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Vita Cost

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 24th February 2015

There are so many fantastic deals on the Vita Cost site I don’t know where to begin. Vitamins, shampoos, organic foods, protein powders, herbs, and homeopathy are just a few of the items covered.

Let’s start with organic products – 22 ounces of  Raw Honey for $6.99, organic peppermint tea for $2.68, 16 ounces of Arrowhead Mills organic flax seed for $2.70!

Moving right along to shampoos- 11 ounces of Kiss My Face Whenever Shampoo for $4.19, 32 ounces of Avalon Nourishing Lavender Shampoo for $10.67,  18 ounces Nature’s Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Shampoo for $3.90!

Organic Agave sweetener 23.5 ounces for $6.53!

Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent White Flower and Bergamot Citrus 7 lbs for $13.73!

(all prices subject to change, please check with website)

And Aubreys, Alba Botanica, Burts Bees, Jason, Zia!

So many types of vitamins and herbs that you are going to have to see for yourself. Check out their recipe center for great meals.

Now The Frugal Diva knows what you are thinking. What in the world is it going to cost to ship all this? $4.99 per order – that means if you get one item, two items, or ten items it will cost you $4.99 shipping. Sign up for their emails and find out when they have a special free shipping offers.

And as a diva it’s so nice to have things appear at your doorstep without having to schlep out to the store.

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Pulling the Blinds on Sleepy Misperceptions

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 26th October 2014

Frugal Divas need their beauty sleep and the folks at Vitacost help us out with this great post.

Sleep is an interesting paradox. Some people treasure their nightly eight hours, while others treat it like a guilty pleasure, enjoyed only in small “dozes.” As sleep deprivation becomes the norm, it’s rationalized by notions like, “I’ll sleep in tomorrow to catch up.” It’s time to quit dreaming and open your eyes to the importance of a good night’s sleep.

The Dream: “I’m out like a light.”

Reality: Ironically, the body is not completely inactive during sleep. It’s true that muscles in the limbs become temporarily paralyzed; but eyelids are jerking rapidly, heart rate increases and breathing becomes shallow. You may feel “dead to the world” or “out like a light,” but your brain technically is still turned on.

The Dream: “I can catch up on sleep this weekend.”

Reality: The body needs adequate, consistent rest in order to maintain a healthy immune system. Sleep is not like a savings account – you can’t add more when you have time. Sleeping until 2 p.m. on Sunday throws the balance of your circadian rhythm (internal clock), which throws off your mental and physical fitness. Stop running on the hamster wheel and start a routine of balanced sleep, healthy eating and regular exercise.

The Dream: “My body can adjust to sleeping during the day.”

Reality: A grave-shift worker may be able to coax his body to adjust, but his brain knows best. At night, the eyes send a signal to the brain that there is less light, and the internal clock will produce more melatonin to induce sleepiness. Sleeping after sunrise does not generate enough melatonin, making it difficult to fall asleep – and stay asleep.

The Dream: “I function better on less sleep.”

Reality: Sleep deprivation negatively affects the areas of the brain associated with motivation and desire. A sleep-deprived brain will seek food as a reward, because food is the most accessible treat, leading to weight gain. Lack of sleep has also been linked to depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.

The Dream: “I never dream.”

Reality: We sleep in stages: stages 1, 2, 3 and 4, and the fifth stage is rapid eye movement (REM). The brain cycles through these five stages over and over throughout the night, with REM being the deep sleep and dreams stage. Any time the brain reaches REM, you dream – if you don’t remember them, then that’s your own reality.

This article has been provided by the folks at Vitacost.com. Vitacost.com has been selling discount vitamins and supplements since 1994. Since then it’s grown into one of the biggest online marketplaces for healthy living essentials-with vitamins and supplements being just one of their many helpful categories! Get the best price on vitamins, probiotics, nutritional supplements, whole foods and diet products. Vitacost.com’s customers mean the world to them, and it’s their goal to provide you with the best nutritional supplements, natural foods and sports nutrition to help with your health and wellness. Please check out the Vitacost Coupons page for great deals and discounts. Vitacost.com is not affiliated with this blog, and isn’t responsible for content outside of this article.

