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Makeup Addicts Should Never Miss These 30 Money-Saving Tips

Makeup Addicts Should Never Miss These 30 Money-Saving Tips

We have all heard the popular saying regarding diamonds being a girl’s best friend, but maybe people were misinformed. Makeup is a girl’s true best friend, and for good reason. No diamond can hide flaws, zits and lines and accentuate facial features, but cosmetics can! Just like diamonds, however, make up can be expensive. It doesn’t have to be, though, so makeup addicts, rejoice! Check out the money-saving tips below, so that you can enhance those already beautiful features you have, without breaking the bank!

1. Trust Google

If you want to shop online for makeup, always go to Google and type in the name of the place you are shopping at, plus the word ‘coupon’. You should never have to pay full price shopping online.

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    2.  eBay is your best friend

    Have a nice perfume that costs an arm and a leg to purchase? Go to eBay. You can even get unused testers for your favorite perfumes at discount prices, saving you some serious cash! eBay is also great for makeup because you can get bundles and kits for significant price discounts.

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      3. Remember that the average mascara has a shelf life of three months

      Once your mascara has expired, you don’t have to throw it away. Wash the tube and wand and use the wand as a eyebrow sculptor or fly away tamer.

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        4. Lipstick can be recycled

        A lot of lipstick often remains unused because it is stuck in the tube. You can recycle unused lipstick by remove the remaining contents and repackaging them. That way, you can choose to mix and match different colors of lipstick for a new shade, or make the most of what you have left. You can even turn them into lipgloss, by mixing the colors with petroleum jelly.

        5. Use lemon juice for cheap highlights

        If your

        highlights are looking dull, combine 1/2 of a spray bottle with lemon juice and the other half with water. Spray liberally before you go out in the sun. The lemon juice helps enhance the appearance of highlights, so no professional salon appointment necessary.Blond_woman_in_with_sunset_on_the_background

          6. Baby oil is also a makeup remover

          Baby oil helps remove leftover eye makeup. It works just as well as any make-up remover. Click here for more suggestions.

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            7. Get your free samples

            Go to Google and type in ‘free makeup samples’, or ‘free makeup’. Many companies and Web sites often advertise free samples. This is a great way to try a product before buying it in order to test the quality.

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              8.  Always compare and contrast the prices of your favorite products

              Sometimes the full size product is a better value than the travel size item, so always pay close attention to the sizes and prices.

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                9.  Don’t be afraid to dig through the bargain bin at your favorite pharmacies and grocery stores

                They tend to carry some great brand name and lesser known make up brands. Just because something is cheaper, doesn’t mean it’s lower in quality.

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                  10. Make your own lip scrub

                  Instead of buying your own sugar scrub for your lips at a much higher cost,  make your own! Just do a general search engine request for sugar lip exfoliating scrub recipe. You’ll find several!

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                    11. Check out the discount stores too

                    Discount stores carry all sorts of perfumes, lotions, cosmetics, and hair products from name brand to unknowns at very low cost. Don’t be afraid to stop by your local TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Big Lots and Ross stores to see what they have to offer.

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                      12. Get a loyalty card

                      Plenty of beauty stores now offer free shopping cards, where you can get points for your purchases. Those points you earn can be used toward buying more products at no additional costs. Definitely take advantage of them.Take a look at Sephora’s Beauty Insider Program!

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                        13. Baby powder can double as dry shampoo

                        Had a lot of fun last night but don’t have time to wash your hair? Grab some dry shampoo, spray it your hair, comb through, and go. It’s a great secret weapon for when you’re in an emergency! Time is money! Don’t have dry shampoo? Baby powder will do the trick!

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                          14. Clean up your nails without needing to go to a professional

                          Combine a few tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with a few tablespoons on baking soda, and soak your fingers in the solution for a few minutes! Those nails will be looking pretty! Here are even more ideas!

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                            15. Say ‘yes’ to local cosmetology schools

                            Need a haircut? Cosmetology students are always looking for new models to practice their skills on, and that can mean a free makeover for you too!

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                              16. Eyeshadow palettes are fantastic to experiment with new looks

                              They are also great for some double duty work! Palettes can double as brow filler, eyeliner, and even a highlighter.

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                                17. Invest in quality brushes

                                Make the investment once. Quality brushes should last you close to a lifetime.

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                                  18. Purchase products that can multitask

                                  Buy eyeshadow that can double as a liner or a brow filler. Buy lipstick that can double as a nice blush. Always keep in mind all of the various uses one product can give you.

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                                    19. A great make-up remover at the end of the day is Vaseline

                                    It works on the whole face and also moisturizes. Not to mention the ease it will have on your purse strings.

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                                      20. Avoid impulse makeup purchases

                                      Have the mindset of ‘what do I really need’ and ‘what do I regularly use to help factor in what to purchase’. This will help you avoid impulse purchases. You can also bring along a friend with you when you go shopping to have them help keep you in check with your purchases.

