Tahirah Blanding

Tahirah Blanding is a blogger and freelance writer currently pursuing her graduate degree in professional communication. She spends her spare time browsing thrift shops in the local area. Tahirah enjoys a good deal, coupon cutting, and short stories.

  • Appliances

    Best Cheap Air Purifiers

    According to the EPA, Americans spend 90 percent or more of their time indoors, where the quality of the air is generally far worse than outside. For those who suffer from asthma and allergies, or are plagued by pet and smoke odors, an air purifier can make a dramatic difference in the levels of irritant exposure in homes and offices. The air purifier market is growing, with new brands entering the mix and new technologies emerging at a steady rate. With many high-end brands such as IQAir, Blueair, Austin, and Alen well outside of the price range of the average consumer, we've done the research to round up cheap air purifiers from trusted appliance brands and more affordable specialty companies to help clean up the air without cleaning out your wallet.

  • Makeup

    Best Cheap Lipstick

    If you're in the market for a new lipstick -- maybe yours has run out, failed to live up to expectations, or you just want a change of color -- there's a staggering array of cheap lipsticks to choose among. Will you go for a matte or cream lipstick? What about a gloss? Perhaps you're searching for a lipstick that's earth friendly and all natural. Maybe you're in need of an application for a special event -- a wedding, say, or a day at the beach. One thing you don't have to spend much time weighing is price. Why? Because cheap lipsticks -- the drugstore varieties that sell for as little as $1.50 and top out at $10 -- perform just as well as or better than high-end brands that can hit the $50 mark.

  • Makeup

    Best Cheap Mascara

    Finding the best cheap mascara is one of the great fashion quests, right up there along with the search for the perfect white shirt or pair of jeans. Advice and advertisements abound, as do product options. There are mascaras that lengthen and mascaras that "volumize." There are waterproof formulas, clear formulas, mascaras with vibrating brushes and others that make lashes look false. When it comes to mascara, you can set your price limit at $10 without giving up selection or results.

  • Kitchen Appliances

    Best Cheap Mixers

    For the frugal baker, a key ingredient in a delicious dessert or savory side is a good, cheap mixer. With a simple push, toggle, or press, a hand-held electric mixer can easily beat, mix, or whip a recipe to the perfect consistency. Hand mixers start at around $15 and soar upward of $70. The best cheap mixers from brands such as Hamilton Beach, Oster, and Sunbeam have basic design and fewer features than their mid-range rivals but can perform just as well.