Let's be real for a moment. We all love getting our nails done... but we don't NEED to go to the nail salon. Yes, I know. It's relaxing and beautifying. But really...you could probably learn to do it at home for a fraction of the cost. Do you have quality nail polish at home? Do you have pedicure tools? Time to get to work. If you don't have the tools to give yourself a pedicure or manicure you can buy sets at little cost at beauty supply stores, Target, and Walmart. If you're not one who has nail polish at home, be on the look out for sales on OPI, ESSIE, and Sally Hansen nail products in your local drugstores and online. I've also heard great things about E.L.F. You can also join a monthly nail polish subscription like Color Me Monthly, Square Hue, or Club Nail Polish. Julep has a special going on right now - use code FREEBox to get your first box free! If you literally have no nail care products at home, your first at home mani/pedi may cost as much as the nail salon. But everyone after that should be very little cost, if anything.
|$10 at Walmart.Com|
|$8 at Target.com|
|$12 at your local Target Store|
You're probably thinking I'm going to tell you to start frequenting budget hair cutteries if you don't already. Nope! Of course, if you're getting $200 haircuts you may want to reevaluate. But in my opinion, a good haircut can actually end up saving you a lot of money. It is important to try to get hair cuts that are easy to maintain, as well as haircuts that grow out well. That way you can go to the salon less frequently but still look like you have a style. I honestly only get my haircut every 3 or 4 months. I've even gone 6 months without a trip to the salon. My hair stylist knows me well enough to know 1. I'm not going to spend forever on my hair to get it to look "styled" and 2. I'm not one who will come in once a month, so she cuts my hair accordingly. (The key here is finding a good hair stylist through and through. I've gone to mine for 7-8 years.)
Same thing with hair color, if you get your hair colored and it's extremely high maintenance, you may want to talk to your colorist about switching it up to something that is less tasking.
If you use an expensive shampoo/conditioner, try some less expensive brands to see how they work out. Suave has a great line named "Suave Professionals." Tresemme is also a great, inexpensive brand that has a variety of hair products similar to salon brands.
I'll admit. This is a rough one for me. I fell in love with MAC make-up a couple of years ago and have been addicted ever since. I can't justify spending that much money on cosmetics regularly now that I have another life to care for. Thankfully, my MAC supply seems to be lasting a long time and I did begin searching for similar drugstore items while I was pregnant. Here's what I've found - Milani eye shadows and eye liners are comparable to MAC's. NYC eye shadows aren't bad either. I've heard NYX's eye shadows are very similar to MAC's but I haven't tried them. I've always preferred Maybelline's mascara (specifically the Volum' Express collection). I have yet to find foundation or blush that I like as much as MAC's but Boots No7 Tinted Moisturizer is comparable to MAC's. I've been told E.L.F. has great quality products but I've only tried their tinted moisturizer (which is comparable to a great quality, light foundation). So pretty much, if you usually buy specialty make-up try to look for drugstore versions that are similar (hello google!). I also recommend looking through the drugstore advertisements for specials. And then buying the products you use when they are on sale as opposed to when you run out.
Obviously, cut out the unnecessary shopping sprees. Here is a tip I received from a stylist that worked at my last job - If you're on a budget, try to buy clothing that's classic, can be dressed up or dressed down and that you can imagine wearing for multiple occasions. Use accessories to change the look or to be "on trend." Forever 21 has some great accessories for relatively low cost. Also, if you don't already, try shopping at discount stores like Marshall's, Ross, and T.J. Maxx. Also be on the lookout for clearance items at Target. Walmart.com has some cute clothing as well. I also recommend signing up for emails from your favorite stores. You'll be notified when they are having a sale and sometimes sent special discount codes. Old Navy and Macy's usually have really great sales. You can also check out local thrift stores and garage sales. Although these are hit or miss, you'll find some really great deals when you do see something you like.