I still remember the first (and last) time I had a professional pedicure. It was for a friend’s wedding, and I was a bridesmaid. The bride booked us all for a “day of beauty,” which included tending to that most neglected of all body parts—the feet. When she said “pedicure,” I imagined polish (preferably something showy and neon in the 80s’ colors I favored at the time). What I hadn’t bargained for was the foot soak, the loofah sponge, the scary little pointy implements that nipped and tucked at cuticles and toenails in turn. By the time the salon turned me loose, I was convinced I was walking out on someone else’s feet. However, after discovering the price tag attached to that little adventure, I haven’t been back. Instead, I use these low-cost (or free!) home helps to keep my feet soft and smooth!
Pedicure cost comparison: professional vs. home
You can see right away how much you can save—in both money and time—by tending to your feet at home instead of scheduling a professional pedicure!
Average cost of professional salon pedicure: $15-$25 (not including tip)
Average cost of one home foot treatment: $0.25-$0.50/treatment
Average cost of each of the home helps listed here (based on Internet search of average prices).
Honey: $3-$4/12 oz jar
Olive oil: $3-$5/16 oz jar
Vaseline (petroleum jelly): $1-$3/tub
Lemon juice: $1-$3/pound
Sea salt: $1-$2/canister
Dry oatmeal: $1-$3/bag
Moisturizer/Essential oils – use anything you already have on hand at home.
6 Budget home helps for salon-worthy feet
Each of these home helps can give you pretty pedicured feet—try them all and choose your favorites.
1. Blended banana
Not only will your feet carry the heady scent of the tropics, but this banana puree gives you a great way to use up overripe bananas! Just blend one or two overripe bananas in your home blender, pour into a shallow basin (roomy enough for two feet) and submerge your tootsies. After fifteen minutes, you can remove your feet and rinse with cool water.
Note: This works equally well with overripe papaya, and is also a great help for cracked skin on feet and heels.
2. Honey and warm water
Honey is one of the most universal beauty-boosting panaceas, and feet are no exception. You can actually use honey in more than one way to treat feet. The simplest way is to simply mix a drizzle of honey in with some warm water in a shallow basin and soak feet for 10 minutes. You can also make a thicker scrub with some honey, olive oil, rice flour and apple cider vinegar that you can massage into skin for 3-5 minutes. Either treatment will leave the skin on your feet soft, supple and smooth as silk.
3. Warm milk and essential oils
Who doesn’t love a nice calming glass of warm milk? Feet love it as much as the rest of us, and if you add a few rose petals or a few drops of your favorite essential oil, your feet will smell as sweet as a spring morning. Simply soak feet in warmed milk for 10 minutes, then rinse and towel dry.
4. Olive oil or petroleum jelly
Like honey, olive oil is one of nature’s all-purpose miracle cures. If you simply massage your feet with olive oil or petroleum jelly, your skin will begin to soften immediately. This is also another very healing remedy if you have cracked skin on your feet or heels.
3. Lemon juice
Lemon juice has natural cleansing, detoxifying and astringent properties. Adding lemon juice to warm water (and mixing in some papaya puree if desired) can soften skin and begin to heal any cracked or extra dry skin.
4. Oatmeal and oil
From easing the itch of chicken pox to healing cracked heels, oatmeal is on the job! Here, simply mix oatmeal (dry is best) in with a few drops of jojoba or olive oil and mix it into a paste. Apply to areas where skin is very dry or cracked and leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with room-temperature water and dry gently.
5. Sea salt and warm water
Tourists don’t flock to the Dead Sea (and surrounding pricey spas) in Israel each year for no reason. The healing salts and minerals leave skin silky-smooth after just one application. Sea salt in warm water (or Epsom salts if you have them) can accomplish the same effect for free. If you like, add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil for feet that smell as good as they feel.
6. Moisture it up
Finally, moisturizing is key to maintaining the soft, smooth skin on your feet. One of the easiest, cheapest ways to keep feet well-moisturized is to make it part of your bedtime routine. Choose any lotion or moisturizing formula you like and already have on hand. Slather some on your feet, then pull on a pair of thick socks. When you wake up the next morning, remove and rinse. You’ll notice right away that your feet have never felt so soft and silky!
Note: These helps also work equally well to soften and smooth the skin on your hands!
Starting 4/21, purchase two 46-ounce bottles of V8 V-Fusion juice at Safeway and receive a $1.50 Catalina. Combine the Catalina offer with a Safeway Just for U digital store coupon to get each bottle for $1.24. That’s quite a bargain, since this juice is regularly $3.59! But remember, the Safeway store coupon expires 4/22, so hurry in!
Buy 2 V8 V-Fusion Juice, 46 oz $2.49, sale price through 4/22
I have never used a Catalina before. I have already bought (2) v-8 fusions and received this catalina. It says on it "not a redeemable coupon" how would I go about using this, if I want to buy two more?
Here are some of the best deals at Dollar Tree this week. Check out the freebie deals! Remember, inventory varies from store to store. Also, the coupon policy limits printable coupons to two per person per day and up to four like coupons. What deals have you found at Dollar Tree? Tell us in the “comments” below.
The WestSoy coupon was all gone when I tried to click on the link. I've used this before from Dollar Tree and it is REALLY good!
My dollar tree here in Northern California Always carries super pretzles. When I saw the $1/1 super pretzle soft pretzle coupon in the red plum from last week I went to check. Total score on free pretzles!
I have to admit, when it comes to jeans I’m a bit of a snob. Although I’m always tempted to buy less-expensive jeans from Target or Old Navy, nothing fits me quite like my pricey Sevens or Joes. However, after shelling out big bucks for an article of clothing, I always get nervous washing them for fear that they may shrink, fade or start to get thin and fray. Fortunately, I’ve discovered a new way to clean my jeans without the possibility of any of that happening—by freezing them!