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Play It Again Sports

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 26th February 2014

We’ve all been there – wanting to exercise and never finding the time, thinking equipment is too expensive, and worried that our investment will never be used. Play It Again Sports makes the initial outlay reasonable and encourages you to try something new. If you can never make it to the gym this is a great place to buy a stationary bicycle, treadmill, or weights. For a fraction of the cost, see if this option works for you. Sometimes a small investment makes a big difference in your health, plus you might be able to sell it back if this isn’t your type of workout.

Knowledgeable salespeople know all the right items and how to best fit your child for a glove or bat. Kids pass through sports crazes quickly and there is no reason to pay full price when they will only be playing for a few months. Check with your local store to see how they can help you fundraise for your team.

Now Play It Again Sports also carries some never used items they picked up at reduced prices during  manufacturers closeouts.

This store is a good resource for  ski season or for walking off those extra pounds indoors for next swimsuit season.

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24 Hour Fitness

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 2nd April 2013

Divas like to be in shape. And that means at some point we have to exercise. Cheapest is walking. For those of you in colder climes, there is the mall.  And it will give you a chance to keep an eye on an item until it goes to it’s lowest price. For those of us lucky enough to be in Southern California, walk everywhere. If you need a few items at the market, try walking. It’s a twofer – you burn calories and save on gas. Walk out your front door and walk for a mile in any direction. Walk to the post office. This is the best way to start exercising and the best way to save on gas.

Now this is going to sound very unfrugal however joining a gym might be a good investment if (and this is a big if) you are going to use the facilities. I recommend the larger chains such as 24 Hour Fitness.(The Frugal Diva is a member however receives no compensations for mentioning them). They have more classes (aerobics to zumba), keep up the facilities nicely, you can use a variety of locations, and they probably will not be closing down any time soon. Remember to look for deals and bargain, bargain, bargain. They need members and you have all the power. Read the contract carefully and look for any hidden charges.

Ask for the free 7 day pass to see if it fits into your schedule. It should be either near home or work. The classes that you are interested in need to be at times that you can attend.  Remember if you don’t attend at least once or twice a week, this is a waste of money. The more you attend, the better the deal. The other benefit of the gym, it is a great option when you don’t have money to spend on other activities. It gives you choices that make you healthy and keep you out of the mall.  Saturday morning might be a yoga class, swimming, and a sauna – your very own day spa experience.

And many locations have Kid’s Clubs where children can hang out while you exercise.  This is fun place with activities,  games, and close supervision.  Kids’ Club availability, rates, and hours vary per location.

Good health is the best wealth.

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Free Yoga Class

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 1st April 2013

The Frugal Diva had a small set back in her workout plan. My gym closed for three months for remodeling and the nearest branch is just a little too far with parking a bit too difficult. It’s not their fault and I’m very excitedly looking forward to the fabulous new facility when it opens.

However what am I to do during this period. Exercise gives me confidence, chases away the blues, and makes sure that worries are left on the doorstep. I don’t workout enough to look much different but I do workout to feel better.

Lululemon surprised me with free yoga class on Sunday. It works like any other yoga class. Come in, roll out your mat, take class, roll up your mat, and go. It’s free and the one I took last Sunday had a very good routine with the instructor coming around to offer corrections for my downward dog.  Plus check the calendar for additional treats when they have the time and the teacher. The gear is pricey however the you are under no obligation to buy and they have the occasional markdowns.

Now for runners, they have a weekly run club with  all levels welcome!  They even have stretching and refreshments afterwards. Meet new people, make sure that you are adhering to best practices, and run with company.  That’s two ways to workout for free at one location. Use the store locator to see what’s happening at your local Lululemon.

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Beauty Without Cruelty

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 11th December 2012

Never has the word “no” been so welcome.  No dimethicone, no paraben, no mineral oil, no animal testing or products make the BWC Hand & Body Lotion worth trying.  Vitacost had sent me a bottle to review and this is The Frugal Diva’s very unscientific report.  After one week of usage, I like it for the following reasons – it did not upset my sensitive skin, it absorbed quickly, left no filmy residue and my skin felt softer immediately after application.

All these things would be immaterial to The Frugal Diva for a high priced bottle of lotion however at $8.19 for an 8.5 oz. bottle, this product went to the top of my list.  It shows that you can pass up all those expensively packaged bottles at departments stores, not have to pay the same amount as a week’s worth of groceries, and still get a natural product at a great price. It just takes a bit a research. After all didn’t they invent the Internet so we could find the best bargains?

