast. Like the aforementioned conditioner, it can also be used when you need to moisturize other things (like hair) or get stuck things unstuck.</p> <h2>Mouthwash</h2> <p>Our Nora Dunn compiled a list of 19 <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-money-saving-uses-for-mouthwash">uses for mouthwash</a>, from treating bruises to cleaning glass. Mouthwash also factors into Paul's secret <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">lawn tonic recipe</a>, which uses other common ingredients that you (hopefully) don't keep in your bathroom, like beer.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Nail Polish</h2> <p>I was first introduced to the magic of nail polish when my 3<sup>rd</sup> grade teacher took a bottle out of her desk to help stop a run in her stockings; all you need to do is paint a little clear polish around the hole. Mikey compiled 14 other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-alternative-uses-for-nail-polish">uses for nail polish</a> &mdash; as someone who has done a lot of sewing, using nail polish to help thread a needle is one of my favorite tips.</p> <h2>Razors</h2> <p>Even though it's probably not great for the blade, I'll sometimes use my bathroom razor to cut loose threads off of clothing. But if you're a straight-razor user, you have several <a href="http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/improvement/interior/4280993">more options available to you</a>.</p> <h2>Shampoo</h2> <p>If you've spilled grease or oil on your clothing, try pouring a bit of shampoo on, rubbing it in, and rinsing. This works best immediately after the spill. <a href="http://www.rd.com/home/how-to-use-shampoo-14-ways/">Readers Digest</a> also recommends a bit of shampoo for shining up leather shoes and purses (just rub a little on it with a clean cloth) and washing things other than hair, like delicates or hair brushes.</p> <h2>Shaving Cream</h2> <p>Well, I know that performers will often use shaving cream as an inexpensive alternative for whipped cream when they want to hit someone in the face with a pie. That might not be the most practical use, but <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/a-new-use-for-shaving-cream-99998">Apartment Therapy</a> has another great suggestion &mdash; mixing shaving cream with bleach to help keep the cleaner in place when removing mildew from grout.</p> <h2>Toilet Paper</h2> <p>Of course, toilet paper can be used for tissues (and vice versa). But if you really want to get fancy...check out this <a href="http://blog.toiletpaperworld.com/the-5th-annual-toilet-paper-wedding-dress-contest-winner/">toilet paper wedding dress</a>.</p> <h2>Toothbrush</h2> <p>Just because a toothbrush isn't great for cleaning your teeth anymore doesn't mean it's kaput. Used toothbrushes are great for scrubbing hard-to-reach areas around the house, like between tiles or behind the faucet. Or if you're looking for a fun project to do with your kids, try this <a href="http://www.evilmadscientist.com/2007/bristlebot-a-tiny-directional-vibrobot/">toothbrush robot</a>.</p> <h2>Toothpaste</h2> <p>From removing stains to relieving itchy bug bites, Nora Dunn has gathered 20 great <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/two-dozen-uses-for-toothpaste-aside-from-cleaning-your-teeth">alternative uses for toothpaste</a>.</p> <h2>Witch&nbsp;Hazel</h2> <p>You might know the stuff primarily as an astringent, but Paul has detailed 14 other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">great uses for witch hazel</a>.</p> <p><em>What did I miss? Share your favorite alternative uses for bathroom products in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alternative-uses-for-everything-in-your-bathroom">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment">DIY Shampoo: The Baking Soda Experiment</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-onions">10 Great Uses for Onions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/absolut-repurposing-17-uses-for-vodka">Absolut Repurposing: 17 Uses for Vodka</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/germs-dirt-bacteria-infection-immune-system-antibiotics-disease">Are we too clean for our own good?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Health and Beauty Home alternative uses bathroom shampoo soap Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:36:40 +0000 Meg Favreau 945906 at http://www.wisebread.com DIY Shampoo: The Baking Soda Experiment http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/-DoNlE7ylQTrXAure7oXA92l3tNNhyPHq692r0jmUcU/mtime:1301030674/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bakingsodawb.JPG" alt="baking soda" title="baking soda" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="173" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pop, fizz went the sound as the baking soda and vinegar mixed together to create a volcano-like effect. Most times this experiment is conducted in science classrooms across the country, but today the experiment was in the shower. More specifically: in my hair.