March Column – It Makes Cents

Many of you know I write for my community newspaper. I want to share my columns with you when I can because I am aware that not many of you live in my community (or I’d have you all over for coffee!). Here is March’s column, hope you like it.

Beauty on a Budget

Who doesn’t love to be pampered? Manicures, massages and facials are so relaxing aren’t they? The cost of those luxuries can leave you feeling more poor than pampered some times though.

If you are trying to save money, there are some other options out there that can give you just as much bang for your buck.

Do you like salon-style haircuts? Look in your phone book to see if there are any aesthetic schools nearby and call them to see if they take appointments. Here in Edmonton, one of our most popular salons has their own school downtown and you can get a haircut or other aesthetic services there for almost 80% off — all because it is a student who is helping you. Fear not, these students have learned from the best and are always supervised by professionals, so you are sure to look your best at a fraction of the cost.

Maybe you love massages, who doesn’t? Check with your place of employment. Some employers will cover a set number of massages if you get a doctor’s referral. This way, you can get your massage and have it covered as part of your health benefits. Whether or not this is covered, you can also check around to see if any massage therapy schools need a willing body to work on.

If you like to relax with a facial now and then, check online. There are many websites out there that share recipes to make your own, all-natural, facials. Have a night to yourself, mix a facial up, run a hot bath and relax with a good book.

The same goes for manicures and pedicures. Pull out all of your hand lotions, nail clippers and nail polish. Sit down in front of a favorite or new movie and do your own nails. Or you can make it into a girl’s night. Do you have some friends that need some time to themselves too? Have them over and have a girl’s night complete with a chick flick and some wine.

Pampering doesn’t have to cost a fortune and you’ll feel better when you look good AND you know you saved money doing it.

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