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COCONUT OIL – A Money Saving Combination 

A Conspiracy – Do you ever wonder why your pantyhose run so easily? Pantyhose are made from nylon. Mineral oil weakens nylon. Most body lotions contain mineral oil. So when you put body lotion on your legs before putting your pantyhose on, you are weakening the nylon, enabling it to run more easily. The pantyhose manufacturers and body lotion producers are making a lot of money off you!

An Economic Solution – It is more economic to use organic coconut oil for two reasons: organic coconut oil is cheaper than body lotion – one jar of coconut oil can last over a year – how many bottles of body lotion do you buy during a year? Your pantyhose won’t run as often so you won’t need to buy as many. Use pure organic coconut oil on your legs instead of body lotion. Organic coconut oil can be found in the cooking section of your health conscious grocery store. I keep a jar of organic coconut oil in the bathroom for moisturizing after showers.

To the Naysayers – If you say, “Isn’t it greasy?” The answer is a resounding “No!” My skin has never been healthier looking. I’m 51 and my skin is soft without any dry wrinkling. My elephant elbows are no more thanks to a little dab of coconut oil (a little goes a long way). Your body heat melts the oil into an easily spread-able liquid.

But Wait There’s More! – I also keep another jar in the kitchen to cook with! It’s a delicious and healthful alternative to cooking with butter. If you can eat it, I figure it is healthier to put on your skin than any man made moisturizer, which usually contains chemicals, preservatives, scents, etc. Your skin is one of your most important organs and it is better to avoid having chemicals touching your skin.

CHOCOLATE CHIPS – Getting a Cheap Fix

Are You a Chocoholic? – I am! Dark chocolate and white chocolate are my preference. And I’m always looking for new ways to buy chocolate cheaper.

Tax-Free! – Did you know that baking chips in NY are tax-free but chocolate bars are taxed? So, to get my fix cheaper, I buy bittersweet dark chocolate chips or white chocolate chips instead of chocolate bars. If they are on sale, I stock up.

Calorie Counting – I bring them to work in glass jars and snack on them as needed. This also cuts down on calories – instead of having to eat an entire candy bar, I only eat a handful of chocolate at a time.


Nature’s Way – Buy vinegar in 1 gallon bottles from any grocery store. Make sure the label says “made from grain”. If the label doesn’t say “made from grain”, the vinegar was made in the laboratory. Vinegar is 5% acid, which kills everything except mold spores. Vinegar is much cheaper than most cleaning products you buy. Even better, stock up when it is on sale! Pour into spray bottles to use.

Rag Time – Instead of using paper towels to clean with, try using washable reusable rags.  I bought a 2 foot high stack of ugly 100% cotton washcloths on sale several years ago and I’m still using them wherever possible to clean with. Of course, for really gross things I do still use some paper towels, but for every day cleaning using the rags vastly reduces the amount of paper towels I buy and throw away.

Go Green – In addition to minimizing the cost of buying cleaning products and paper towels, I’m also helping the environment by reducing waste and using products that pollute less.

Post authored by Elizabeth Metura 

Being a twenty-something in New York City is not for the faint of heart. In fact, if you are still experiencing philomacrostembioticosistic outbreaks you may want to consult your doctor. But seriously, we live in a land of extremes. You can have the worst day of your life here, and then wake up the next day only realizing everything is completely different.  As a collective, I feel like me and my friends have huge goals. We all moved to NYC to accomplish something big. We also have limited incomes. Here is the kicker, we are in a place filled with opportunity and during an average week you can get offered all sorts of opportunities.

In the past week I have had to manage an opening night, a high profiled gala, and a private party with people I want to impress. Did I mention I have a limited income?

I have some insights for the men who are reading this. If you are lady be sure to bookmark this and use it on your next man friend/date/lover/etc.

So how do you do it? How can someone like me with two suits, a tux, and a few blazers to my name make things work? The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind, but also it is right under your nose. First of all, if you don’t have a tux, go get one from a rental place preferably after prom season. Those establishments will usually sell their used tuxedos after prom season for a surprisingly cheap price. The idea is they need to clean out there old things, and you need to acquire something new to you!  It is a small thing, but something you will be so glad you have when the occasion arises.

