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6 Ways To Save Money On Makeup Products

6 Ways To Save Money On Makeup Products

With all of life’s expenses, it can be hard to justify pricey beauty products, costly haircuts and frequent manicures. Luckily, you don’t need to spend a lot to feel like a million dollars. Here are some easy tricks to saving money on beauty supplies, while still maintaining the quality that comes with high-end products. Best of all, some of these beauty hacks are products that may already be in your medicine cabinet.

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    1. Invest in daily inexpensive staples that can be used for multiple purposes.

    There are many products that you might already have in your bathroom, that can be used for different types of beauty upkeep. Petroleum jelly (vaseline) works as an effective lip gloss, foot moisturizer and make-up remover all-in-one. Your regular hair conditioner can also be used as shaving creme and Johnson’s No More Tears Baby Shampoo can be an inexpensive way to clean your make-up brushes. Baby powder can be substituted for dry shampoo, getting rid of any excess oil in your hair. Make sure to shake out the brush first to get rid of any extra powder.

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      2. Don’t overlook generic drugstore brands

      It may be tempting to buy the latest beauty product based on its brand name, but overlooking its drugstore counterpart is ignoring potential savings. Dr. Neal Schultz, founder of DermTV and a cosmetic dermatologist did a test at his local drug store that proved the house brand was almost identical in ingredients to its brand name twin and was up to $5 cheaper.

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        3. Show loyalty to specific brands

        Both drugstores and well-known beauty stores have membership options where you are rewarded with points every time that you spend. One popular example is Sephora’s Beauty Insider, a free reward program that gives you a point for each dollar that you spend at their store. Once you acquire 100 points you are gifted with a free sample. Sally Beauty Club Card has a $5 membership charge per year, but this cost is made up in the savings and coupons that you receive on every product that you buy from this company. Are you a frequent hair color fan? L’Oreal Gold Rewards gives you a free hair color product after your fifth purchase.

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          4. Lock-in your fresh mani and pedi

          A day at the nail spa is an instant mood booster, but only seems to last a few days until the inevitable chipping and peeling begins. For tried and true staying power Jane Park, owner of Julep Nail Parlors in Seattle, swears by locking in the color by painting the tip of the nail with a topcoat. The free edge is where the damage usually starts from and it also gives your nails a polished finish.

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            5. Look for the deals on the ground

            Major makeup retailers like Sephora put their most expensive products at eye level, because this is where customers are bound to direct their gaze. The cheaper versions are located below their more costly counterparts, so make sure to look around for products that are equal in quality but won’t hurt your wallet.

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              6. Buy in bulk

              Purchasing beauty products at wholesale retailers like Costco and Sam’s Club is an easy way to save money while still getting quality brands. If the idea of having three of one item seems excessive, split the cost and products with a friend. Don’t have a friend to share the bounty? Think of buying in bulk as a beauty investment, especially a product that you use daily. It will ultimately be cheaper than having to buy it individually and will also save you the time of having to make repeat runs to your local drugstore. It’s a win-win situation.

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              Last Updated on April 3, 2019

              How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

              How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

              Debt is never a fun thing to be in. But, there are many actions that you can take that will help you rid yourself of the burden of debt once and for all.

              By coming up with a set plan, eliminating your debt can feel much easier than constantly thinking about it.

              This post will provide some tips on how you can do this to help you nix your credit card debt in less than 3 years.

              Hint: there are ways that are easier than you think.

              1. Consider Consolidating Multiple Credit Cards If Possible

              This may not be applicable to you, but if you have multiple cards – it is something to consider. Keeping up with multiple bills is time consuming.

              It will depend on the balance you have on each. Consolidate ones you can but do not do it to the point that you get too close to the maximum limit. Also, it is ideal to pick the card with the lower interest rate.

              Consider if there are any fees or alternatively, rewards, with transferring a balance to another card. Watch out for fees. Note that some cards offer rewards for transferring a balance to them. This is extra cash that can help go towards paying off your debt.

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              Having one or two cards can make nixing your debt much simpler than keeping up with the balance of a bunch of cards. Keeping track of paying the minimum towards a bunch of cards is time consuming. Spend the time to consolidate instead to make the overall process simpler going forward.