</p> <p>Baking soda and vinegar have long been touted to have great cleaning properties, but never did I think that they could clean hair. That was until my girlfriend attended a Mom's group where the speaker who'd had breast cancer at 30 years old clued the group to the <a href="http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/">cosmetic safety database</a>.</p> <p>Stunned by all the shampoos and conditioners with high toxicity, I decided to research the options. The problem was that the ones that scored low on the toxic index were high on the price index, and as a seasoned frugalite I had to believe there was an alternative.</p> <p>Someone mentioned that they had used baking soda before, and so I decided to try it. All you need is 1/8 cup of baking soda mixed with warm water each time you wash your hair, and at $1 or less a box, the amount needed per time is in the pennies. Still, could it really remove all the dirt?</p> <p>For a week I used it solely in place of my shampoo and conditioner. While I know that sometimes even something that doesn't feel clean is helping my hair, could rubbing something like sand into my hair really help? After more research I learned that you've got to give it at least a week to see results, so I kept plodding on, all the while unsure it was working and putting up with a weird dry feel. I've got to say that at the end of week two, I wasn't convinced. My hair felt like straw and didn't smell much better. I was tired of the no-sudsy feeling I was getting while washing that makes me feel like something is working, so I gave it up as a failed experiment. Until...</p> <p>I was tempted to try it again for a blog experiment with lots of other people watching. This time I'd use 1/2 cup of vinegar, as well as the baking soda, as recommended by another reader. This is supposed to prevent dryness and was worth a shot for sure.</p> <p>Well, gag me now if vinegar in the shower isn't the last thing I want to smell while relaxing, but it did help. I stunk at science, and I guess I just didn't realize the effects of the baking soda and vinegar, but I liked it a lot. Somehow all that fizzing and popping made me feel like it was working. Although it didn't smell sweet like shampoo, nor did it smell like vinegar once rinsed &mdash; and it certainly wasn't dry.</p> <p>All in all, I much preferred washing with the vinegar, even though the stench was a little much. It's non-toxic, incredibly cheap, and my hair looks and feels the same as when using a regular shampoo. I can honestly say I liked the experiment and have a new love for one of the world's oldest cleaning ingredients. According to Wikipedia, even the ancient Egyptians loved it and used it as soap.</p> <p>If you'd like to try it, here are the directions I used (there are two options):</p> <ul> <li><strong>Wash with baking soda regularly.</strong> Those who do this say they experience a short period of their hair feeling really dry and straw-like. You should give it at least 2 weeks.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Wash with baking soda a few times a month</strong> to get rid of shampoos, conditioners and stylers that build up. Honestly, this is probably what I'll be doing from now on. I do love the smell of my shampoo and am not sure I'm ready to give that up yet.</li> </ul> <h3>The Recipe</h3> <p>1. Mix this in small plastic container:</p> <ul> <li>1/2 cup baking soda</li> <li>3 cups of warm water</li> </ul> <p>These two ingredients will make a lot of &quot;shampoo&quot; so just use a little each time and then after you've washed with the baking soda mix, rinse with 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar.</p> <p>2. However often you wash your hair, wash it with the mixture.</p> <p>3. It won't suds up and will feel a little weird to begin with &mdash; it will also fizz and pop.</p> <p>4. Rinse and dry as normal.</p> <p><em>Tell us what your experience with baking soda and/or vinegar shampoo was like.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Clair Boone. She bought diapers for 20 cents a pack and earned the applause of the cashier checking her out. Over the past year, Clair's money-saving tips has helped thousands of people all over the U.S. save hundreds of dollars. Read more articles by Clair at her blog, <a href="http://www.mummydeals.org/">Mummy Deals</a>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.mummydeals.org/2009/01/why-i-do-my-own-hair-coloring.html">Save Around $400 Per Year by Doing Your Own Hair Coloring</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.mummydeals.org/2010/01/my-ink-cartridge-just-cost-me-mere-2.html">My Ink Cartridge Just Cost Me a Mere $2</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.mummydeals.org/2009/11/upromise-helping-you-save-for-your-kids.html">Upromise: Helping You Save For Your Kid's College</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clair-boone">Clair Boone</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesomeness-of-sodium-bicarbonate-27-uses-for-baking-soda">The Awesomeness of Sodium Bicarbonate: 27 Uses for Baking Soda</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alternative-uses-for-everything-in-your-bathroom">Alternative Uses for Everything in Your Bathroom</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-uses-for-salt-besides-seasoning">21 Uses for Salt (Besides Seasoning)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper - Updated</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Health and Beauty Home baking soda shampoo Vinegar Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:00:04 +0000 Clair Boone 5961 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Get your Toiletries for Cheap or Even Free! http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-get-your-toiletries-for-cheap-or-even-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-get-your-toiletries-for-cheap-or-even-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/V1c4DrxgEhbOnRPEjsMPsLCRq18Yc4cpeGm-W87xsko/mtime:1301029914/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/toiletries.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="294" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">With my budget straining at the increase in the cost of milk, I can’t always justify buying my favorite shampoo, the best razor, or that luxurious body wash I crave.<span>  </span>I have found ways to ease the pain, and while not always predictable, they work!<span>  </span>If you don’t mind getting a bit creative with your methods, you can pay much less (even nothing) for your bath and body treats, too! </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Guest Services.</strong><span>  </span>When I was a girl, my Aunt came home from a convention in Vegas and dumped a gallon Ziploc bag of designer mini-soaps and tiny shampoo bottles in my lap.<span>  </span>At the time, I thought she was loony.<span>  </span>Who would use these hotel spiffs for everyday grooming?<span>  </span>Years later, my husband began working a “road-warrior” job that left us with too many of the tiny treats.<span>  </span>We continued to save them in a small plastic bucket in our bathroom closet.<span>  </span>They came in handy when guests or relatives visited, and when the budget got a bit tight, we would hold off on buying full-size products until the bucket had been emptied.<span>  </span>We could go weeks on what he had acquired in a year.<span>  </span>(And before you complain that it’s greedy to take the hotel soaps, many places throw them out if you don’t use them for hygiene’s sake…) </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Free Samples.</strong><span>  </span>Joke all you want about those of us who sign up for every free sample you can get online.<span>  </span>With the ample supply of one-time use samples I’ve received, I have been able to enjoy some of my favorite brands at times when access to them would be scarce.<span>  </span>(When each of my children were born, I would pack the samples into my “baby bag” for my first shower at the hospital.<span>  </span>After 3-4 days of hospital care, having the tiny packets of my favorite body wash in my institutionalized beauty routine seemed like heaven.)<span>  </span>Other fun uses for them?<span>  </span>Send them with kids going to summer camp, tuck them into a car kit for unexpected road trips, or add them to that “hotel mini” basket mentioned above.<span>  </span>Some websites that offer regular samples of brand name products include <a href="http://instoresnow.walmart.com/In-Stores-Now-Free-Samples-And-Trials.aspx">Walmart.com</a> and <a href="http://www.startsampling.com/">Start Sampling</a>.<span>  </span>You can set up <a href="http://www.technorati.com/">Technorati</a> tags to scout out anything labeled “freebies” for even more good leads. (To cut down on waste, I would personally avoid signing up for items I would be certain not to use.<span>  </span>It’s clutter and<span>  </span>it costs money to mail.<span>  </span>Let’s be responsible here.) </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Shop ‘Til You Drop.</strong><span>  </span>This tip takes much more work, but can net you some great deals on your top brands.<span>  </span>Our own Carrie Kirby has already shared how she scores free and almost-free stuff regularly at <a href="/trying-out-cvs-madness">CVS retail stores</a>.<span>  </span>I have been successful at scouting out <a href="/tips-for-perimeter-perusing-at-target">Target Clearance Deals</a> in the health and beauty aisles and pairing them with high-value manufacturer’s coupons.