Everyone who is saving for early retirement has their own idea of what it takes to look their best. Some FI community members are recovering spenders who can’t imagine painting their own nails, yet others have gone au naturel so long they can’t even remember the last time they got a haircut.
Whatever your ideas are for saving money on grooming, self-care, and beauty–you can always squeeze just a little bit more value out of your favorite grooming routines to save money.
Here are some quick ideas to do just that!
Be a beauty student, or find one
You can learn how to do just about anything on YouTube these days, so if you’re needing to wax your legs or trim your significant other’s hair, there’s likely a free online tutorial on how to do it. If you can take a lesson on how to trim bangs or apply self-tanner, you can save big bucks.
If you’re not keen on learning how to trim your own tresses, you can also save by going to a beauty school to have a student do your services.
Be advised though, while this does save you some money, it may eat up a bit more time if you’re having more complicated work done (like highlights or eyelash extensions) as students will need to slow down and get sign off from an instructor as they work on you.
Be smarter with what you use
You absolutely still deserve to take good care of your hair and skin, no matter what your budget–but you could still benefit by simplifying your routine and finding multi-use products that give you more value.
For the ladies, you can find a BB cream that covers like a foundation, moisturizes, and provides sun protection. Often for makeup, investing in the right shadow palette can double as a cheek highlighter and a brow powder, so you don’t need a unique product for each.
If you find you spend a lot on trying new things and it leads to waste, create a moratorium on trying new colors and products and stick with what you know works for your skin type and color.
Simply use the right amount
Many of us use more product than we should. We waste body wash, dull our dye jobs with frequent shampooing, and have far too many chapsticks floating around the house. Next time you squirt out shave cream or dollop on some face wash, be mindful of how much is leaving the tube.
The Huffington Post recommends the following usage:
- Facial cleanser: Use a dime-size amount to get clean.
- Sunscreen: Apply a quarter-size portion on your face.
- Eye creams or serums: Use a penny-size amount of these products.
If you pay to have your hair colored, use a dry shampoo to get by in between prolonged washes. The more you wash your hair, the faster the color will dull or turn brassy–requiring a touch up. If you can stretch your shampooing an extra day or two, you’ll save on both maintenance product and dyes!
Find a good dupe
The internet is a glorious place where beauty bloggers have built entire careers reviewing high-end products and create videos to find the best knock-offs for half the price. Simply search “Brand X Dupe” and you’ll likely find a beauty blogger who spent hours tracking down the best drugstore brand knock-off of your favorite expensive brand.
While you might find actual knock-offs in some seedy parts of town or on Ebay, stick to buying a dupe that’s a well-known store brand, not a counterfeit knock-off. While it may be tempting to pick up an Urban Decay eye palette that normally retails for $50 and get it for $5 on Ebay, it likely is made in China and laced with some really toxic products.
To save money and stay healthy, search for “dupes” not “knock-offs!”