Smart Spending at Every Age

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  • "10 Great Bargain-for-Your-Buck Décor Buys" // two 20-inch ottoman trays

    10 great bargain-for-your-buck décor buys

    Style-setters share their favorite chic and affordable décor items.

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    Best of Beauty: Top Splurges

    The pleasure of using these luxury products makes up for their hefty price tags.

  • Tanda Zap Acne Treatment Device

    What do those high-tech beauty products really do?

    Looking for the next big beauty innovation? We put together a full list of the hottest high-tech beauty items on the market, ranging from acne-fighting lights to illuminating teeth whiteners. Click through the gallery to see our roundup of must-have products for any tech-savvy beauty buff.

  • woman on a boat (Photo:Courtesy of Essence)

    Living large on less

    We speak to three readers who can inspire you to make the world your own. Their secret: It's less about the destination than it is about taking pleasure in every moment of your journey.

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    50 jeans under $50

    There’s no easier fashion foundation than a great pair of jeans. Find some you love, and you’ll wear them over and over—winter and summer, year after year, with absolutely everything. But as tried-and-true as your most perennial pair may be, there’s always room in your closet for more. Colored, printed and textured denim is here to stay, and it’s time to put candy-hued, bold-printed, and wax-coated styles in heavy rotation along with all your light- and dark-wash favorites. Just in time for jeans season, check out 50 pairs we love.

  • Dove Style+Care Strength & Shine Flexible Hairspray

    25 beauty bargains for $25 (or Less)

    Ka-ching! Count the savings on these first-rate hair stylers, anti-agers, and cosmetics with scents you'll actually like- all at bargain prices.

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    10 under $20: Smoky eyes kit

    Here, the sexiest, sootiest ways to create smoky eyes—all under $20.

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