<span>  </span>Many websites track the best deals on items, including my favorite website, <a href="http://www.refundcents.com/">Refundcents</a> (which also allows shoppers to chat about their deals and trade coupons.)<span>  </span>Just be sure you are buying things you will use, and don’t hog items for the thrill of it.<span>  </span>Overconsumption is NOT the goal. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Free After Rebate.</strong><span>  </span>Some folks despise the “effort” involved with purchasing a product on the premise that it will be free after a mail-in rebate.<span>  </span>Several outlets make this an easy choice for shoppers, including <a href="http://www.walgreens.com/">Walgreens</a>.<span>  </span>Their monthly Easy Savers Rebate catalog features 3-6 brand-name items for nothing after rebate.<span>  </span>Rebates are easy to obtain, thanks to their dependable tracking system and online submission forms (which don’t require even the cost of a postage stamp.)<span>  </span>Late rebate requests are usually no problem, as long<span>  </span>as you call and explain the situation.<span>  </span>With a 10% extra incentive for rebates that are placed on Walgreens gift cards, it’s possible to buy your favorite items for completely free, including the price you paid in tax.<span>  </span>(Although, I prefer to get mine back as cash.)<span>  </span>If you are getting items that won’t rot in the back of your closet, you can add $10-20 to your health and beauty budget.<span>  </span>With items ranging from hair dye to cold medicine, I have found it to be an EXCELLENT deal.<span> </span> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Bulk Buy with a Buddy.</strong><span>  </span>I’m no sucker for those giant bottles of mouthwash packaged together at Costco.<span>  </span>They are a great deal if priced separately, but how long would it take me to use all of it?<span>  </span>I’ve found the best way to save money at bulk co-op outlets and warehouse stores is to go halves with my Mom.<span>  </span>She buys pretty much the same stuff I do, and by splitting both the cost of the warehouse club fee and divvying up the goods, we make out like bandits on items that rarely go on sale or don’t offer much in the way of manufacturer’s coupons.<span>  </span>(Carpooling saves us gas money and makes for a fun afternoon!) </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Dispense with Care.</strong><span>  </span>Many of the products we use every day are packaged poorly.<span>  </span>They are designed to allow a large amount of product to come out at a time, increasing your usage and forcing you to buy more often.<span>  </span>If you only need a “dime-sized” helping of shampoo, why does a “half-dollar” come oozing out?<span>  </span>One way to save money is by changing your usage habits.<span>  </span>We do this at home in several ways.<span>  </span>My favorite is to buy some inexpensive foaming hand pumps for products like face wash.<span>  </span>A nifty toothpaste tube flattener helps us use every bit of paste, and keeps the kids from trashing the sink.<span>  </span>Storing bottles upside down in the shower lets us get two or three more days from most items. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Saving money doesn’t have to be a hardship.<span>  </span>I’ve never been one to ask families to make their own beauty products for the sake of frugality (although it can be a fun hobby!)<span>  </span>I also despise generic beauty products and don’t believe in watering down the goods.<span>  </span>It is possible to stick to your favorites and save at the same time!<span>  </span></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-get-your-toiletries-for-cheap-or-even-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-a-dental-discount-plan-save-you-money">Will A Dental Discount Plan Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-does-ymmv-mean-the-official-guide-to-decoding-the-language">What Does “YMMV” Mean? The Official Guide to Decoding the Language of Frugality</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-tip-do-not-spend-when-you-are-sad">Frugal Tip: Do Not Spend When You Are Sad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Budgeting Health and Beauty Shopping bath and body frugality savings shampoo Sun, 21 Sep 2008 02:50:34 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2445 at http://www.wisebread.com I'd Rather Be A Brunette: 10 Tips To Save On Hair Care http://www.wisebread.com/id-rather-be-a-brunette-10-tips-to-save-on-hair-care <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/id-rather-be-a-brunette-10-tips-to-save-on-hair-care" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/BHEMeTtjjx8zQFOZzbNiazBbjW2wCBVdDDbupN9hmdU/mtime:1301029918/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/haircut.jpg" alt="Little boy&#039;s haircut" title="Little boy&#039;s haircut" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In high school, I watched a friend drop over $100 on a trip to her favorite salon. I&#39;d always known that her hair looked better than mine, but I couldn&#39;t believe that it was simply a matter of money. I didn&#39;t want it to be, either. Even in high school, I had other financial priorities than my do. There are frugal options for taking care of your locks, though. It&#39;s taken me a while to find them, but I use these tricks regularly.