By Shannon Hanrahan • August 08, 2014
Happy Friday Savvy Savers! August is in full swing and back to school is taking over all of our minds. We are busy here trying to make sure that you get the best deals for all things back to school, and we are even setting up a few special surprises in the next few weeks to keep everyone’s excitement up during this stressful season! Be sure to keep checking back with us, so that you don’t miss out. We hope that you enjoy this week’s Tip Jars! If you have your own, share them with us, and you could be featured on our site. As always, have a wonderful and safe weekend savvy savers.
You always see those fancy pictures of girl’s nails on Pinterest and Instagram and wish that your budget allowed for a more frequent trip to the salon right? Well now you don’t have to drop $30 for a manicure, just grab a Sharpie and put your own designs on your nails. The metallic Sharpies are really pretty and add a nice flair, and they are only about $4 for a 3 pack. It is time to get professional nails at home. With all of the tutorials and photos online, you won’t have any shortage of inspiration.
We have about a month left of summer, so lets get the most out of our grills while we can still use them. If you are a grilling addict, then there are probably still a few meals stuck to the grates of your grill. Our amazing merchant Char Boil shared with us a great trick on how to easily remove gunk that is stuck to your grill overnight. Mix together two cups of vinegar with 1 cup of baking soda in a garbage bag. Then place the grates into the bag and seal overnight. In the morning just rinse them off with water and everything should come off easily. If you need to, a soft brush can be used to get the suborn leftovers. Your grill will be as good as new for your next bbq!
If you are anything like me than you hate having to spend a ton of money on a product that never seems to last, for instance mascara. For safety reasons, mascara should only be used for 3 months before bacteria starts building up and it is thrown out, so if it starts clumping up before that, give this little trick a try. Add a few drops of saline solution into the tube, and it should bring it back to life for a bit. This is especially helpful when you purchase mascara that is a little more expensive than your normal drugstore brand, and you aren’t ready to part with it just yet.
Many states aren’t giving out plastic bags at the grocery store anymore, but if you live where they still do, give this a shot. You clearly don’t want to just throw away the plastic bags because that is a waste, so instead of throwing them in the closet, store them in an old tissue box. This will keep them out of the way and organized so that when you need one, you can just grab it and go. Bonus points if the box you use is decorative. There is nothing quite like being resourceful and environmentally conscious.
If you are running late and notice that you have a wrinkle in our outfit, don’t panic. Instead of going for the iron, grab your hair straightener and quickly fix the problem. A hair straightener is perfect on those hard to reach places, like in between buttons, and on hems and collars. Always make sure that you clean your iron before you use it on your clothes though so nothing is transferred onto your outfit. This trick works even better if your straightener is heat adjustable because you can use it on more fabrics. Always be careful when you are doing this though, especially on delicate fabrics. You don’t want to apply too much heat and ruin anything.
Again, have a fantastic weekend!
Shannon Hanrahan Shannon is a LA transplant from Philadelphia and a social media junkie. When she is not Pinteresting or Instagraming away, she enjoys eating dessert first, traveling to new places, and being a self-proclaimed DIY expert (aka HGTV addict).