Month: October 2014

Jamberry- Are They Worth It?

Hello frugal friends,

I am going to be MIA for the next two weeks cramming away for my PCAT’s, but I wanted to let you know how my Jamberry vinyl nail wraps experience was that I tried a week back.  You will be quite pleased to hear that I was actually impressed with them!  I received a sample from a gal I know, and being the skeptic I am, put these things through the ringer to see how they would hold up.

I hope you think I have pretty hands, because you are about to be checking them out 🙂

Day 1:  First done.  My index and middle finger have Jamberry vinyl wraps on them, while the other three have basic black nail polish.  Yes, it looks like my nails were painted by a three year old..something that is awesome about the wraps… they don’t look like a three year old did them.

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Day 2:  Already have chipping on my painted nails.  I was pretty sure when I went to work on this night that the Jam’s wouldn’t make it through my dishwashing, bartending, cleaning rendezvous.

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Day 3:  Well, they made it through my shift at work… LITERALLY, I was surprised… and impressed.  Nail polish has chipped a little more.  With my high anxiety levels lately, my actual nails have been really frail and brittle (possibly from nervous biting habits) so I was expecting the Jams to start lifting at the edge of my nail.

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Day 4:  I think due to some first time user errors (which is reasonable for doing something the first time) I had some bubbling at the start of my nail, but they still looked great and you could hardly notice- hence you not being able to tell in this picture.  Think- I could have LIED to you.

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Oooops… missed day 5, but they were still holding on strong.

Day 6:  You can see on my index finger that a little piece is missing… I got really nervous and starting chewing my nails… and then realized what I was doing.. I can’t really blame the Jam’s for my inability to not bite when I’m nervous/anxious.  My nail polish is actually holding up better than normal- don’t ask why, this is a fluke.

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Day 7: With a first time trying something, a lack of perfection occurs-usually on the users end rather than the products.  I kept playing with them… I wanted to know if they were really holding up… I had to file down a little piece on both fingers because I was playing with them.  But they are looking better than my other nails (and if you could see my left hand…holy jeebus, the paint is barely there).

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Now here is the thing.. I could have kept these on until they fell off or I had to remove them, but I wanted to be able to tell you what they did to my nails.  We all know if you wear red polish to long it can turn your nails yellow or that acrylic nails can take off layers of your nail.  I wanted to know, so I peeled them off.  Cautiously, I started at one “corner” and just kind of slowly peeled.  I was so surprised that it didn’t leave some of the vinyl wrap or that it didn’t take some of my nail with it.  They were by no means about to come off, lifting, peeling, or anything… They were in great shape; but for the purposes of this post they had to come off.

So I can for sure tell you a few things about Jamberry nail wraps..

A.  They work- they definitely lasted longer than my nail polish (again, you should really see my hands right now).

B.  For the cost, I would probably do it again.

C.  I am not impressed easily, but these are pretty cool.

and most importantly are D & E…

D.  They are fairly easy to apply.  Probably like me, you will have to try once to get the idea of it, but from there, you are golden to do a simple application.

E.  There is no need to ever go get a manicure again.  Buy some Jam’s… try them out.  The initial $15 or so that you spend, is equivalent to getting one manicure (maybe cheaper, I don’t know)- except you get numerous uses out of your sheet.

Friends, I can officially give you my blessing to spend money on these.  Especially if you are a frequent flyer at the nail salon.  Now, are these going to stop me from getting a pedicure two or three times a year?  No, nothing will.  But my nails can still look great when I don’t have so much extra time to paint them once a week.

Want to order some?  Here is a link to the gals site:

http://www.onebeautifullife.jamberrynails.net

I really hope you get a chance to try some- they have hundreds on different styles to order from (Huskies, Cougs, Football, regular colors, ect.) which lets you customize to your liking.

**Just so you know, I am not receiving anything other than the original wraps to try so these opinions are mine and mine alone.

Now that you know I am alive, well, and loved my Jamberry experience I must continue with my painfully boring studies 😦

Until next time,

E.

