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Beauty is the goal of many women in today’s world. The modern definition of beauty has changed to encompass more than the physical attributes of a woman.

Beauty | A modern definition

A modern woman will take the time to pamper herself with delicious lotions and creams. She will find the time to go for a job along the beach, enlist in a Yoga class or get up early for a meditation session in a quiet room in the house. She’ll address mental anxiety through reading books, engaging with friends and becoming more educated on how to cope with the pressures of balancing a home, with work and everyday pressures. She’ll build beauty around intelligence and spend time and money on self-development. If she’s got a problem she’ll seek help and support. She knows how to relax, have fun and stay connected to her family, friends, community and the world.
The modern definition of beauty reflects women whose minds and bodies are inter-related. The core of this theory is that beauty is an entity, which fades over time. However, if a woman cultivates her internal beauty, these characteristics will last for the long term.

Beauty | Simple tips for feeling prettier

Save beauty with simple tips from the Savings Room. Keep this list handy when you are getting ready to go out or when you simply need some ideas for pampering yourself.
Save beauty with simple tips from the Savings Room. Keep this list handy when you are getting ready to go out or when you simply need some ideas for pampering yourself.


20 simple tips for a more beautiful you

A way to drink water

Drink water with lemon at room temperature or drink it hot.

Bed before midnight

Get at least seven hours of sleep each night. If you can, get eight.

Buy and sell

Buy and sell boxes of unused cosmetics in classifieds!

Easy life equals youth

Evaluate stress levels. Change your lifestyle.

Educate yourself on beauty

Spend time learning beauty tips. Education saves money.

Extend your life

A raw food diet can extend your life span from 65 to 100 years. True!

Fill your glass with milk

Drink for stronger hair, younger skin, brighter eyes, and healthier bones.

Flush out your system

Start your day with a mug of boiling water and a slice of lemon.

Go fresh food

Eat fresh food for better skin, more fibre and to look and feel more alive.

Go natural remedies

Learn how to treat your allergies naturally and save money.

How to look taller

Practise good posture. Stand tall and look taller!

Practical inner beauty

Eat less meat and processed foods. Eat fruit for sweet cravings.

Quick morning routine

Brush teeth, grab a quick shower, moisturise, add lip-gloss, and grab a coffee and go!

Quit smoking

Smoking ages and kills you. This is a no-brainer.

Relax. Life is short!

Place your hands on your lap, relax your muscles, close your eyes and breathe.

Remedy for anaemia

Drink Manuka honey and milk for anaemia.

Smiles are free

Smiling is good for health and a great improvement to your looks.

The grace of growing old

Grow old gracefully and save yourself thousands of dollars.

Think about all senses

Beauty is not all about looks. Look to be happy and beauty will shine through.

Think yourself beautiful

Believe you look and are stunning because you are!


 

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Beauty is the goal of many women in today’s world. The modern definition of beauty has changed to encompass more than the physical attributes of a woman.

Beauty | A modern definition

A modern woman will take the time to pamper herself with delicious lotions and creams. She will find the time to go for a job along the beach, enlist in a Yoga class or get up early for a meditation session in a quiet room in the house. She’ll address mental anxiety through reading books, engaging with friends and becoming more educated on how to cope with the pressures of balancing a home, with work and everyday pressures. She’ll build beauty around intelligence and spend time and money on self-development. If she’s got a problem she’ll seek help and support. She knows how to relax, have fun and stay connected to her family, friends, community and the world.
The modern definition of beauty reflects women whose minds and bodies are inter-related. The core of this theory is that beauty is an entity, which fades over time. However, if a woman cultivates her internal beauty, these characteristics will last for the long term.

Beauty | Simple tips for feeling prettier

Save beauty with simple tips from the Savings Room. Keep this list handy when you are getting ready to go out or when you simply need some ideas for pampering yourself.
Save beauty with simple tips from the Savings Room. Keep this list handy when you are getting ready to go out or when you simply need some ideas for pampering yourself.


20 simple tips for a more beautiful you

A way to drink water

Drink water with lemon at room temperature or drink it hot.

