Dita Von Teese’s Quirky Los Angeles Home is Every Aspiring Diva’s Dream

Even if you’re not a fan of burlesque, or perhaps don’t even know for sure what that is, you’ll still know about Dita Von Teese. The 47-year-old star is credited with bringing burlesque back into the limelight, which also landed her the moniker of Queen of Burlesque. 

But that’s not all she does. Von Teese (Heather Renée Sweet, by her real name) is also a former model, a costume designer, singer, actress, entrepreneur, bestselling book author, and last but not least, an avid vintage and antiques collector. 

Architectural Digest was lucky enough to take a sneak peek into Dita Von Teese’s ultra-glamorous Los Angeles home recently. The diva keeps her personal life off limits, so the video tour offers a rare glimpse of her private sanctuary. 

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Von Teese’s home is dramatically different from other Hollywood celebrity homes. The burlesque star moved into her 1927-built Tudor Revival home five years ago, and has spent most of this time finessing it to match her unique taste. 

Firstly, she made sure she had complete privacy and security, and built a fortress-style wall adorned with spiky vegetation to keep unwanted visitors at bay. Then, she decided to turn a boring pool house into a veritable, English-style pub that she’s filled with quirky memorabilia and souvenirs. 

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Dita Von Teese’s Tudor Revival Home in L.A. Photo by Trevor Tondro for AD
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Dita Von Teese’s poolside English pub. Photo by Trevor Tondro for AD

When Dita Von Teese first moved into her 3,200-square-foot four-bedroom home, all interior walls were white, which was naturally way too boring for her unique personality. She tells Architectural Digest that she’s ‘a maximalist, not a minimalist,’ having filled every room and nook in the house with one-of-a-kind antique pieces. 

The living room is like a small-scale taxidermy museum, painted in vivid colors and filled to the brink with unique pieces. Some she’s found at flea markets, some were gifted from friends, and some she’s carried with her for years, taking them with her whenever she’s moved house. 

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Dita Von Teese’s living room. Photo by Trevor Tondro for AD

The blue couch in the living room, which Von Teese admits is very uncomfortable, is a reproduction of a French couch bought at her favorite Dallas store, called Deco-Dence. The Chinese rug is an Etsy find, while the working phonograph was bought at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. 

There’s a lot of taxidermy in Dita Von Teese’s house, but it’s all antique. She tells the folks at ArchDigest that she doesn’t condone hunting or hanging hunting trophies, but that she does enjoy collecting antique taxidermy – some of her most prized possessions are a couple of heart-shaped glass bowls containing rare taxidermy birds, that she keeps above her fireplace. 

The kitchen is equally stunning, painted in dark green and copper throughout. Von Teese says she wanted a ‘sexy, womanly, grown-up kitchen.’ She made the switch to green after having a much-photographed, all-pink kitchen in her previous home. 

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Dita Von Teese’s kitchen. Photo by Trevor Tondro for AD

The dining room is, again, a stunner, colored in red and blue, in a nod to the bottle design of one of her favorite perfumes, Lou Lou by Cacharel. The dining room table and chairs were another flea market find, to which she added her own touches like custom fabrics inspired by those seen in a French hotel. 

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Dita Von Teese’s dining room. Photo by Trevor Tondro for AD

Dita Von Teese also has her own version of a man cave, a red library room that also serves as a TV room – though the TV is hidden behind a piece of pin-up art, as to not disturb the vintage vibe of the room. This is where she chills out, perhaps flipping through some vintage men’s magazines and sipping cocktails from martini glasses in her unique Art Deco bar. 

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Dita Von Teese in her ‘woman cave’. Photo by Trevor Tondro for AD

The bedroom was designed in what Von Teese calls her own version of minimalism, painted all gray and silver. The bed was designed after a Mae West bed with mirrors, while the room was inspired by Jean Harlow’s bedroom in Dinner at Eight. This is where we also catch up with her cat Alistair, who was sleeping peacefully on the bed before ArchDigest reporters woke him up. 

