A few days ago, I was walking to pick my son up for school, and I saw a group of high school kids running in a pack.  Strange as it seems, these kids herald the start of spring for me because they have begun their training to get in shape for track and field season.  That means the warm days of spring are right around the corner.

As we shed the heavy, bulky clothing of winter, we need to turn our focus more to our appearance because there is more of it on display during the warm months!

Here are my favorite frugal ways to get summer ready:

-Get in shape.  If you have gained a few pounds over the winter, now is the time to get in shape just like the kids I saw running the other day.  You don’t have to join a gym; instead walk or run around your neighborhood.  I have seen many people online utilize the Couch to 5k Running Plan.

-Lose weight.  Spring allows us to enjoy many fresh fruits and vegetables such as asparagus and berries, which aid weight loss.  Up your allotment of fruits and vegetables and decrease your consumption of foods that aren’t good for you to lose a few pounds before summer.

-Take care of your feet.  Feet can get rough and cracked during the winter months, which aren’t attractive to look at when you are wearing sandals or flip flops.  I recently found this strategy online to heal my cracked heels, and it is working.  However, this process takes several weeks, so you want to get started on it now.

-Take care of your hair.  If you have grays, now may be the time to begin to dye your hair.  Believe it or not, my husband dyes my hair with great success.  I only have to pay for the bottle of hair dye.  If your significant other isn’t willing to try, see if you have a friend who would be willing to dye your hair.  You can also save money by cutting your family’s hair at home.

-Take care of stray facial hairs.  Many women don’t like to talk about it, but we all have those few stray facial hairs.  You could pluck them, but someone once told me that just makes them grow back and stimulates follicle growth around the hair you plucked.  You could simply cut them every time they begin to grow, or for a more permanent solution, you could try laser hair removal.   While this is a more expensive option, it does take care of the problem permanently.

-Hydrate.  Nothing can have a faster impact on your appearance than staying hydrated.  Make sure to drink water daily and stay hydrated.

What are your favorite ways to get ready for summer weather? 

Photo courtesy of Klearchos Kapoutsis on Flickr

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