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Office Depot Moving Sale Finds

Hello friends,

A week or so back on my Facebook page (you can look me up at Mrsemcsdealoftheday andwaystosave) I posted about the West Olympia Office Depot having a moving sale.  Personally, I think it’s going out of business.. I haven’t seen signs about where it is they are moving to, not that it really matters.  They are selling everything in their store.  I would just like to start by saying that people get way to excited when they see 25% off signs and so forth at these events.  The stores have marked their products to normal prices and 25% off is probably a normal sale price, so be careful that your good deal, isn’t just a normal one.

I went in today to see what was left, if anything was worth going in for, and to see if I could find anything out there for you guys!  Here are a few things that in my opinion would be worth buying:

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A.  Blank invitations.  Are you getting married anytime soon?  Have a baby shower coming up?  Anything that requires you to use invitations?  Well, they are all 60% off, which means you could get some at a pretty good price (have you ever checked out the cost of wedding invites…YIKES!).  Original prices started at $10.49, so you would be paying $4 and some change after tax.  Ummm, yes please.

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B.  Crayola products!!  Christmas is right around the corner, and if you can buy your kid/niece/nephew, whoever Crayola products at 40% off, I would say you did good.  They still had a pretty good selection of these products.  If it was me buying them, I would give it a few days until they did their next mark down to see if I could get it even cheaper, but it is still a good deal.

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C.  Backpacks-  Now, I know school just started, but maybe you didn’t buy your kid a new backpack because they cost SO MUCH MONEY or perhaps you are about to start college.  Maybe you just need one for travels.  They had Jansport’s for $45 originally, making them $18  now.  You cannot beat that price.  Buy one for next year… buy one for a kid at your kids school who doesn’t have one.  There were off brands that were cheaper as well, this is just the price of one I can actually remember!  I am pretty sure the backpack in the upper left corner is originally $20, so it would be $8 if that’s the case.

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D.  Are you a 49’s fan?  I hope not, that would be unfortunate.  But, if you are, then Colin’s Beat’s by Dre at marked down from $199 to $119.99.  This would be a great time to buy your kid (or yourself) these ear phones.   There was a very limited quantity on these, so if you are thinking about it…do it.

Other than that, I don’t think anything was worth buying at this point yet.  That doesn’t mean you can’t go in there and check it out for yourself, but from a lady who deal shops on the regular, everything else can wait.  Yes, this includes the laptops they have, the shredders, and all the furniture.  Go check it out though, things sell fast when people get scared they won’t get the great prices of a store closing.  I walked out empty handed.  I hate that.

I will be posting tomorrow about my week with Jamberry nails, so be on the lookout!

E.

My First Jamberry Experience

Hello my fellow frugal friends,

Have you heard of Jamberry before?  Did you read my Pre-Jamberry Sesh post?  If not, maybe you should!  So here is the deal, I hate painting my nails day in and day out because they chip or don’t work with what I am doing (that part rarely happens, but you can’t go to a funeral with Hawks colored nails, can you?).  Jamberry’s are vinyl wraps you can apply to your nails that last about two weeks on your hands and even longer on your feet!  Well, this is what they say..

I am here to be your tester.  I work in a bar… I wash my hands constantly and I manually clean all my dishes.  This should tell you that I spend a good portion of my day at work with my hands in water at some point.  I find that I have to re-apply nail polish more than once a week at this rate, which is not only time consuming, but annoying since promptly after I paint my nails I look like a 3 year old just went to town coloring them.

Here is my pre-Jam picture (which was on my Pre-Jam Sesh post):

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Umm…yuck.  They are already chipping and the other side looked worse (mainly because I can’t paint my right hand for the life of me).

Here is my post- Jam hand:

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My index and middle finger have Jamberry wraps on them, and the other three are with the same black polish as the above photo.  I literally just did these.  As you can tell, I have a dark soul- my Jams are black with some sparkle trickling down from the top.  But they have hundreds of different designs.

Level: EASY

Time: More consuming than I wanted it to be, but it was because I was learning the technique of putting them on and

everything.  If I did them again, it would take maybe 15-20 to do both both hands completely (estimate).

You may be wondering how this seems frugal at all, but if you go in for manicures or pedicures of any kind frequently, you could potentially be wasting TONS of money.  I have heard great things about these Jam’s, but I can’t completely tell you they are worth the money yet.  As the week goes on, I will post pictures of how my nails look so you can see the difference between the Jamberry nails and the at home paint job.

