As the old saying goes, a penny saved is a penny earned. But what about dollars, or even hundreds of dollars? With economies all over the world reshuffling, now is a great time to start budgeting (or to make a new budget, if you already have one). This even extends to your bathroom closet or medicine cabinet; beauty supplies can get expensive! Fortunately, you don't have to sacrifice looking good to save money on your hair, skin, and beauty needs. All you have to do is follow these tips!
- Shop sales and clip coupons. It's really the oldest trick in the book. Hit up your local beauty supply store or salon when there's a promotion or other deal to take advantage of. Read through those circulars you get in the mail for weekly discounts, keep tabs on your favorite brands' websites for special discounts and sales - like the current promotion from Perfect Locks - and scour sites like Groupon and RetailMeNot to score even better deals. One or two coupons may not exactly slash prices, several of them - or doubled and tripled coupons - can really make a difference. Which leads to...
- Shop different venues. The grocery store offers may of the same brands stocked by your stylist or local beauty supply store - just for a lot less money! As an added incentive, grocery stores offer double and triple coupons, which can help you get all your shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and makeup for next to nothing. Alternatively, try to get your products directly (or as close as possible) from the source; hair extensions, face creams, and even conditioners that go through middle men always cost more in the long run.
- Rotate between a few different products, and stick to them. If you're like a lot of women, you know the rush you can get from shopping. For some, it's designer shoes; for others, it's beauty supplies. Especially if you have "problem" hair or skin, you may be tempted to try every "remedy" for your blemishes or dry/damaged/curly/thick/limp/coarse/too-straight/too-thin locks. Resist that urge! Instead, find a handful of quality products that are proven to work for your skin and mane. This approach saves you money and time spent shopping, and keeps you from having an overflowing restroom closet, too!
- Buy in bulk. It's only sensible. After all, beauty products virtually never spoil, and unless you're going to stop washing your hair or face soon, you'll get your money's worth. So why not get a membership to a wholesale club and buy a year's supply of shampoo, conditioner, and facial cleanser?
- Make your own. As an alternative, you might want to try using some natural hair and skin care recipes. These cut down on extra purchases you have to make and really help put money back in your pocket, since most of the ingredients are extremely cheap and probably on your grocery list anyway. Plus, you can eat anything you don't use - talk about purchasing power!
- Sign up for samples. Yes, that's right: you can get free samples of beauty products through the mail, using many of the same companies that offer coupons. Simply check out sites like Sampleville or Free Samples By Mail, and you can get smaller quantities of the maintenance products you need - like French-manicure touch-up pens, nail polish, and hair gel - for free!
- Invest wisely. Know what you use regularly and what's just a one-time splurge - and spend your money accordingly! If you seldom wear makeup, but want to spice up your look for a special event, just visit the makeup counter at your local department or cosmetics store. You get a free makeover and flawless look for the night, without having to invest in products you'll never use again. On the flip side of the coin, if you plan to wear makeup - or hair extensions or wigs, or even false nails - regularly, save time and gas money and get the best quality you can find. Products that go the distance are best for repeated use.
In the end, only you know your beauty budget. You know what you want and need to feel comfortable and beautiful. But who knows how far your dollar can stretch until you try a few adjustments? Maybe quality doesn't have to cost such a quantity of cash!
Take care of yourselves,