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Dita Von Teese’s master bedroom. Photo by Trevor Tondro for AD

Von Teese is the proud owner of an authentic 1930s vanity that she keeps in her bedroom, but she also turned a former closet into a hairdressing room. She likes to do her own hair, and this is probably our favorite room in the house, adorned with small antiques and a beautiful, light pink vanity bench with tassels. 

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Dita Von Teese’s hairdressing room. Photo by Trevor Tondro for AD

Last but certainly not least, Von Teese turned a former children’s room into a giant walk-in closet, where she keeps her shoe, hat, and brooch collections. She’s good friends with iconic shoe designer Christian Louboutin, so she’s got a lot – and we mean a lot – of red-soled shoes. 

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Dita Von Teese’s shoe closet. Photo by Trevor Tondro for AD

Outside, Von Teese also enjoys a quiet backyard surrounded by lush vegetation, as well as a large swimming pool and plenty of reupholstered, vintage patio furniture. She also designed her own ‘Snow White garden’ featuring tall pine trees and rolling baby tears moss. 

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Dita Von Teese’s garden. Photo by Trevor Tondro for AD

Dita Von Teese is definitely not done decorating her home. She’s always adding things, for instance, she’s still got a remaining white wall that she’s planning to have covered in feathers. Whether you’re an antique or taxidermy fan or not, you can’t deny that Von Teese’s lovely English Tudor home is a cozy, stylish retreat fit for an elegant and classy diva. 

All images courtesy of Architectural Digest

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10 Items You Are Probably Forgetting In Your Budget

Your budget is important.  It also needs to include everything on which you spend money.  Have you forgotten to add anything to yours?  Learn the top items most people don’t remember to add to their budget.

Items You Forgot To Put In Your Budget

Items You Forgot To Put In Your Budget

It’s no secret you need a budget, but if you’ve left off some essential items, it’s not going to do you much good.  After all, if you have to spend more than you plan, then your budget is a worthless piece of paper or an app taking up memory on your phone.

The problem is not that you intentionally left them off. More than likely, that hey were overlooked Here are ten items you might find are missing from your budget.

If you don’t yet have a budget, make sure you grab our free printable budget form to get started!

ITEMS YOU FORGOT TO PUT ON YOUR BUDGET

1. SUBSCRIPTIONS/MEMBERSHIPS 

If you happen to belong to Amazon Prime, you have an annual membership fee of $99. You should include that and other memberships and subscriptions like magazines, gym memberships, etc. Determine the monthly cost (divide the total by 12) and make sure you are saving that amount every month.

2. CLOTHING

As a parent, I never forget that my kids need clothes. However, it is easy to forget about my own needs. If you’re like me, you’ll want to remind yourself and account for necessities like undergarments and socks in your budget. And try to prepare for unexpected items as well. As soon as you buy a new pair of sneakers for your oldest, your youngest will suddenly hit a growth spurt, and you’ll be out shopping for him too.

To determine the amount to save, look at your total spending over the past 12 to 18 months. That will give you an idea of what you spend annually and how much you may need to pay for the expenses this year.  Always make your deposit of this amount your cash envelope.

Read More: How to Create and Use The Cash Envelope System

3. SPECIAL OCCASIONS

Holidays, anniversaries and birthdays….they come around again every single year, so make sure to include them in your budget. You will also want to look ahead for one-time events like a wedding (which may require travel costs as well as a gift).

To determine the amount to save, take a look at what you spent the prior year. Then, divide the total paid by 12 to get a monthly budget amount.

4. FUN MONEY

You work hard for your money, so you should treat yourself to something special now and then. It might mean a latte on the way to work or even that new book you’ve wanted to read.

Don’t suffocate under the stress of your budget. Allow some room to have a little fun every now and again. When you do, you will find it easier to stay on budget with your other expenses.

5. PET EXPENSES 

Don’t forget to include the four-legged family members. Your pet needs food. He or she may need grooming monthly. There are also annual visits to your vet along with vaccinations.

You may also need to board your pet during your family vacation. Just add in a “PET” line to your budget, so you aren’t caught having to cover expenses above the budget.

