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13 Ways to Save and Stay Stylish

How to save money and still look great

  • Do-it-yourself BB cream.
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    1. Do-it-yourself blemish-balm cream

    En español | Lois Joy Johnson, Beauty and Style Expert: Mix a dab of foundation with a dab of daily moisturizer to make your own BB cream. The combo protects and hydrates skin, and covers up discolorations.

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  • Go natural, save money on manicures.
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    2. Go natural on manicures

    Remove polish stains with a homemade whitening paste. Mix one tablespoon hydrogen peroxide with two tablespoons baking soda and apply to polish-free nails — under tips, too — for 10 minutes. Wipe off residue. Then use a nail buffer to give nails a healthy, pinkish sheen.

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  • Let dry shampoo multi-task.
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    3. Let dry shampoo do many jobs

    Forget buying mousses, gels or creams. Dry shampoo works as a second-day hair freshener, adds bulk to thin hair and won't leave hair greasy or sticky.

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  • Choose suede. Buy low-price suede shoes or booties instead of inexpensive leather.
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    4. Choose suede

    Buy low-price suede shoes or booties instead of inexpensive leather. Suede looks more posh.

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  • Extend hair color touch ups.
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    5. Go longer between hair-coloring appointments

    Zigzag your part to camouflage roots. Apply a mineral powder to the gray, or spray it with a root cover-up. If your hair is dark, use gray or brown eye shadow to cover roots.

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  • Use scented dryer sheets for more than laundry.
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    6. Rescue stinky shoes

    Put scented dryer sheets in the toes overnight to deodorize. Also, slip dryer sheets inside luggage to prevent musty travel odors.

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  • If you¹re looking for great clothing sales, July and January are the best times to shop.
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    7. Shop in July or January

    Dan Chizzoniti, Men's Fashion Expert: Stores need to clear the racks to make way for the next season, so items are heavily discounted.

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  • If you decide to splurge, make sure to check back on the price of the item within two to four weeks after the purchase.
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    8. Check prices after you buy

    Retailers often will refund the difference if a splurge item you bought goes on sale shortly after your purchase. 

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  • Want to get more for the money you spend on clothing? Shop through airline miles programs or rebate sites.
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    9. Buy clothes through online airline miles programs or rebate sites

    The more you spend, the more points you get that you can use later.

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  • Use double-duty grooming products.
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    10. Use double-duty grooming products

    Marissa Stephenson, Men's Style Expert: For example, an inexpensive multitasker essential oil can be used as a moisturizer, face wash and aftershave, and it's light enough to tame unruly hair.

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  •  Use shampoo sparingly, and less often.
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    11. Use shampoo sparingly

    Your hair won't get any cleaner from using a palmful of product versus a dime-size amount, and washing every other day is healthier than shampooing daily.

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  • Buy better quality clothes.
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    12. Buy better quality clothes

    Six or seven great pieces that you can mix and match will not only look more stylish, they'll hold up longer than a dozen cheaply made garments that you'll have to throw out by season's end. Even better, buy quality apparel on sale.

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  • Stay neutral. For clothing staples such as coats or sweaters, choose colors that are neutral.
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    13. Stay neutral

    For clothing staples such as coats or sweaters, choose colors that are neutral. That way you can wear them more often without it being obvious.

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