As anyone who has suffered from skin blemishes knows, acne remedies don’t come cheap and the costs really add up when you have to switch around to find something that works. As a teen, I was lucky enough to only get a few pimples here and there. Fast forward to my twenties, though, and I’ve developed a relatively mild form of late-onset acne on my face, chest, and back, so spots have been pretty much a constant occurrence for the last few years.
It’s only natural to want to look good, but we all know how quickly this can put a big hole in your budget. But that doesn’t mean you need to go cold turkey when it comes to beauty treatments – you’ve just got to be creative with how you go about it.
Here are 5 strategies to get inexpensive beauty treatments and what you can expect with each of these ideas:
1. Beauty Colleges
In my post on how to find a job that isn’t advertised, I received a comment that inspired this post. For those who haven’t seen it, Lauren shared her situation with us:
“My problem is that I can’t get any other title than intern because of the economy. With this being my 5th internship, I feel like I have paid my dues. I don’t need a huge salary. I just need something permanent.”
I felt that the best way to offer relevant advice to both Lauren and any other readers who are struggling with the same problem would be to get some tips from career experts. For this post, career experts from Careerrealism.com share their thoughts on how you can try to turn things around:
Networking can be a great way to improve your career prospects. If you know the “right” people, it can open many doors and even lead you to job vacancies that you wouldn’t otherwise have presented themselves to you. For this post, I’ve asked a careers expert to offer some tips. Katharine Hansen, author of “A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way Into the Hidden Market,” gives her advice on how you can use networking to your advantage at work.
Q: Who are the best people to network with – should you stick to people who are in the same industry as yourself, or broaden your horizons further?
Being romantic doesn’t need to be expensive. In fact, ditching the extravagant ideas can give much more scope for showing that special someone how much you care about them. This topic has been the subject of a lot of articles and blog posts so I thought I’d get the scoop from a relationships expert for this one. Lissa Coffey is a relationships expert who regularly appears on television and radio and is the author of several books on relationships, and she’s agreed to share her thoughts with us.
Now, let’s get right to her five tips on having quality time together without breaking the bank:
If you’re looking for a new job, does your search start and end with job postings? If so, you’re missing out on a whole host of job opportunities by not casting your net a bit wider. Just because a company isn’t actively recruiting through the traditional channels, it doesn’t mean that they’re not looking to hire at all. Not sure where to find these openings? Here are a four great ways to find these job opportunities:
1. Speculative applications
Being self-employed, I have more than a few receipts to keep track of in preparation for completing the dreaded tax return. Unfortunately, I’m not always the most organized person in the world so I was interested to come across a website called Shoeboxed, which makes it easy to keep track of your receipts. The idea behind the website is very simple: you send in your paperwork (receipts, business cards etc.) and they scan it in, enter the data and organize it for you. If you don’t have the time or inclination to do this kind of thing yourself, it’s the perfect way to ensure that you don’t miss out on anything vital.
How Much It Costs
This service is offered at various pricing options, including a bare-bones free version detailed further down below:
Regular readers will know the advantages of using coupons to make your money go further at the grocery store (and other places), but you can take your money saving tricks a step further by seeking out coupon codes to use when you’re shopping online. Sometimes, you’ll find codes that will give you free delivery on your order, while others may offer a percentage of your order (say 10%) as a discount. Not sure where to look for these magic coupon codes? Check out this great post from the Digerati Life, which offers advice on how to get hold of these codes.
If you were to buy all of the so-called essential back-to-school items featured in advertisements, it’s safe to assume that you’d be either broke and/or staggering under the weight of it all. It’s common sense that you can’t possibly buy it all so you’re going to need to think carefully about what you’ll actually need and what you can afford to do without. A lot of what you’ll see covered in this post might seem very obvious, but you’d be amazed what weird and wonderful things some students bring with them while forgetting the essentials (especially at college!). One quick note before I start: don’t forget to check out of there is a tax free holiday in your city this month because these are designed to help you save a ton of money for your back to school shopping.
Lately, I’ve been wasting far too much money on impulse buys that don’t turn out to be anything nearly as good as I expected. Like most people, I can’t really afford to do this so I started thinking about how I could get hold of some of the things that I have my eye on without them turning out to be a big waste of money if they don’t live up to the advertising claims or are just plain useless. A friend suggested trying to get hold of free samples so I could try before I buy, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing! This post is written in the context of things like perfume and make-up and all that fun stuff, but you can use the same strategies for other things you can get in small quantities (examples include food (at a restaurant or a food counter), drinks, ice cream, wallpaper, the list goes on)). Here are some tips for getting free samples that have worked well for me over the past few months: