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Frugal living tips for stay at home moms can be found on personal care.

This frugal idea list will give you tips on becoming the ultimate cheapskate when it comes to saving money on hair care and clothing.

Still looking for ways to stretch your spending dollar and save money? There are lots of frugal living tips you can try that may be of help.

Begin by looking at your personal care expenses such as hair, clothing, and toiletries.

Some people say that this is not the area to be the ultimate cheapskate on, but if you want to really keep money in the bank as a stay at home mom, consider the following money saving options.

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Frugal Idea: Hair Care

Many women spend hundreds of dollars a month in the salon. While the overall effect may be stunning, there are a few frugal living tips you can try at home that won't cost a fortune and will still get you a well groomed look.

Here's a frugal idea: start by changing the way you handle your hair color. Try going darker.

It's simple to purchase an all-over color from the store, follow the box directions, and create a new look for a fraction of the price of a salon visit. Just remember, it's always easier to go darker than lighter, so it's still a good idea to see a professional for lighter hair.

Another way to save money at the salon is to skip the wash and blow dry. Get a simple haircut that is easy to maintain and will allow you to sport the wet look. Not blowing your hair dry every day helps save on the electricity bill and is also better for your hair. Not to mention the time savings, something just as precious as money to a stay at home mom!

Stylists often get a commission for the hair care products they sell, too. Don't be fooled into buying a shampoo and conditioner costing $20 a piece when it's possible to purchase products that are just as good for a cheaper price. Experiment with several brands until you find one that works for you.

One of the best frugal living tips is to cut your husband and children's hair yourself. It may seem like an old fashioned idea or that you are being the ultimate cheapskate, but it's not as difficult as you might think. With a little patience and practice, you can create simple haircuts that save money and look great.

Children's hair is especially easy to cut, but if you aren't comfortable with doing this, then consider going to a local beauty school. These organizations offer free or inexpensive haircuts so that their beauticians-in-training can practice their skills.

Don't forget to take advantage of any coupons you might have, as well. Many places offer great deals and though it's good to support one hair stylist, it's also important to shop around. Places like Supercuts have email lists of their clients and keep them updated on weekly or monthly deals occurring in the shop.

Frugal Idea: Clothing

There are lots of frugal living tips to try when it comes to saving money on clothing. A simple one is to buy a wardrobe you can mix and match. This allows you to have many variations of outfits and keep your style up to date.

If you haven't discovered the joy of thrift stores or garage sales, make a date to check them out this weekend. You'll be amazed at the things others want to get rid of, including designer or name brand clothing. This is yet another inexpensive way to keep your wardrobe up to date without spending tons of money.

However, if this type of shopping isn't for you, skip the expensive department stores and try the discount shops. Many of them carry the same ritzy brands, but at a discounted price.

Another of the many frugal living tips out there to mull over is eBay. You can buy all kinds of things on this website, including name brand clothes. The great thing about this idea is that when you are ready to purge your wardrobe, you can be the ultimate cheapskate and resell these outfits on eBay. This is especially helpful if you have children who are constantly out growing their clothes.

A few other frugal living tips to think about regarding clothing are to change out of your "good" clothes when you get home. Be sure to treat stains right away. Consider buying clothing in neutral colors so they can be worn all year, not just at certain seasons. It may be hard, but skip the great deals that are just not in your size. Many people make the mistake of buying a size that is too small, thinking they will fit into it one day.

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Frugal Idea: Toiletries

There is a big trend lately to buy organic and while doing so can be a healthy thing, it's also an expensive option. Many frugal living tips point out that it is possible to create your own toiletries yourself and save money in the process.

Using baking soda for toothpaste is a good example of how you can save money and whiten your teeth.

Tired of paying for deodorants that may or may not work when you need them most? Use key limes instead. It may seem like you're being the ultimate cheapskate, but believe it or not, this form of deodorant does work!

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Facial products are expensive, too, and come with claims attached to them that may or may not be true. With a mixture of essential oils and witch hazel, you can create your own facial toner that is just as effective as any name brand product on the market.

Did you know that buy mixing a little salt and cornmeal together in a shaker bottle you can create a simple dry shampoo? Sprinkle it in your hair, run it through, and viola! Dirt and oil are removed.

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Of course, if going natural isn't to your liking but you still want to save money, be sure and keep an eye out for coupons. The Sunday paper typically has all the manufacturers' ads in it which makes coupon clipping fun. Just be sure to watch for the deals and really look at what the coupon is advertising.

Following frugal living tips is an excellent way to keep your budget in check and save your family money!

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