Sunday, March 17, 2013

Save Money, Learn to Barter

Vintage Clothing is becoming so trendy that all the prices are skyrocketing alongside its popularity.  An excellent way to keep up with your vintage addiction without breaking the bank is to try and barter! To barter means exchanging goods or services for other goods or services.  Basically it means to trade.  Here are a few tips that work for me that you can try the next time your out treasure hunting.  Remember these tips are for bartering at flea markets, swap meets, and specific vintage shops or consignment stores.  You obviously cant go to the mall and try and barter.

#1 Ask! Yes its that simple, before anything just ask the shop owner if they will accept a  trade.  Depending on what it is you are offering they might accept a clean trade or partial trade
 Clean Trade: is an even trade you give and you get without any money being traded.  A partial trade they will accept your item and some % off the cost in cash.

#2 You have to know the value of what it is you want.  Be familiar with the type of material, time frame and rarity.  The more you are informed then you can kind of figure out something else the vendor might be interested in.

#3 Offer only something of equal or greater value in exchange. For example: If the item you want is worth $100 don't waste that owners time offering them something of only half that value.  They are going to say no.  But if you offer them something of equal value or greater value then they will be more open to making a trade.

Bartering is a great way to build your relationships with vendors and take part in the community of vintage clothing.   And also don't over use the bartering card with the same vendor.  Some people make their living off selling vintage and at the end they need cash income and will not accept trades forever.

One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday morning is visit my local flea market. It's always a treasure hunt.  Feel free to comment your favorite place to shop for vintage clothing and let me know if you have tried or will try to barter.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Getting back on track: Try my yummy Chocolate Coconut Banana Shake!

So how are those New Year's resolutions working out for you? This month has been so hectic for me as my schedule has completely changed! Skipping breakfast has become a bad habit of mine. Lately I have just been lazy/late and running on 99cent coffee in the mornings. Not good! So today I headed out to Trader Joe's to re stock on the ingredients of my yummy breakfast protein shake! I also use this for pre and post workouts on occasion. Feel free to try it out or send me other recipes =]
I also picked up the 30 day supply of Daily Vitamins and Minerals. I figure I can sort of use this as a daily reminder to eat as healthy as possible for the next 30 days! Let's see how that works!

Here's what I use:
1. Chocolate Flavored Whey Protein Powder.
2. Unsweetened coconut milk
3. Organic Bananas
4. Ice

In a blender, add half a glass of Ice, one glass of coconut milk, one banana and 2 scoops of the chocolate protein powder and blend. I'm not a fan of those blender cups. It does not compare to the fresh chocomil flavor or a blended drink.

check back in 30 days to see how my restart went ;)

Friday, January 18, 2013

CVS Mini Haul: MAC Dupes

My First blog post of 2013! Hope you all had a Happy Holiday Season. My new year's resolution is to be more consistent with my blogging!

Today I purchased a few items from CVS because I have been so broke I cannot afford to go to MAC Pro and purchase my regular Powder, foundation and concealer. I do have a Pro discount card but it expired and I haven't come around to pay the renewal fee. I was laid off from my full time job in September and money is tight right now.

My regular makeup routine consisted of:

MAC Studio Fix Powder: NC45 (Reg Price:$27 Pro Discount: $16.20)
MAC PRO Long Wear Foundation: NC42 (Reg Price:$30 Pro Discount: $18.00)

I know what you're thinking! Too much coverage for every day use. Which is exactly why my pocket book and my face agreed to take a trip to CVS and find something more sheer and more economic.

I decided to try out the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Creme in Medium/Deep. This was my fist time trying a BB Creme and I honestly don't know what the difference is. This one has a lot of coverage. I thought the whole point of BB Creme was that it was supposed to be sheer and light coverage? In all honesty I love full coverage so its not a problem for me.
The price was $9.29

For my Powder I went with another Maybelline product, the Fit Me! Pressed Powder in 315 (Soft Honey) It really does Fit Me! I love it! However I feel I cant mix it with the BB Creme, I feel really oily and heavy if I use it on top of each other.
The Price was $8.29

I also picked up a Wet and Wild Black liquid eyeliner. I absolutely love the brush tip applicator! I have never been that picky with my eyeliner, liquid or pencil but I do pay attention to the applicator. If it's a felt tip applicator, I tend to pass or I use a separate brush. This is a great eyeliner to have on the run in your purse when you don't want to carry a brush set with you.
The price was $2.99

I got three products for 20.57 and luckily I had a $5.00 CVS rewards coupon so I only spent $15 dollars! Not bad!

Have you used these products? and if so how do you like them or what else do you recommend?