If there’s one thing this budgetologist always needs more of it’s hangers. Mine disappear! I don’t know where they go. Luckily, there is a way to get free hangers anytime you want and it involves: KOHL’S!
I love Kohl’s. Have you seen their jewelry clearance section?? I get necklaces for $4 there. But there are two great things about Kohl’s you can use to your advantage: 1. They have a lenient return policy and 2. They let you keep the hangers.
See where I’m going with this? Do the following: Go to the Kohl’s CLOTHING clearance section. There you can find things for under $10. It doesn’t really matter what you buy. Buy 5 things, 10 things, whatever. Check out.
They will ask you if you want to keep your hangers. Say “yes! Absolutely without a doubt! Thank you very much!!” Then walk out of the store with your bag of junk and your free hangers.
You can then return the clothes the next day, next week, heck, even in the same hour if you feel like it. And the best part is, you don’t have to return the hangers with it. It’s not even expected you bring them at all!
You will get a full refund (as long as you have the receipt and the card you made the purchase with). Do this as many times as you need to for as many hangers as you need.
It might be a bit of a shlep to Kohl’s, but it will save you tens of dollars on hangers in the long run.
♥ The Budgetologist
Not only can shampoo and conditioner be expensive, it can also be cancerous! That’s right, studies show that shampoo has cancerous chemicals in it that are bad for your body. If you want to talk about budgeting, the best thing you can do is not get cancer, which has wiped many out financially despite health insurance…but that’s a whole ‘nother subject.
The point is, something that is cheaper, healthier, and heck, even fun to do is make your own shampoo and conditioner. It will save you money and leave you so fresh and so clean.
To make what this budgetologist likes to call “po man’s shampoo and conditioner” you will need two ingredients:
- Baking soda
- Apple cider vinegar
So how does it work? First, you’re going to need old shampoo and conditioner bottles with nothing left in them. Take the shampoo bottle, fill it with two parts baking soda one part water. Then shake-a shake-a shake that. That’s your shampoo. Baking soda cleans the hair and leaves it refreshed. Scrub the mixture into your scalp like normal shampoo then rinse.
Next, it’s time to make the conditioner. In your empty conditioner bottle mix one part apple cider vinegar with two parts water. dump that on your scalp and hair after the baking soda to leave it shiny and soft. And that’s it! Not only have you created way cheaper conditioner and shampoo, you’ve gone all natural. Rock on with your bad self.
Here’s another fun thing you can do with apple cider vinegar: use it as a natural appetite suppressant so that you don’t spend as much money on food. Just one table spoon accomplishes this. Then you can do the costly craving avoidance method and there you have it! Multiple uses for cheap-ass products.
♥ The Budgetologist
I work in television, which means people have the misfortune of looking at my mug every day. It also means I must buy a lot of make up to glob on so I look camera ready on the daily.
Make up is very expensive. Very, very expensive. Upwards of $40 for some face crap then anywhere from $8-16 for mascaras, eyeliners and eyeshadows. Um, no thank you. Frankly, I just don’t have that kind of money to spend.
That’s why I say, praise the lord for ELF brand make up. Now you may be asking, “But Budgetologist, won’t ELF and other cheap make up make my skin break out and make my prom date spit in my eyes and never talk to me again?” To which I reply: shut your dirty mouth, you know nothing.
It’s true, ELF might make you break out for the first month. I broke out slightly the first month of wearing it daily. But, a month of break outs is worth a lot of savings. And oh the savings you’ll see.
I’m gonna be flat out honest with you right now and say there’s really no reason to buy those more expensive brands with ELF on the market now. They’re no longer higher quality, they just can’t compete.
And if you’re still caught up on the acne thing, I’ll put my make up removing regiment in a post you can find here this so you definitely won’t break out (4 steps). And duh, of course the make up removing regiment is cheap as hell.
You can get all this shit at Target or Walmart, BTW.
- Granted, there are some ELF products that are just crap, and I will take my money with me elsewhere to get something that actually works. Here’s the make up I use with the cost: Foundation – I get the ELF studio flawless finish ($6) it lasts me about a month and a half to two and a half months wearing it every day. And let me tell you, it saves so much money. This quality foundation would normally be at least $40 for a bottle like this. I take my loads of savings and put it right into my investing account. Wahoo!
- Powder / Concealer – I use the ELF essential cover everything powder ($2) I swoop it over my whole face and it covers all my hideous blemishes with the liquid foundation above! Now all the boys at the bar will buy me free drinks saving even more money. It’s a win-win, ya dig?
- Eyeshadow – I use the ELF essential flawless eyeshadow ($2) You know how much those Naked Pallets are? Well, cut that shit out it’s just not worth upwards of $50 every time you need new color for your eyelids. And btw, DO NOT get the studio baked eyeshadow it’s absolute garbage and doesn’t even work at all.
- Any brushes at all – They’re all good whether it be for your eyes, bronzer, powder, whatever. And they’re pretty much all a dolla. Again, saving you tens (possibly even hundreds at this point).
- Bronzer / Blush – contouring blush and bronzing powder duo pallet – do NOT get the cream version of this, that stuff is absolute garbage. But the powder is a little cheap miracle. It’s based on that good Nars shit but it’s only a fraction of the price. ka-CHING!
Did you really think imma pay for this picture?
Things I don’t use ELF for:
- Lipstick – Don’t use ELF lip anything it’s all absolute garbage. I still opt with a cheap option of course. I go with the Wet n’ Wild brand ($0.99) it’s a nice color and surprisingly stays on. Plus, it’s below a dolla. Cheap cheap cheap!
- Eyeliner – This is the one thing I’ll drop coin on. Eyeliner is the lion’s nest of the face (WHAT?!) To me, it’s the most important part of my look. ELF brand is absolute garbage don’t even go there. Any drugstore eyeliner will be more than you want to spend, but sometimes that’s just necessary in this cruel girl world.
- Mascara – This is at your discretion. Usually, I steal mascara from my mother and sister until they yell at me, give up trying and finally go buy more for themselves, but I’m hearing that Wet ‘n Wild, which you can get at Target as well, has mascara that is quality and inexpensive. Elf brand mascara is absolute garbage and dries out after like…30 minutes.
♥ The Budgetologist