Bed before midnight

Get at least seven hours of sleep each night. If you can, get eight.

Buy and sell

Buy and sell boxes of unused cosmetics in classifieds!

Easy life equals youth

Evaluate stress levels. Change your lifestyle.

Educate yourself on beauty

Spend time learning beauty tips. Education saves money.

Extend your life

A raw food diet can extend your life span from 65 to 100 years. True!

Fill your glass with milk

Drink for stronger hair, younger skin, brighter eyes, and healthier bones.

Flush out your system

Start your day with a mug of boiling water and a slice of lemon.

Go fresh food

Eat fresh food for better skin, more fibre and to look and feel more alive.

Go natural remedies

Learn how to treat your allergies naturally and save money.

How to look taller

Practise good posture. Stand tall and look taller!

Practical inner beauty

Eat less meat and processed foods. Eat fruit for sweet cravings.

Quick morning routine

Brush teeth, grab a quick shower, moisturise, add lip-gloss, and grab a coffee and go!

Quit smoking

Smoking ages and kills you. This is a no-brainer.

Relax. Life is short!

Place your hands on your lap, relax your muscles, close your eyes and breathe.

Remedy for anaemia

Drink Manuka honey and milk for anaemia.

Smiles are free

Smiling is good for health and a great improvement to your looks.

The grace of growing old

Grow old gracefully and save yourself thousands of dollars.

Think about all senses

Beauty is not all about looks. Look to be happy and beauty will shine through.

Think yourself beautiful

Believe you look and are stunning because you are!


 

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Food delivery is one way to save on groceries this Christmas. Firstly, buying groceries from the comfort of a couch through a food delivery service like Coles Online is relaxing. What is more relaxing and enjoyable is sorting items by price and then discovering that you’ve saved over $100 because you didn’t get sucked in to all that marketing in-store.
But just because you are into saving hundreds of dollars, this doesn’t mean you have to look and act like a Scrooge this Christmas. You can still sing Christmas carols and gorge on Christmas pudding, even if you are cutting back considerably on your grocery spend by using tactics like shopping online and food delivery.
You can save hundreds of dollars at Christmas this year and do it all with a happy-Elf smile on your face.

Food delivery is a sneaky trick indeed

There are plenty of sneaky tricks for stocking your fridge with cheese delicacies, custards, creams, trifles and truffles. But it is possible to do this on the cheap and without the typical stress associated with Christmas grocery shopping.
Just like Santa puts his brakes on to stop on a roof, make sure, when shopping at Christmas, that you exercise the same caution with your sack full of cash!
Actually, consider this:
Would you take an entire Santa sack of cash to the mall or would you prefer to dip into the sack of cash and just spend a handful of the money? Keep this visual in mind. Because your bank account is a whole sack of cash! Here’s a tip: Withdraw a certain amount and just take that. Set a budget.
Nifty little tricks for saving on groceries at Christmas include thinking ahead and getting jobs done before the madness starts.
If you are not organised at Christmas you will:

  • Not organise cheap alcohol online for the holiday period because the night you would have done that, there was a school Xmas concerts to clap at followed by a work party.
  • You won’t remember to check the bargain bins at supermarket because you were too stressed thinking about which present to buy whom, for how much and where. That’s because you didn’t write a list and execute it in November.
  • You might grab a bunch of chef-endorsed Christmas recipe cards in a mad attack of Xmas panic, which include too-expensive ingredients.

Here’s my cheat sheet on how to save money on Christmas shopping this year. It includes 45 hot tips on how to save money on grocery shopping this Christmas.
Here are some other sneaky tricks like food delivery


45 ways to save on groceries this Xmas

Alcohol

Purchase alcohol ahead of time and in bulk from discount retailers.

Bargain bins

Check out the bargain bins in supermarkets at Christmas for further savings.

Bulk discounts

Shop for food at bulk discount stores like Aldi and shop strategically with a list.

Chef endorsed

Beware supermarket recipe cards. Prices for ingredients may be inflated.

Chocolate pudding

Make a chocolate instead of plum pudding to reduce costs. The kids will love you.