</p> <ol> <li>Skip the repeat: &#39;Lather. Rinse. Repeat.&#39; is one of the greatest marketing phrases of the 20th century. But it&#39;s misleading. To get your hair clean, one lather-and-rinse cycle is plenty. </li> <li>Eat a healthy diet: You can eat your way to better hair. If you eat a balanced diet — plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as protein — your body will have the nutrients necessary to grow healthy hair. A balanced diet won&#39;t solve every hair problem, but it can head quite a few off at the pass.For instance, if you have an iron deficiency, your hair can thin out. </li> <li>Go natural: Hair dye is expensive, and it can make keeping your hair healthy much harder. Consider going back to your natural hair color for a while and save some serious dough. The same goes for perms. I&#39;ve also been known to dye my hair myself. It isn&#39;t hard, but I recommend having a second pair of hands around. </li> <li>Shop around for products: The same tips for shopping frugally for groceries work on hair care products. I buy on sale, clip coupons and pick up bulk bottles. I do have a preferred brand that I tend to stock up on, but it&#39;s not the most expensive brand on the shelf. According to a few hair styling friends, the expensive hair products aren&#39;t really any better than cheaper options. Wholesale distributors will also often provide great deals, as do online vendors. </li> <li>Barter: If you really do prefer the job a professional will do on your hair, you don&#39;t have to give up those regular visits. But it&#39;s worth finding a stylist willing to accept a payment other than cash. During high school, I traded babysitting for haircuts on a regular basis. I didn&#39;t have to pay for a haircut and I could generally do my homework at the same time. Barbers and stylists need services as well as cash; you can see what you can trade.</li> <li>Go organic: Sure, organic brands can be more expensive than their chemically-enhanced counterparts. But many organic shampoos and conditioners do not contain sulfates. While sulfates do remove oil and other junk from your hair, they also strip it and create frizz and other problems. If you can switch to sulfate-free products, you can stop using other products — like anti-frizz mouse. There&#39;s a period of adjustment and your hair might be slightly oily in comparison, but after a few weeks, your hair should be healthier. </li> </ol> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/id-rather-be-a-brunette-10-tips-to-save-on-hair-care">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/former-pop-princess-figures-out-frugal-go-bald">Former Pop Princess Figures Out Frugal? Go Bald!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home">10 Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alternative-uses-for-everything-in-your-bathroom">Alternative Uses for Everything in Your Bathroom</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment">DIY Shampoo: The Baking Soda Experiment</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty conditioner hair care hair cuts shampoo Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:55:27 +0000 Thursday Bram 2283 at http://www.wisebread.com Pet Peeves Part 2: Good Grooming http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-2-good-grooming <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pet-peeves-part-2-good-grooming" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/lRLbKWWaUfM6fpX_O_CUjvpmMpR3BESAeh6rLIVTDBc/mtime:1301029915/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/177334280_8349dcae11_z.jpg" alt="dog in towel" title="dog in towel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dogs are by far the most expensive pets to groom. Cats need a good brushing and maybe the occasional bath, birds clean themselves (as do rodents) and fish LIVE in a bath. So, dog grooming is where a lot of pet owners drop a wad of cash. It doesn't have to be that way.</p> <p>I used to take my dogs to Petsmart for a good all-over grooming &mdash; bath, trim, nails, ears, tooth brushing. Petsmart grooming fees differ depending on the breed you have, not the type of grooming that is performed. Because I have two small dogs that might be considered high-maintenance breeds (a Shih Tzu and a Pekingese), my fees run about $50 per dog, plus taxes. I always thought that this was a bit unfair &mdash; I can see charging $50 each if I wanted the dogs to have long, silky hair that was brushed out and swooped up in bows, but I have my dogs clipped short all over. That doesn't matter to Petsmart.