budgeting tips

Affordable Hair Care Products You Need In Your Life!


Hair care products don’t have to break the bank to make your hair look and feel great.  There are so many options for shampoo, conditioner, hair serums, hair masks, and anything else you can think of.  You may find it hard to pick products out of the sea of choices in front of you.  Here are a few great affordable hair care products you may want to try!

Dove Hair Therapy Dry Shampoo

2-18 Dry Shampoo

This is a great, basic dry shampoo that smells fresh and leaves no white residue unlike a lot of other dry shampoos.  It refreshes two and three-day-old hair and brings it back to life.  Over-washing your hair strips away some of the good oils that keep your hair healthy, so dry shampoo is a great way to keep your hair feeling freshly washed without having to actually wash it everyday.

It retails for $3.94 at Walmart

Head & Shoulders Full & Strong Advanced Thickening Treatment

2-18 Thickening Treatment

For those of you with dry scalp that are looking for a way to thicken your hair, give this a try.  Not only does it work to thicken your hair at the root, it also helps with itchy and/or dry scalp.  It’s a two in one!

It retails for $9.93 at Walmart

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

2-18 Sea Salt Spray

This product is great for adding a bit of volume and texture to your hair without weighing it down.  You can spray it on wet or dry hair for subtle beachy waves.  It also smells like the ocean air, which is amazing!

It retails for $5.99 at Ulta

L’Oreal EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Volume Conditioner

2-18 Conditioner

This conditioner is amazing for color-treated hair.  It keeps your hair healthy, which is essential if you dye your hair because of how much damage that does.  It also helps add a bit of volume and smells like rosemary and mint.  This conditioner is also 100% vegan!

It retails for $6.99 at Ulta

Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray

2-18 Hairspray

This hairspray is great in any weather and smells amazing.  It doesn’t have the standard hair spray scent, but actually has a bit of a citrus kick to it.  It also makes your look beautifully shiny and feel extra-soft.  And it has an impressively strong hold!

It retails for $2.96 at Walmart

3 Easy Tips to Becoming Less Broke in College


If you’re like most college students, you will graduate with more debt than you can bare. And now that interest rates are set to double next month (no joke), this reality is only becoming scarier. I would love to tell you that I have some secret tip to keep you from racking up loan debt, but I am still trying to figure that one out. What I can tell you is that it is in your best interest to start budgeting your money early on to avoid any additional, unnecessary financial burdens. But as the saying goes, it’s easier said than done!

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I find it especially hard to save money during summertime. If I have a good night at work (I’m a server), I have no problem spending a bit more than I usually would. Or when I get my paycheck, I feel the need to “treat” myself to something. Needless to say, I like to spend money, and I forget about the saving aspect. However, I will say that living on my own has forced me to start, or at least try to start, budgeting my money. I have to make rent each month, buy groceries and have enough gas in my car to get me to work or to my internships.

Here are three quick tips that I recommend if you’ve never made a budget before:

1. Don’t Lie To Yourself
When you first create a budget it is important to be honest and realistic. If you know you spend a lot of money on food, include that in your budget. Having future goals to cut spending is great, but don’t anticipate those changes in your initial budget or you will be sure to fail and overspend.

2. Every Penny Counts
An iced latte here and a bag of nachos there doesn’t matter, right? WRONG. The little things add up quicker than you realize, and before you know it you’ve spent $50 on Skittles.  If you can hold off on the little things then you’ll have more money to spend on something you’ll get to enjoy for longer than 10 minutes (like a new pair of shoes)!

3. Take Advantage of Rentals
If you’re like me, you hate textbooks. They’re boring, they’re heavy and they’re expensive. The worst part? You have to have them. If you want to save money, and you have no intention of keeping your textbooks, rent them online. Take it from me, eCampus.com has the best selection of new and used textbooks to rent!

I know I still have a long way to go before I’m really good about saving my money, but like I said, I really feel that living on my own has helped me to start budgeting better. Do you have any helpful tips for those that are just starting out?