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Frugal Fitness for Emergencies

What would you do if you lost your job? Do you have enough savings? Where would you cut back? What if you were out of work because you were recovering from surgery or an illness? What if you went through a divorce and the lawyer fees were astronomical? What would you do? I’m not asking these questions to freak you out, I’m asking them to get you to think about your worst-case scenario and how to be prepared for it. In other words you need Frugal Fitness for Emergencies.

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February is No Buy Month at Savvy Brown

No Buy Month is an annual event here at Savvy Brown. It’s sort of a reset button for your finances, another chance to gain control and a truth serum for spending. What is No buy Month? In a nutshell, for the entire month of February you put yourself on a financial diet and only spend money on necessities. What constitutes a necessity? Check out the following list: Continue reading

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Why My Hot Water Bottle Is My New Favorite Thing

My absolute favorite new thing is actually rather old fashioned. It has to do with a hot water bottle that I forgot that I had that I found a few weeks ago when I was cleaning up. Basically, since the temperature has dropped, this is what I do every night: About an hour before bed, I boil a kettle of water, fill the bottle, wrap it up in my pyjamas and socks and put it in the middle of my bed with the comforter over it. Continue reading

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Why I Ditched My Brita Water Pitcher for a Kishu Charcoal Stick (A Review)

My biggest issue with purified water pitchers like Brita and Pur is that although they are made of BPA-free plastic, they don’t make it easy for you to recycle the filters, therefore most consumers just throw them out in the regular trash, which contributes to more non-biodegradable plastic refuse in the environment. Made from a type of birch tree in Japan, Kishu Water Filters are mini “logs” of charcoal that fit into most standard sized pitchers, (I use a glass pitcher like this) and pull impurities out of the water similar to the way the charcoal inside of standard water filters do. I have a friend who swears by them so I decided to investigate.

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6 DIY Green Holiday Decorating Ideas

Aside from family heirlooms, I can’t justify spending a lot of money on decorations that you will only use for about 2 months out of the year. On top of that, our landfills are full of unnecessary non-biodegradable seasonal decorations. Check out these lovely DIY green holiday decorating ideas for tips and tricks on how to make your home look lovely this holiday season. (You can actually try this stuff year round!)

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10 Green Products to Buy If You Don’t DIY: Home Edition

I am a fan of making my own cleaning products because I feel it’s cheaper and cleaner for me to do so. I’ve also been doing it long enough that it doesn’t take me long to make a batch of laundry detergent or whip up some homemade body scrub. However, I realize that not everyone out there feels the same way.

In fact a good friend of mine is a fan of green living but not a fan of the DIY portion of the program and she often asks me what products that she should buy that are safe, healthy or at least eco-friendly, so I decided to make up this list of 10 Green Products to Try If You Don’t DIY. It’s made up of products that I have used myself (Yes, sometimes I do actually buy products), or that friends have told me that they use. So if you’re looking for a comprehensive list of green products to use to clean your home, this list* is for you:

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DIY Hair Accessory Organization #1

I’ve used a bunch of things to organize my hair accessories in the past, but I’ve come up with a few tricks that I now consider my faves. I decided to post a few of my DIY Hair Accessory Organization tips as a series. Hopefully some of them will be helpful! This one uses upcycled shower curtain rings and Command Wire Hooks. Continue reading

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Quicktip: Use Foundation to Fix Makeup Mistakes

I learned this trick from a fabulous makeup artist at Sephora one day. If you make a mistake when applying makeup, (especially around the eyes), don’t use a tissue or makeup sponge to try to fix the problem. This will usually mess up the concealer and foundation as well and then you’ll be sitting there trying to patch everything up. Instead, take a cotton swab and dip it in your foundation and use that to dab over your runny mascara, or lipstick then just blend with your fingers and done! Neat , right?