Are your cosmetics causing problems with your cash flow? Looking great doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Use these 5 money saving tips to buy the cosmetics you want and still save money.
Tip 1 - Go with the flow
If you want to save money the next time you buy cosmetics, go where everyone else does. Where's that? Places like Wal-Mart, Target, CVS and Walgreens. These stores carry everything from super cheap off brands of makeup to the more expensive brands at discount prices.
Tip 2 - Join the club
Joining clubs can be convenient when it comes to saving money on all your cosmetics. Warehouse stores like Costco and Sam's sell makeup for less than you can get it at your regular stores.
Or join local stores preferred shopper clubs. At stores like CVS, every time you spend money on featured items, you collect 'bucks' on your card. Let these bucks add up until the store has a sale on skin, eye, or lip cosmetics, and then use your bucks to rack up on savings.
If you prefer more expensive brands of makeup like Estee Lauder, Clinique, or Lancome, watch for their specials. Most of these brands offer deals where you buy one item and get several cosmetics free. Sign up for email alerts for most stores so you can plan your purchases.
Tip 3 - Go all out
When it comes to buying cosmetics and you're worried about spending too much money, you tend to skimp and buy the least amount. Instead of making that one or two item purchase, shop for sets instead.
Browse around and see what your favorite brand is offering in a set. If you do the math, most times you'll see quite a savings.
Tip 4 - Save the shipping
As usual, you can find some great deals on the Internet. The catch is paying for shipping. To cut costs on shipping, wait to make your purchase until you need several items. It's much cheaper to pay shipping for several items.
Tip 5 - Get the biggest bang for your buck
To save the most money, combine these tips. Just like food products, cosmetics go on sale in a twelve-week cycle. When you see sales ads for your favorite brand, mark it on the calendar. Odds are it will be on sale again in approximately twelve weeks.
With that in mind, begin watching for coupons for your brand. Save the coupons until your makeup goes on sale again and make your purchases then. By doing this, many times you can catch makeup on buy one get one free sales, add your coupon discount, shop at stores where you get rewards and really rack up the savings.
Looking good doesn't have to break your budget. With a little planning, you can use these tips and get your favorite cosmetics for half the cost.