Christmas club

Earlier in the year join a Christmas club for delivery of a grocery hamper at Christmas.

Christmas co-op

Create a Christmas food co-op through Meetups.com. Buy ingredients in bulk and swap.

Christmas Eve

Get huge discounts by buying food on Christmas Eve.

Christmas menu

Checkout my Easy Christmas Menu in Printables. 

Compare food delivery services online

Comparison shop

Try http://grocery.bestpricedirectory.com.au.

Cut and clip it

Read the paper for food deals and coupons around Christmas time.

Eat alternatives

Be happy to eat alternative but still delicious food. E.g. Chicken with cranberry sauce!

Eat first

Never do Christmas grocery shopping when hungry. You will buy unnecessary food.

Eat out

Eat at a restaurant on Christmas day. It can be cheaper and is less stressful.

Fishmonger

If you have a great fishmonger in your area, share their details here.

Frozen seafood

Buy frozen seafood or buy seafood on Christmas Eve.

Frozen turkey

If you buy a turkey buy a frozen one and only buy the size you need.

Generic platter

Don’t buy fancy packets. No one can tell it is a generic brand on a nice platter.

Give them veggies

Use veggies to fill up platters. They look stylish and are cheap and healthy.

Go crackers

Rice crackers and other nibbles bought at bulk grocery stores is much cheaper.

Go the BBQ

Have a BBQ at Christmas. BBQs are cheaper, simple and fun!

Good party trick

Hide generic packaging before your party guests arrive. They will never know!

Keep it simple

Do not buy more than you need. Make sure you can eat the leftovers.

Make dip

Buy the ingredients on a dip packet.  Make cheap dip from scratch and get double the dip!

Make sweets

Make your own Christmas cake, pudding and mince pies. This is cheap and fun.

Meat for platters

Deli meats are expensive. Buy these meats in bulk and slice them up yourself.

Meat wholesalers

Source local wholesalers. They often advertise in local papers. Save up to 50 percent.

Nibbles platters

Arrange your own nibbles platters. Do not buy supermarket platters.

Nice lunches

Plan lunches with leftovers you know you will have.

Nice tradition

Make your own food. It is much cheaper and a nicer tradition.

Party food

Costco offer a great selection of bulk-buy party foods and bulk-buy gourmet cheeses.

Pavlova

Make your own Pavlova and save.

Plan leftovers

Check out our 50 simple ways to use up leftover Christmas ham in Turbo Tips.

Plan menus

Plan your entire Christmas menu before shopping. Check out my Easy Christmas Menu.

Pot luck Christmas

If you are hosting Christmas organise a potluck Christmas. You can split the costs.

Read junk mail

Read junk mail and clip the coupons. But be aware. Do not buy ‘just because.’

Service person

Ask at the service desk about any discounts on offer to special customers like you.

Set a budget

Set a budget for Christmas day food. E.g. $200. Stick to it.

Shop alone

Go shopping alone without children, friends or family members. Make clearer decisions.

Shop online

Buy your list online and sort by price. Save time and money.

Simple food

Commit to a simple Christmas. Don’t buy food just because it is tradition.

Turkey pieces

Buy frozen turkey pieces instead of the whole bird.

Use-by specials

If you buy on Christmas Eve you can take advantage of use-by specials.

Wholesale Turkey

Look for a wholesale poulterer in your area to buy your Turkey.

Wholesale wine

Check out our 65+ awesome ways to save on alcohol quick list for saving on drinks.