One set of wraps is good for two pedicures AND 2-3 manicures @ $15 per set of wraps.  This would make each application $3.25.  Now, occasionally some things are worth the money because they save so much time.  I rarely say this.  But to some degree, if for $3.25 every 2 weeks, I did my own nails and didn’t have to think about them again… that might be worth the money-  think, $1.62/week if they last two weeks.  Sometimes, just sometimes, that amount could be worth the time I spend painting my nails..and then cleaning the paint off my hands.

If you are interested in seeing how to apply them, here is a link you can check out:

http://goo.gl/gXKAjl

& if you are interested in ordering some Jamberry nail wraps to try out, check out:

http://www.onebeautifullife.jamberrynails.net

Anyways, you will be be getting a part two of this post probably on Sunday as that will have gotten me through the week and two busy shifts at work.  Have you tried these before?  Do you like them?  Are you thinking of ordering some?!?

Let me know what you think if you have or are going to!  Ta-Ta..

E.

Pre-Jamberry Sesh

Hello frugal friends,

In this day and age, we are always on the go- & working in a restaurant makes it hard to keep my nails looking nice.  I received a sample of Jamberry nails from a school friend who is a consultant and I was really hoping to try them this week, but I ended up getting all of the week off.  I didn’t want to waste the opportunity to try them while I wasn’t working so I thought I would show you my five day old (not even working) nail polish.  I am a constant hand washer, which makes my nail polish chip so fast.   So here is my pre-Jam.  I have heard such great things about these and so I am going to try putting them on Monday for my shift Tuesday to see how they withstand a week in the life of a bartender/server.  Anyways, judge away at my chipped, raggedy nails & here is to hoping Jamberry does the trick.

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So, once I have put some on I’ll take daily (if I can remember) pictures of how well they do for me that way you can see from someone who only wants you to pay for something that is worth the money : )  To check out my friends Jamberry link and maybe get some to try for yourself go to this site:

http://www.onebeautifullife.jamberrynails.net/

In my first post with them, I will give you all the info on cost and such.

Until next time,

E.

Kohl’s is all about that Sale.

Holy goodness…Why is everyone having such a sale this weekend?  I am thoroughly surprised & yet, not complaining by any means… Here is the last coupon I will give you today (unless something super awesome comes my way).  Don’t blame me.. Blame the stores, they keep sending me messages on my phone and email to let you guys know where and when you can get the best prices.

Kohl’s is offering up 20% off this weekend & if you spend $50, you get $10 back in Kohl’s cash.  Not quite as good as the Old Navy one I just shot your way, but it could work.

http://www.kohlscorporation.com/ecom/windows/2010_MayUpdate/PrintPass/101014_FF/101014_FF.htm?om_mid=_141010_DG_Email_Friday_Default&om_etid=31126273

-OR-  if you  need home items, they have a $10 off $50 coupon going right now:

http://www.kohlscorporation.com/ecom/windows/2010_MayUpdate/PrintPass/100514-october-homesale-event-32733/100514-october-homesale-event-32733-department-9971.html?om_mid=_141010_DG_Email_Friday_Default&om_etid=31126273

-OR-  if you need new luggage, which let’s be honest, I DO!, they have a $50 off $200 luggage.  So if you are preparing for that Christmas family trip, now may be the right time to start your luggage shopping.

http://www.kohlscorporation.com/ecom/windows/2010_MayUpdate/PrintPass/100514-october-luggage-event-32828/100514-october-luggage-event-32828-department-9474.html?om_mid=_141010_DG_Email_Friday_Default&om_etid=31126273

Shop, share, and enjoy!

E

JCP $10 off $25

Hey guys,

I know I have put this one out there before, but here is another JCP $10 off $25 coupon that is good through Monday, October 13th.

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Seems like places are wanting your business this weekend, & if they are willing to give good discounts, you know you will find me there 🙂   Here is the URL to print out the coupon-

Find anything good?  Let me know!  You might get there before me!

Old Navy Wants you to SHOP with them…

Hello fellow frugal friends,

In my conquest to save you money and find you good deals… Here is one I couldn’t resist telling you about.

When shopping in stores now through 10/13, for every $25 you spend, you receive $20 in Super Cash.  So basically, if you spend $25, you get $20 for free to spend with them (I am sure on a future date..but you will need clothes again, right?)

