Affordable Beauty and Fashion Tips For Moms on A Budget
When I became a mother I underestimated the toll it would take on my life. My income and time always went to me. All of a sudden, I was a single mother, and I had to split these things with another person, and it was hard!
There were many days between rushing to get ready, rushing my son to get ready, and getting to work on time, that I would leave the house without even looking in the mirror. Gone were the days of six inch heels, salons, and shopping sprees. I did not have the time, the money, or even a baby sitter!
My body had changed, I felt like the hot mess express train that had been chugging through a pile of soot, snow, and dirt. I pledged that I was going to make a change, one that fit into my lifestyle and my budget. This is what I did.
The first thing I did was lose 15 pounds. Before my son I paid for a gym membership. After, I had Pin Interest. It showed me exercise routines that could be done from the comfort of my own home, without me having to buy anything. Never underestimate the power of a jumping jack. For those women whose husbands love video games? Use this to your advantage. I was gifted a Kinect for my Xbox, Zumba and Dance Central on Xbox became my new BFF. It was also something me and my son could do together.
My Clothes/ Shoes
Two words, thrift store. The secret is to go to a thrift that is in a very well to do area or one that is known for having name brand clothing. I once went in a thrift store and saw a Cold Water Creek skirt with the original tags that read ($175). The thrift store price $6. I have gotten Ann Taylor, Vera Wang, and Black House White Market. Never underestimate the power of the thrift; it is one of the best kept secrets. (All Clothing in the Pictures are From the Thrift).
I know everyone likes diamonds and Mac, but this is simply not in my budget. However, eBay and Amazon is. There are real life stores selling on both these sites and they need to make room for new stock. So they are willing to sell these items to you in BULK for dirt cheap. Take advantage. (All Jewelry in pictures were obtain through Amazon or EBay and bought in bulk).
The internet can be an amazing thing. Search what type of nails, hairstyle, or make-up look you want, and poof just like magic someone on YouTube is there to tell you how to do, step by step. It takes practice, but after a few epics fails I can I can do a roller set on practically with my eyes closed and do make up that can put some make-up artists to shame.
Sometimes you just do not have the money nor do you have the time for beauty. Do not even think about carrying your child on a salon trip, this can be a headache all on its own. Sometimes it’s just better to do it yourself, saving you both time and money.
Thanks to Sophia Reed of Therapy Counseling for this great guest post.