Catch the wave! This unique Oenophilia Bali Espresso 12-Bottle Wine Rack makes a useful home decor accent that holds up to 12 bottles of wine. The graceful wooden waves and stainless steel accents create a scultptural look that makes any bottle of booze look like an expensive and exquisite vintage.
Take your wine service to new heights with an Oenophilia Amelia Flight Stemware Server! This airy and elegant, wrought iron rack can hold up to 5 full-size wine glasses. A flat base ensures that it will remain upright (even if you are feeling a bit tipsy). The slotted ring is designed to hold a name card and can be used for carrying the server from the bar to the heart of the party.
The stylish Ampersand Calistoga Bar and Wine Storage Unit makes it easy to entertain even in small spaces. The black bar organizes party essentials beautifully, the vertical unit stores up to 15 bottles and 15 wine glasses. The chic bar also features a removable tray for serving all those fabulous wines .
Here are some money saving tips for Hallownne from coupon Mom Stephanie Nelson. Halloween is now reported to be the 2nd most expensive holiday of the year! Even though we don't exchange expensive gifts on Halloween, it is easy to rack up big bills on costumes and candy. The good news is that there are many easy ways to save money on Halloween expenses without compromising on the fun.
1. Be creative. It can cost $35 to $50 for many popular children's costumes at party stores, which adds up quickly if you have more than one child. With a little creativity, you and your children can make easy costumes with items you have around the house. You can also shop at a local thrift store to buy vintage clothing to use as costumes.
2. Research ideas on-line. My favorite costume idea resource is FamilyFun.com, which lists 100 easy and inexpensive costumes you can create at home -- whether you have a few hours or only a few minutes to put an outfit together.
3. Don’t overbuy. If you live in a neighborhood, you will most likely be buying candy to give out on Halloween night. The challenge is to avoid overbuying -- who wants bags of leftover candy when the kids come home with far more than they need? If you are nervous your stash won't last, consider buying Hershey's Kisses or similar chocolate candy that you can use later for holiday baking.
4. Look for coupons. You can also save money on candy and costumes by watching for store sales and coupons in the Sunday coupon circulars or in your mailbox. Find coupons in the Sunday newspaper ads throughout October.
5. Carve a pumpkin. The easiest decoration that is also fun for kids is carving a pumpkin together. For just a few dollars, you can create a memorable annual tradition with your child and decorate your front porch or window at the same time. Save the seeds and find a recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds, as well.
6. Get crafty. You can find plenty of inexpensive Halloween decorating projects from books in the library, local family magazines distributed free at libraries and schools. Easier projects include making ghosts to hang in the window made out of string, glue and waxed paper. Doing a project with your children will be much less expensive and far more memorable than shelling out $100 for decorations at the local party store.
7. Save on admission. This is the time of year for pumpkin festivals, Halloween fairs, hayrides, haunted house tours and more. Many schools and churches offer free festivals and fairs as family-friendly alternatives on Halloween.Prices for these family events vary widely, from free to as much as $20 a head. Check the local event websites or the calendar section in community newspapers and magazines to find inexpensive events. Be on the lookout for admission coupons in your local paper and check the web sites of Festival sponsoring organizations to find printable coupons for reduced admissions. Your local grocery store may sell discounted tickets for these events either on their Web site or at their customer service counter in the store.
Stephanie Nelson is the Coupon Mom. Her web site, www.CouponMom.com, has 7 million members, and she is established as the nation’s top expert in couponing across the country. Stephanie has been on every major national television talk show and taught millions how to save money for the past 14 years. She has been called ‘”the rock star of the recession” by the Washington Post and her book, The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half, is a New York Times best seller.
One of my favorite money saving strategies is to get one beauty product to perform multiple tasks instead of buying multiple products. For example, when I recently ran out of liquid hand soap I decided I didn't want to buy more hand soap. I happened to have a large bottle of Dr. Bronners liquid castile bathing soap on hand so I simply filled the empty hand soap dispenser with the soap I normally use for bathing. If you look at all the potential uses listed the label on a bottle of Dr. Bronners's castile soap you soon discover just what a multitasker this soap can be.
There are lots of beauty products that with a little creativity can multitask and be put to use for a new task. Take the common toothbrush. There are products you can buy spicifically to exfoliate dry lips. Instead of wasting money on these products for dry lips, you can gently exfoliate them by gently brushing them with a soft bristled toothbrush.
A shower cap can not only keep your hair dry in the shower, it can keep wet hair dye contained to your head. If you dye your hair at home wearing a cheap shower cap while the dye is setting can prevent the dye from dripping all over your home. When you travel, be sure to pick up some free shower caps at the hotels you stay at to save for those at home hair dye jobs.
