Like many women, I spend a lot of money keeping up appearances. From regular maintenance to trendy, must-have products, looking pretty can be pretty expensive. But there are some easy ways to save money on personal care and grooming regimen.
1. No More Face Wipes. Until recently, I was spending $9 for a 25-pack of Simple makeup removing wipes. Then, I switched to Well Beginnings sensitive baby wipes. A steal at $3 for a 75-pack.
2. Trim Your Ends. You can spread out the time between haircuts by trimming your hair yourself. Or if you’re faint of heart, just clean up your split ends. Just remember to use a really sharp scissor.
3. Use Less Foundation. Your foundation is usually the most expensive product in your beauty arsenal. To make my foundation last longer, I do two things: apply it with a brush and dilute it with primer. The brush doesn’t absorb foundation like a sponge will, so there’s less waste. And thinning it with a bit of primer gives me great coverage with less product.
4. Go Homemade. Pinterest is full of tutorials for how to make your own deep conditioner, body scrubs and face masks. I use this pore minimizing mask with clay, green tea, and charcoal.
5. Do Your Own Nails. I love these tips from The Everygirl for doing a perfect mani-pedi yourself, and I updated this 2013 post on the tools and polishes I use to paint my own nails. I simply refuse to pay for something I can do at home unless it’s a special occasion.
6. Skip the Beautyblender. If you like teardrop sponges, skip the pricey ones and buy a four pack of latex-free sponges for $6.
7. Buy Men’s Products. It’s no secret that women’s grooming products cost more than men’s. I avoid ‘The Pink Tax‘ by purchasing men’s deodorant, razors, and body exfoliating tools. If there’s a women’s product you need, check to make sure the men’s product isn’t cheaper before you buy.
8. Get the Sample. How many times have you splurged on a must-have skincare product only to get home and find it seriously lacking? Instead, go to Sephora/Ulta or a department store to get a sample. Can’t sample first? Buy from a retailer who lets you return a used product no questions asked.
If you have tips for saving money on your personal care regimen, leave them in the comments.