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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 Maintain Separate Bank Accounts as a Married Couple

By Jacqueline Curtis

keeping separate bank accounts may be beneficial to your marriageWhen my husband and I were married in 2003, we transitioned to a joint bank account. It seemed like something we were supposed to do; plus, we had received a bunch of money as wedding gifts.

As it turns out, my husband and I have completely different spending and saving habits – something we neglected to realize during our long-distance dating relationship. Money become a huge sore spot, and it resulted in shenanigans like me hiding shopping bags, and him tucking away freelance income so I couldn’t get to it.

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How to Organize Your Closet – Ideas to Save Time

By Jacqueline Curtis

organize your clothes closetI’m not a neat person. Seriously, you should see my bathroom vanity – it’s a sea of abandoned beauty products, brushes, and blotting tissues that I’ve hurriedly cast aside. In general, I’m way too busy to fiddle with putting things away when I’m done – much to my husband’s chagrin.

But for what I lack in general tidiness, I more than make up for in organizational skills. My clothes closet is impeccably organized at all times. My entire room could look like it’s been through a tornado, but my closet is the calm eye within the storm.

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7 Tips for Flying With Children

By Jacqueline Curtis

flying with kidsI live in Utah, but my parents and brothers still live in Toronto, Canada, where I’m from. This makes for a lot of flight time each year.

When I was a newlywed, flying back and forth to see my family was more boring than anything. I’d kick back, read my book, and even have a nap before a hit home. But fast forward a few years, and I now have a six-year-old and a three-year-old tagging along. In other words, my days of napping on the plane are over.

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5 Tips to Save Money at the Hair Salon and Make Your Haircut Last

By Jacqueline Curtis

make your haircut lastFor me, heading to the hairstylist is practically a form of therapy. My stylist lives in my neighborhood, so it means a couple of hours in the chair, dishing about our friends and talking about life in general. Since it saves me money on a real therapist, I consider our regular appointments a fantastic investment. But when funds are low, some of the first things to go are little luxuries, such as hairstyling and manicures.

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How to Stop Being Jealous About Money

By Jacqueline Curtis

jealous about money womenHave you ever looked at another person’s life and wished that their clothes, their cars, and their vacations could be yours? It’s not uncommon, and I’ll admit that I’ve fallen prey to money envy.

When my husband and I first got married, we had great jobs and a couple thousand bucks from wedding presents, but we didn’t spend much money. Seeing our friends blow cash on romantic trips and new cars was somewhat depressing, and even though I knew we were saving for a new house, I still had major jealousy issues when they showed up with new cars and I was still driving my beat-up Jeep Wrangler.

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5 Fun & Cheap Date Ideas for Teenagers

By Jacqueline Curtis

teen date ideasAh, to be a teen again. I turned 16 sometime in the ’90s, so I hit my teen years back when butterfly hair clips, the Backstreet Boys, and the show “Boy Meets World” were cool. While I definitely wouldn’t want to go back to wearing casual overalls and plaid shirts, I yearn for the heart-pounding, sweaty-palmed dates I went on when I was 17 and 18.

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Splurge or Bargain? Making Fashion & Clothes Shopping Affordable

By Jacqueline Curtis

shoppingPart of what makes a great wardrobe is having lots of choices and plenty of variety. Even a person with the most extensive closet in the world probably gets sick of wearing the same outfits over and over again, which is why you should build your wardrobe on well-made staples and supplement them with cheap accessories, shoes, and other trendy items. That way, you can change your wardrobe each season without abusing your bank account.

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5 Fun Activities for Toddlers on a Budget

By Jacqueline Curtis

toddlerAny parent knows that the “terrible twos” can start a lot earlier than 24 months, and may last well into your child’s third year. I knew I was in trouble when my two-year-old learned to get the toilet paper off its roll. He would hold one end of the paper and toss the entire roll down the stairs, then drag it back up slowly. Antics like these can quickly become tiring, but you can bet your toddler isn’t going to care or notice.

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How to Make Money Selling on Consignment – Tips, Pros & Cons

By Jacqueline Curtis

consignment shopSure, the recession has brought back the era of bargain hunting and thrift store shopping, but it’s also welcomed back the return of consignment stores. Consignment shops work in several ways, and each allows you to earn money or store credit for your old, outdated gear. From maternity clothes, to shoes, to sports equipment, to purses, there are consignment stores for just about any of your stuff that is still in good condition.

While donating all of your old clothes, furniture, books, or other items to charity is definitely a noble route, if you’re strapped for cash, it simply might not be the best option. Learn how consignment stores work and whether they present a viable money making opportunity for you.

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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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