Wash That Waste Right Out Of Your Hair

 

Shampoo and conditioner fall in the “need” category.  Therefore, although we can’t stop spending money on them, we can spend less on them, which happens by using less of them.  So, is it necessary to wash your hair every day?  For most of us, the answer is “No!”

 

Consider these options..

  • On days that you will be leaving the house, simply wet your hair while you are in the shower.  Run your fingers through your hair to help rinse out any leftover styling products.
  • On days that you will be staying home, skip the wash altogether.  Instead, give your hair a good brushing.  This will pull the oils from the roots through the shaft of your hair.  The natural oils in your hair are actually the best conditioner!  Therefore, not washing your hair every day can actually make it healthier.

 

Try washing your hair every other day.  This will make your shampoo and conditioner last twice as long.  Don’t forget to transfer your shampoo and conditioner (and body wash) to pump bottles to control the amount of product you use each time.

 

 

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Four Eyes Are Better Than Two

If you are in the habit of making a shopping list before heading out to do your weekly shopping, you know that penny pinching requires a little hard work.  As you are out and about, you realize that the actual shopping is a full-fledged workout – bending, lifting, pushing a heavy cart.  Breathe in.  Breathe out.  Unfortunately, I suffer from chronic lower back problems, so I need to take along a little muscle when I am shopping.  Enter the most kind and generous husband ever.  That’s right, my husband goes shopping with me every week to spare my aching back.  Not only does he provide the brawn, but he provides full support for my penny-pinching efforts.  Another bonus that I have discovered is he provides a second set of eyes.  Because he is the one who is stooping and reaching to get the items off the shelf he has a vantage point that I lack.  Twice in a single week’s trip, he discovered packages that resulted in extra savings.  In one store he found that a few of the Finish detergent boxes that we were buying had on-package coupons (You’ll have to forgive me if you clicked on this link since the post indicates that I found the product on the shelf.  Giving credit where credit is due, it was my dear husband that actually found the extra-savings boxes.)  At another store he found Pop Tart boxes that had additional Kellogg’s Family Rewards for free books and music.

If you don’t have a willing hubby helper, that doesn’t mean that you have to shop alone.  Train your children to look for items with special coupons and rewards.  Treat it like a treasure hunt.  Offer prizes (like the 10¢ candy bar you picked up because it was on sale and you had a stellar coupon) for great finds.  No kids?  Coordinate your shopping trip with a frugal friend.  Whatever shape they come in, when it comes to penny pinching, four eyes are better than two!

 

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