I have been menstruating for over half my life. I'm used to it. I'm, dare I say, pretty good at it. The monthly act of going to the drug store and buying my tampons, cramp meds and assorted accouterments that no longer faze me like it did when I was fifteen. I don't think there's anything unusual about the ease with which I deal with the emotional terrorist that is Aunt Flo.
But if I were the sort of woman who, let's say, wasn't comfortable getting their Tampax rung up by a bored-looking teenage clerk in a primary colored vest, I could get a period subscription box, filled with a combination of feminine protection products and sweets, delivered to me in a plain, unmarked receptacle once a month. That's right–the subscription box trend has expanded to the realm of reproduction. But are they worth it? I sent away for a few of them to find out.
Are you ready for the weekly freebie list? First, there's a
couple of freebie offers from previous posts that are about to
expire I'd like to remind everyone of. First, you have until
August 31st to get the kids (K-6th grade) a free haircut at JCPenney. All their salons in the USA
are offering the freebie. Appointments are required. Free
Summer Plays at the Disney Store ends August 26th.
Here's a few back to school freebies, including one for
teachers! If your a teacher Staples is giving out free gift bags
with bonus coupons to the first 100 teachers at each store. Check
the link for the date in your area for Staples Teacher Appreciation Day. I've posted this
next freebie before but I want to remind everyone about it. For the
entire month of August, JCPenney's is offering free haircuts to all kids K - 6th grade.
Appointments are recommended. The free haircuts are available at
all JCP Salons in the USA.
It really should be no secret anymore that advertisers love splitting us up into smaller, easier-to-market-to groups. And most of the time when they do, we end up spending more for the same product. The plus side to this though is that once we've peeled back this marketing matrix and seen it for what it is, often we can learn to cut our spending by bending our gender while shopping. Here are just a few examples of every day products that have a clear, but also easy to overcome gender bias.Shaving:For
It's hard to
believe – but some cosmetic companies still test their products on
animals. And plenty of companies still use chemicals and fillers in
their cosmetics even though organic, cruelty-free alternatives exist.
when I found out that my makeup was full of chemicals once tested on
bunnies, I decided to make the switch to cruelty-free natural cosmetics.
Here are some of my favorite brands.
Beauty can be a pain, and hair removal is no exception. Despite some of the horror stories I've heard about epilators, I was pretty excited when I received the Braun Silk-epil Xelle 5180 ($70). With summer now in full swing, I don't want to have to be shaving my legs every couple of days.