I don’t have as much money as I did in 2007, do you? Well, if you are one of the very lucky ones that has managed to not get hit by the economy, then rock on. But if you are like me and are squeaking by, then hang around and pick up a money saving tip or two.
*Look for the drugstore version of your favorite skincare product. When going to change products, always look at the ingredient list. The first have of the ingredients listed are the ones that make the product work. So compare those to your favorite more expensive product and choose the cheaper one with the closest ingredient match. One example of this is to look for the store brand dupes of certain products, such as the Walgreens or CVS versions. Same ingredients, cheaper price point.
*Don’t be afraid to try drugstore makeup brands. I am a proud drugstore hoe. I can’t imagine spending a butt-load of money on a lipgloss when something from L’Oreal would suffice. One of my tricks to save money is to go online and buy a lot of coupons for L’Oreal, Revlon, CoverGirl and any other drugstore brand I enjoy. I then wait and look at upcoming sales in CVS, Walgreens, and other stores to see what is going to be on sale, either 40% off or BOGO Free. I then use my coupons in conjunction with these sales to get some really banging deals on some pretty decent makeup without spending a lot of money. Coupons from Ebay seem like a stupid idea, but you can really save a lot of money that way.
* Along the lines of the previous tip, keep your eyes open when you browse these stores, because they have a tendency to clearance stuff out, escpecially when they need to make more room for new products coming out. I have gotten a lot of free products this way, with the use of coupons. I can’t even begin to tell you how good it feels to walk out of a store carrying $40-50 worth of stuff for $2 and change. And that included two bottles of toothpaste that I paid $1 a piece for.
So just because the economy sucks donkey balls right now, doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some new makeup and skincare, you just have to be smart about it. It definitely takes some practice to get your bargain hunting skills sharpened, but it’s a very enjoyable process!
Happy Bargain Hunting in 09!