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5 Ways to Live Like The Real Housewives — Without Going Bankrupt

No one knows the how to indulge like the Real Housewives. From their fabulous fashion to their pricey parties, we can’t help but be envious of their lifestyles. But even if your bank account isn’t Adrienne Maloof-sized, you can bring a little Real Housewives fabulousness into your own life — minus the catfights! Here’s how:

Trade up. The Real Housewives love to host shopping parties at home, complete with over-acting and over-spending. Save your dollars for some inexpensive snacks and libations and host a clothes-swapping party instead. Invite friends to bring their gently used clothing over to trade with one another. It won’t cost your guests a cent — and you’ll even get some new-to-you clothes out of it! As the saying goes, one woman’s trash is another’s couture.

Get cookin’. Delicious food is essential for the perfect RH event — just ask Housewife and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump — so why not host a recipe swap dinner party? Get your favorite foodies together to dine on each others’ signature recipes. Ask each guest to email her recipe so it can be shared with everyone through an online recipe organizer, such as One tsp.

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Get to know a new culture. Do as the ladies of Real Housewives of New York do, and take a trip abroad — but without any of the inconveniences of the airport. Instead of taking a bank account-draining trip to Morocco, bring Morocco or anyplace else you’re dying to see home to you! Make Google your best friend (as if it wasn’t already!) and do some research on your chosen locale. Choose some appropriate decorations, cook up a few traditional dishes, put together a playlist of local tunes, and invite your friends over for some cultural immersion.

Take a class — just for fun! We’ve watched the Housewives take stripping and African dance classes, and they might just be onto something. It can be really fun to learn something new with friends, so grab a group and pick an activity to try together. Anything that’s challenging (hello, rock climbing!) can be a great bonding experience for the whole gang. Tip: Try Groupon or other daily deals sites for classes on the cheap.

Let’s spa-rty. Give your body and soul a little pampering with at-home spa treatments, à la Adrienne Maloof of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Invite your besties over for a DIY spa that includes mud masks, sugar body scrubs, and a mind-clearing yoga session. (See Whole Living for some great natural spa treatments that are easy to whip up.) Top your treatments off with healthy snacks (gazpacho shooters, anyone?), citrus-infused spring water, and maybe a little champagne — or a lot!

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05.5.2013 / 09:30 PM EDT by Jo Aaron
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