Ballin' On A Budget: Money-Saving Tips for Beauty
Vixens work too hard to be ballin' on a budget, but let’s face it, we’ll jump at any chance to tuck a couple bucks away. Whether it’s your nearest drug store, a sample sale or Fifth Avenue, here’s how to snag a couple steals and spot the better deals in retail.
1. Sign up for specials sent straight to your inbox.
Name brands and specialty stores often dish out the best deals via e-mail. Sephora is known for sending trial-size freebies of the latest make-up, skin care ointments and perfumes on any given day either solo or with an online purchase. Fashion notables Tory Burch, BeBe and Juicy Couture also shoot out discount codes on the regular. Consider it cent-saving spam.
2. Stop by your favorite convenience store and become a member.
Pick your favorite drug store and join the rewards program so that you can save while sifting through the beauty aisles. Becoming a member of their loyalty program allows you to combine in-store sales with coupons, while racking up the membership points. You’re bound to find yellow tag specials on products from quality lines like Maybelline, L’Oreal and Cover Girl. Even lower-end products from NYC Color and Wet ‘n Wild serve well in between splurges. Save these for the bare necessities.
No need to wait till December to cop those beauty gift extras. Department stores often have promotions around every major holiday so that when you purchase your favorite fragrance, you can snag a cute tote or a matching lipstick, liner and eye shadow set to match it. You can also grip up some samples if you buddy up with your consultant and ask for those being offered. Call it clutch at checkout.
4. Scour the web for special discounts.
Sometimes saving money is as easy as Googling it. Retailmenot.com is a savvy saver’s heaven, offering coupons on virtually all your favorite mall stops. Just type in your favorite store or search by product category and within seconds, printable coupons for any item pop onto your screen. Sites like GroupOn and Lifebooker also send out daily deals on dates, spa days and other personal care fare for their users. With free memberships, you can even score some online currency by putting a friend on to their radar. Following some of your favorite brands on Twitter or downloading their apps can help you link with discounts too. Now social medialites and web wonderwomen can enjoy simple shopping.