When I lived in Manhattan, way before kids, I used to go to my local nail salon once, sometimes even twice, a week.  What was once no big deal seems like an extravagance these days of >$4.00 a gallon gas.  So what's a girl to do?  Giving myself a manicure not only saves money, it's also be a relaxing exercise.  This YouTube video gives you the basics to get started.