We’ve all got the things that we feel we need to survive. Many of those are the personal toiletries that make our lives more comfortable, functional, and easier overall. These become so engrained in our daily routines that it can be very difficult to give them up if ever we need to cut back on spending. But just because your bank account is running low doesn’t mean that you need to. There are ways out there for you to save money on things like razors and shampoos. It might take a little effort or extra thought, but when you check your receipts later on you’ll thank yourself.
Make It Yourself
The DIY option has become very real for a lot of people. With the Internet to guide you, it’s actually really easy to come up with at home shampoos, face wash, hand soap, body scrubs, and lip balm just to name a few. These are all going to take more time to initially put together, but in the end you’ll save money and your skin will benefit from it. Without having to put all of those chemicals on your body’s largest organ and company you’ll notice that skin will be softer, hair will shinier, and lips will be smoother.
When you really don’t have the time to put into making your own stuff, you can always go the generic route. There will never be just one brand that makes what you’re looking for. Normally that brand will be advertised better or sit at a spot on the shelf that’s easier to see, but looking around reveals the truth. The store that you shop in has a product from their own brand that’s cheaper but does similar (if not the same) jobs as what you’re looking at. The best thing is that there are actually a few different generic brands that are vying for your attention, so they’re trying to go as cheap as possible.
If you can manage to use some of those generic brands to buy things like cotton swabs and toothpaste in bulk you could find that you’re saving even more money. Stuff like this doesn’t go bad so you can continue using it over long periods of time.
The great thing about companies is that they’re always trying to get you to use their samples. If you go to makeup stores they’ll stick something in your bag to try out. This isn’t just for women, either. There are plenty of face washes, soaps, shampoos, etc. that they make for guys. Even shaving supplies can come in tiny testers for you to use. The next time you’re in a mall go through a few stores and check out some products that you’d like to try. If you can’t seem to commit to buying it then the clerk might offer you a sample of it. If they don’t you can still ask if they’ll give you one. The worse they can say is no. Big cosmetic stores that carry fragrances will also often have samples that they can create for you, so for those indulgent products like cologne you can still manage to get it for the cheap.
If you find that you’re spending more money on shaving cream or makeup then you normally should be, curb yourself with subscription services. There are subscriptions for makeup, basic toiletries, shaving paraphernalia, and even fragrances out there that cost a fraction of the price while giving you decent sized samples. The way they can do this is by giving you the leftover samples from a group of companies. Since these luxury samples may not be enough to send to their namesake stores, the company sells them for a cheap price to the sub service and you buy it for a set fee per month. Most range from $10-$25 a month and come with coupons that you can use later on. These types of boxes or bags often contain products that you may have never heard of or thought to try before. Sometimes they could end up being cheaper than the alternative that you’ve been using so hopefully you’ll be able to save even more money that way.