Read More: How to Save Money on Your Pets

6. IRREGULAR BILLS

There may be bills which come around quarterly or annually. Make sure to include these in your budget. Use the simple formula of dividing the total you owe by 12 to reach the amount to set aside each month.

Read More:  How to Create a Budget with Irregular Income

7. VEHICLE MAINTENANCE

You probably remembered your monthly car payment, but did you add in fuel costs? What about oil changes and new tires? It is a simple item to forget about, but always budget for the routine maintenance needed to keep your car running.

8. HOME MAINTENANCE

Each spring you know you will replace the mulch in the garden. When winter rolls around, you will get the furnace serviced to ensure it works correctly. Are these items in your budget? It is essential to plan for the home maintenance expenses you know about as well as those that will creep up when you least expect them.

9. VACATIONS

If you plan on taking a vacation, it is vital that you include it in your budget. The amount should take into account fuel, hotel, food, venues, etc.

Read More:  Brilliant Vacation Money Saving Tips

10. MEDICAL EXPENSES

 You know that you have to pay for your insurance. You may even have a savings plan at work to help cover the out-of-pocket expenses. But, what about the items that may not be covered? Do you need new glasses? Is your monthly medication covered? Make sure you are setting money aside each month to pay for these.

Your budget is your roadmap to financial success. There are bound to be some detours, but if you can plan, you can make sure you follow an alternative track and still achieve your goals.

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Stay Home Inspo: Creativity at Home with Colin King

It is often hard to stay inspired during this difficult time. Things can look bleak – whether you’re reading the news or braving the world outside of your home. San Francisco has lost its charm during the pandemic. Streets are deserted. Businesses are boarded up and graffitied. All the cultural vitality that draws one to a city like this is canceled. If if we wanted to go somewhere….there’s no nowhere to go.

And so we turn inward. Back towards home. If you’ve been looking to scratch a creative itch, this post is for you.

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As this pandemic has continued, I’ve been sharing #StayHomeInspo on Instagram – a respite for the eyes and inspiration for design ideas and creative projects we can do in our own homes to boost our spirits. One of my primary resources of inspiration has been stylist and photographer Colin King. I discovered Colin’s work on Instagram and have been following his creative journey every since – as he styles editorials ranging from corporate clients like Zara Home, to homes that grace the cover of Architectural Digest. As part of his own #StayHomeInspo journey, Colin started his own hashtag – #StayHomeStillLife chronicling his Covid creative outlet – creating stunning still life vignettes in his Manhattan apartment during New York City’s lockdown. I looked forward to a new image from Colin every day and even though he’s back to work outside his home, I still do.

Colin was gracious enough to share some of his creative tips and tricks with Apt34 today. I hope you find his insights as inspiring as I do.

Q: How did you get started, especially doing still life work? Did you have a mentor? Study something? Or just start experimenting?

A: I’m really good at doing, and not so good at being. Out of all of the careers I’ve had, none of them afforded me the flexibility to work from home. So in an attempt to cope and self soothe, I quickly found comfort in creating still lifes at home. My apartment is small, and there are only so many combinations when it comes to rearranging furniture, so I was forced to think small. It started organically shopping at my favorite decor shop (and the only one that was open) – nature. Foraging quickly led me to taking unrelated, inanimate objects, fruit, and anything else I could find around the house; placing all of that on a clean surface and trying to find an arrangement that felt poetic. The act of creating these still lifes gave me a schedule and presented a challenging, healthy way for me to step away from my screen, disconnect from fear and worry, and just be.

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Q: What would you say are the key components of a captivating still life?

A: For me there are three key components of a captivating still life.

Each still life I create, my goal is to conjure the feeling of being a tourist in someone else’s reality. I never want any of my photos to feel as though you’re on a set or that the elements were contrived specifically for the photo. For example, when I am at a museum or even in someone’s home for an editorial shoot, I am always noting the forgotten corners, the stanchions, the coat rack, the half-drawn closet curtain; these are the places where there was no thought or extra care given to the placement of things – it’s just where everything naturally fell. Every captivating image I’ve seen has this almost eerie element of a human having just been there moving about unapologetically, and what’s left is unstyled but perfectly settled. Ultimately, creating a moment that seems more unearthed than contrived.

