5 Easy Ways to Look Great For Less

Posted: Aug 14 2015

If you think it’s impossible to look amazing on a budget, don’t despair.  It’s not only possible, but it can be fairly easy to find ways to look great for less.  Here are some ways that prove that you don’t need to spend a fortune to feel good about yourself.

Hair

We could suggest you learn how to cut your own hair, but for most people this would be a disaster.  Instead, look into beauty schools or facilities that have stylists-in-training.  You can potentially get a pricey cut for a discounted price in exchange for letting them practice on you.  While it may sound risky, the reality is that most of these students have been training for this for a long time on other beauty school students, and they simply need people outside of the school to work on.  Many of them are just as good as any other hair stylist out there, and they have someone watching and guiding them along the way.

Skin

It would be nice to have a day at the spa, but that can be pretty pricey.  Instead, treat your skin to a refreshing facial mask at home by following these simple recipes from Woman’s Day Magazine.  Not only are these recipes easy to follow, but you can make the experience far better than a typical spa day by inviting your girlfriends over and experimenting with different facial masks on each other.  Bring over some wine and pop in the latest chick-flick, and you have a far cheaper (and better) facial experience than if you had gone to the spa.

Clothes

You can look hot for less, whether you’re going to a wedding, a night out with the girls, or a day at the office.  Shopflynation.com has all the latest trends and styles at great prices so you don’t break the bank.  Turn heads with this black slit maxi dress, or make it more casual with these cute distressed jeans.  Looking great in your clothes for less money only requires you to know what styles and cuts work best for you.  This website is good for those who aren’t sure of their body types and need help figuring it out.  When you become knowledgeable about what cuts and colors look best for your shape, you can look just as hot as anyone else, for less.

Face

There are multiple tricks to looking your best for less when it comes to your face.  It’s important to keep our teeth clean to avoid cavities, but it’s also nice to have that perfect white smile.  A dentist might charge a lot of money for teeth whitening, but Crest White Strips work just as well and for a lot less.  You can also save money and impress your friends by making your own lip balm.  Other simple life hacks for keeping your face looking great on a budget include a do-it-yourself acne cleanser, using coconut oil as a moisturizer, and tons of recipes for facial scrubs and exfoliators.

Body

What we put into our body matters, but it can be easy to fall into bad eating habits when choosing a Big Mac is far cheaper than a salad.  However, you can still eat healthy foods, and even cut calories, without breaking the bank.  Some helpful tips to eating healthy and saving money include:

  • Swapping fresh fruits and vegetables for frozen: True; it’s better to have fresh produce, but when the alternative is processed junk food, this is still a smart choice.
  • Canned tuna: If you want to get your healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, but don’t want to pay for expensive fish filets, canned tuna is a much cheaper option, and it’s packed with protein to keep you fuller for longer.
  • Snacking nuts: A handful of these nuts can reduce your risk for heart disease, and they contain good fats and protein that are satisfying.
  • Shop the sale items: Produce that is getting too ripe, or meats that have an approaching sell-by date can be bought for a steal.  As long as you plan on eating them quickly, there should be no cause for concern over buying these healthy food items.

There are tons of great food blogs out there with recipes for families that want to eat healthfully, but who need to stick to a budget.  Check out websites such as Budget Bytes, Good (Cheap) Eats, My Life Runs On Food, and Skinny Taste.  By eating healthy food instead of junk, your body will reward you by looking its best.

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