30 Favorite Budget Friendly Must Haves
You know I don't love the 'B' word...shhhh...don't say it. You know ahem...budget.😬😬 But I have been living on a cash flow plan, a cooler way to say 'budget' without saying it. Basically, since 2011, when we went totally BROKE, we have created a plan for our money and stuck to it every month since then.
Have we been perfect? No.
Have we been consistent? Absolutely YES.
We have sat down every single month, together and assigned every dollar we earned to a job.
In the beginning it was to pay our living expenses and pay off debt. So, in order to do that my "act like I am Richie Rich" lifestyle had to go. No more $300 dresses, name brands, or fancy makeup.
And yes, these were all my TV news days...I had to look put together but had to figure out how to do it on the cheap...cheap chic is what I did and to this day, debt free, I still shop like this. Most months our "department store budget" is less than what I would spend on a work dress. I got really good at finding "dupes" or "knockoffs" of the pricey, name brand, designer stuff.
Here is one tip: always go with solids, they never look cheap and always flatter. Cheap fabric is always forgiving if it is a solid, darker color.
Okay, now, on to the list...here are 30 of my FAVE everyday things under $30 (most are way under $30 because that is how I roll). Food, fitness, daily tools, beauty and everything in between.
Enjoy!! Happy Shopping and Happy Frugal Living.
I am here to show you it is POSSIBLE.
FASHION AND BEAUTY
All of my favorites in hair, nails and clothes!
1. JOY CHASER COLLECTION
Joy Chaser Collection-all the reminders on all the swag to CHASE YOUR JOY.
2. YOU DO YOU COLLECTION
You Do You Collection-living your best life means YOU doing You and everyone needs THAT on a wine tumbler.
3. SHINY LEGGINGS
Shiny Leggings-I love a good dupe...these rival 2 VERY expensive brands we all know and cherish but cost 1/4 of the cost. They are dreamy.
4. GOLDEN GOOSE DUPE SNEAKERS
Leopard Sneaks-Another one of my FAVE dupe. EVERYONE thinks they are the real deal. Golden Goose dupes are my new jam. These rock. They run a tad big, FYI. And they are few dollars over $30 but as close to it as you can get for a knock off pair of $500 shoes! So, let's embrace that!
5. BEST AFFORDABLE GYM SHOES
Adidas Cloud Foam-I love a cute pair of CrossFit shoes but they never look cute on me and they are PRICEY. So, these are light weight, comfy, cheap-ish and go from gym to at home office or lunch run like that. Also, disclaimer, some of the other colors are over $30 but still worth the $40 ish price. These are a scosh over $30 but again...I am not mad about it...LOL.
6. VALENTINO WANNABE SANDALS
Studded Jelly Sandals-a nude pair of sandals is a WIN in my book. They always make your legs look long. I have eyed these forevs but would never spend that kind of money on the real ones sooooo another dupe for the win. These are a close second to the real Valentinos.
7. GUCCI DUPE BACKPACK
Gucci Dupe-can you tell I love a knock off?? This is the best mini Mom bag, ev-ah. It's got a Gucci feel with the color scheme and studs but it's a backpack purse...yes, they are back and we are here for it.
8. BEST AT HOME BLOW OUT
Blow Dryer Brush-where was this when I was in TV and trying to blow dry my hair at 2:30am?? It's seriously the greatest and easiest way to blow out your hair with minimal tools. My Mother In Law is the Queen because she introduced me to it.
9. BEST SHAMPOO EVER
Fave Shampoo-my hair goddess Victoria turned me on to this. I don't like washing my hair so this goes a long way. Under $30 but lasts forever. Pea size amount. Your hair will thank you a month into using it.
10. BEST CONDITIONER EVER
Fave Conditioner-if you buy the shampoo you best be buying the conditioner. Again, your hair will thank you.
11. BEST DRY SHAMPOO EVER
Best Dry Shampoo-I may have a favorite shampoo but you know that on the 6 day stretch of no washing, this is what keeps my hair feeling fresh and less greasy. I have tried them all and this one always sits at the top of the list of "YASSS Queen!"
12. BEST CONCEALER EVER
Concealer-I believe coffee and concealer was a special gift from the Lord for morning TV people and Moms. This is how I found this...because I needed spackle to cover my tired eyes. IT.IS.MY.FAVE. I would bring it with me on a deserted island.
