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I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, despite what this blog seems to portray about my hair game… I actually wear my hair in protective styles 5 out of 7 days of the week…probably even more depending. My go-to style is a high bun, typically accessorized with a headband or head scarf.

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Yours truly has not seen the inside of a gym/donned a workout getup in several months. So I haven’t been stretching or working out much of anything except for my hair… 

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Freeddoommm! I was snowed in all day yesterday- like many of you all. Besides having my productivity sucked by tumblr, facebook and other internet distractions, I did manage to redeem the day by cooking dinner for the week and washing my hair. I decided to take advantage of the inside time by doing a bantu knot out on my freshly washed hair. (FYI: Bantu knots take FOREVER to dry). I learned a few valuable lessons that I’d like to share with you - things you all may or may not already know. 

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Meant to post this on Friday but things got busy! Post below:

I’m on the couch as the last bit of sunlight trickles into my living room. Through gchat my friend aptly pointed out to me that it’s Friday and we just got paid (graduate stipend. dont get too excited) and she proceeded to send me this little gem

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It doesn’t have to break the bank to feel like the fliest person in the room.

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                 Circa 2008

Background: Just a 20-something year old that loves fashion and funk but also likes the idea of having a retirement account in the future. 

My mother is a woman with extravagant tastes and I never quite understood it. As I grew older I began to grasp the nuances of her childhood, her humble beginnings and the impact that those experiences had on her. As a result my mother prefers to have the best quality things, while I, on the other hand couldn’t be bothered. I enjoy the hunt of bargain shopping. Now that I am a bit older, quality does play into my purchases as well - however it is possible to buy quality goods at significantly lower prices!

At this point, I feel that I have a good handle on the art of bargain shopping and styling/maintaining my natural hair- which is a mix of psychology, practicality, and budgeting. By following this blog, you will be able to get ideas on how to look great without having to spend a lot of money.

So what can you expect from DoingItOnABudget.tumblr.com?

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You know what word I’m talking about. We all want to be it, we all want to exude it, right? Hmm sort of. Growing up, I was always the tomboy. I literally would eye items in my brother’s closet, anxious for him to outgrow them so I could wear them to school. The baggier the better was my rule of thumb. My mom’s constant gripe with me was, “Where’s your pocketbook? A young lady should have her pocketbook.” I guess carrying my wallet in my pocket didn’t count as “lady-like.” Even though I eventually grew out of my tomboy-ishness, being sexy still wasn’t really my forte, at least not in the way that I saw women doing it on TV.

I have since been able to find 5 simple ways to be sexy, without feeling like that girl. You know who I’m talking about. 

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Happy 2014! I know, I’ve been slacking, I should have been providing amazing cost cutting tips throughout the holidays yet I have been giving nothing but radio silence. I was abroad doing a bit of traveling so that is the main reason for my slackerdom on the blog. And I heard all y’all whispering…how’d you finance a trip abroad Miss Doing-It-On-A-Budget?! I saved my tax refund - thanks Uncle Sam!

I actually have a backlog of a ton of hair/fashion pics that I haven’t posted so I’ve got the material, just lacking the time. Style featured in this post is a fun and easy one I did back in early December - the low wavy pony tail. Takes just 5 mins to do the night before on stretched hair. For best results hair must be completely dry when undoing the braid.

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Apologies for being MIA. This semester at school has been INSANE. For a bit, this blog is going to become more of a look book. For styles or outfits you want step-by-step details for, let me know by liking on facebook or on tumblr. When I get my life back, I’ll post more details on posts that get the most love.

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Well, I technically posted this on Tuesday, albeit late, so most of ya’ll will probably see this on Wednesday. Gotta love grad school. I know, I know. Not only have I taken forever to post but now my post isn’t even a hair or fashion post! Before you get mad, hear me out - you may be pleasantly surprised.

I was determined to have something fancy and tasty today because 1) I deserve it and 2) it’s been one of those weeks. And of course, I had to keep my budget in mind. Rummaging through my kitchen cabinets led to the above delight - a crustless fruit tart with crumble topping! I don’t have a bunch of step by step pics because I wasn’t planning on posting so hopefully the descriptions will suffice. Instead, I’ve sprinkled in pics of the finished product throughout.

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No clue-brain’s fried so the creative juices aren’t flowing. Been MIA due to a comprehensive exam for my program. Pause. What masters program has a comprehensive exam? Apparently the one I selected. (smh) Now that it’s behind me - sneaking a post in before classes begin. Enjoy!

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