When approaching my still life I let go of the practical, intended use of each object. To me, a vase isn’t a vase and a fork isn’t a fork – they’re just things with their own materiality and form. I love it when I see an image and don’t even realize what the objects are until examining closer. Whether it’s upside down, balancing on its side, or completely submerged in a glass of water, there is an irreverence with a nod to surrealism that I love.

Lastly, light. Finding the depth between and beyond the surface the objects are on and how they relate to each other is key. Not only do I want to feel the dimensionality of the image, I also want to use objects that absorb light, reflect light, and bend light arranging them in a poetic display to generate an unexpected conversation.

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Q: Are there any tricks of the trade you regularly rely on (tools, adhesives etc)?

A: No tricks. Just patience and a good playlist. I’ve never used a tool or an adhesive, I recognize I have so much to learn but right now I am having fun shattering glasses, chipping ceramics, cursing under my breath, and the freedom that comes with not being bound by any way of doing it. And music has always been a part of my process. As a trained dancer, music brings me a sense of comfort, routine and ritual while keeping me in the present moment.

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Q: Your photography is also amazing. The way you use light is incredible. Are you self taught? Do you only use your phone and if so what do you use to edit your photos?

A: Aw, thank you. I am completely self-taught and I only use my iPhone. I just looked and I have 143,885 images on my phone. For each still life I create, or any image really, I take anywhere from 20-40 images per set up. It’s practice. it’s repetition, it’s trial and error. It’s like going to the gym and working out. Taking photos is a muscle I’ve been working on since I first got a camera phone in college. I use VSCO and Snapseed to manipulate shadows, contrast, and perspective. We’re all learning from each other. I look to photographers and other creatives I admire and dissect their images, find what I like about them, and then tinker with my own.

I had to let go of the concept that there was the perfect preset or formula for any of my work. No one was going to share a map or rulebook with me, and through a lot of trial and error, I learned that I can’t think my way into being a good photographer or stylist – it’s in the action. I have to use my hands to pick up something tactile – a book to sift through or a couple of objects to arrange. From there I just play, sometimes it’s there and sometimes, I walk away. I get myself into trouble when I wait for inspiration to hit, I have to get up and find it.

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Q:You have a very distinct look. I can recognize your work a mile away. How did you go about cultivating that?

A: Intuition has always been my leader in life. I didn’t know I was cultivating a look – I just kept taking photos of what I liked and using the limited resources I had. Although the aesthetic strands running through my work are pretty consistent, the influences feeding into the design process are typically eclectic and even the most unlikely of subjects can provide food for thought. Simplicity and finding beauty in the mundane interested me. At first, my minimal sensibility came from not having a large portfolio or a lot of pieces to work with. And ultimately, I’ve always admired the edited life – less color, less clutter, and fewer things sustained by purposeful restraint.

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Q: Where do you turn for creative inspiration?

A: I draw my inspiration from other people. I’ve learned to surround myself with people who have something that I want; and challenge me to be more honest, take more risks, and ultimately how to not fear failure. I am energized and encouraged by other people’s victories; the immense joy I get from watching peers succeed gives me hope that I too, can achieve anything I put my mind to.

I am also very inspired by nature – I am in constant awe of what it produces. Nature has a way of humbling me and is a great reminder to abandon the idea of perfect – nothing about nature is linear or symmetrical and nothing is immune to decay.

Stay Home Inspo: Creativity at Home with Colin King on Apt34

Q: What about your work brings you joy?

A: I get to tell stories for a living and that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. I get to connect with people and help create a context for the intimate rituals of peoples’ lives. And I also get to surrender to the subjectivity of what I do and knowing that the narrative I’ve created will be interpreted differently by each viewer – it challenges me to be vulnerable in a way – it’s all part of being a creative – and I feel grateful to be able to make a living by being creative.