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If you want to save money on groceries, there are many sneaky tricks to help your cause.  The magical home hints on this page will add a little fairy dust to your day and will certainly add more cash to your stash!
If you are like me, you might prefer not to suck up precious chunks of your weekend trudging down those slippery aisles with a trolley. You might prefer to stay home instead of looking for a not-quite-ripe-yet banana or washing powder that is in a very pricey but quite-nice pink box. Trudging and looking can be very tiring indeed.
I’m sure there are plenty more activities you can do with your weekend. For example you might like to pant up a hill on a new bike trail or dig in the garden to doof-doof through a too-cool pair of headphones. Or perhaps you prefer to get a fresh copy of the Saturday paper and flip through it, while sipping on a too-strong latte?
You decide…
Personally, if I want to save money on groceries, my preference is to avoid the purchase the way I try to avoid laundry or doing the dishes. I would rather do any of the activities above than go to a supermarket.
This goal involves placing my tired feet up on the couch with my glasses perched at the tip of my nose ready for relaxation!
Plan A is to watch telly and Plan B? To watch telly with one eye on the internet and one finger doing my groceries – online. Yes. I am a multi-tasking type and I must say I do this very well, even with a wine in my other hand.
In fact, there are as many ways to save money on groceries, as there are marketing strategies to lure you in!  And today, I’d like to let you in on some of my secrets.
So sit on your wallet and get ready to keep that hard-earned cash where it should stay! Under your butt!

Make a plan and stick to it

Leftovers calendar

Use a leftovers calendar. Mark down leftovers you put back in the fridge on the calendar. Now before whipping up new meals create meals from these leftovers. You can grab a leftovers calendar in the Printables section in the Savings Room. Before writing any shopping plan, always write a plan for using up leftovers first.

Have a plan

Always have a plan. Shopping without a plan will cost you double if not triple over the course of one year. If you do not shop with a plan consider you have lost a potential holiday away to your dream location. Again. Never go to the supermarket without a plan or a shopping list.

Meal-planning books

Invest in a meal-planning book like Table Tucker where meals are planned and budgeted out for an entire year. Visit Table Tucker for more information. Table Tucker suggests ways for using up leftovers every week and offers free lunch and snack ideas. You will also only cook three nights each week using this book. It is the world’s most cutting-edge eco-smart cooking system.

Use technology

Invest in a mobile app that will assist you in writing your grocery lists.

Budgeting

Never go to the supermarket without a budget in mind. Invest in a grocery budgeting app. Estimate the cost of your grocery shop if possible. Divvy up money for groceries each week and always be strict about staying within your budget.

Join a community

Try signing up to our community website where you can join a  group like Frugal Foodies. Grab recipes and member submitted tips daily. Try starting a cooking co-op. You can search for members near your location to create a local cooking co-op.

Save on groceries by making your freezer your best friend

Timing

Set aside a specific time each week to plan groceries. Also set aside a specific time in your calendar to go grocery shopping each week. Alternatively complete your grocery shopping online.

Buy and cook in bulk

Buy ingredients in bulk every season and plan meals you can cook in bulk. Meal planning books like Table Tucker assist with bulk buying groceries each season and also help with using up leftovers. Buy rice, pasta and potatoes in bulk. Keep ingredients handy to avoid extra trips to the supermarket.

Make some good investments

Invest in a chest freezer so that you can buy meat in bulk. A slow cooker is also a great investment for creating delicious meals from cheaper cuts of meat.

Time grocery shopping right

Freeze meals

Freeze meals ahead of time to avoid cooking every night of the week. This reduces the temptation to buy takeaway food on those nights when you are too tired and cannot be bothered cooking.

Shop online

If you weigh up your spend, time and schedule, shopping online is an excellent option. Shopping from the couch is not only easy, it allows you to sort items by price. You will save money at the supermarket and produce excellent savings over the course of the year.

Source cheap suppliers

Always seek out and research the cheapest suppliers before venturing out. Local newspapers and the internet are great places to start this research.

Bookmark budget meals

Research budget meal ideas using blogs, books, websites and social network communities.

Coupons

Subscribe to coupon websites and start clipping coupons. Factor in these coupons when planning your menu, shopping list and grocery run. Sunday newspapers and local newspapers are full of coupons that can produce further savings.

Would you like even more great tips on how to save money on groceries?

Want more? Save money on groceries and download money saving cheat sheets | Use up leftovers, create quick and easy meals, find healthy budget lunch and dinner ideas!

