When life gives you lemons, why not whiten your nails? We've got 13 genius uses for this inexpensive citrus fruit.
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1. Whiten Nails: Cut a lemon in half and rub on your nails for about seven minutes. The acidity will help remove any yellow tint.
2. Soften skin. Combine lemon zest with sugar and soak the mixture with olive oil for 30 minutes for a homemade body scrub. Give a little extra TLC to dry patches on the elbows, ankles and knees.
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3. Add sunny highlights. Want to lighten your tresses a notch or two? Mix lemon juice with your favorite conditioner and apply to damp locks before heading out to catch some rays.
4. Fix a streaky tan. To lighten a botched self-tanning job, rub a halved lemon over the area.
5. Zap Zits. Try lemon juice on blackheads at night to clear up skin Gargle with lemon juice and water to kill odor-causing bacteria, or suck on the lemon wedge served with your water.
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When life gives you lemons, why not whiten your nails? We've got 13 genius uses for this inexpensive citrus fruit. Read More »from What a Lemon! 12 Uses for Lemons
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No small change! These four things can really dig into your budget.If you're renting a home, you may want to watch your wallet. In the 12-month period that ended June 30, U.S. rental prices rose an average of 5.4%. According to CNN Money, increased costs can be attributed to demand from former homeowners displaced by foreclosure and potential homebuyers who failed to qualify for mortgages.
AND SOME GOOD NEWS: With mortgage rates at a record low and home prices decreasing, now is a good time to consider buying a home instead of continuing to rent. If you're not ready to take the plunge and buy a home just yet, a new job could help make paying rent a little less of a financial burden. While it's not exactly wonderful, the job market did perk up last month. Claims for unemployment benefits fell, fewer individuals were laid off, and private businesses added 176,00 jobs in June.
This year, it's more expensive to own and operate a vehicle than it was last year. AAA recently released their 2011 Your Driving Costs report, which found that the cost of owning
- All You Magazine | Work + Money – Fri, Jun 29, 2012 1:22 PM EDT
Save hundreds of dollars over the course of a year with these common household products that do the same job as your pricey favorites for much less.
1. Swap: Shaving cream for hair conditioner
Save: About $4
Why? Shaving cream creates a layer between the razor and your skin while protecting from nicks and cuts. But conditioners work just as well, and they moisturize while you shave.
2. Swap: Dry shampoo for baby powder
Save: About $8
Why? If you don't have enough time to wash your locks, rub baby powder into your roots. Massage it in well, then brush it out. This trick also gives flat, greasy hair more oomph.
3. Swap: Body scrub for epsom salts
Save: About $10
Why? A bath with Epsom salts can help ease stress and tension, but did you know that these salts also can give you smooth, radiant skin? Simply mix a handful into your body wash (or a spoonful into your face wash). It sloughs off dead skin and revives your complexion instantly.
4. Swap: Styling cream forRead More »from 19 Simple Household Swaps that Will Save You Money
- All You Magazine | Work + Money – Thu, Jun 21, 2012 4:25 PM EDT
Are you taking a trip this summer? Consider putting a hold on some of your monthly services to save enough to offset the cost of some of those souvenirs and restaurant meals.Read More »from Take a "Bill Vacation" - 6 Bills You Don't Have to Pay
Services to Suspend
YOUR PHONE SERVICE: Ask your wireless or landline provider for a voluntary suspension- you'll still have access to 611 and 911. Also turn off your smartphone's data-roaming and auto-check functions to avoid paying for e-mail that comes through if you're traveling abroad.
YOUR CABLE SERVICE: Depending on the provider, you might be able to put this on hold, or score a "seasonal plan." If not, see if you can switch to a more basic, lower-cost plan during your vacation.
Related: Lower (or eliminate!) your cable bill
YOUR DIRECTV: As long as you don't have a balance on your DirecTV bill and aren't ending service for more than six months, it won't cost you anything to suspend it. Remember to ask before you act. When you request a hold on your services, find out if there are any fees or any time
Why buy a medicine cabinetful of products when that humble tub you have on hand can do so many jobs?
1. REMOVE EYE MAKEUP: Coat your lids, then gently swab with a tissue.
2. HIGHLIGHT CHEEKBONES: Fake a model's bone structure by patting and blending a tiny amount across cheekbones. The shine attracts light and creates a contoured effect.
3. GLOSS YOUR LIPS: Add red food dye-or tastier cherry Kool-Aid powder-to a dab of petroleum jelly for instant lip color.
