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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.

How to Host a Clothing Swap Party – Rules & Ideas

By Jacqueline Curtis

clothing swapI don’t know how many times I’ve stood in front of my closet and complained that I had nothing to wear. Despite my wardrobe overflowing with shoes, tops, dresses, and jeans, I still become weary of repeatedly wearing the same pieces.

It’s a problem that many women have dealt with. Too bad we don’t all have unlimited budgets to buy new clothes and accessories whenever we’re sick of the old stuff. However, if your wardrobe is in desperate need of an update – but you don’t have the cash to head to the mall – a clothing swap with friends might be the best alternative.

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How to Throw a Big Party on a Small Budget

By Jacqueline Curtis

partyIf you’ve got it, you’ve got it. Some people are just born entertainers. From the perfect food, to the best party playlist, to amazing decorations, some folks always throw stellar soirĂ©es.

However, the extravagance of a party often relates to the budget. Obviously, a millionaire can throw an impressive, lavish event – but what if your budget is of less epic proportions? From a small gathering to a bigger affair, you don’t need a huge bank account to throw a party that will have everyone talking at brunch the next morning.

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How Long Does Makeup Last? – Extending the Shelf Life of Cosmetics

By Jacqueline Curtis

cosmeticsI’ll admit it: I love to splurge on makeup. I’ll eat rice and beans for a week if it means that I can drop the rest of my money on my favorite designer mascara. To me, the texture, wear, and results are worth the expense – but I also want to get every cent’s worth out of that shiny little tube.

Whether you purchase your makeup from a pricy department store or from a more affordable retailer, such as a drugstore, making your makeup last means saving serious money on your beauty budget. On your face or in your case, there are some tricks you can use so that you use less of your makeup and extend its life.

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10 Romantic & Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Your Girlfriend or Wife

By Jacqueline Curtis

affordable giftsWhether it’s an anniversary present or a Valentine’s Day gift, the expectations can be high even when your funds are low. If your bank account balance limits the amount you can spend on a gift, then jewelry and other pricey presents are out of the question. However, you can still salvage a romantic day without spending a ton.

Remember that it’s the thought that counts, and if you put your mind to it, giving a memorable gift can be done on a tight budget. Crafting might not be your forte, but there are a number of gift ideas that can be created by just about anyone.

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