</p> <p>All in all, I used to spend over $119 every three weeks to have my dogs groomed (nearly $2070 per year).</p> <p>Once I calculated that total, I realized that grooming my own dogs was going to be key to saving myself some moo-lah. After a bad experience with $30 Costco dog clippers, I found that although an initial investment in grooming supplies might cost me more than a couple of groom sessions, the purchase would pay for itself within the first four months of ownership.</p> <p>DIY pet grooming isn't nearly as difficult as it sounds. If you just set aside a little bit of time each month, you can save a bundle and still have happy, clean pets.</p> <h2>The First Cut is the Priciest</h2> <p>First, clippers. The groomers at Petsmart were happy to tell me which clippers they used in the doggie salon, which were conveniently sold at Petsmart for roughly $220. I wrote down the model number and found them on eBay for $160, less than the cost of two grooming sessions. These clippers do require maintenance and replacement blades, but they are still much cheaper than having someone else trim my dogs. Also, I can give my Shih Tzu a Mohawk whenever the whim strikes me.</p> <p>Now, I'm not claiming that I as good a job trimming my dogs as the people at Petsmart did. But my dogs aren't that vain, and they look good enough that so far, no one has laughed openly at them.</p> <h2>Rub-a-dub-dub</h2> <p>Next, bathing. I had tried unsuccessfully to bathe my dogs by setting them in the bathtub and shampooing them while pouring pots of water over their heads. My little guys are small, but absolutely determined to be nowhere near the water flowing out of the faucet. Turning on the shower did no good because the spray was too dispersed and difficult to aim at such a small target. And they were just too big (and gross) to wash in the kitchen sink. Because I had to do so much fighting, I ended up wasting a lot of water, and I'd usually run out of hot water halfway through bathing the second dog, so that one of them was guaranteed to be shivering and miserable when I was finished (as opposed to just miserable).</p> <p>Thus, I was delighted when my sister gave me a <a href="http://www.petco.com/Shop/petco_Product_R_1814_PC_productlist_Nav_185_rpp_51_N_22+102_cp_2_Nao_51_sku_848247_familyID_10359.aspx">Rinse Ace Indoor Pet Sprayer</a>, which she had started using on her large dog after it got too cold to simply hose him off outside one winter. An ingenious little device, the Rinse Ace is a hose with a showerhead that you can plug into your current showerhead. The hose is long enough to reach into the tub for bathing small dogs, and you hold down a little switch to the turn the water on. When you let go, the water stops, thus saving dozens of gallons every bath. Having to hold the button down does cause some hand fatigue, but it's better than using all the hot water, and struggling to keep the dog in the tub while pouring water over its head.</p> <p>I also like using this when I occasionally have to bathe the cat. Since we got her when she was a kitten, she's easier to bathe than a cat that has never been in the water. I have to wear rubber gloves and long sleeves for the process, but it significantly cuts down on her shedding and my allergies.</p> <p>As far as canine beauty products go, I really like the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;field-keywords=Lavender+and+Mint+Buddy+Wash&amp;x=0&amp;y=0">Lavender and Mint Buddy Wash</a> shampoos and conditioners by Cloud Star. They cost between $9-13 per bottle, but they are concentrated so that they last a long time, and leave my dogs smelling great. And, one of my dogs has terrible allergies that cause him to chew and scratch, but the Buddy Wash Conditioner soothes his dry skin and keeps him from scratching.</p> <p>Towels. Never fall for the ruse that your dogs need special towels. Just use your old ones.</p> <h2>Grin and Brush It</h2> <p>Tooth care. This aspect of pet care is often overlooked, but you should brush your dog's teeth at least once a week, if not <a href="http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2089&amp;aid=384">every day</a>. If the process is followed by praise and treats, your pooch with probably endure it. You don't need to get an Oral B Extra Sonic Ultra Laser Boom Brush like the one that you use &mdash; a simple doggie toothbrush and some dog-happy toothpaste is enough.</p> <h2>I am Canine, Hear Me Bark</h2> <p>Ears. Cleaning your dog's ears is actually easier than it sounds. Simply take some tweezers and pluck out most of the small hairs that crowd your dogs' inner ears (not inner-inner &mdash; you're not plucking out their eardrums or anything). Pulling the hairs out is remarkably painless for most dogs. Then swab the inside of the ear with a soft cloth (or Q-Tip, if you have good aim and your dog has small ears). An ear cleanser should be relatively inexpensive and <a href="http://www.ehow.com/how_2209_clean-dogs-ears.html">free from alcohol</a>.