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Bed, Bath, And Way Beyond

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 10th July 2012

Now divas need a certain level of care – great shampoos, lavender soaps, electric toothbrushes- and my local Bed, Bath, and Beyond at 11854 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (PH 310 478 5767) stocks these items. They have a new Health and Beauty Care department that carries a raft of drugstore items and specialty brands such as Nature’s Gate and the Natural Dentist products.

the-natural-dentist3The prices are good however when you apply the coupons that we all carry in our purses and cars, they are fabulous. The Natural Dentist mouthwash which was featured in Oprah on The Best List, can cost $9.99 at regular price (read the next paragraph to learn about the new drop in price).  However coupons make this all so much better. Either buy alone and get 20% off bringing the price down to around $7.99.  Or pick up another item for $5 such as shampoo or soap or protein bars and bring this down to $6.99. Last time that I purchased this product they were doing a special and added a tube of their toothpaste for free. So we are talking about a great product that gives you mouthwash and toothpaste for as little as $6.99.  All prices that are quoted here are approximate and could change in the future.

The Natural Dentist recently announced a drop in retail prices (up to 30%) for all mouth rinses to make natural oral care more accessible.  This includes the Antigingivitis Rinse, Pre-Brush Whitening Rinse, Healthy Gums Mouth Rinse, Healthy Teeth Anticavity Fluoride Rinse and Healthy Teeth Fluoride Rinse.  These rinses have decreased from $9.99 to a suggested retail price of $6.99 for a 16-ounce bottle.  For a limited time only, The Natural Dentist is offering a coupon for $2 off any toothpaste  from The Natural Dentist. Frugal Divas take advantage of this for even great savings!

Bed, Bath and Beyond HBC department also carries travel size products, reading glasses, and all kinds of grooming products for women, men and children. The selection is extensive and changes periodicatlly so look for new organic products and protein bars.  Not all Bed, Bath and Beyonds have this department so please check your store locator for the HBC symbol before heading out.

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Make Your Own Spa-Quality Skincare Products

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 13th March 2012

A day at the spa is a nice treat, but it’s also an expensive one. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of homemade skincare recipes to help you stay pampered – without having to take out a second mortgage.

Cleansing facial mask

  • 1/4 cup raw, organic honey
  • 1 raw egg, beaten
  • 1/8 tsp apple cider vinegar

Honey is well-known for its anti-bacterial properties, while apple cider vinegar can function as a toner to help tame oily skin. To make this simple mask, mix together ingredients in a small bowl – you may need to melt your honey in the microwave first to achieve a liquid consistency. Apply mixture to face and neck. Let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.

Coconut cuticle cream

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 drops essential oil of your choice

Are dry, ragged cuticles driving you mad? Whip up this super-easy concoction to soften ‘em up. Simply mix coconut oil and olive oil in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Heat for a few seconds, then add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil. Soak hands in warm water for few minutes before massaging the mixture into your cuticles.

Refreshing foot soak

  • 1 gallon water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup Epsom salt
  • 15 drops essential oil of your choice

After a long day, treat your feet to this relaxing foot soak. Boil the water, then add it to a basin (one you can comfortably rest your tootsies in) and let it cool a bit. Toss in the baking soda and epsom salt, let dissolve. Finally, add your favorite essential oil for a soothing scent. Next, add the final ingredient: your feet!

Satisfying body scrub

  • 1/2 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1 cup finely ground sea salt
  • 10 drops essential oil of your choice

In a small bowl, mix together the oil and salt to form a creamy paste – if it’s too scratchy, add more oil. Apply all over and gently scrub in a circular motion to slough away dirt, oil and dead skin cells.  Rinse to reveal softer, more refreshed skin!

By: +Katie Kaleita, writer for Vitacost.com

This article has been provided by the folks at Vitacost.com. Vitacost.com has been selling discount vitamins since 1994. Since then it’s grown into one of the biggest online marketplaces for healthy living essentials-with vitamins and supplements being just one of their many helpful categories! Get the best price on vitamins such as vitamin b12 and vitamin D, nutritional supplements, whole foods and diet products. Vitacost.com’s customers mean the world to them, and it’s their goal to provide you with the best nutritional supplements, natural foods and sports nutrition to help with your health and wellness. Vitacost.com is not affiliated with this blog, and isn’t responsible for content outside of this article.