If you don’t feel like doing this.. you can get 15% off by shopping online- using code:  ONSAVENOW.  But this <<<  does not compare to the above mentioned.

Also until the 13th, they have items up to 50% off!  This only makes certain items worth purchasing if you ask me (such as the tanks they will have for 50%, @ $1.99), so don’t be fooled by the glory of getting half off.

I might go check out what I can get for that amount of money…maybe see if these is $10 worth of stuff my mom, sister, and I can each muster up purchasing so we can have $20 for later!?

As I find deals this weekend.. I will keep posting.. with the weather getting colder (and the feeling of getting my potential first fall cold), I will be indoors a lot & looking for ways to save.

E.

Kohl’s Home Sale (plus a coupon)

Kohl’s is giving me more and more reasons to shop with them… they love to hand out coupons!  Uhh, yes please.  I try not to buy anything at full price and when I can shop online or in store and get a discount, my day is made.  From now until October 13th Kohl’s is offering $10 off $50 when spent in the home department.  Sadly, this does not include luggage, but all other home department items.

Here is the link for the coupon-

http://www.kohlscorporation.com/ecom/windows/2010_MayUpdate/PrintPass/100514_Home_EmailSocialAff_32741/100514_EmailSocialAff_32741_Email3566.htm?om_mid=_20141005_Sunday&om_etid=31126273

OR- if you prefer not to leave your house, so you can shop in your jammies (or write in them) you can use promo code: HOMESALE10.

20% off of the already sale price could turn out to be really good depending on what you find and how much you spend.  I hope you find something you can enjoy.

E

How to Give your Carpet the Extra Boost it Needs While you Clean it

Hello friends,

If you know me personally, you know that I have two pups!  One giant pansy, named Panzy (girl) & then we have Bruce Bruce the girl dog (don’t ask… and don’t worry, she isn’t traumatized).  Panzy is a mutt- German, mastiff, lab, husky-  So if you can envision her coat, I am sure you are thinking warm year round.  Sadly, she doesn’t have a shedding season, rather a daily, minute by minute shed of hair that we can’t seem to figure out where it comes from.  I can sweep up in one day what I have on my entire head.  Also, while she only weighs 80 pounds (runt of the litter), her paws are big and they track in dirt-a lot of dirt. We have light grey carpet that doesn’t always agree with her paws and the dirt she tracks in.

Bruce Bruce the girl dog only weighs 12-13 pounds… she isn’t much & for a little dog isn’t that big of a pain in the shaky, get scared and pee kind of way.  However, when she is mad at us, she will on occasion piddle in the house (I could lie and say my life and dogs are perfect, but why?).  Obviously we clean it as soon as we notice it, like any clean human being would.  Basically, Big Dog plus Little Dog = doggie carpet.  One tracks in dirt from all across the yard… and one is the biggest snot in the world.

Recently, I felt like our house was starting to smell kind of doggie-ish & that to me is not okay.  I do not want to live in “that” house, the ones your friends go to, and say behind your back… ‘Uhh, yuck.  They should really take care of that’.  We have steam cleaned our carpets before with regular animal having blend of carpet cleaner with a carpet cleaner, but this time I added something else-  can you guess what it was?

–YES!!! You are right.  It was vinegar.  White vinegar is supposed to help rid of smells, and will help animals from remarking territories they have previously marked (I definitely found this in a primary literature paper, but I don’t feel like using references here).  I read a bunch of different ways to use it with the carpet cleaner, but for me I added equal parts of carpet cleaner and vinegar into the hot water & cleaned as normal.  I am sure you are thinking…awwww, hell no-  my house is not going to smell like vinegar for days.  Don’t worry, it won’t.  The smell only lasts as long as the carpet is wet, then the smell dissipates.

If you feel like your pooches or pets are leaving a smell or want to get back to clean & fresh smelling carpets, I would definitely recommend trying this out.  I was pleasantly pleased that the smell wasn’t too overwhelming and that it seemed to help freshen up the carpet a little more than just the regular stuff I use (off brand- Target I think).

I have to find something that vinegar can’t do for me… Do you use vinegar for anything special?  Next I am thinking of making a floor cleaner with it!

Enjoy your day…

Here is to hoping for some good deals this week!

E.