Living Beautifully on a Budget
Sticking to a tight budget doesn’t mean that you need to scrimp on your beauty regime. You can easily keep yourself gorgeous with just a few dollars and some supplies you probably already have. Follow these 10 simple tips to maintain your beauty habits on a dime.
1. Instead of buying expensive bath salts, buy a carton of Epsom salt from your local drug store. Scrub your clean skin with a handful of plain salt or mix your salt in a jar with a bit of olive oil or safflower oil.
2. Witch hazel is a wonderful and inexpensive astringent. Soak a cotton ball or cosmetic pad with the liquid and rub it over your freshly washed face. You’ll tone your skin for far less than if you were using cosmetic counter brands.
3. If you’re in a hurry and need to dry your nail polish on the fly, spray your nails with Pam Oil Spray. (Just be sure to wash your hands when your nails are dry!).
4. The amount of toothpaste, body wash, shampoo and conditioner we use is often too much. Try cutting back a bit; you’ll still have clean skin, teeth and hair.
5. Try your hand at making your own soaps, shampoos and conditioners. Supplies can be bought online and the best part: you can tailor make your own scents with fragrance oils!
6. Keep pantyhose and nylon trouser socks in the freezer. It’s a little-known tip but keeping them in the ice chest will keep the fibers strong and make them last longer.
7. Lotion can be stretched further if you mix it with Vaseline. Take one part of your lotion and mix it with the same amount of Vaseline; you’ll double the life of your lotion!
8. Fingernails and toenails can often become discolored if you wear polish on a daily basis. Scrub your nails with hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball to get rid of staining.
9. Old pill bottles and lipstick tubes make great coin holders, hairpin holders and pill holders so don’t throw them out!
10. Use coupons, use coupons, use coupons! Did I mention use coupons? You can often find great deals on shampoos, toothpaste and other beauty supplies. Clip them, organize them and use them! (Look for rebates, too!).
Remember, living paycheck-to-paycheck doesn’t mean that you have to let your beauty routine slip. You can use coupons, look for rebates and shop sales to save money initially or simply make the beauty supplies you already have last just a bit longer, saving you money in the long run. There’s no doubt that if you follow some or all of these tips that you’re going to end up coming up with some great tips of your own!
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London resident Samantha Hathaway is a financial consultant and a content contributor for Payday Loans, a company providing payday loans for money advances when you need them.