Pin-up Hair, Makeup and Clothing…on a budget!

Hello lovely ladies!

If any of you have ever dabbled in the “pin-up” craze; but don’t have the funds to furnish that wardrobe, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Rockabilly/pin-up clothing can be expensive, but luckily for you, I have found ways to successfully create the look without the expense. All items I’ve posted are under $40. I have also added a video that will show an easy pin-up makeup & hair combo that anyone can do!

Firstly…your staple “pin-up” items

1. High-waisted jeans

You can purchase high-waisted jeans in a lot of stores. What you’re looking for is; flat color(no shimmer, sparkle or fading), no tears or embellishments (unless we’re talking buttons),tight fitted, ankle length or pedal pushers. You can even roll up these jeans at the bottom and it looks awesome!

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http://www.gojane.com/80360-bottoms-high-waisted-skinny-jeans.html

2. High-waisted shorts

The key to these shorts are that they should be: short but still “lady-like.” Meaning, short but not so short that you have to continually pull them down to cover your tushy. Feel free to go with patterns and bright colors. Just again, no tears or fading. Also, shorts don’t have to be tight 🙂

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3. Feminine blouse

I tend to wear…tight fitting with loose fitting. So if I’m going to wear a loose blouse, I will wear it with tight pants and vice versa.

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4. Cardigans

The trick with cardigans is that…again, they be tight and short. Bold colors and prints are perfect!

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http://www.modcloth.com/shop/cardigans/the-dream-of-the-crop-cardigan-in-red

5. The pencil skirt

These should be tight and high waisted. They should always hit at or below the knee.

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http://www.rainbowshops.com/Dot-Print-Pencil-Skirt/1062020623445,default,pd.html

6. Something leopard

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http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Trustworthy-Sexy-Blusas-Femininas-Crop-Top-Leopard-Camisole-Shirt-Women-s-Tank-Tops-Vest-Tank-Tops/32242252001.html

7. A beautiful vintage dress

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http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Women-s-Sailor-Nautical-Pinup-Rockabilly-Vintage-Retro-Pencil-Dress-D03544-45/32262836046.html

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2015-Novelty-Ball-Gown-Vestido-De-Festa-Women-UK-Rockabilly-60s-Dress-To-Party-Evening-Plus/32243645227.html

8. Some classic pumps

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http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Bid-size-34-43-women-pumps-2014-thick-heel-high-heels-open-toe-wedding-shoes-woman/1897749800.html

There you have it. Check out the video below to see me put the pin-up hair and makeup into action. I had to cut a lot of it, turns out I talk a lot.

Money Saving Tips of the Week for Thrifty Mom’s

Hey ladies!

Firstly, I am so sorry that I haven’t posted in a while. Between potty training, working and my new statistics class, I’m being stretched really thin. I will try to get caught up on my posts within the next few days! 🙂

Also, thank you for all that follow me! I recently got 60 likes and I am pretty excited about that!

So, without further adieu…here are this weeks money savings tips

♥ 1. Download the Cartwheel App immediately

If you are a Target shopper but don’t have time for the whole coupon clipping stuff or the hassle of a rebate program, this will become your new best friend! It is a Target app that will allow you to bundle their digital coupons right from your cell. You just hand your phone to the cashier with the bar-code up and poof; all savings are deducted.

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♥ 2. Save your samples

When you leave the dentist’s office with your grown woman “goodie bag” of toothpaste and such, what do you do with it? I hope you keep it! Designate a drawer in your house for all things sample and trust me, you will use these babies if you’re organized with them.

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♥ 3. Cut the cable in rooms that aren’t often occupied

Do you have a den in your house with a TV in it that has been used a whopping 3 times? Cut that TV, get yourself a Chromecast, AppleTV or a Roku and use that Netflix you pay for every month!

You can even take this a step further and cut Cable out of your house all together! I have been living without Cable or Satellite for the last year and a half. I have a variety of devices throughout my house; Chromecast, digital TV antenna, a couple Roku’s and also an amazing App that you can download called Sling TV. It’s the first Live, legal television that streams online. For $20 a month, you get stations like ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, Disney Channel, the History Channel and more!