Printables for creating budget meals and weekly menu planning

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If you learn how to pamper yourself on the cheap you can simply do more of it! Now there’s a win-win if I ever heard of one! These tips and tricks will have you sitting on the couch painting your toes or organising a girls’ night out quick smart. Be kind to yourself daily while you save money! Whether you want to make your lips look bigger or you want to accentuate your best parts, you will find valuable tips here.

Eyes

Castor oil trick

For extra length apply Caster oil to your lashes.

Another user for eye drops

Dab eye drops on blemishes and spots.

Cheap eye cream

Invest in some Jojoba Oil. It has many great uses including a cheap anti-ageing eye cream.

Reduce wrinkles

Olive oil is a cheap and effective anti-ageing eye cream.

Go olive oil

You can use a small amount of olive oil on a cotton ball to remove eye makeup.

Anti-ageing cream

100% cold pressed Rosehip Oil is an effective anti-ageing eye cream. Apply twice a day.

Cure for puffy eyes

Save tea bags, freeze them and then place them on closed eyes to reduce puffiness.

Luscious lashes

Apply to eyelashes for length and thickness.

Easy eye makeup remover

Use Vaseline as eye makeup remover.

Cheap facials

Visit a beauty schools for a cheap eyebrow wax and facials.

How to get a cheap lash tint

Check out pamper packages at beauty schools, which often include lash tints.

Eyes are beautiful. Reveal them.

Do not hide your beautiful eyes under too much makeup. You will be hiding the window to your soul.

Base colour will reduce creases

Keep your eye shadow from creasing by applying an eye shadow base colour.

Follow what is natural

Follow the natural shape of your eyebrows with eyeliner, otherwise people will not notice your eyes as much.

Nice way to wake up

Use eye drops to reduce redness in the eyes. This is also very refreshing and an instant way to wake up.

Remove eye makeup with a product

Always use an eye makeup remover for thin skin around the eyes. Be gentle when removing makeup so you do not encourage more wrinkles.

Save on eyeliners with water

Do not buy eyeliners. Use a small angled brush, eye shadow and mix with water for eye shadow.

Free eye shadow primer

Use foundation, liquid concealer, face powder, baby powder or a light eye shadow as an eye shadow primer.

Smoother eye shadow trick

Wet the applicator when applying eye shadow. This will make it go on more smoothly.

Olive oil around the eyes

Use extra virgin olive oil to give your eyes a soft look.

Shape your own eyebrows and save

Get a makeup book out of the library and learn to shape your own eyebrows. Saves stacks by doing it yourself.

Fix tired eyes with recycled chilled tea bags

Freeze old tea bags to instantly cure puffy and dark circles around the eyes.

Cheap eyebrow brush

An old kids toothbrush with a little gel on it is a cheap way to style those eyebrows.

Accentuating beauty for maximum benefit

If you accentuate your eyes keep your lips simple. If you accentuate your lips keep your eyes simple.

Super cheap eye makeup remover

Vegetable glycerine mixed with water makes a huge amount of eye makeup remover. Never use without mixing with water.

Vaseline on your lashes will make them thicker

Applying Vaseline to your eyelashes every night will make them longer and thicker.

Quick homemade eye gloss

To make a creamy eye gloss mix any colour eye shadow with lip balm and you will have an instant eye gloss.

Arched eyebrows for a thinner face

If you want your face to look thinner arch your eyebrows more when shaping them.

Remove eye makeup with moisturiser

Dip a cotton bud in moisturiser to remove eye makeup.

Using mascara for bigger eyes

If you want your eyes to look bigger apply a double coat of mascara on your upper lashes.

Blush as eye shadow

Use blush for eye shadow. It will last a long time on you.

Find a school

Use local beauty schools for cheap eye tinting and treatments.

Lush blush

Blush doubles fine as an eye shadow.

Removing eye makeup

Always use eye makeup remover or a common substitute to remove eye makeup. Otherwise you risk getting more wrinkles.

For a thinner face

Arch your eyebrows more when shaping them for a thinner face.

Do it yourself

Learn to do your own eyebrows and save stacks of money.

Perfect match

Make sure to match your eyebrows to your hair colour.