              My tip: Have one main credit card. Have a second one that you use for necessities – such as groceries or gas – that offers rewards for those purchases (a lot of cards do) and set the second one on auto-pay. You should be able to pay off a smaller amount on auto-pay if it is a necessity. If you think you cannot, then you may need to cut down a lot on expenses.

              Why do I suggest doing this? Having one thing set to auto-pay is one less thing to think about. One less thing to waste time on. Same idea with consolidating to one main card. Tracking down too many is a hassle.

              2. Try to Pay the Full Balance You Spent Each Month at the Very Least

              You need to pay off the amount you are spending each month when that bill comes in. This is the amount you spent THAT month.

              Do not let the debt keep accruing while you work on paying any unpaid debt that has accrued. It will become a never-ending battle. Try as best as you can to be current on paying for each month’s expenses when that month’s bill comes out.

              If this is a strain, consider why. You may need to cut expenses. Or you may need to consider other cards. Or look at where this money is going.

              3. Pay Extra When You Can – Every Small Amount Counts

              This cannot be emphasized enough. If you are looking at a lot of credit card debt, it can look daunting, but each extra amount that you can put towards the debt will really add up – no matter how small it is.

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              It does not just reduce the principal amount that you have left to pay off, but it reduces the amount that is collecting interest. You will always save money with that reduced interest.

              4. Create a Plan on How to Pay Extra

              Back to the main point, having this plan is giving you one less thing to think about.

              This plan should be a plan that works for you. If it does not work for you, your spending habits, and your views on debt, then it will not be an effective plan.

              For instance, if a set plan of an extra $50 (or another amount that you know you can afford) works for you, then do that. Set that aside every month and pay that extra amount. Treat it like a bill. Choose an amount that works for you and pay it like clockwork as though it was a bill you had to pay each month.

              Little amounts will not nix it entirely, but they will help tackle it and having a set plan can make it less of a chore. Creating a new plan of how much to put towards it each month is an unnecessary added stress.

              5. Cut out Costs for Services You Do Not Use

              If you are signed up for subscriptions that you do not use because of some free trial or for some other reason, cut it out. Your overall financial position will look better.

              In turn, that will make cutting your credit card debt easier. Look at your statements to find these expenses. If you do not use them, you may forget you are paying some unnecessary amount each month. Cutting it out can really add up in savings that you can put towards other needed expenses.

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              6. Get Aggressive About It

              Consider these points:

              Depending on the interest and the level of debt, you may need to give up a few indulgences. For example, instead of ordering delivery or going out to eat, cook at home. Everything adds up.

              Other things may be more of a sacrifice. It may be a trip you wanted to go on, or a daily latte habit you’ve picked up. In these instances, consider how important it is to you and if it’s worth the sacrifice. And if it is a costly expense, think whether you can wait to indulge.

              Cutting an extravagant expense can really help make a dent in your overall debt. Try not to add to debt when you are trying to pay it off. It will be a never-ending battle. Make it less of a battle with these tips and it will feel easier.

              Bottom line: Do what you can to make this process easier for you. Implement steps that do this. It takes time now, but will help overall. Also, keep track of your spending and paying down of your debts. Which is the next point.

              7. Reevaluate Your Progress at Set Intervals

              Doing a regular check-in can help you see your efforts pay off or maybe indicate that you need to give this a bit more effort. If you check every 3-6 months, it will not feel so much like a chore or feel so daunting.

              By doing this, you will be able to better understand your progress and perhaps readjust your plan. Bonus: if you see it pay off, it will feel great to do this check-in. You will get there.

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              Finally (and most importantly)…

              8. Keep Trying

              Do not get discouraged. Pushing it off will make it worse. Just keep trying.

              Once your debt becomes lower, each monthly payment will reduce the balance more. Why? You are paying less towards interest. It will be a snowball effect eventually and it will become much easier to manage. Just get to that point. And know once you do, it will feel easier and motivating.

              Start Knocking out Your Debt Today

              The best way to eliminate debt is to get started right away. Begin by implementing the above steps and watch your debt just melt away. Try out some of the above strategies and see what works best for you. Soon you’ll be on your way to a debt free life.

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