Right now, they are offering promotions for a Free Roku Streaming Stick, 1/2 off Roku3 and Free Fire TV Stick! The quality is awesome if you have fast internet.

https://www.sling.com/

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♥ 4. Subscribe to promotional emails for your favorite places and companies

So maybe this one isn’t everyone’s favorite because those emails can end up taking over your Inbox but if you make yourself another email account strictly for promotional emails, you won’t be sorry. Let me just show you some of the email’s I got this week…

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♥ 5. Got gift cards?

If you have old gift card’s that are still valid and you’re not really looking to use them any time soon…sell them! I have done this numerous times and my favorite site is Cardpool. You just go into their site, enter your card’s information along with the balance and mail it off. They send you the money really quickly as well.

http://www.cardpool.com/

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♥ 6. Buy gift cards

So this might seem redundant but buying previously owned gift cards from a reputable company is pretty awesome. Purchase where you frequently shop and you can get instant savings. Currently on GiftCardRescue.com, you can get a Vons gift card for 10% off.

http://www.giftcardrescue.com/

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♥ 7. Thinking there is nothing left in your fridge to make dinner?

You could be wrong. Check out SuperCook, you simply include the ingredients that you already have and it will find you a recipe to match! Don’t run out to the store just yet.

http://www.supercook.com/#/recipes/All%2520recipes

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Ok, so just 7 tips for this week. I can’t give you all my secret’s at once!

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Money Saving Tips of the Week for Thrifty Mom’s

So, I’m pretty cheap. Not even frugal, just cheap. But hey, I have to be and if you do to, you should check out these tips.

1. Check out your local dollar store before you head out to Target or Wal-Mart for your must-have items.

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If you’re broke like me, you regularly visit the 99 Cent Store and the Dollar Tree. These are just a few of my recent purchases. All valued at 99 cents or less.

Rules of shopping at these stores; no canned foods (often you can find them at about a dollar anyways), no makeup (because, it’s probably old even if it happens to be name brand), no vitamin’s (when it comes to vitamin’s, quality does matter) and most importantly, always check expiration dates! 

2. Keep those coupons that print at the end of your receipt!

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I don’t need another full-time job so taking on extreme couponing is not going to happen. But, I always keep these coupons because I know that I will use them. I mean it! I just bought juice, soda and iced tea for free at CVS because I keep these babies around ^^

3. Eat out for lunch, not dinner

If you happen to eat out for dinner once a week, make it a lunch instead. Lunch menu’s are usually less expensive and it’s less crowded at restaurants anyways. Steer clear of pizza lunch specials though, you never get your money’s worth.

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4. Freeze foods

This is a no-brainer for meats but did you know that you can freeze bread and fresh-cut veggies? I will often cut up onions and peppers and put them in little baggies to throw in the freezer. Frozen veggies are pretty expensive but this way, they’ll never go bad on you! My bread is always in the freezer.  You can let a few slices defrost when you need them and I promise they will be just as puffy as before you threw them in there. Or you can just do what I do and make toast sandwiches, kid’s never notice the difference.

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5. Visit the store less

When you begin freezing everything, you’ll hopefully find that you can go to the store less often. This is big because how often do we actually walk out of a store with the exact amount of items we intended to purchase? Just make a bi-weekly stop at the store (longer if you can hold out), stock up on your must haves and then eat away at your frozen items for as long as you can. Or you can just send the hubby to the store to pick up the milk, you know he’s less likely to check out the new marinades.

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6. Limit splurging

I’ve already said in another post that I limit my splurging to every 3 months. Honestly, my splurging is getting a new $10 nail polish sometimes.  Just don’t let your eyes wander in the store, be on a one-track mind. Bring a toddler with you, if you must. They’ll hardly give you time to get what you actually need. If you don’t have a toddler, borrow one from a friend.

7. Be smarter about your driving

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Get off that gas pedal. Firstly; if you speed often, you will inevitably get a ticket and that defeats the whole purpose for being thrifty. Secondly, the less RPM’s you run in your car, the more gas you’ll save.