Also, objects that have been given to me or are inherited from a shoot or trip, bring me joy. The handmade pieces in my place, knowing the story and process of the artist brings me joy as well. Ultimately, the smallest object can embody an entire relationship or single experience; they’re tied integrally to memories and can shape the identity of the room.

Q: Your career has been taking off of late. Where do you hope to be in five years?

A: This time has presented irrefutable evidence that I don’t have the power to know where I will be in 5 years. Doing the best at this moment puts me in the best place for the next moment. The saying Time takes time has always been a hard pill for me to swallow, I spent so much of my life wanting to be the fastest, youngest, and the best at everything I did but these unrealistic expectations only brought me pain. Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. Surrendering to the idea that I am exactly where I am supposed to be, going through exactly what I need to be going through, AND being content with that is where I hope to be in 5 years. I am learning that the most important relationship I have is with myself. When that relationship is strong I am a better son, brother, friend, employee and partner.

Colin you are wise beyond your years and talented beyond belief. Thanks to you I’m going to continue to try to improve my foraging skills! f you find Colin as truly inspirational as I do, I hope you’ll give him a follow on Instagram.

What are you doing to stay inspired during this weird time??

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5 Steps to Grow an Indoor Spice Garden

Spice up your apartment!

Looking to add a little flavor to your apartment? It’s easy to do so, both literally and metaphorically, by growing your own indoor spice garden.

Add a dash of extra fresh ingredients to home-cooked meals using plants grown in your DIY herb garden. They’re shockingly easy to grow! Wish we could say the same about some other members of the flora and fauna community (ahem, orchids).

The benefits of an indoor spice garden

There really are no cons to having your own indoor spice garden. However, the pros are numerous and convincing:

Money savings

Dried herbs and spices are awfully pricy for such small bottles. Five bucks for a tiny jar of tarragon that you’ll probably never fully use? Ridiculous!

By comparison, the supplies necessary for creating and maintaining a DIY herb garden are minimal, since it’s pretty much just young plants, possibly seeds and dirt and grow lights if you’re feeling really adventurous.

Fresher ingredients

You don’t have to be the second coming of Wolfgang Puck to appreciate fresh cooking ingredients. Your dishes will be full of extra flavor, plus you won’t have to wonder where that cilantro has already been or who has previously handled it!

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A dash of natural beauty

A bit of extra greenery brightens up any home, especially apartments where space for plants and indoor trees is typically limited. A window sill full of herbs and spices is sure to add extra natural beauty to your space. Then, of course, there’s the benefit of delicious herb-related aromas!

Personal pride

If you’ve never flexed your green thumb before, a DIY herb garden is a perfect way to learn the basic ropes of gardening. There’s no feeling quite like seeing those first shoots peek through the dirt, so give it a try, then pat yourself on the back when everything comes up roses (so to speak!)

Steps to growing herbs indoors

Compared to an outdoor green space, an indoor spice garden is much less difficult. Still, there are decisions to make and steps to follow to achieve success!

Step 1: Pick a location (or two!)

Woman with brunette hair in a blue and white plaid shirt holding a box of spices.

As all plants require at least some sunlight to grow, identify the window spaces that have the best light for the herbs you’re growing. South-facing windows offer the most sunlight during the winter, so those are the best choice for plants that grow best in tropical climates, such as thyme, basil, oregano, rosemary and bay laurel. However, herbs like mint, chives, chervil and parsley don’t require such heavy light, so nurture those near east or west-facing windows.

If you want to get really fancy try setting up grow lights for best results, especially when growing from seeds. Then, it won’t really matter where the plants are!

Step 2: Purchase plants or plant seeds

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Purchase plants any time of year! Pick up a few from the local nursery and consider buying more attractive containers than those plain, black plastic ones they come in. Think farmhouse chic, a la Joanna Gaines!

If planting from seed, start in spring. Buy the seeds you want, as well as a bag of seed starting potting mix. This is very important because heavier types of potting soil aren’t good for helping the germination process.