4. INTENSIFY EYE SHADOW: Morph your powder shadows into creams for a more pigmented color (prime your lids with foundation and translucent powder first to avoid creasing).
Related: Our favorite editor-approved drugstore mascara
5. GET AN EVEN TAN: Dry skin tends to soak up excess tanning lotion, leaving skin splotchy. Smooth on petroleum jelly before tanner.Read More »from Beauty Secret Weapon: 11 Uses for Petroleum Jelly
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6. PRESERVE YOUR FRAGRANCE: Dab on pulse points, like your wrists and the sides of your neck, before spritzing on perfume.
- All You Magazine | Work + Money – Thu, May 24, 2012 5:39 PM EDTRead More »from Buyer Beware: 8 Grocery Spending Traps and How They Are Costing You
1) Bottled water - Save $1,300 a year
If you buy a $1 bottle of water every day, that's $365 a year for one family member. Even if you buy in bulk, you might be spending upwards of $100 annually per person-and a bottle is only one quarter of what you should drink daily.
INSTEAD: Add a filter (about $30) to your tap and you can enjoy clean water in your glass and your kitchen. For fresh water on the go, pick up a self-filtering water bottle (for as little as $10).
2) Home phone line - Save $516 a year
It's time to ask the basic question: Do you really need your home phone? These days, cell-phone providers offer mobile-to-mobile plans (as well as free nights and weekends), and wireless Internet is more affordable than ever. Why should you keep paying extra for a secondary line you rarely use?
INSTEAD: Consider putting the estimated $43 a month in savings toward your family's mobile bill. Not ready to make the switch? Here are 10 ways to lower your phone bill.
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Roasted Leg of LambRead More »from Easter for Less! Affordable Easter Dinner Recipes
Serves 10 | Cost per Serving: $3.20
This succulent, affordable Roasted Leg of Lamb recipe will make your meal memorable. If you can't find a 5-pound leg of lamb (they're often larger), look for a half leg.
Roasted Leg of LambIngredients
-1 boned leg of lamb, about 5 lb., rolled and tied
- 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced lengthwise
-3 sprigs fresh rosemary 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
-1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1. Bring lamb to room temperature. Preheat oven to 450°F. Using the point of a sharp knife, make 1-inch deep incisions over surface of lamb. Fill each incision with a piece of sliced garlic and a few rosemary leaves, pushing them completely into the meat. Rub lamb all over with olive oil and lemon juice. Season generously with salt and pepper.
2. Place lamb on a rack set inside a large roasting pan. Roast lamb, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Continue roasting lamb until a meat thermometer
Take a trip across the pond without leaving the comfort of your own kitchen using these easy, British-inspired recipes.Read More »from British Comfort Foods
Bangers & Mash
Any fully cooked sausages will work in this British dish--we like think chicken and apple sausage pairs nicely with mustard and onions.
Serves 6 | Cost per Serving: $1.50
Bangers and MashIngredients
-3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered
-Salt and pepper
-4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
-1 cup milk
-3 tablespoons Dijon mustard -1 1/2 pounds cooked chicken or turkey sausage links
-1 tablespoon vegetable oil
-1 large onion, chopped
-2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
-1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1. Place potatoes in a large pot; cover with water. Add 1 Tbsp. salt. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain, return potatoes to pot, and mash with butter. Mix in milk and mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm.
2. Prick sausages all over with a fork. Warm oil in a skillet over medium-high
You've got a household superhero hiding in your pantry! White vinegar can be used for so much more than adding a little tang to salad dressings and dishes. Learn how easily this inexpensive vinegar can help youRead More »from 45 Surprising Uses for Vinegar
In the bathroom
1. Kill bathroom germs. Spray full-strength vinegar around the sink and tub. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
2. Tidy up a toilet. Pour a cup or more of diluted white distilled vinegar into the bowl. Let sit several hours or overnight. Scrub well with a toilet brush and flush.
3. Wipe off a dirty faucet. To get rid of lime buildup, make a paste of 1 teaspoon vinegar and 2 tablespoons salt. Apply to sink fixtures and rub with a cloth.
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4. Restore showerhead pressure. If your showerhead gets clogged with mineral deposits, soak it for 15 minutes in a mixture of ½ cup vinegar and 1 quart water.
5. Unclog drains. For a natural, nontoxic way to clean clogged pipes, pour one cup of baking soda, followed by