As you know we love saving money. What you might not know is we also love Orange Is the New Black and like the rest of the nation we are super excited about its return. With this in mind we thought we would combine our two loves to bring you the Orange Is the New Black guide to money saving.

1) Make your own couture flip flops

Now you may think a couple of sanitary towels wrapped around your feet with an elastic band makes a perfect shower shoe, well you’d be mistaken as Piper found out. Sophia however is a step ahead in terms of function and fashion using cut out cardboard and covering it in waterproof duct tape – genius!

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2) File your nails with sandpaper

Everyone has that moment when they’ve snagged a nail and there isn’t a file in sight. Well, just grab some sandpaper – although please make sure it’s the fine variety and don’t file too vigorously.

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3) Curling your hair with tampons

There’s no need for hair curlers, use tampons of course! This is a great tip if you’re in desperate need, this is the only thing at your disposal and you’re willing to re-use the tampons. However, given the cost of them and the amount that’s required, we suggest it’s cheaper just to get some curlers!

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4) Make the most of your sanitary towels

It’s good to know all sanitary products are being used to the full, the towel particularly has proved itself very useful. Not only can you use this item as an effective face mask, it makes a great cleaning tool too. It’s important to remember they can’t solve all your requirements however – see flip flop advice above!

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5) Apply foundation with a washing up sponge

Now using a household sponge to apply your foundation doesn’t seem too ridiculous, if not a little abrasive, especially if you use the wrong side. I wouldn’t suggest using a meat cleaver as a mirror however, that is just asking for trouble.

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6) Toilet paper wedding veil

Weddings are expensive, so why not cut a few corners with a wedding veil made out of toilet paper… I’m sure no one will notice. Plus, it removes any fear from falling over your veil – it’s health and safety at it’s finest! In fact, I can’t think of a good reason why you wouldn’t do this.

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7) Comb your hair with a fork

Most of us have been in a tangled pickle at some point of our lives, unable to find a brush or a comb when it’s needed most. At these particular moments if someone suggested a fork, I would absolutely use it. We can always rely on Sophia to come up with the more sensible solutions!

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8) Instant coffee eyeshadow

Next time you make an instant coffee, just dab some on your eyelids too. Whilst coffee is actually a pretty feasible name and colour for an eyeshadow, as well as the bean variety being an ingredient used in face masks, I can imagine this stings quite a lot if it gets in your eye. Although probably not as much as…

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9) Using a Sharpie as eyeliner

The thought of this just makes me wince! If that Sharpie gets in your eye you’re in trouble, not to mention how you on earth you’d get it off. Just because Alex and Taylor Swift do it, please don’t try this!

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10) Stolen hair extensions

Add a splash of colour in your hair by snipping off some of your friend’s locks. Make sure you ask them first or in Taystee’s case, do someone a favour and request a few strands in return.

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*Images courtesy of Netflix