The most versatile beauty product I own is dark brown eye shadow combo (H.I.P. by L'Oreal). Depending on the type of beauty brush I use, I can apply my brown eye shadow as an eye liner, an eye shadow or to fill in my eyebrows. These are just a few examples of how being resourceful can save you money. If you think in terms of multitasking and imagine products you already serving a new purpose you can save money while patting yourself on the back for being such a resourceful Diva!
From pumpkin patches that feature the real thing to Halloween decorations so tacky it's downright scary, there is no escaping the pumpkin epidemic that happens this time of year. A pretty and practical alternative to real pumpkins, and pumpkins that are just really ugly, take a look at these timeless decorating pumpkins from Pier 1 Imports. The richness of the green color or elegant sculptural curves of these artistic Green Glass Pumpkins combine beautifully create major visual impact for a minimal price.
Celebrate the season of abundance by filling this tasteful Pumpkin Lidded Bowl - Antiqued White with equally tasteful edible goodies. The charming glazed white lidded pumpkin bowl adorned with an embossed scroll pattern takes it's inspiration from Victorian-style majolica pottery.
These petite Orange Glass Pumpkins provide a cheerful pop of color to your fall table. A scuptural design, variations in color and a textures enhances the illussion that these came from an expensive boutique. The attractive decorative glass pumpkin figurines are small enought to display on a desk, on top of buffet table or on a shelf or mantle.
Leopard print fashions can look glam or gaudy depending on the design. A foolproof way to wear leopard print and always look chic is to choose a neutral gray and black leopard print in a small to medium size pattern. Sexy and sophisticated are not the first words when I think of Walmart, but this George UK Women's Animal Print Dress from Walmart is both!
Pair these Women's Xhilaration Shae Ballet Flat from Target with black tights to really spotlight their fierce style. For a casual everyday style, pair these fabulous flats with dark wash jeans for an unexpected splash of pattern. On thin soled shoes like these, buy padded shoes inserts can make strutting your style a more comfortable experience.
Style is all about the details. Accessorizing your classic wardrobe pieces with new accessories can give your outfit a fresh look. Give your basic black winter a style boost with these Impressions by Isotoner Leopard Smartouch Technology Gloves - Gray from Target. Specially designed fingertips on these flexible gloves make it easier to operate touch screen devices like smart phones.
Saving money is a beautiful thing! This week I scored $26.00 worth of hair care products at ULTA for only $14.00. I did this by combining a few money saving strategies. I bought 2 boxes of hair color that normally retails for $13.00 a box, but was on sale for $12.00 a box so that saved my $2.00 right off the bat.
I had aquired 1 $3.50 off coupon from the ULTA sales flyer I get in the mail so I applied that to one box. I wanted another coupon for the second box so I went to the ULTA web site and printed off a $3.50 coupon for the second box, taking an additional $7.00 off my purchase.
To take a few more dollars off my purchase I cashed in the points I earned as a regular ULTA customer for an additional $3.00 savings bringing my total saving to $12.00! ULTA points do expire so I'm glad I could apply them towards a purchase to make a good deal even better.
If your home or you wardrobe is looking more shabby than chic, but you don't have the cash for a major makeover, a few changes here and there can give your home or your wardrobe a new and updated look. Whether freshening up your home or your wardrobe goal is the same, to spend cheap without the end result looking cheap. First start with an idea of how you want your home or wardrobe to look then identify what exactly it is that is cheapening the your look.
Pieces that don't relate to each other can make you and your home or wardrobe look cheap. For example in the bathroom a random hodge podge of mismatched towels that don't coordinate with each other or your shower curtain looks cheap. Like you bought whatever was on clearance and you bought it a long time ago. If your bath furnishing look worn and tired it's time to check out local white sales or hold out for a coupon deal like I did. I just bought two lush Turkish cotton towels at Kohls for only $3.00 each! I got a great deal because I received two $10.00 off coupons in the mail from Kohls and the towel was on sale to begin with. A new towel is a big upgrade from my old faded towels that were literally falling apart. As I come across more sales I will buy more coordinating towels in other sizes so eventually all of my bath towels will be the same brand and color.
I'm not a big fan of anything "distressed" whether it's furniture or fashion. I think any piece that looks like it was hit by a bus looks cheap whether we are talking about a wood table or designer jeans. If something is old, faded and falling apart and it's not a vintage piece, replace it with something that looks new because it is new. All you have to do is replace one piece at a time as your budget and bargain hunting skills allow and eventually you will have a much improved wardrobe or home decor. For example, replacing one pair of shredded and faded jeans with a new pair of flattering pants in a neutral color instantly transforms your look from slob to style setter.
