I’m a firm believer that one should never pay for something they can get for free.
In fact I get so proud of my “deals” that I get a case of Price Blurts.
Any passing compliment can trigger me.
“I love your skirt!”
When a simple thanks would do instead I shout out:
“Thank you! I got it at Target for only 10 bucks! It wasn’t that long ago, I bet they still have them!”
When it come to beauty products you gotta have a few tricks up your sleeve, when just a teensy bag of goodies can cost $100 without a sweat. Here are some of mine.
Check out stores like Nordstrom Rack & TJ Maxx
A lot of people don’t really mosey over to the beauty department in stores like this but it can be TOTALLY worth your time. Often they have the same hair & makeup products you already love for half the price. It’s a fabulous place for tools especially like curling irons, blow dryers and tweezers. My last blow dryer I got there was normally like $200 ucks but I got it for $60.
Coupons and Retailmenot
I’m not one to stress too much about scavenging coupons constantly, because that can be pretty time consuming when you’re not a pro but I do check the paper or sign up for monthly’s from places like Ulta or Walgreens because 9 times out of ten they’ll have something I need in there for buy one get one free or at least 5 bucks off. Another thing I do is stop at retainmenot real quick before making a purchase online. If nothing else they’ll usually hook you up with free shipping!
I have a pretty rigorous sampling procedure before I buy anything. I ask for sample of EVERYTHING when I go to Sephora, and listen, if you’re nervous about asking DON’T BE. I’ve been to probably 50 Sephora’s all over the country and I haven’t once been looked at funny for doing it. They seem genuinely happy to package one up for you. If you take home a sample and still love it enough to go back in and buy it, it’s probably not going to be a wasted purchase.
If you don’t use it, Take it back!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve snuck a peak into a makeup collection that had bundles of unused products. I get it. You try it on in the store and with their fancy lit mirrors it looks stunning, then you get it home and can never quite recreate it the same way…so you throw it aside. Most people don’t realize that most makeup stores have pretty reasonable return policies! Even if you just want to exchange it for another color.
Use your hookup.
I might have stylists everywhere cursing me for this one but if you have a sister-cousin-bff with a beauty license, make her some cookies and ask her to pick you up your favorite (but oh so pricey) hair product next time she goes to the hairstylist only store. They get smokin’ deals there. Luckily I have 1 sister and two sister in-laws that went to hair school, so I can spread the favors around a bit:)
Buy in Bulk
This doesn’t apply to everything (mostly because of expiration dates) but if you have something that you always re-buy, you can usually get a much better deal if you buy it in bulk. I do this with lashes, since I’m a sucker for the wispies I’ll get 15 at a time on amazon.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend