I think I can talk on behalf of a lot of people when I say, it’s really frigging hard to save money. I’m 21, working in a full-time job, blogging on the side and trying to save for a house and it’s so difficult. How am I ever going to move out? I’ve written before about how I started saving money and since it went down pretty well, I thought I’d write another one but this time on how you can save money on beauty products!
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Anyone who knows me will know I have an unhealthy obsession with my Boots advantage card and I’m a bit like those women on the American coupon TV programmes.. You know the ones I mean? I’m always fumbling around at the till with different bits of paper and loading offers on the app and I’m pretty sure the people who work there sigh and roll their eyes when they see me coming but who gives a shit? BUT I’m the one who’s saving £££ by being the bumbling idiot at the front of the queue!
If you don’t have a Boots advantage card then who even are you? Haha, I’m just joking but if you’re anything like me and love to spend your dough on beauty bits then why not do it whilst gaining Boots points? It doesn’t cost you anything and you can save so much money at the same time as spending it (four points per £1 you spend then each point is the equivalent of a penny), especially when you get clued up on when to use your double points vouchers, etc. In the last year I’ve saved over £70 of points.. Yup that’s 70 quid I’ve basically been given for free just for shopping in Boots which I then use to treat myself to a new perfume!
Dupes are your best friend
I’ve lusted after luxury products so many times but realistically, £30 on a blusher just isn’t my cuppa tea so I’m always looking up the best dupes in order to save myself a bit of money. Sometimes, dupes can be even better than the real thing and then you’ve got a blog post to write as well!
Scrimp on cotton pads and cotton buds
For a bit of fluff, cotton wool ain’t cheap and I often wonder why Boots charge an arm and leg for something that doesn’t last two minutes in my house. I’ve learnt not to be a snob when it comes to the beauty essentials and after doing some product testing in decent quality cotton pads and cotton buds, I can announce that Wilko is the winner! I’d even go as far as saying I prefer their cotton pads to Boots’ anyway as they’re a bit more sturdy and don’t fall apart as soon as you wipe it across your face. Know what I mean? Another thing I save on is nail varnish remover by just buying the Boots own one which works pretty damn well and is much cheaper than the branded ones I used before. Honestly, just try out the budget versions of these things and start saving a bit of extra money!
Keep an eye out for offers
I try not to go too overboard when it comes to discounts and offers but if I see that my favourite deodorant or mascara is on offer then I am gonna go to town on it! Only within reason, I’m not going to buy seven new deodorants but when it can save you an extra couple of quid then it’s definitely worth it! You can also have a peak at what’s going down in places like Savers because although I’ve never been, I know a lot of people who get their shampoos, etc. from there and save quite a bit of dollar!
Make the most out of hotel products
Instead of wasting money buying travel sized products for those trips away, why not make the most out of the little bottles you get at hotels? I always pick them up and keep them at home so I don’t have to worry about spending more money on travel sized shampoo, conditioner, body wash and whatever else you can find!
So next time you’re splashing the cash, just have a think about these tips and how you can save money on beauty bits and bobs just by being a tad wiser! And if you’re one of those people who think that the savings don’t add up then sod off because we all know when you look after the pennies and the pounds look after themselves (even though I feel like my Grandma saying that).
Do you have any ideas on how you can save money on beauty products?