Thursday, May 20, 2010

Frugal Pedicures

With the arrival of warmer weather (finally!), it is time to think about our toes. What mom is not on her feet all day long? My feet are often quite tired and sore at the end of the day. Even if you do not wear open-toe sandals, a good old fashioned pedicure always revives the spirits. But paying for a pedicure can take a bite out of the budget.

I'm on the left, my sisters on the right, my baby in the middle

The cheapest professional pedicure in our town still costs $25 (the local beauty school charges $17). While my sisters were visiting, I thought it would be fun to take them out for a pedicure. Unfortunately, some unexpected big bills came calling, and I didn't have the money right now to spend $75 plus tip for a fun sister-time treat.

Yet, that did not mean we had to forgo the pedicures--just not at the salon.

One of my friends has her cosmetology license and took us with her to the beauty supply store, where all the salon products are sold. We picked up a travel pedicure kit for $11 and a new OPI polish each at half the price they are in the salons. Then, enjoying the sunshine, nice music, and iced coffees/waters, we did our pedicures at home. We still had fun--perhaps even more fun, and saved a bunch of money.

Being frugal does not mean missing out on fun experiences; it just means getting creative at how you can have the experience for less.

You could even do a pedicure more frugally than we did. You can soak in a few drops of tea tree oil, or even baby wash (a suggestion from my cosmetologist-friend). Instead of buying a scrub, you can make your own out of salt. Plain old regular salt, with a bit of water to make a paste. And I'm sure we all have tons of extra lotions lying around.

If you haven't already, I encourage you to give yourself a pedicure asap. You could even get some friends together and show them that frugal really is cool!

Linked to Frugal Friday.


  1. Here's my frugal pedicure! Great idea to do it with others.


  2. This is wonderful. I am totally adding this to my Saturday Links post!

  3. I had to giggle, seeing the baby drinking the cup of water right by the pedicure tub--reminded me of our baby trying to drink the bath water. This is a great idea!

  4. Salt for a scrub, huh? Never thought of that. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I sell Avon, and I really need some sales so am thinking of having a party at my house, where will will have pedicures available. Only we'll use Avon polish not OPI. HAHA.

  6. Looks like you all had a lot of fun! I wish I had sisters! :)

    I've been planning on posting about frugal pedicures too. Except I didn't get a chance to sit down and give myself one yet!

    Maybe this weekend!

  7. Looks like fun... unfortunately my sister never wants to do stuff like this with me... maybe I'll have to give hubby a frugal pedicure next time he needs his toenails clipped!!!!

  8. Great idea! Now I just need someone to give me a pedicure since it's becoming difficult to reach my toes at 24 weeks pregnant!

  9. Having pedicure/manicure moments with friends are really an awesome time to share a few stories and laughters with close friends and relax at the same time. Doing it at home can be more affordable but it would be more relaxing if its in a parlor or something.

  10. Well, I think everybody wants to be beautiful without spending much but we should still look for the best in town. One should not sacrifice the quality of service from nail technicians so better to look for a licensed professional on the field than fell sorry in the end if someone did it wrongly.