Some people opt to start the seed-planting process in plastic trays that have a lot of individual cells. Then, transplant the sprouts into clay pots. But you can really do either! Whichever container type you select, place the newly seeded containers out of direct sunlight in a warm room. Use clear plastic to cover them until germination happens, then take the plastic off and place it in sunlight or under grow lights (preferably the latter).

Step 3: Water and fertilize

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Water is another essential ingredient to herb garden success. Be careful not to add too much of a good thing, however. Do not allow the soil to get very wet. Instead, water lightly using a watering can or sprayer to keep the soil slightly moist.

Frequency of watering really depends on how quickly your plants dry out. The amount of sunlight and temperature inside the apartment affects this. Do a fingertip test to make sure each plant really needs watering before you do it.

Starting a week or so after germination, use a liquid houseplant fertilizer a couple of times a month. Follow directions accordingly.

Step 4: HarvestA man is picking herbs from his indoor garden and putting the leaves he pulls off into a small bowl.

Don’t cut into that brand new plant right away! Instead, wait to start snipping until the plant is at least four to six inches tall.

To harvest, cut the outside leaves first. Use kitchen scissors or shears that are both clean and sharp. This will help the plant heal more quickly. Take care not to cut more than one-third of the plant at any given time, so that it can grow and mature at a good, strong pace.

If the plant starts to flower be sure to pinch the buds off, or else it will change from a producing plant to one that is more interested in reproduction.

Step 5: Enjoy!

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Your enjoyment of these herbs is only limited by your imagination! Top your favorite dishes with fresh green onion or cilantro, or cook with sage or thyme for extra flavor. Some even go well as cocktail garnishes (mint)!

The best herbs to grow in your indoor spice garden

The great thing about growing your own herb garden is that you don’t have to plant anything that doesn’t suit your palate. Not a fan of cilantro? Don’t even bother! Put basil on everything? Plant extra!

Certain herbs are extra popular in DIY gardens. When you’re planning your garden, consider these versatile cooking herbs:

  • Lemongrass: Fans of Asian cuisine should definitely plant this easy to grow herb.
  • Parsley: This one is tricky to grow from seed, so perhaps start off with a plant, instead. Never transplant parsley from one container to another!
  • Rosemary: A must for soups and stews, this aromatic herb grows best in full sun.
  • Mint: One of the easiest to grow, mint is a great addition to just about any type of recipe.
  • Chives: Another on the cinch list, chives grow quickly and with little help. They make a wonderful and tasty garnish atop many dishes!
  • Basil: A little trickier than some herbs to grow, basil is well worth the extra effort.

Watch your spice garden grow

With a little effort and TLC, an herb garden is just the thing to spice up your home and cooking. Try your hand at a variety and note what works and what doesn’t. As with any gardening, growing herbs indoors takes time to learn and perfect. Keep at it and before you know it you and your guests will be enjoying flavorful herbs and spices that put the bottled stuff to shame!

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9 Ways to Save More at Sam’s Club

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Savvy savers know that a warehouse club membership can easily pay for itself — and then some — over the course of a year. The key to saving money at these stores is to know how to shop wisely.

Sam’s Club is among the most popular of warehouse clubs. And with a little schooling, you can learn how to use your membership to save even more.

Sam’s Club benefits are based on your membership level:

  • Plus: $100
  • Club: $45

Following are some great ways members can save a little more at Sam’s Club. If you’re not ready to become a Sam’s Club member yet, check out “How to Shop at Sam’s Club Without Being a Member.”

Shop through a cash-back site

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You can save even more at Sam’s Club when you shop through a cash-back website. For example, Rakuten members recently could get up to 8% in cash back on Sam’s Club purchases simply by shopping through Rakuten.

Earn rewards for shopping

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Plus members at Sam’s Club get 2% back on qualifying purchases — up to $500 annually.

Your rewards are loaded onto the Sam’s Club Plus Member account about two months before the end of the membership year, the retailer says.

