This week Savvy Sugar has a post on affordable vegetarian cooking. It lists most of the main principals of my cooking: focus on grains & legumes, lots of soups, use in-season produce and all of the vegetable or fruit.
I’m contemplating challenging myself to not buying clothing in 2012, and Fabulously Broke has a great post on how to make old clothing feel like new again that gives me hope that I can do this.
Of course, even if I can’t spend my money on clothes, there’s nothing to say I can’t spend somebody else’s. Iris has yet another great giveaway on her blog, this time for Shopbop!
I’m currently bored with my hair style (below the shoulders, layered, blunt bangs) but it makes the most sense for my lifestyle, hair type and facial structure. Fortunately, Zhenya has a round-up of simple up-dos for medium to long hair.
Finally, Yahoo had a nice article on how to make beauty treatments last longer. I might not get haircuts or pedicures often, but when I do, I want to make them last for sure.
Savvy Sugar has a great list for how to save a dollar every day. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m finding in my bank account, it’s the little things that often add up and eat away at my balance.
Free from Broke has their own suggestions for how to get the most out of your gift card, fantastic for after the holiday season when I’ve got a few cards tucked in my wallet.
More on gifts and their intentions from Girl with the Red Balloon. There’s months where I might get a gift from my parents or grandparents with a note to spend it on something fun, when at that moment, what I find “fun” is eating something besides pb&j.
Fabulously Broke in the City has a post on the costs of make-up. I consider myself to be relatively low maintenance make-up wise, but I’m definitely in the category of 12 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, 3 mascaras and 5 lipsticks.
Once again, Being Zhenya takes something simple and makes something gorgeous. I swear this girl is more than DIY, but I just love those posts.
The Everyday Minimalist has a smart way to keep from wasting toothpaste.
SavvySugar has a great list of things that are not worth buying. I definitely need to remind myself more often that just because something is cheap, doesn’t mean it’s worth it.
Totally Money has suggestions for quick, healthy and affordable desserts.
Iris on 260 Days, No Repeats has a fabulous giveaway.
To wrap up the week, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite finds on the week.
From Poor Girl Eats Well, a herbed quinoa risotto with butternut squash and sweet peas. I made mine with pumpkin, and replaced the herbs and parmesan with a 1/4 of pesto I froze last summer. Sooo delicious.
Savvy Sugar has a post on free and inexpensive ways to treat yourself. I definitely needed the reminder to relax and enjoy myself a little.
Being Zhenga found an awesome way to deal with a stained thrift store find.
And finally, Fotoshop by Adobe, just to remind me that all those skin care products aren’t perfect.