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Jacqueline Curtis
Jacqueline Curtis is an experienced style expert, and she focuses on getting high fashion on a tight budget. She writes for several online publications, including her own fashion blog, How Not to Dress Like a Mom, and specializes in fashion, finance, health and fitness, and parenting. Jae grew up in Toronto, Canada, but now resides in Utah with her husband, two kids, and prized shoe collection.

12 Unique Gift Ideas for Frequent Travelers (Under $50)

By Jacqueline Curtis

travelerWhen one of your friends harbors a major case of wanderlust, a Target gift card may not be the best thing for special occasions. Birthdays, holidays, and even bon voyage parties are perfect opportunities to give your traveling friends the things they really need. Whether you’re talking about planes, trains, automobiles, or boats, many aspects of travel can be made easier and more enjoyable with the right item – and you don’t have to spend more than $50 to get them.

The best travel gifts are thoughtful, but also highly portable, so choose gifts that make the process more convenient and comfortable for your friends. Here are some brilliant ideas to get you started.

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25 Easy Ways to Save Money on a Tight Budget Today

By Jacqueline Curtis

save moneyIt’s easy to get stuck in the habit of overspending. Quick trips to the grocery store without a list become common. You drive your car out of convenience to places that you could walk or bike to. And that phone call to customer service to negotiate a better cell phone rate never gets made.

Unfortunately, getting out of this rut can be very difficult, as many common methods of saving money don’t appear to make a big enough difference to motivate change. That line of thinking, however, is wrong. If you have the willpower to buckle down and slash your expenses, it’s very possible to see some real results in your bottom line each month.

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Thrift Store Flipping – 8 Best Items to Resell for a Profit

By Jacqueline Curtis

thrift storeWhether searching the offerings at an estate sale or combing through the aisles of a thrift store, society is obsessed with the idea of “the find.” Every junk yard and flea market offers a real treasure hunt for anyone willing to do the work.

With the right approach, thrift store flipping – the practice of purchasing items from a thrift shop with the intent to resell them – can go from a hobby to an income stream. No, not every trip is going to yield a long-lost Picasso, but learning more about thrift store flipping just might give you the incentive to look a little closer the next time you’re checking out the local store.

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7 Push Presents on a Budget – Great Gift Ideas for New Moms

By Jacqueline Curtis

babye and motherThe idea of the “push present” – a gift given to a new mom after she’s had a baby – is pretty new, but it has caught on like wildfire. Traditionally given to the new mother by the new father, push presents are also becoming more common among friends and relatives.

The difference between a push present and a traditional baby shower gift is that a push present is a gift intended for the new mom, rather than the baby. Instead of strollers and onesies, they’re more along the lines of jewelry. The push present is meant to signify gratitude to the mother for the last nine months of pregnancy, and the work and attention it took to culminate in a healthy birth.

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8 Unique Gift Ideas for Someone Who Has Everything

By Jacqueline Curtis

giftWe all know someone who simply has it all. My husband is a prime example: If he wants something, he goes out and buys it, leaving me scrambling for gift ideas when it comes time for special occasions.

Whether it’s a car accessory, the latest tech gadget, or new clothes, people who already have everything don’t leave a lot of choices for well-meaning gift givers. The trick to getting the perfect presents for the people who have it all is to think up things they wouldn’t purchase on their own – and that can be a challenge.

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8 Different Types of Friends Who Are Bad for Your Finances

By Jacqueline Curtis

friendsYou love hanging out, but there’s always that one person in your social group who wants to talk about what’s in your wallet. Whether it’s constantly asking about your financial status or pressuring you to blow your budget, financial “frenemies” can have a serious impact on your bottom line. When friends negatively affect your spending habits, it might be time to make a change or lay down a few social ground rules when it comes to talking about money.

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What to Write in a Thank You Card – 4 Tips for Proper Etiquette

By Jacqueline Curtis

thank-you noteIt seems as if the world has almost forgotten the art of letter writing. The Pew Research Center found that 75% of cellphone owners text, which means you’re probably more likely to get a birthday note from a friend on your smartphone – not in your mailbox. Although communication has become overwhelmingly digital, there are still times when a personal handwritten note is much more appropriate.

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6 Ways Retailers & Stores Track Your Spending Habits – How to Protect Your Personal Data

By Jacqueline Curtis

data trackingIn the children’s tale “Hansel and Gretel,” the two titular children leave a trail of breadcrumbs to find their way out of the forest and back home. And when you’re shopping in certain stores, you might be leaving your own little breadcrumbs behind for retailers to track your spending – even if you don’t intend to.