Get free and discount prescriptions

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Millions of us take prescription drugs on an ongoing basis. Sam’s Club can help you save a bundle on these medications Five drugs are free for Plus members at a 30-day supply. They are:

  • Donepezil
  • Escitalopram
  • Pioglitazone
  • Vitamin D 50,000 IU
  • Finasteride

In addition, Plus members can get more than 600 generics for $10 or less. They can also save on many brand-name drugs.

This program is not available in every state. So, check with your Sam’s Club to see if you are eligible.

Save on your next pair of eyeglasses

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Warehouse club memberships can be a great way to save on eyewear. Plus members get 20% off a complete pair of eyeglasses and free shipping on contact lenses.

Earn cash back with a Sam’s Club credit card

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If you are looking for more rewards, consider opening a Sam’s Club Mastercard account. It’s available to both Plus and Club members.

You’ll receive cash back on the following purchases up to $5,000 annually:

  • 5% cash back on gasoline (on the first $6,000; then 1% after)
  • 3% cash back on dining
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases

If you are looking for other types of rewards — or simply want a credit card that offers other benefits, like a lower interest rate — go to the Money Talks News Solutions Center and find the right card for you.

Enjoy instant savings

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As a Sam’s Club member, you’ll be able to take advantage of Instant Savings — which are discounts on top of the warehouse club’s already low prices.

This benefit is available to both Plus and Club members.

Pick up perks at the Tire & Battery Center

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Sam’s Club members get free flat repairs. That’s true even if you purchase your tires elsewhere. Other benefits include free battery testing and free wiper-blade installation.

This is available to both Plus and Club members.

Grab discounted gift cards for your favorite retailers and restaurants

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Sam’s Club members can choose from an array of retailer gift cards that the warehouse club sells at a discount.

For example, we recently saw the following deals:

  • $50 of Spa Week gift cards for $37.50
  • $50 in Steak ‘N Shake gift cards for $37.50
  • $100 in Chili’s gift cards for $85.98

Get email alerts and check out Shocking Values

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Price to Earnings Ratio Defined (P/E Ratio Formula)

Trying your hand at the stock market? Chances are, you’ve come across the term “P/E ratio”. If you’re like many who are new to the stock market, you’ve looked at this phrase and asked yourself, “What in the world is that?” 

P/E ratio, otherwise known as the price-to-earnings ratio, is a formula that investors use to determine the value of a company’s share. It is one of the most common formulas used to determine the value of a stock. The formula compares the price of a company’s share to the earnings per share (EPS) of the company in order to determine how much an investor is paying for $1 of the company’s earnings. Let’s take a deeper dive into the P/E formula. Use the links below to jump ahead to a section of your choosing. 

P/E Formula and Calculation 

First thing’s first: let’s learn the price to earnings ratio formula and how to calculate it. The price-to-earnings ratio formula is as follows: the price of a single share of a company’s stock (What is a stock?), divided by the company’s earnings per share (EPS). The ratio of these two variables will tell you exactly how much an investor is spending for a single dollar of the company’s earnings. 

Finding the cost of a company’s stock is extremely simple. In order to find the price of a single share of a company’s stock, all you need to do is enter the company’s stock ticker symbol (the series of characters that represents that company on the stock market) into a finance website, such as investor.gov. You’ll quickly find the current cost for a single share of that company’s stock. Google also keeps an up-to-date Market Summary for the prior day’s stock market, so a quick Google search will often bring exactly the answer you’re looking for. 

Determining a company’s earnings per share (EPS) can be a bit trickier. Earnings per share are broken down into 2 categories: trailing earnings and forward earnings. Trailing earnings, often shortened to TTM, are the company’s core earnings over the trailing, or prior, 12 months. This number is the profit that the company has generated over the past 12 months of business. Remember that we’re talking about the net income of a business, rather than the gross income (Need a refresher? Learn more about gross income vs net income.). P/E ratios calculated with trailing earnings are known as the trailing P/E (P/E TTM). Forward earnings, on the other hand, are the predicted earnings that the company will generate over the next 12 months. P/E ratios calculated using forward earnings are known as the forward P/E. Both types of earnings are divided by the total number of public shares on the market in order to generate their EPS. More on this later. 