</p> <h2>Putting Their Best Feet Forward</h2> <p>Pedicure. This is my least favorite part of caring for my dogs, and I will occasionally take them to Petsmart with me when I go to pick up their special, hypoallergenic prescription diet, and pay $5 to have someone trim their nails. If you are brave enough to do it yourself, ThePetCenter.com has <a href="http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/nailtrim.htm">instructions</a>. Remember that it is uncomfortable for dogs, as they have nerve endings in their claws that we don't in our fingernails, so be gentle and patient, but firm.</p> <h2>Flea Market</h2> <p>When I went to Petsmart grooming, I often paid extra for anti-flea treatments, in addition to using Advantage flea-treatment capsules (I use <a href="http://www.canadavet.com/advantage-flea-C86.aspx">Advantage</a> rather than the better-known <a href="http://www.petparents.com/show.aspx/products/k9-advantix-for-dogs">Advantix</a> &mdash; it's cheaper and safer around cats). The combination of a flea bath AND flea medication is not necessary. Stick with whatever your vet gives you (Advantage, Advantix, whatever) and forgo anything else. You will need to wait about a week after bathing your dog before using any flea treatments. And all dogs should be protected against fleas, unless you want to deal with worms some day. You don't, trust me. Grossest thing ever.</p> <h2>Smells Like Wasted Money</h2> <p>Perfumes. Bunk. Unless your carry your precious poochie in your handbag, or unless your dog is exceptionally stinky, and your vet has told you that it's not a medical problem and you just have a stinky dog, dog perfumes are simply a waste of money. They can cause skin irritation, and probably cause your dog immense embarrassment around other dogs.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-2-good-grooming">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-1-couture-critters-are-expensive">Pet Peeves Part 1: Couture Critters Are Expensive!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ridiculously-overpriced-pet-products">10 Ridiculously Overpriced Pet Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-pet-expenses-that-arent-worth-it">4 Pet Expenses That Aren&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-surprising-ways-your-dog-can-save-you-money">5 Surprising Ways Your Dog Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-self-tanning-lotion-and-5-other-fabulous-diy-tips-from-the-web">Make Your Own Self-tanning Lotion and 5 Other Fabulous DIY Tips from the Web</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Life Hacks bathing cats clippers conditioner cost-saving DIY dogs ear grooming nails paws shampoo solution trimming Mon, 26 Feb 2007 21:45:14 +0000 Andrea Karim 299 at http://www.wisebread.com Former Pop Princess Figures Out Frugal? Go Bald! http://www.wisebread.com/former-pop-princess-figures-out-frugal-go-bald <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/_-_KB_3n5kbSMiPp8LDJkqPaH4BrOGYjwm_-O-ZOVO4/mtime:1301030214/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/britney_bald300.jpg" alt=" " width="200" height="267" /></p> </p> <p>I think every woman should shave her head once in her life. I can say this, because I&#39;ve already done it, so I&#39;m off the hook now. It&#39;s a very liberating experience, feels really neat when you shower, and gives you a fresh start with brand-new, stress-free strands. Also, it saves you a bundle on styling products, because you really don&#39;t need anything, save a few tuques or baseball caps to stay warm. It&#39;s something that a lot of women do to support friends who are going through chemotherapy, and it can be quite the bonding experience for the shavees. <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/1XHwYrTj9PDq64vGNGscQgPE3X5BYOGB31X64yi0aME/mtime:1301030217/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/sinead.jpg" alt=" " width="128" height="228" /></p> </p> <p>And of course, there&#39;s always the memory of the soulful, wailing Irish balladeer who made the look acceptable to begin with. Could Sinead rock that look or what? So, I lend my wholehearted support of chopping off one&#39;s locks and sporting a fuzzy noggin. It&#39;s a sort of rebirth for a lot of people. In fact, in many Asian cultures, you are encouraged not to cut your hair following the New Year Celebration - something about not cutting off the luck of the New Year. <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/YVFHMEnfSJw2f3nXRHdV6qjzuVgg5bItW9GWondjIdE/mtime:1301030208/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/baldingbrit.jpg" alt=" " width="450" height="300" /></p> </p> <p>Now, there are plenty of theories out there as to why Britney Spears shaved her head. K-Fed was threatening to test her locks for traces of illegal substances. She was going bald already because of all the terrible chemicals, weaves, braids, glue and whatnot she had been piling on her scalp for the last few months. That stuff can really destroy hair follicles. Maybe she&#39;s having a nervous breakdown - who knows? <p>Or maybe, just maybe, she wanted to save some dough.