For formal, but not black tie events, accessories are where it is at my friends. For me, ties, and blazers are exactly what I need to make a look entirely different. You can get these things from all over and there are probably thrift store finds waiting for you in your neighborhood! If you can pull a great blazer and tie together guys, then your job is mostly done.

In less formal situations, try wearing your clothes in a different way. Layering different pieces can make things you have already worn look entirely new to the same crowd.

Also, do not be afraid of color! Use all sorts of colors and patterns. Just, do it. Use them and then swap them out with other colors and patterns. You will be surprised how different mash ups will surprise even your closest friends! Patterns with other patterns can usually work to your favor, but might need lady approval (so lady’s, be aware).

The most important thing you can do is assess your wardrobe. Know what you have and never be afraid to wear it with different pairings.

The lesson is you too can live on a shoestring budget and look like you are living on a six-figure budget. Afterall you’ve made it to Manhattan, anything is possible!

Post authored by Trevor Worden


Sure, money is tight – but that never means that life should not be lived to its fullest.  Here at Praxis we are always out to maximize our fun despite a tighter budget – so we’re on the hunt for Recession Lessons, those great deals and New York City secrets that let you in on awesome stuff for awesomely inexpensive prices.

Brooke recently posted about the Recession Latte – but I was shocked to discover that the Recession Movie Date is alive and well amongst my friends and co-workers in New York City.  Did you know that at many of New York’s cinemas, the first showing is half price?  This weekend I scored the best $6 movie I had ever seen – at 11:50am on Sunday I arrived at the Lincoln Square AMC pumped for the GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, to find that the theater was barely half-full – and my prime real estate in the center section waiting for me and my roommates.  We had grabbed egg sandwiches, coffees and a carton of orange juice en route, stuffed them in our backpacks, and spent a delicious brunch and movie together for less than $8.50 each.  Seriously folks, amazing.   See Rooney Mara steal the show (and maybe this year’s Best Actress Oscar).  Eat your egg, spinach, and fontina sandwich – or your egg ham and cheese – or your sausage egg and pepper sammy with your besties.  And then sieze the afternoon because you’re out so early and you’ve already had a blast.

A great date for $8.50?  Perfection in my book.

What are your NYC steals?  Share ‘em, post ‘em, let us know.  We’re always looking for that weekend rendezvous, great lunch on the go, or incredible deal.  Comment, Post!  Rooney, if you’re reading, I’m single.

Post authored by Jacob Liberman 

The recession has forced everyone everywhere to re-examine where and how we spend our precious pennies. It still remain true though, as Erin wisely pointed that if you  “go ahead and give yourself the sticker or the ice cream or the round of applause for that small something that you chose to do when you really didn’t want to… You’ll feel a lot better about what you just accomplished and, most likely, a lot more motivated to do it again.” Sometimes a sticker or an internal round of applause won’t quite do it though and we fall victim to a $5 coffee or milkshake as we try to get through a long day that involves lots of subways transfers. I am one of those people who can accidentally spend $10 without even realizing it’s happening, on silly, instant gratification stuff I really don’t need. Knowing this about myself helps me curb the habit, but I know that a little reward will make a long day feel shorter and will truly motivate me to get through whatever task in front of me – so I have adapted my reward system to go with the times.

Here is my recession (and wallet) friendly modification on a common $5 indulgence.

The Recession Latte

I’m sure, if you have been reading, you are now sick of me talking about coffee. But I love it. I can’t help it – so here we go.

If you order an iced grande skim latte from Starbucks (2 shots of espresso over ice with milk) it will cost you about $3.50 with tax.

If you instead order a double shot of espresso over ice in a grande cup and walk it over to the bar and add your own milk to the cup (2 shots of espresso over ice with milk) it will cost you about $1.50 with tax.

By walking over to the counter and pouring your own milk you have saved about $2.


What’s your recession tip of the day?

Post authored by Brooke Stone

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