While you'll need to invest a little up front, you'll save in the long run. Mani/pedis can cost you up to $1000+ per year so investing about $100 is not much.
-Wipe nails with acetone. -Apply gel base coat (from cuticle up, seal edges). Cure 30 sec. -Apply color (2x), cure 30 sec. -Apply no wipe top coat. Cure 60 sec. -Add cuticle oil.