You asked – here it is, how to do gel nails at home and on a budget! I’ll do the official blog post and update this once it’s been 10-14 days, but so far, I’ve had no issues with the products. Last week, I asked you what you would do – 1) Get Them Professionally Done or 2) Paint Your Own Nails. Stuck at 50/50 for a good chunk of the day, 247 of you finally pulled through to win with painting my own nails. YAY!  After combing through my messages with recommendations and researching product reviews, this is what I ended up with. How To Do Gel Nails At Home // The Products Gel Machine // It had GREAT reviews, was recommended by a couple of you. I wanted a light that was affordable, a full light that had only an opening where you inserted your hand (not an opening at both ends as it doesn’t cure the nails as well. It is UV Light, but comes with a set of UV protecting gloves. I loved that there was a timer to turn the light on and off, too. Plus it was on sale and under $30 + there was a coupon, so I snagged it for $20! Gel Polish Set // Awesome reviews, recommend. Plus, this is a set of SIX mini polishes, which…

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If you remember in my last post, Valentine’s Day is all about the food for us! Whether we go out or eat in – which is about 50/50 each week depending on how we are feeling. This year we decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day early and teamed up with Whole Foods to bring you the perfect Valentine’s Dinner you can make at home for under $60! Now, you know we shop at Whole Foods pretty often (usually 2-3x a month) in addition to some of other favorites (Trader Joe’s, Target, Costco), but we almost ALWAYS get our meat at Whole Foods. It’s just the TOP of the line and still affordable. Shopping List 2ct Filet Mignon 1/2 lb Shrimp Handful of Asparagus 2ct Yukon Potatoes Gorgonzola Cheese 4 Garlic Cloves Tablespoon of Chopped Onions* Butter* 1ct Lemon Seasonings – salt, pepper, garlic powder* Red Wine Reduction Ferrari Carano Wine* or any red wine on hand Balsamic Glaze* Honey* Mini Cheesecake Strawberries *Items we already had on hand and not included in the the cost. Quantity/Weight may also vary your cost. We chose LARGE filets. Our total cost was just under $60. We also snagged a dozen roses for $20.99 (Huge sale for 2 Dozen starting 2/7 for $24.99). How to Make the Perfect Valentine’s Dinner At Home Note – Most of our prep is “to…

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Paying for college can be nerve wrecking. It is expensive and figuring out how much you can pay out of pocket and how much you need to get loaned to you is not easy. It takes time, patience, and a lot of research to figure out how you will be able to afford it- scholarships, student loans, savings, etc.  I scouted colleges around the United States. I was accepted at Boston University, Penn State, Arizona State, and many others. But what it all came down to was the cost of tuition–don’t forget room and board, books, living expenses, etc. I had no clue how I was ever going to afford a $50,000+ tuition per year not including other expenses. It was up to me to figure out how I was going to afford college on my own and without such a heavy financial strain. This is what I have learned and what I wish I would have known 3 years ago. Save $$$: You never know what expenses will be thrown at you when you least expect it. Have a plan, start saving. I use to save 50-75% of every monetary gift I received (birthdays, holidays, graduations). It adds up. Going into my freshmen year of college I had saved around $7,000! I wish I would have started saving sooner and maybe 75% every single time. Research: Browse…

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I decided to start this page because I have been couponing my ENTIRE life. I love coupons, sales, and deals and it is something I enjoy doing to a great extent.  No, by all means I am not an extreme couponer, although I would like to be someday.  I LOVE SAVING. I LOVE FREE. I LOVE TO SHOP SALES.  It definitely keeps my adrenaline going and I love to do it in my spare time. I wish I had more time for it, but when you are a college student taking 22 credits and working two jobs, balancing time is very critical. Sundays, however, are for couponing. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and every other day are for couponing in between classes and late at night. It brings joy what can I say! When you are on a budget and trying to save, you do what you love! Anyways, I figured I would try to help others, newbies and extreme couponers out by letting them in on some couponer tips, tricks, and hints. So in posts to come, I hope I can help everyone out a little bit as well as giving back to the couponers that have kept me motivated to keep on couponing. Thanks! xo,  Leanna

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Besides renting a carpet cleaner today (which is the worst idea, just pay someone to do it–pain in the booty!), I decided to make myself a pretty little iPhone Charger. Pinterest is just full of ideas! Of course I had the charger already, but I wanted to decorate it so I could call it my own! I had so much fun and this DIY project took me less than 20-25 minutes. And it costs me absolutely NOTHING! Now that’s what I call staying in a budget! The only items needed for this project are: -iPhone Charger -Color Nail Polish -Glitter Nail Polish  You can do this DIY with either nail polish or both of them. I used both because I love color!  Steps: 1) Start with an iPhone charger and a paper towel (I didn’t want to get it on my table). 2) Pick your nail polishes (I used Sinful Colors Turquoise and Wet n’Wild Glitter). 3) Paint two coats of your base color on the plug end and let sit a couple minutes. 4) Paint two coats of your glitter polish on the plug end and let dry. 5) Repeat steps 4-5 for the end that fits into the phone 6) TA-DA!! You now have your own personalized iPhone Charger! **After mine was dry I dipped a Q-tip in nail polish remover and cleaned up…

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