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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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My New Natural Skincare Regimen

If you get the newslettter, then you know I’ve been doing a bunch of research about the Korean Skincare Method and have been revamping my natural skincare regimen. Skincare is approached much differently in the east vs here in the west. In Asian culture the emphasis is on having beautiful skin through diet and skincare, even facial exercises and the emphasis here in the West is primarily spot treatments and covering up flaws with makeup. In many parts of Korea and Japan, girls and boys are taught how to take care of their skin from an early age. On the one hand, Asian women, like many women of African and Indian descent have genetics on their side, but the reality is that some Korean women use up to 20 different products on their faces and many have some seriously questionable ingredients. (Pig collagen or snail mucus anyone?)

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Quick tip: DIY Ice Packs

Make your own ice packs from sponges and ziploc bags. Just soak the sponges in water, squeeze out the excess place in bags and freeze over night. Then toss them in your lunch bag to keep snacks cool! This is also great if you don’t have enough ice trays and need to keep drinks cool or if you went too hard at the gym and need to ice your knee. 🙂

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Crazy Simple DIY Dishwasher Detergent

The last time I talked about making my own dishwasher soap, I suggested that you use Kool Aid (because of the citric acid). But since then, I have found an even SIMPLER DIY Dishwashing Powder for you to mix up. I actually mixed this up when I ran out of both Kool-Aid AND the Method dishwashing tabs I was using. The best part? It only takes 3 ingredients! Continue reading

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Quick Tip: Clean Your Shower While You’re In It

I have one of these in my shower. It’s filled ¼ with castile soap, a capful of hydrogen peroxide and the rest water. When I’m done with my shower, before I turn the water off, I scrub down the walls and faucets  really quick before letting the rest of the shower water wash the suds away. By the time I clean the shower on the weekend, there’s not much to do!

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Quick tip: Find an Earth Day Event Near You

April 22, 2015 is Earth Day, so if you're looking for events to participate in then checkout the Free People Blog. They have listings of events happening all over the country. And if you happen to be an international SB reader. go to Earth Day.org to find out what's happening around the world. Have to work? Can't get out to any events? Then you can participate online at Billion Acts of Green.

Happy Earth Day!

 

 

 

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Multitask Products to Save Money and the Environment

The concept of multitasking your products is an easy one. Simply try to not buy anything that you can’t use for more than one purpose. When you start doing this, I swear it will change how you shop completely. You’ll be saving the environment by not tossing out as many containers, and saving money buy not buying as many items. Continue reading

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A (Realistic) 10 Step Guide to Budgeting

I read something very interesting the other day about dieting. Apparently, people who track what they eat, lose twice as much weight as those who don’t. Regardless of whether or not they make any changes to their diet or exercise more. Just the act of writing things down and keeping track of them makes people MORE MINDFUL.

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Savvy Brown No Buy Month Challenge 3.0

Every February for the past two years I’ve done something called “No Buy Month” on the blog and invited others to participate. The purpose of No Buy Month is to basically put you on a financial diet for a month. It’s a great way to learn how to save money if you’re not that disciplined at following a budget. I was inspired by Frugalista, and how she got herself out of debt. The rules of No Buy Month are pretty simple. Don’t buy anything that is not a necessity. That means you can only pay for groceries, bills, medication, kid’s stuff (school supplies, clothes) and transportation. (gas, subway or train passes, parking passes for work). The first reaction I usually get is “No way! I can’t do that!”. My response is. What if you had to? Well, that happened to me, just last year. Continue reading

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Savvy’s Sibling Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Recipe

This recipe might seem random, but my brother showed up at my mom’s house with Strawberry Rhubarb Jam a few weeks ago. After I got over the shock of finding out that he could a) cook and b) knew what a rhubarb was, I gave his jam a try. It’s delicious! I’ve put this stuff of everything! Sandwiches, yogurt, ice cream, even in my new favorite Overnight Oatmeal. He finally gave me the recipe. enjoy! Continue reading