Use for an old toothbrush

You can make use of an old toothbrush as an eyebrow brush if you happen to be without one.

Shaping eyebrows

Shape your eyebrows thicker to look younger.

Follow your natural look

When shaping your eyebrows follow the natural line of your eyebrows or people will not look at your eyes.

Self preservation

Apply eye cream every night before bed for self-preservation.

Invest in saline

Reduce redness and tired eyes with eye drops or saline solution. Buy the bulk bottle. It is cheaper.

Curling your lashes

Warm your eyelash curler with a hairdryer first for better results.

Save time on your lashes

Dye your lashes and use clear mascara or Vaseline to highlight them.

Applying eyeliner trick

To apply eyeliner draw three short lines and connect them up.

If you want bigger eyes

Apply white eyeliner to lower eye line.

Reduce look of tired eyes

Run white pencil along your bottom eye line to make tired eyes look better.

Substitute eyeliner

Use eye shadow dipped in water and a small brush as substitute eyeliner.

Keep it simple

Keep lips simple with accentuated eyes and vice versa.

Wear less makeup

Reveal your inner beauty and wear less makeup. You will age slower too.

Creamy eye gloss

Combine eye shadow and lip balm for a creamy eye gloss.

Baby powder as primer

If you run out of eye shadow primer you can try baby powder as a base.

Double use for face powder

Face powder can be used as an eye shadow primer if you do not want to spend extra money.

Foundation trick

You can use foundation as an effective eye shadow primer.

Liquid concealer

Liquid concealer works great as an eye shadow primer.

Stop eye shadow creasing

Apply base colour to stop creasing.

Eyeliner brush trick

Dab wet eyeliner brush in eye shadow for a less dramatic eyeliner or eyebrow liner.

Smaller nose eye shadow trick

Apply darker eye shadow than the colour of your skin. Your nose will appear smaller.

Eye shadow colour

To make your eyes standout avoid putting any colour over your brow bone or make sure that the shade is light.

Eye shadow trick for bigger eyes

If you have eyes that seem too far apart simply put more eye shadow on the inside corners of your eyes.

For bigger eyes

If you have eyes that seem too close together simply put more eye shadow on the outer edges of your eyes.

Double use for moisturiser

If you are stuck without eye cream you can simply apply a little extra face moisturiser to your eye area.

Put bottom fake lashes up top

Put the bottom lashes from the pack on your top lashes. You will still look fantastic but more naturally fake.

Green tea not just for drinking

Next time make a Green Tea. Chill some extra in the fridge and apply to puffy eyes with cotton pads.

Kiwifruit trick

Apply slices of kiwifruit to tired eyes to cure dark rings and puffiness.

Mascara safety

Discard mascara after three months. It can hold bacteria after this period of time.

Bigger eyes trick

If you want to make your eyes look bigger put a double coat of mascara on your upper lashes.

If you are prone to tears

If you are going to an important event where you think you might cry remember to wear waterproof mascara.

Revitalise

Running mascara under hot water will bring your mascara back to life.

Reusable makeup pads

Try investing in microfibre cloths as an alternative to buying cotton pads.

Remove eye makeup

Moisturiser on a cotton ball makes an effective eye makeup remover.

Cheaper than buying Photoshop

When having your photo taken be sure to blend makeup well around the eyes. Avoid applying powder. This shows up wrinkles more.

Raw food for good health

A raw food diet will make your eyes sparkle from the inside.

Raw potato relief

Slices of raw potato are also a great cure for puffy eyes.

Chill your spoons

The humble spoon chilled in the fridge or freezer gives great relief to tired and puffy eyes.

Eye shadow primer trick

Use foundation, liquid concealer, face powder or baby powder or a light eye shadow as primer.

Face

Trick for a wide face

If you have a wide face apply blush to the tops of your cheeks by fanning upwards towards your ears.

Take fish oil to reduce pimples

Fish oil helps to regulate hormones and thus helps reduce pimples caused by hormonal problems.

Cheap moisturiser

Combine castor oil and olive oil for a moisturiser for the face.

Hand cream face mask

Use hand cream as a