No one can blame you for wanting to look your best. We all do… but we also want to save. So the question is — can we accomplish both things at the same time? To look good without breaking the bank? We think that’s possible and have researched extensively to help you out do just that.
First of all, you should realize that by taking the frugal route, you will have to accept some new ideas and put in extra effort to your “new venture.” Cause that’s what this really is — your little own venture to look good without falling into the “modern trap” that wants you spend you very last dime on some cosmetics product. That being said, here are…
7 Ways to Look Good and Save Money
Some of these tricks will work for just about anyone…
1. Go for the junior staff
Yes, it may doesn’t sound right to let students learn on you, but that’s the way to save as many salons will give you a discount if you agree to be “handled” by a newbie. Don’t worry though, their work will be supervised by the senior staff, and if they do make a mistake — someone will kick in to fix it and, if needed, take over the job. Also remember that even the best experts have been students at one point.
2. Do it yourself
Instead of spending hundreds on a tanning membership or countless spray tans, you may want to buy one of the countless at home products and tanning systems. And the same goes for nails — you can grab one of those at-home gel systems to give yourself a high-quality manicure that’ll look just as good as a salon job. In addition, you can do something similar with your hair — just search for stuff you need on Google and see what comes up.
3. Buy stuff online
Speaking of Google, buying stuff online is easier if you want to save — you get to check prices from multiple merchants with just a few clicks. So use Google to research different vendors and then take the next step(s) to buy the things you need (to look great). To save even more, you will also want to search for coupons and discounts before clicking the “Add to Cart” button. Which leads to our next point…
4. Look for coupons and deals
Daily deals websites and services like Groupon are notorious for offering a number of products and services for less, “beauty stuff” included. Groupon provides companies with an easy way to get new customers, hence they are willing to offer amazing deals just to have their businesses discovered. That’s your chance — you want to discover new salons and save along the way. And we’re talking about savings that could go up to 50 percent, so it’s worth the effort.
5. Create your own salon with friends
This could’ve been a part of the do-it-yourself section, but it deserves a paragraph of its own. See if you can organize a spa/salon day with your friends where a few of you could help each other look better, and save some money along the way. One of you could prepare face masks for the group, someone else could do the nails, and so on. Not only will all of you look better at the end of the day, but will also have a ton of fun time. Try it out!
6. Get free samples
Companies making beauty items will often provide free samples to lure potential customers. This could be your chance to stock up on various products, and also to test them out before spending a single dime. No need to pay for something that doesn’t work for you or something that you don’t like — so first try it out first and only then spend your hard-earned cash. Stores such as Sephora and Ulta offer an unlimited number of samples, so make sure to check them out.
7. Know that more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better
A big chunk of a beauty product price includes marketing costs. With that in mind, you may want to try out some lower-cost options that could be just as good as their more expensive counterparts. In other words, a $5 mascara could work just as well as the one with a price tag of $30. That’s not the rule, but in many cases you won’t notice the difference. You may like to splurge on specialty items, but the common sense says it is best to save money for essential items you use every day.
As you can see, looking good doesn’t have to break the bank. You will need to make some adjustments and perhaps even include other people to help you out. And that’s where all the fun comes in — you don’t have to do it alone, with some of the tips revealed on this page inviting you to create your very own at-home salon.
Good luck in your efforts to look good AND save money!