Personal care is a priority for most people. It’s important to look presentable at work and to family and friends. But are your hygiene habits breaking the bank? No need to charge your card and get into credit card debt for the sake of fashion! Here are five helpful tips to save on personal care that won’t affect your appearance.
Tuesday Tip – How to Save on Personal Care
1. Buy store brand products: This may be one of the hardest cutbacks on personal care to make. We all have our go-to products that we can’t live without. But what if you tried the Target brand makeup remover instead of your usual L’Oreal wipes? You may find that there is either no or minimal difference. Read the reviews on lower-cost products online before you try them. Plus, there are often more coupons on generic brands at places like CVS.
2. Do you own hair and nails: Getting a manicure and pedicure every two weeks can be costly depending on what type of service you get and the salon you frequent. You could cut that bi-weekly expense by doing your nails at home with nail polish you already have but never used! And now for hair. A cut and color can also be pretty expensive, but how about getting your hair done at a chain salon in your town or city? Get a few referrals from friends or people on Yelp about what hairdresser might be right for you. Or you can dye your own hair with out-of-the box hair color.
3. Shop at department stores: Department stores often carry designer items from previous seasons that are largely reduced in price. Another option to help with debt reduction is to buy clothing for much less in the clearance racks. You can also buy and sell clothing at consignment and thrift stores. Don’t forget about door-buster deals and sales at places like Macy’s (just make sure to bring your coupons).
4. Forget dry cleaning: Can you afford to skip the dry cleaners and hand wash that tailored dress instead? If you don’t have a washing machine or dyer, you might want to consider investing in one, or use your landlord’s instead. If that’s not possible, be prepared when you go the laundromat by doing your laundry all at once and bringing your own detergent and softener. Also, if you have to wear a suit daily,see if your employer can expense those visits to the dry cleaners.
5. Cut down on cosmetics: Look through your makeup stash and ask yourself if you’re still using that makeup palette with the blue eye shadow. If the answer is no, you probably don’t need half of the products you own. A simple beauty routine in the morning with a bit of foundation, mascara, and lip gloss is an effective way to look nice for the rest of the day. Toning it down will make your products last longer and look natural, too.
From doing your own nails to being a bargain shopper, use these cost-effective tricks to save money and get out of debt! It may be hard at first to cut back on your daily regimen. However, once you start shopping wisely, you’ll get into a whole new groove.