But this isn’t child’s play – some retailers carefully track shopping habits as a way to offer new products, learn more about their customers, and even adjust prices. Both brick-and-mortar and online retailers have systems in place to scour for useful information that increases their chance for revenue.

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8 Unique & Offbeat Valentine’s Day Date Ideas on a Budget

By Jacqueline Curtis

valentine's dayWhen Valentine’s Day approaches, we’re all hit with a barrage of commercials for restaurants, flowers, lingerie, and even edible bouquets. But if you’re short on cash, the idea of a pricey dinner and a movie night may not have you feeling the love.

Let’s face it: The usual date for Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly groundbreaking. As such, all of the restaurants in town are likely to be crowded – and good luck finding a good seat at the movie theater. So, what if, instead of spending your special day waiting for a table and rushing to get to the cineplex, you did something a little offbeat? You can fight fewer crowds, save yourself some coin, and impress your Valentine with something refreshingly different.

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Best Skin Care Tips & Products on a Budget – For All Skin Types

By Jacqueline Curtis

skincareIf you’ve ever needed to purchase skin care products from any drugstore, you know they can cost a fortune. Even brands that tout themselves as lower-priced options can have you forking over $20 for a tube of moisturizer.

What I’ve found to be the most effective skin care treatment plan is actually a combination of DIY treatments and frugal skin care options – not pricey department store products that promise a lot and deliver a little. Of course, everyone’s skin is different, so yours might not respond to the lotion that your friend raves about. Determining proper skin care requires a bit of trial and error, but with enough experience and understanding of ingredients, you can create a skin care routine that benefits your unique tone and type.

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9 Clever Clothing Hacks That Save You Money on Your Wardrobe

By Jacqueline Curtis

clothesBuying clothes can be both a necessary evil and an expensive pastime. Annual American spending on clothing and accessories tops $250 billion, with global spending at $1.2 billion, according to data compiled by Statistic Brain. Chances are, if you’re an average American, a portion of your paychecks goes to clothing, shoes, and accessories. After all, you can’t show up to work wearing your old ripped jeans.

But what if instead of lining the pockets of clothing designers, manufacturers, and retailers, you kept more cash in the bank while giving your clothes new life? Instead of getting rid of damaged garments and buying something new, see if the stuff in your closet can be fixed, altered, or repurposed.

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8 Ways to Make the Most of Thrift Store Clothing Finds

By Jacqueline Curtis

thrift store shoppingThe case for thrift store shopping is a strong one: You can score great pieces on the cheap while doing your part to help your community and decrease your own environmental impact.

But while thrift shopping might make you feel your best, secondhand clothes don’t always make you look your best. Clothes that are worn, faded, out-of-season, and just plain cheap can give your secondhand secret away.

Therefore, it is important that you do your best to make the most of your thrift store finds. By ensuring that you select quality pieces and take proper care, you can fool anyone into thinking that you bought your outfit at the mall, just like everyone else.

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7 Dangers of Wearing High Heels – Tips for Comfort

By Jacqueline Curtis

high heelsThe high heel wasn’t originally created as an accessory to wear with pencil skirts. In fact, according to Ancient Origins, the first heels – as depicted on a 9th century Persian bowl – were created for male horse riders as a way to stop their feet from slipping from stirrups. Of course, at some point in the 1600s, women adopted the trend and the rest, as they say, is history. From tiny kitten heels to sky-high platforms, high heels have been a staple in female wardrobes for centuries.

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10 Men’s Wardrobe Essentials – Classic Clothes Every Guy Should Have

By Jacqueline Curtis

well dressedThough styles shift now and then as the times change, the characteristics of a well-dressed man generally remain classic. Of course, not every man has the essential pieces in his closet.

From a well-cut suit to the perfect polo, your wardrobe might be in dire need of a few pieces that can make it truly timeless. By investing in those essential items, you can ensure that you’re well-dressed and outfitted for just about any occasion.

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8 Products With the Highest Price Markups – How to Avoid Them

By Jacqueline Curtis

markupThere are some instances in which you can’t help but to pay a premium for a product or service. In fact, paying more sometimes nets you better quality, faster service, or the best care.

But savvy consumers know that you don’t always get what you paid for. Unfortunately, sometimes you get a lot less.

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