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                                        21. Have a make up budget, and stick to it

                                        As stated before, impulse makeup purchases can add up.

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                                          22. Figure out if less can be more

                                          See if potentially using less of a product will still give you the same results. If so, try to continuously use less in order to save more.

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                                            23. Look into making more of your own products

                                            Facial masks, hair treatments, and much more can all be treated with at-home DIY substitutions. The great thing is many of these things can be created with routine things found around the house. Here are some ideas!

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                                              24. There is more than one use for your conditioner

                                              Your hair conditioner can double as a shaving cream. It will leave your legs feeling silky and smooth.

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                                                25. Use the most of any product you buy

                                                Be sure to squeeze all you can out of the bottles you do purchase, so that you’re not throwing out product you could have used.

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                                                  26.  Color your hair at home

                                                  Save yourself a lot of money by dyeing your hair at home. Boxed hair color kits are great, especially for root touch-ups.

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                                                    27. DIY your exfoliator

                                                    Mix brown sugar and honey to create a nice face or body exfoliator. Check out how here!

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                                                      28. Recycle your old lipstick and eye shadow containers

                                                      Companies like MAC will mail you a new lipstick, just for recycling. Pucker up!

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                                                        29. Buy in bulk, if you can

                                                        Try to buy a full year’s worth of shampoo, mascara, lipstick, etc. when possible, so that you won’t have to waste money on gas, time, or more money buying as you go.

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                                                          30.  Attempt to combine coupons with sales wherever you go

                                                          It will save you a lot of money and time to look for the sales to go along with your coupons. If you try a product but don’t like it, take it back for a refund.

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                                                            Published on October 8, 2018

                                                            13 Incredibly Useful Tactics to Help You to Stick to Your Family Budget

                                                            13 Incredibly Useful Tactics to Help You to Stick to Your Family Budget

                                                            Are you having trouble sticking to a family budget? You aren’t alone.

                                                            Budgeting is difficult. Creating one is hard enough, but actually sticking to it is a whole other issue. Things come up. Desires and cravings happen. And the next thing you know, budgets break.

                                                            So how can you stick to a family budget? Here are 13 tips to make it easier.

                                                            1. Choose a major category each month to attack

                                                            As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” With that in mind, one approach to help you get into the habit of sticking to a budget is simply starting slow.

                                                            Spend too much on Starbucks runs, eat out too often, and have an out-of-this-world grocery bill? Choose one bad habit and attack.

                                                            By choosing one behavior to focus on, you’ll prevent yourself from being overwhelmed. You’ll also experience small victories, which help you gain positive momentum. This momentum can then carry over into your overall budget.

                                                            2. Only make major purchases in the morning

                                                            If you’re making large purchases in the evening, there’s a good chance you’re doing so after a long day and you’re probably tired.

                                                            Why does this matter? Because our judgement tends to be off when tired – our willpower is compromised.

                                                            Instead, only make major purchasing decisions in the morning when you’re energized and refreshed. Your brain will be firing on all cylinders and your resolve will be high. You’re less likely to give in and settle at this point.

                                                            3. Don’t go to the grocery store hungry

                                                            Have trouble with impulse buys at the grocery store? If so, there’s a good chance you’re going grocery shopping while hungry.

                                                            The problem here is that when you’re hungry, everything looks good. So you’re more likely to make split decisions on things that aren’t on your grocery list.

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                                                            Instead, make sure you eat prior to your grocery store trip. Then take your list, along with your full stomach, and go shopping. Notice how food doesn’t look quite so good when you’re not fighting cravings.

                                                            4. Read one-star reviews for products

                                                            Is there a product you just have to have (but maybe not really)? Check out the one-star reviews.

                                                            By reading all the horrible reviews, you may be able to basically trick yourself into deciding that the product isn’t worth your time and money.

                                                            Next thing you know, you didn’t make the purchase, you saved the money, and you feel good about the decision.

                                                            5. Never buy anything you put in an online shopping cart until the next day

                                                            If you are making a purchase online, it’s typically a two-step process. First, you click “Add to Cart” and then you go in to review your cart and pay.

                                                            The problem is that there not typically much reviewing during step two. It’s generally click pay and there you go. However, this is the perfect point to stop for reflection.

                                                            Once you add to your cart, your best bet is to step away until the next day. Let the item sit there and grow cold, so to speak.

                                                            This gives you a night to “sleep on it” and decide if you really want and need to spend that money. If you wake up the next day and still find the purchase viable, then perhaps it’s time to go for it.

                                                            6. Don’t save your credit card info on any site you shop on

                                                            One of the other pitfalls of shopping online is that fact that most sites ask you to save your credit card information.

                                                            While the sites will frame it as a method of convenience, the truth is they know you’ll spend more money in the long run if your credit card information is saved.