Let’s try out an example. Say you’re looking to determine the trailing P/E of a fictional company AlphaBet Corporation, known on the stock market as ABC. Their share price is currently at $50 per share. Their trailing earnings per share is $5. Divide the $50 per share by the $5 EPS, and you’re left with a P/E of 10. This means that investors are paying $10 for every $1 in earnings per share. 

Understanding P/E Ratio 

So, ABC has a P/E of 10. What does that mean for you? 

In the most general sense, the lower a P/E ratio, the less an investor is paying for each dollar of a company’s earnings per share. A higher P/E ratio means that an investor is paying more per EPS. But, unfortunately, determining which stock to buy isn’t as simple as “look for the lowest P/E ratio”. 

It is imperative to remember that everything on the stock market is relative. “Good” and “bad” numbers are different for each and every industry. An electronics company and an automotive company are functioning in two vastly different landscapes. Therefore, in order to determine what is a good price to earnings ratio, you’ll need to understand the landscape of P/E ratios in the industry. Look at similar companies’ P/E ratios to better understand the relative value of your company’s P/E ratio. If ABC’s price-to-earnings ratio seems extremely high as compared to other companies in the industry, it may be an overvalued stock. On the other hand, if it seems extremely low as compared to other companies in the industry, it may be a very valuable stock. 

Let’s try another example. We’ve already determined that ABC’s price is $50 per share, earnings are $5 per share, and P/E is 10. A competitor, DOG, also has stock for $50 per share. Their earnings, on the other hand, are $2 per share, making their PE 25 (50/2=25). An investor would pay $10 for every $1 of ABC’s earnings per share, but they’d have to pay $25 for every $1 of DOG’s earnings per share. With a better understanding of the landscape, we can see how ABC sits relative to its competitors. 

A company’s price to earnings ratio may also be looked at relative to itself. Remember those two types of earnings we reviewed earlier? We can compare a company’s trailing P/E to their forward P/E to better understand the value of a stock. A company with a high trailing P/E ratio may have been rather unprofitable the prior 12 months because theywere preparing to ramp up business substantially, and took on a number of upfront costs. They may be expecting a boom of profits over the forward 12 months, leaving them with a substantially lower forward P/E. By reviewing these numbers in comparison to each other, we may see an opportunity for a long-term investment. 

Limitations of the P/E Ratio 

While the price to earnings ratio is certainly one of the most widely used calculations among stock market investors and analysts, it’s not a cut and dry way to determine a good or bad stock. It gives investors a good understanding of the value of stock in a particular moment, but it certainly has its short-comings. 

Just as the stock market is relative, it’s also in a constant state of fluctuation. It is re-evaluated and recalculated constantly. Why does this matter when it comes to the price to earnings ratio? Well, just look at the variables we use to determine the P/E ratio. 

First, we have the “price” of the price-to-earnings ratio: the cost of a single share of a company’s stock. Stock prices fluctuate every single day based on supply, demand, current events, and more. Typically, the cost of a company’s stock will be reported as the cost that it was when the stock market closed the prior day. Each time a company’s stock price changes, their P/E ratio will change. Certain companies may tend to have a greater fundamental volatility than others, leaving their stock price changing substantially each and every day. Even those with low fundamental volatility experience routine fluctuation. 

Next, we have the “earnings” in the price-to-earnings ratio. Both trailing and forward P/E ratios have their limitations. Trailing P/E can feel like the more reliable of the two numbers because it’s based on facts. We take their actual earnings over the prior 12 months into account. But, in many situations, a company’s prior 12 months may have little to do with their next 12 months. As mentioned earlier, a company may have spent heavy the prior 12 months in preparation to ramp up the next 12 months. The trailing P/E won’t show us any of that. The forward P/E, on the other hand, is based on predictions. And predictions are quite educated guesses, but at the end of the day predictions are still guesses. A company may fall short of their predicted earnings or blow completely past them. 

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