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Go Green Personal Care Tips

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 4th March 2012

The Frugal Diva is happy to present these healthy, green, and frugal alternatives from the folks at Vitacost.

Five Go-Green Personal Care Tips

Green goods are everywhere, and thanks to popular demand, they’re more affordable now than ever before. So why not make the switch? If you’re new to eco-friendly, natural products, you may need a little help figuring out where to start. Here are five ways you can clean up your personal care routine from head to toe.

Lather up. Bubbles make bath time fun, but most conventional products contain a controversial chemical called sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a foaming agent that’s been linked to poor health. Natural soap and body washes are typically made from plant oils, such as palm, coconut and sunflower, which are safer, gentler and still get you squeaky clean.

Battle body odor. Staying stink-free is a must for most, but over-the-counter antiperspirants are made with aluminum-based compounds (which block ducts so sweat can’t escape) that may put you at risk for certain diseases. Baking soda, corn starch and essential oils in natural deodorants help absorb moisture and blast bacteria that cause odor, without subjecting your pits to peril.

Brush safely. Home to several million bacteria, your mouth needs frequent cleaning, or bad breath, tooth decay and other issues arise. But before you squeeze any old toothpaste on that brush, look at the label. Besides SLS (the suds maker mentioned above), other chemicals, such as saccharin, fluoride and even diethylene glycol (used in antifreeze), may be on the ingredient list. Natural toothpastes feature mint oil, herbs and xylitol (a naturally occurring sweetener that benefits oral health) that keep teeth clean, breath fresh and toxins from spiraling down the drain.

Be smooth. Skin absorbs 60 percent of what’s applied to it, so slathering on lotion loaded with parabens (chemical preservatives) and phthalates (known as “endocrine disruptors” because they mimic hormones), may do more than soften that dry patch on your elbow. Keep toxins away from your precious bloodstream, and take moisturizing a step further with natural vitamin- and antioxidant-enriched lotions that soothe and protect skin.

Catch the flow. Over the course of a lifetime, a woman will use 10,000 disposable feminine hygiene products to manage her monthly flow. That’s a lot of cotton and plastic—which ends up cluttering landfills and leaching chemicals (such as dioxin, by-product of the cotton bleaching process) into the environment. And if air and water aren’t safe from the breakdown, think about how these materials affect your body. Make the switch to reusable pads or menstrual cups to protect your private parts and the world around you.

This article has been provided by the folks at Vitacost.com. Vitacost.com has been selling discount vitamins since 1994. Since then it’s grown into one of the biggest online marketplaces for healthy living essentials-with vitamins and supplements being just one of their many helpful categories! Get the best price on vitamin D, vitamin C, vitamin A and other vitamin and nutritional supplements. Vitacost.com’s customers mean the world to them, and it’s their goal to provide you with the best nutritional supplements, whole foods and sports nutrition to help with your health and wellness. Vitacost.com is not affiliated with this blog, and isn’t responsible for content outside of this article.

By: +Rebecca Chopin writer for Vitacost.com

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Sierra Club

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 6th February 2012

Now as we all know, The Frugal Diva is not much of an outdoor person however this is too much of a bargain to pass up.  You can now join the Sierra Club for only $15 and get a free Sierra Club Expedition Backpack (limited time only), one-year subscription to Sierra magazine, automatic membership in your local Chapter, and discounts on Sierra Club calendars, books, and other merchandise.

It was surprising to see activities where you did not have to be an experienced outdoors person. Beach walking really looked like fun and a great way to get legs in shape for the summer. There were moderate hikes that specified they were for beginners where you could see wild flowers blooming. There are definitely events for strenuous outings however The Frugal Diva considers 14 miles more of a short drive than a hike.

What makes this fantastic is that after joining almost all of the outings are free. Everyone always complains that no one walks in LA, this is an opportunity to meet like minded people and get some exercise. Outings take place all over the city and give you a chance to explore outside the urban environment. Of course, you can always come back to town for a non fat latte after the hike.

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