Your weekly mani/pedi
This little luxury really adds up. In Australia, a nail salon charges an average of $25 for a manicure and $40-$45 for a pedicure. That’s an opportunity cost over 10 years of up to $23,000! All the more reason to opt for a DIY mani/pedi, and save the professional jobs for special occasions.
Of course, for particularly big occasions it’s nice to splurge on a thoughtful gift for your loved ones, but if you’re at all crafty or creative, making a gift rather than buying one can be a really beautiful and memorable thing to do. Painting a portrait of their pet, knitting a scarf, cross-stitching their favourite quote, or creating a photo album of the good times you’ve shared is much more likely to be something they’ll treasure forever.
Buying cleaning products
You really don’t need to spend money on expensive cleaning products. Most of the time, you can use common household items to clean almost everything in your house, and you’ll be keeping your home, yourself and the environment free of harsh chemicals and dangerous ingredients. For example, mixing vinegar and baking soda can clean nearly everything in your bathroom and kitchen, lemon juice can help with stains and grease, and vinegar does wonders for wood floors.