13. BEST EYE SHADOW PALETTE EVER
Eye Color Palette-I used to spend at least $60 plus on one of these but when we were cutting back, expensive makeup had to go. This one is my fave for day to day. I mix many of the colors but the shades are just neutral enough to work on all.
14. BEST BB CREAM EVER
BB Cream-has been a fave of mine since TV days and even in high def, early morning hours, this one rivals all the fancy ones.
15. BEST FACE HIGHLIGHTER EVER
Face Highlighter-because we all want that dewy glow like the celebs, it's why highlighter gives me life everyday. This one is my go to.
16. BEST FALSE LASHES EVER
Fave Lashes-can't stop, won't stop. I LOVE me some glue on lashes. YAAAAS. These are my fave.
17. BEST LASH GLUE EVER
Lash Glue-this is my go to. You gotta make sure those lashes last ALL day.
18. BEST MASCARA EVER
Best Mascara-life line here. I will die wearing this mascara.
19. BEST MASCARA PRIMER EVER
Mascara Primer-don't ask, just buy. You NEED this. A primer is a must to making it look like you have long lashes. Yes, I use this even with my false lashes. I always add a swipe of this and mascara BEFORE I apply lashes. Trust me, it works.
20. BEST NAILS EVER
Impress Nails-I love pretty nails but stopped spending the money on getting them done during our get out of debt days and never went back. THESE ARE GOLD. Friends, get them. They are like the new version of Lee Press On's but they last forever. 9 days is my timeline for them. They come in every color imaginable. Make sure to trim them if you like shorter nails. That's what I do.
HEALTHY LIFE STUFF
Now onto my faves for your mind and body!
21. FAVE COLLAGEN
Collagen Peptides-I add this to my coffee or shakes or batters of baked goods etc. Hello happy hair, skin and nails.
22. FAVE RECIPE COLLECTION
Recipe Tin with 12 Weeks of Slow Cooker Recipes-THIS IS SOLID GOLD. Not only does it look good on your counter, the recipes are simple, healthy and fast. That is my JAM. To fit the under $30 bill, make sure to order the PDF version only...it's a downloadable printable for $14.95...but the recipe tin addition and filing system is totally worth the extra spend, FYI.
23. FAVE WAY TO PLAN MY MEALS
Freeze Easy Meal Planner-if slow cooker isn't your thing but prep is THIS will help you plan your entire week or month to make those busy soccer nights or long work days less stressful knowing you have din ready to go.
24. FAVE HOME PLANNER AKA LIFE PLANNER
Home Planner 2020-so much of my overwhelm comes from things piling up. Small action steps every day help. This planner is my life and I can't wait for the new year because this will be my guide towards combating overwhelm by staying organized. Same as the recipe tin...the actual physical planner is $45 but WELL worth it considering it will be your life line for ONE ENTIRE YEAR. However, if you want to save money and keep this well under $30 then you must get the downloadable PDF which will run at $14.95, so it is TOTALLY budget friendly, Sis.
25. FAVE WATER BOTTLE
Big A%S Water Bottle-everyone makes fun of it but everyone secretly wants it and eventually gets it. How do you drink all the water and feel better? Get yourself one of these...all the motivation while you hydrate.
26. FAVE DAILY JOURNAL
The You Do You Journal-by far one of the best tools I have added to my life. Gratitude is a practice. We must choose it everyday. Intention is the way towards accomplishments. We must choose it everyday. Biased? Yes. This is my fave journal.
27. MUST READ BOOK FOR YOUR HEART
Everybody Always-by far one of the BEST books I have ever read. You just need this in your life. Love is the way. Bob Goff shows us how.
28. MUST READ BOOK FOR YOUR MIND
New Again:Healing Through Perspective-one of the most beautiful stories of how a young mother and wife walked a journey towards NEW AGAIN. She's a dear friend and her story is powerful. A must for all to read.
29. MUST READ BOOK FOR YOUR SOUL
The Best Yes-another life changing must reads for my fellow people pleasing friends. You will be so deeply moved by this one.
30. MUST READ BOOK TO START EACH DAY
My Fave Daily Devotional-this along with my journal has become a powerful way to start the day.
Well there you have it - the 30 things I cannot live without that also don't break the budget. Also, some of the links above are affiliate links. If you were to buy something from any of the links above, it won't cost you anything more, but I may get a commission for referring you. I hope that is okay and just wanted to be fully transparent with you.
Thanks so much for being here!