Women in particular purchase a seemingly endless supply of beauty products. Even I, who am generally pretty good about these things, have two types of shampoo, various facial products and two different deodorants. I’ve seen my friend’s bathrooms and they can be filled to the rafters with product after product they bought and didn’t finish. Let’s fix all that, and look at some ways to save money.
Limit your Purchases
Even if you find that a top of the line product works best for you, you don’t have to purchase several of them. One container, the largest available for savings, is all you need. Three different exfoliating products makes no sense, as they all do the same thing. One shampoo, one conditioner, one soap, etc. While it is certainly fun to try out new products, it is also wasteful. Stick to something that works and avoid being tempted.
If you have multiple containers of a product and won’t use it before the expiration date, donate it. Women’s shelters really appreciate the donation and it will provide a tax credit as well.
Don’t Be a Brand Whore
Barring skin allergies, most people can use just about any product. If you fall into that category, start looking for coupons, online or in the paper, as you get to the end of a product you use. New products often come with some terrific coupons, allowing you to try something out for a few dollars. Believe me when I tell you that your legs will be just as smooth with one razor as another will. Focus on function, not fashion.
Dive into Dollar Stores
There is no question that purchasing basics like soap, shampoo and lotion at the dollar store is a great way to save money. If you have a sensitive face then stick to what you know works, but other areas are rarely so delicate and can tolerate generic brands. Even better, as a product goes out of production it often ends up on the dollar store shelves where you can pick up a supply for very little money.
Purchase During Promotions
Every cosmetic brand runs promotions throughout the year. Even if you have to spend full price for your needed product, you will get a bag full of goodies to go with it. This is your opportunity to get those coveted travel size containers and to try out new things without committing $30 to do so.
Look Online for Good Deals
Many companies offer discounts and coupons on their websites. There are also a number of reliable “superstores” where you can get favored products for less than you would at the store. eBay is another good place to find products cheaply, but you have to know the regular price and calculate in shipping, so beware.
Make it Yourself
If you are willing to put in the time, you can generally make most creams, scrubs and lotions at home for pennies on the dollar. The best thing is that you get to scent them yourself and can come up with something truly unique. It takes only a few minutes to make a good lotion and even less time to mix up an exfoliating scrub.
In the end it isn’t about getting some chi-chi product on your body, but rather about taking good care of your skin and hair. Saving money while doing so is a wonderful bonus, but only if do so whenever it make sense.
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