</p> <p>A bald head has so many implications that it&#39;s tough to know what to make of Brit&#39;s Baldness. The military shears off recruit&#39;s locks during basic training, mostly for the purpose of creating an atmosphere in which none of the new arrivals is visibly superior to the others (hopefully enhancing a sense of community and subordinance). Head shaving has often historically been a method of punishment (The Inquisition and The Holocaust are two good examples of forced head shaving), or a way to prevent headlice, or both. In an ironic move, Neo-Nazis throughout Europe adopted the look in the 1970s, and bald heads still send mixed messages today.</p> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=402793&amp;in_page_id=1770">British Daily Mail</a>, the average British woman spends, over the course of her lifetime, £36,903.75 and 650 days on hair care. I&#39;ve <a href="http://www.whoisisabella.com/article.php?id=316&amp;pg=2">estimated</a> that I spent over $5,000 on my hair over the past 6 years. A <a href="http://fabsugar.com/46952">blog poll</a> puts the number of women who spend between $100-200 on a cut and color at 35% (as of February 21, 2007). I went on a date a few years ago with a man who was a bit older than me, made more money than me, and spent more on his colorist every month than I did on my rent. One date was all her got.</p> <p><a href="http://singlemomandmoney.blogspot.com/2006/03/singlemas-plan-to-be-fabulous-frugal.html">Fabulous Single Ma</a> thinks that she can save $100 a month by doing the following:</p> <p>1. Reduce salon visits from weekly to bi-wkly</p> <p>2. Consider new hairstyle or cut that requires less maintenance</p> <p>3. Extend touch up from 6 weeks to 8 weeks</p> <p>4. Let hi-lites grow out</p> <p>Weekly to biweekly? A salon visit every week? I like FSM and all, but weekly visits to the salon are bloody insane! I&#39;m not a great saver, and I&#39;m not yet even close to frugal, but I never went to a salon on a weekly basis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.womenshealthmag.com/article/0,6176,s1-22-74-1279-1,00.html">Women&#39;s health magazine</a> has a breakdown on American hair spending that makes ME want to breakdown:</p> <ul> <li>Percentage of women who don&#39;t own a blow-dryer: <strong>5</strong></li> <li>Amount spent on hairstyling appliances in 2005: <strong>$941 million</strong></li> <li>Price the AW pays for a haircut: <strong>$42</strong></li> <li>How often she gets a trim: <strong>every 5 to 9 weeks</strong></li> <li>Percentage of women who&#39;ve never dyed their hair: <strong>16</strong></li> <li>Most popular dye job: <strong>brunette</strong></li> </ul> <p>Aha, but there&#39;s more:</p> <p class="blockquote">Number of women who&#39;ve considered shaving their head: <strong>1 in 5</strong></p> <p>So, it&#39;s not that unusual after all. One in five! That&#39;s 20% of the population. I&#39;ll bet it&#39;s higher than that, too. </p> <p>According to a hilarious <a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,821343,00.html">Time Magazine article from 1950</a> (!):</p> <p class="blockquote">American women is damaged by too much pampering, tinting and shampooing (all the things the beauty shops do to it). &quot;The hair of European women is like a well-manured garden,&quot; explained one of the Fleischers solemnly. &quot;The quality is good, but sometimes it doesn&#39;t smell too well.&quot; </p> <p>There are even videos out there to help you figure out how it&#39;s done.</p> <p><iframe id="videos_list" name="videos_list" src="http://www.youtube.com/videos_list?tag=head shaving" scrolling="auto" width="265" height="400" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0"></iframe></p> <p>Doesn&#39;t that just make you want to take it all off? Even if you&#39;re not checking into rehab after months of stupid public behavior, you too can going <a href="http://www.headshaver.org/">fabulously follicle free</a>! Let&#39;s all follow Britney&#39;s example (minus the drugs, divorce, and child neglect) and lop off our locks.</p> <p>Well, the rest of you. I did that in college, and let me tell you, I have a really strangely shaped skull.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/former-pop-princess-figures-out-frugal-go-bald">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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