You’re probably wondering what sticking your jeans in the freezer between those stale TV dinners and that gallon of ice cream that you’re trying to avoid will really do, but the answer is quite simple! The frigid temperatures in the freezer will kill the bacteria that have leached onto your jeans while wearing them, rendering them odor-free and fresh. Of course, freezing your jeans won’t eliminate any actual stains, so you’ll need to spot-treat any marks first. When I first heard one of the VP’s of Levis touting this tip as an alternative to washing, I thought that it sounded ridiculous! However, after trying it out, my denim actually did feel clean and fresh! Since then, I’ve taken to freezing my jeans once a week, though still throwing them in for a proper wash once a month or so. To freshen your jeans with the freezer, start by neatly folding your jeans and smoothing out any wrinkles. Next, put them in a large plastic bag and place them in the freezer, where you should let them sit for at least 24 hours. Pull them out and you’re done! Just remember to defrost them before you try to put them on.
Here is a roundup of the best deals on diapers and other baby supplies for the week of 4/20! We know how expensive babies can be, so KCL wants to make sure we have you covered! See below and compare all the prices from the most recent store ads:
Spend $20.00, Receive $5.00 ExtraBucks on Baby Care Products Listed, Limit 1
Remember, the $20.00 pre-tax subtotal must only be reached before you present any coupons. $5.00 back on a $20.00 purchase is a 25% savings. Final prices of each item below reflect the 25% discount, providing you meet the promotional threshold.
Any Huggies Diapers, Pull-Ups or Goodnites Jumbo Pack $8.99, sale price through 4/26
Spend $20.00, Receive $5.00 ExtraBucks, Limit 1 through 4/26
Use $3.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $2.50/1 – Huggies Overnites Diapers (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.50/1 – Huggies Little Movers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $2.50/1 – Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.50/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Night Time Training Pants (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Slip Ons Diapers (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, jumbo pk or larger, NO doubling (pull-ups.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, jumbo pk or larger, NO doubling (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $1.50/1 – Huggies Little Movers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $1.50/1 – Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $1.00/1 – Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers (huggies.com)
Final Price: $3.74
Huggies Little Swimmers, 17-20 ct $8.99, sale price through 4/26
Spend $20.00, Receive $5.00 ExtraBucks, Limit 1, through 4/26
Use $1.50/1 – Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swimpants (huggies.com)
Or $1.00/1 – Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swinpants from SS 4/13
eeeee I had a question. For cvs, if you have a coupon for $4 of $10 shaving items. Can you use 2 or 3 of those coupons if you are spending over 20 or 30? Their coupon policy says they allow multiple dollar off coupons.
I'm not understanding the math on the Huggies at CVS. if I need to buy 3 Little Snugglers to surpass the $20 threshold then isn't it $4.32 for each? ($26.97 - $9 -$5 = $12.97 which I then divide 3)
Need a baby shower gift idea? If so, get five free pairs of baby leggings for just the cost of shipping! Use the code GIVEME5FREE for five free pairs! Shipping is $12.95. The shipping price seems a little steep but considering the leggings are free, this is a good deal! The price averages out to be only $2.59 per pair. Add additional pairs of baby leggings to the cart for only $2.00 each. Shipping adds $0.50 per extra pair.
Here are the coupon deals at Kmart for the week of 4/20 – 4/26. Use your Shop Your Way Rewards Card to earn points on Kmart purchases. Every 1,000 points is worth $1.00. Points can be redeemed at the register. Click here to get details on how to maximize your savings. For over 160 more deals, check out the Kmart Storewide Savings Guide deals!
Scott 1,000 Sheet, 8 ct $5.00
Scott Extra Soft Big Rolls, 12 ct $5.00
Scott Mega Rolls Paper Towels, 6 ct $5.00
Scott Flushable Cleansing Cloth Refills, 170 ct $5.00
Today is the last day to save up to 60% during the Spring Sale at Gymboree! Plus, all markdowns are an additional 20% off. The extra discount automatically applies–no code is required. Shipping is a flat rate of $5.00 or free with a $75.00 purchase.
Check out the Floral Gator Rash Guard Set for only $13.99. Save near $16.00 by purchasing the set while the additional 20% off applies.
Family Fun subscribers, check out this month’s issue for a coupon for 20% off. The coupon can be applied on top of already reduced prices–making the deals listed today even hotter!
Revlon cosmetics are 40% off this week at Rite Aid, plus part of a +Up Reward promotion: spend $15.00 and receive a $5.00 +Up Reward. Use a printable coupon for lip products and a newspaper insert coupon for eye products stacked with two Rite Aid Video Values Adperk coupons to get both lipstick and eye shadow for only $0.07 each! But hurry–the newspaper coupon expires today.
Happy Easter! There aren’t any inserts in the paper today, but there are plenty of good deals this week! I plan to stock up on oral care and hair care. I will even take advantage of the Depend deal at Rite Aid. Since it is a moneymaker, I will buy it and donate it to a Senior Resource Center. Moneymakers help pay for the cost of other items, so I never pass them up! Check back on Wednesday to see how I did this week. Happy couponing!
Buy 2 Scope Outlast or Dual Blast Mouthwash, 25.4 oz $3.00 each, when you buy 2, sale price through 4/26
Print a coupon to save on a Bobble water bottle or water bottle filters! This month at Walgreens, Bobble water bottles and filters are on sale for $8.99. In my store, I found these on the household aisle near the dishes and plastic storage bags.