                                                            The “convenience” takes away one last decision-making point in the purchasing process. True, it’s a pain to get out your credit card and enter the information every time. But guess what? That’s the point. If that inconvenience helps you stay on budget, then it’s worth it. Which leads into the next tip.

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                                                            7. Tape an “impulse buy” reminder to your credit card

                                                            Credit cards make spending much easier than cash. When you spend cash, you can literally see your wallet emptying. A credit card comes out, then goes back in. No harm, no foul.

                                                            That’s why it’s a good idea to tape a reminder to your credit card. Customize a message that is something along the lines of “do you really need this?” or “does it fit the budget?”

                                                            That way when you pull out the card, you get one last reminder to help you question your decision and stick to your budget.

                                                            8. Only use gift cards to shop on Amazon

                                                            Amazon is probably the easiest place online to blow money. It’s just so easy to click and buy. However, one way you can slow the process down is buy only using gift cards. Here’s how it works.

                                                            If you plan on making a purchase on Amazon, go to the grocery store and purchase a pre-loaded Amazon gift card of the proper amount. There’s no convenience fee, so you literally pay for the money you’ll spend.

                                                            Now take that gift card home and load it to your Amazon account. There’s your money to spend.

                                                            Why does this help? It makes you have to purposely go to the score and purchase the card in order to purchase the item. That’s a pretty deliberate thing that takes some time, commitment, and thought.

                                                            This process will effectively kill the impulse buy.

                                                            9. Budget using cash and envelopes

                                                            As mentioned earlier, it’s a lot harder to spend cash than swipe a credit card. You can take this even farther by using only cash, and separating that cash by budget category.

                                                            Create an envelope for each category and stick the cash in there at the beginning of each month. When the envelope is empty, no more spending on that category, unless you borrow from another (be careful of that approach).

                                                            This can be pretty helpful for people that have a hard time following transactions in their checking account, or keeping a budgeting spreadsheet.

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                                                            The envelopes simplify the tracking process, leaving no room for error. Nothing hides from you because it’s tangible in the envelopes in front of you.

                                                            10. Join a like-minded group

                                                            Making the decision to stick to something like budgeting is difficult. It takes long-term commitment.

                                                            You’re going to feel weak sometimes. And sometimes you may fail. That said, support from others can help strengthen resolve.

                                                            Support can come from a spouse or a friend, but they won’t always have the exact same goal in mind. That’s why it’s a good idea to join a support group that’s likeminded.

                                                            No need to pay here, as there are tons of free communities that fit the bill online.

                                                            For example, reddit has multiple subreddits that deal with budgeting and frugal living. You can follow, subscribe, and get active in those communities.

                                                            This will open your eyes to new tips and strategies, keep your goal fresh on your mind, and help you realize there are others dealing with the same struggles and being successful.

                                                            11. Reward Yourself

                                                            When you set a budget, it’s usually with a large goal in mind. Maybe you want to be debt free, or perhaps you want to see $10,000 in your savings account.

                                                            Whatever the case, the end goal is great, but the end is often far away, making it hard to see the end of the tunnel.

                                                            With that in mind, it’s a good idea to set mini-goals along the way. This helps you still look at the big picture but have something that’s attainable in the short-term to help with momentum.

                                                            But don’t stop there – set rewards for yourself when you reach that small goal. Maybe it’s an extra meal out. Or a new pair of shoes.

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                                                            Whatever the case, this gives you something in the near future to look forward to, which can help with the fatigue that can result in pursuing long-term goals.

                                                            12. Take the Buddhist approach

                                                            You don’t have to be a Buddhist to recognize some of the wisdom in the teachings. One of the tenets of the philosophy involves accepting that we can’t have everything we want. And that’s okay.

                                                            Sometimes you won’t feel good. Sometimes you’ll have cravings. You can’t deny them. But you can recognize them, accept them, and let them pass by. Then you move on.

                                                            Apply this to the times you want to do things that will break your budget. You’re going to have the desire to eat out when you shouldn’t. You might want to stay out and spend too much at happy hour with your work friends.

                                                            The feelings will come. Recognize them, accept them, but let them go.

                                                            13. Set up automatic drafts to savings

                                                            If you wait until you’ve spent all your budgeted money to deposit money into savings, guess what? You probably aren’t going to put any money into savings.

                                                            It’s too easy to see that as extra money and end up using it to treat yourself.

                                                            Instead, set up automatic savings withdrawals. That way, the money is marked and gone before you can even think about it. It becomes a non-issue. It’s no longer “extra.” It’s just savings.

                                                            Conclusion

                                                            Sticking to a budget can be difficult. No one is denying that.

                                                            However, if you can do a few things to set yourself up for success, and put some practices in place to curb impulse buys, then you can (and will!) be successful sticking to your family budget.

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