To soften hands or feet, rub liberally with petroleum jelly, put on a pair of gloves or socks and wear overnight.
Use a nail buffer to shine nails between manicures.
Cut a slit into the center of a sponge. Place the sponge into a small container and fill with nail polish remover. Dip fingernail in slit and slide around to remove polish.
Use an old toothbrush as a nail brush.
Go to the local beauty school to have manicures, pedicures and facials. You can feel pampered without spending a fortune. Five bucks is a great deal for a facial!