When you fill up, fill the dang thing all the way up. Don’t just throw $20 in it. Just find a well priced station and plan ahead. It’s no shock that when you put your car in the garage on E and you’re running late in the morning to go to work and you’re running out the door, your car will still be on E! Then you’re just at the mercy of that expensive gas station down the street which apparently pumps liquid gold into your car.

8. Avoid over priced photo sessions at department stores and photo studios

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So this one is important because Easter is right around the corner and everyone is making their appointments for their little ones to get their photo’s done at JC Penny’s. That half-priced sitting fee sounds appealing until you are forced to purchase a ridiculous photo package or leave empty-handed. Instead, ask around on Facebook. Are there any new photographers that you know that are looking for some more faces to put in their portfolio’s? You’ll probably get a digital copy of all the photo’s anyways.

Plus, you can ditch the cheesy backdrops, your kids are too cute for that anyways.

9. Remove “over-draft” protection from your account

We have all bought a $37 gallon of milk before thanks to over-draft protection. Just remove it, you might be a bit embarrassed in the store when your card declines but you’ll be much happier to know that you didn’t just make this fatal error.

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10. Get an Interest Checking Account!

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I have an AMAZING online Checking Account through Ally Bank that gets me .10% on my checking account. No minimum balance and no monthly fee! I can withdraw money from any ATM and they will cover the fee.

.10% might not seem like a lot of money, but I’ll take that over nothing thank you very much!

Hope you enjoyed it!

Think before you splurge…

So, If you’re like me, you power walk past Sephora in an attempt to avoid some outrageously expensive product from catching your eye. Now, many of these products are absolutely fabulous, but there are some things you need to consider before splurging.

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1. How long is this product going to last you?

Look at the fluid ounces and check the instructions. So many times I have bought a new product that looked like a decent sized bottle only to see that the fluid ounces weren’t any more than my old product. If the instructions indicate to apply generously, then you can also assume the product will get used up quickly.

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2. What do the reviews say about it?

With our access to internet directly from our purses, there is no excuse anymore not to do your homework when purchasing a pricey product. Take a quick look at Amazon or look up good blogs about it. In some cases, you can scan the product. Just because your friend adores a product, doesn’t mean that you will. Everyone’s skin is different but if 100 consumers have rated a product well, you might just love it.

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3. Check your prices

This goes along with checking reviews online, it’s easy to price check products online. Be careful with distributors that you haven’t heard of before. There are a lot of “knock off’s” of high end makeup and products.  Some are even sold on the internet at a discount because they have expired. Because the US doesn’t require that manufacturers of beauty products label an expiration date, you could essentially be purchasing a product that is a year old. Scary!

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4. Check your Inbox

Before you go out to the mall or rush onto a website to purchase an amazing product, check your inbox. If you are on company’s emailing list, you might find a special promotion or discount. So many times, I have purchased a beauty product only to find a 10% off coupon in my inbox. Don’t do this! Those emails get annoying but they can save you money if you pay attention.

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5. Ask if the store you are purchasing from, offers any samples or promotions

If you’re going to drop $50-$80 on a face lotion, see if they offer any samples of it first. You might hate it or you might love it, but at least you will know right off the bat. Sometimes store’s offer rewards for your purchases, ask what they are. While you’re at it, ask the associate if they expect your product to go on sale soon!

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6. Ask about the return policy

If the store you are purchasing from has a no return or exchange policy, run! I’m always a bit skeptical about companies that say they have a return policy but only if the product is unopened. How can you find out if you like it?!

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7. Make sure you will actually use the product

If you’re purchasing it and saying to yourself, “Oh yes, I’ll use this in Vegas when I go next.” That might not be for a while, and it might have expired by then. Wait until you actually need the product, you might have found a better one by then anyways. If you open up your cabinets in your bathroom and you see a ton of products that you’ve hardly ever touched (like most of us) you really need to be smart when it comes to your purchase.

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And there you have it, I try to keep my splurges to every 3-4 months out of the year. This way, I know I’ll appreciate my new purchase. I’m not going to lie, sometimes I just look at the bottles for a little while, admiring them.

Enjoy and happy shopping!

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