Friday, September 16, 2011

Frugal Friday- Multi-tasking Products

Instead of doing a frugal Friday about coupons or grocery shopping I am going to tell y'all about some items that have several different uses.  This is a great way to stretch your dollar since most of these products are cheaper than the real version and can be used for multiple things.
  • Monistat Anti-Chaffing Gel
    • This is a great makeup primer.  It usually costs $5-$7 at Wal-Mart, Target, and drugstores.  (They occasionally put out coupons on too.)  I can't even remember where I first read about using this as a primer.  But I figured "What the hell!  I'll try it for $7."  If you look at the ingredient list and compare it to a makeup primer, the ingredients are almost identical.  I have been using the same $7 tube for around 6 months now.  I still have half  left.  I have very sensitive skin, and I have never had an issue with this.  I also use it on my eyelids as a eyeshadow primer.  I put a small dime-size amount all over my face after my moisturizer dries.  It makes my mineral makeup go on so smoothly and last all day! 
  • Vaseline
    • I bought a travel-size jar of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly several years ago for $1 at Wal-Mart.  I still haven't made a huge dent in the little jar.  This has a ton of uses- be creative!
    • Use it as a chapstick
    • Use it as a cuticle cream or a deep moisturizer for hands and feet at night
    • I often use it as eye makeup remover.  I wash my face first.  Then if there's a little left under my eyes I dab a little bit with my finger and wipe away with a cotton ball.  Or if I smudge my eyeliner or mascara while getting ready I put a little on a Q-Tip and even out the line.
  • Hair Conditioner
    • use it as shaving cream
  • Toothpaste- any white and non-gel
    • use it as a silver polish with a toothbrush or rag
    • get crayons off walls
    • overnight zit cream
    • bug bite or bee sting ointment
  • Baby Powder
    • Great alternative to dry shampoo.  I've used baby powder in my hair for years when it gets a little greasy.  You can buy it for $1 at the Dollar Store instead of a more expensive dry shampoo.  
  • Baking Soda
    • Add a teaspoon to your shampoo bottle to help remove buildup
    • Great to sprinkle on top of your toothpaste to help whiten your teeth
Do you have any non-traditional uses for products?  I would love to know!

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