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Who needs a vanity full of beauty treatments and makeup? When you run your own homestead, you have a plethora of affordable, natural beauty treatments in your backyard. Use these easy DIY beauty ideas to look happenin’ on your homestead.

Homemade pomade

My husband is finicky about his hair. Any storebought pomade inevitably smells weird or doesn’t have enough hold. After much trial and error, I’ve found that a homemade pomade works just right for him. Simply melt down equal parts beeswax and coconut oil. Combine and stir in essential oils of your choosing.

DIY dry shampoo

Got greasy hair? There are a few quick fixes for that!

If you have fair hair, gently rub a bit of cornstarch in your roots, shaking it free. For darker hair, run dry oatmeal through your hair to remove excess oil. Be sure to get any oatmeal flakes out of your hair; otherwise it’ll look like you have a case of dandruff!

No-fuss fruit exfoliant

Those $50 facials at the salon are fancy, but they’re overpriced. Did you know you can make a powerful exfoliating gel right at home?

Simply break down a fresh pineapple (yes, fresh, not canned). Run the pineapple scraps through your juicer a few times. You can apply the pineapple juice to your face for an invigorating exfoliant. Be sure to keep it away from your eyes and only let it sit for five minutes before rinsing.

Feeling beet?

If you want blush in a pinch, dig a beet up from your garden. Wash it carefully and slice it into quarter inch slices. Freeze the beet slices overnight. The next day, apply the beet to your cheeks. They’ll give you a naturally rosy hue, no powders required.

The bottom line

Who says beauty and hygiene have to come from storebought items? Use a few of these fun homestead beauty ideas to stay fabulous with less fuss.

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Small Ways To Be Frugal

It really isn’t all that hard to figure out how to save money around the house. Small changes here and there (with just a few large changes) can add up to real savings. Save some cash in the bank by fitting in these easy money-saving ways.

Do It Yourself

Paying others to do jobs around the house constitutes a large chunk of the money spent in renovating your home. Doing these jobs yourself, from minor repairs to installing windows is a great way of saving money. There are some jobs that might require some skill, but you can save a considerable amount of money. For the budding do-it-yourself enthusiast, the Internet is a fantastic place to find a lot of resources. You could also get some books from the library. If the project is going to be complicated, then attend a workshop at a home improvement store or at a local education center. The cost of attending the workshop is small and adds to the savings in the long run.

Maintenance

Learn how to change your heater and air-conditioner filters. Clean out the gutters in the spring. Replace shower heads and faucets. Change the air and oil filters in your car regularly.

Repair – Don’t Replace

The tendency for most people is to throw away things that break. But instead of immediately throwing out the broken item, try practicing frugal living by attempting to repair the item. For instance, a small sewing kit can be used to repair lost button on clothing, torn knees and ripped hems. A few nails and some wood glue can take care of a broken chair leg. If the item that is broken is something that you yourself cannot repair, find out if your neighbor or a friend has the necessary skills to fix it.

Repay the labor with another service that you can do

For example, you can offer to do several hours of babysitting in exchange for fixing your car by a mechanically-inclined friend. It’s a win-win for both of you.

Figure out what you can do without

You can, of course, simply try to live without something that costs too much money. The idea may seem a little odd at first, but you will find that there are many items you think are “necessary” but later on find that you can live without it.

Combine the ride

Your car is usually the second most expensive item aside from the house. Some families have found that sharing car rides with a neighbor is a great way to save money, and there is less maintenance to keep up with.

Move to a smaller home

Just because you can afford it, does not mean you have to spend all your money on a large house. This doesn’t mean frugal living equals living in a small closet, just that a larger house may not be necessary. If you’re renting, take into account the cost of insurance and maintenance when buying your first home. Make sure it’s a sound investment first, and whether you’ll be able to continue saving money even after the bills are paid.

Dine out less, eat at home more

You have probably heard of this one before, but maybe you don’t realize how expensive it really is to eat out all the time. Think about it, the average salad (even at a fast food restaurant) costs about $5, but the average bag of salad at the grocery store is $2.50. Grow your own? Now we’re talking pennies. So really consider this one carefully. A simple home-cooked meal is easy and way cheaper.

Go ahead, change the way you think about living a more frugal lifestyle. Then let the savings begin!


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