The key to building a better wardrobe or decorating your home one piece at a time is to have a specific vision of what you want the end result to be. If I know that I want my bathroom to be a calming spa like oasis this influences the choices I make when I shop. I may buy towels in soothing colors like blue and buy a shower curtain in a soft neutral color that virtually disappears in the space. By keeping that specific vision in mind I will only buy pieces that harmonize with each other and the end result will be a bathroom that looks well coordinated and thought out. Even if I bought different pieces at different times they will end up working together to achieve the overall effect I was going for.
With my wardrobe my goal may be to aim for a casual chic look and transition out any pieces that make me look and feel frumpy. One way to get a more polished and pulled together look is to pay attention to silhouette. Shapeless silhouettes look sloppy. A loose fitting fleece sweatshirt says "I am a couch potato that doesn't care about my appearance. A waist length fleece jacket with just enough tailoring to fit properly and accentuate the lines of your body looks infinitely more flattering and stylish and it's just as comfortable as the sloppy sweat shirt.
To learn how to live better for less, pick up a copy of The Cheap Diva's Guide to Frugal and Fabulous Living: How to Shop Smart, Look Your Best, Decorate with Style, and Have Fun for Less Money! You can buy Kindle version for only $2.99 and start living like a Cheap Diva today!
The scariest thing about Halloween is how much money is wasted on cheap and tacky party supplies and decorations that are enjoyed for a ridiculously brief period of time. Get in the spirit of Halloween without wasting money on one time use items by investing in timeless black dishes and decorations that can be enjoyed on multiple occassions.
Drink a toast to sophisticated style with Onyx Stemware - Sets of 4 from Z Gallerie. The distinctive silhouette of the stems gives these budget prices cocktail glasses the look of expensive prestige brand glasses.
It's hip to be square! This simple style of this Room Essentials Melamine Sqaure Pasta Bowl from Target makes it deliciously versatile. Fill it with brightly colored candy at Halloween. After Halloweeen you can fill this durable dish with any snack that satisfies your munchies. Or use it as a decorative dish to keep your keys, coins and miscellaneous items handy.
This ornate Midnight Black Candelabra from Pier 1 Imports is a bit overdressed for everyday dining, but it still works beyond Halloween for a variety of special occassions. A fanciful candelabra is perfect for elegant parties with a black and white color scheme. Fill the candelabra with plain white candles for a dramatic centerpiece for a New Year's party or other special occassion.
Just when I thought I heard every money saving strategy around, someone emails me fresh money saving ideas, like these strategies from Danielle Barbieri.
With all the technology of our day, including driverless cars and robotic surgery, why is it that we have to search multiple weekly ads to know if our shampoo is on sale somewhere? Or why is it so difficult to find a coupon for our favorite razor?
These are just a couple of life’s big questions we set out to answer and help solve with the creation of Pirc.com, the world’s first personalized circular. Now we can all get a “Pircular” delivered via email every week including all the sales and coupons we actually want.
But how about an easy way to remember all the other savings tips out there? We put together a little mnemonic to capture some of the biggest and best savings tips, called “S.C.O.R.E. at the Store”. Following this method should not only save you money and time, but is hopefully easy to remember too. Here are some details:
S – SALES. If there is one thing to remember for smarter shopping: buy what you need when it is on sale. Plan your meals around the weekly sales if you can and stock up on items you use all the time when on special. Sales on many items occur every 6-8 weeks, so plan accordingly and don’t forget to get a raincheck if the store is out of stock.
C – COUPONS. The best time to use a coupon is when you are buying that same item – on sale (see above). Savings can tally anywhere from 40-100% when you combine a sale and a coupon. Coupons are all around us, but the key is finding the ones you actually want. Pirc.com focuses on finding sales, and then matching them with coupons so you don’t have to.
O- OPEN. While it is good to head to the store with a list, be open to trying similar items that may be on sale. Also, keep your eyes open around the store for any unadvertised sales or last minute manager specials.
R – RETAILER BRANDS. Try the store brands. They can be up to 50% cheaper than the national brands and often contain the same ingredients. AND you don’t need any coupons. You can also return if it doesn’t meet your expectations. Just be sure to check the ingredient label, especially on drugstore-type items to compare any “active” ingredients.
E – EXPIRATION. Be sure to check expiration dates on everything, even toothpaste. Sometimes a looming expiration date is the reason an item is on sale. Buying an item you will soon have to trash is no bargain at all.
If this still sounds too complicated, just track sales on the high-value items you buy all the time (i.e., laundry detergent, moisturizers, allergy medication, etc) versus trying to get a deal on every item on your list. For example, when my contact lens solution is on sale and I have a coupon, I save $5. I use one of those a month; so multiply $5 by 12 months, and I save $60/year on that one item alone.
Danielle Barbieri is the Founder and CEO of Pirc.com and wants to make it easier to get the best value on everyday items. Give Pirc.com and S.C.O.R.E. a try, save money and time, and let’s get on with life’s other big questions. Questions, suggestions and deal tips always welcome - Danielle@pirc.com.