The recession has everyone holding on tight to their wallets and credit cards. And that’s a good thing as we want to save every penny in tough economic times. However, you still want to be able to look great, tough times, or not. Whether you are searching for a man or a job, it’s imperative that you look your best. When you do, your confidence will soar! Read on for tips to keep yourself looking good even if your bank account doesn’t.
Attend Beauty Events
Higher-end retailers like Macy’s have seasonal beauty events where you can receive beauty tips, learn about new products, and best of all – get free samples. For a small fee, you can purchase a ticket in advance, which you can then redeem on the day of the show as a discount towards a purchase. You also have the chance to win some really expensive gifts when you attend these events. During a recession, lots of people are avoiding these types of events, which will increase your chances of winning a nice prize.
Also, you may be able to get a make-over as a result of attending the event. It’s helpful to have one-on-one time with a cosmetics specialist who can answer your questions and give you more money-saving tips.
Online Stores – Your New Virtual Best Friend
There are some great hair care and beauty deals to be found on the web. At beauty site Eyeslipsface.com you can purchase cosmetics like eye shadows, facial whips, nail polish, and makeup brushes for a dollar. Yes, a dollar. Purchase more than $75 worth of makeup, and shipping is free. Sign up for the newsletter and receive a money-saving coupon.
You can find great deals on high-end hair products at www.salonsavings.com, and the site has tons of products from Bumble and Bumble, Frederic Fekkai, TIGI, Biosilk, and many more for a fraction of the price you would pay at a salon. Free shipping is available for purchases over $75 as well.
Save on Hair Maintenance
If you are fortunate enough to have found a great stylist and you love your haircut, try to find other ways to save money and keep your great cut. Salon costs skyrocket with add-ons like blow-outs, so it makes sense to keep your costs down by doing that yourself. Find a good video on YouTube to learn how to do your own blow-out. You might need to purchase a good blow dryer and straightening iron. You can find good deals at www.drugstore.com or even at a local Target, but buying these items will save you lots of money in the long run.
Look into discount salons like The Hair Cuttery to save money on color or highlights. Sometimes these salons have a special discount during the week, so call around and ask. Easy to use DIY highlight kits are available at your local drugstore or discount stores so you can do your own highlights or have a friend do them for you. Check into local beauty schools to see if they offer discounts. This way, you’ll have a beauty school student who has at least some training working on your hair.
Ways to Save Money on Clothes
Buying clothes is often necessary when job hunting, when the seasons change, and sometimes just when we need a mood boost. But quality clothing is expensive, and it’s tough to justify making a big purchase during an economic crunch. But there is hope! Many cities are now introducing higher-end thrift stores where you can find great deals on quality clothing. Richmond, VA, has a Junior League Thrift Store, and the deals are incredible. Look for thrift shops located near the expensive neighborhoods in your city. These will offer the best deals on quality, designer merchandise.
When you are purchasing clothing in a thrift store, make sure you try the item on. Even though the tag says it’s a size 6, the item could have been altered. When you are trying on the items, make sure you check the seams, fasteners, and linings. Also, make sure there are no visible stains and do a quick sniff-test – if it’s funky, put it back. Ask the salesperson if they have an email list – you might be able to get great deals via email coupons on top of the already discounted prices.
And, as always, you can find great deals on designer clothing sites such as bluefly.com or on auction sites like ebay.com. Just make sure you are dealing with a reputable seller on eBay. Check their feedback ratings, and if you have questions on an item before purchasing it – send them an email and ask. Any reputable seller will be happy to answer your questions.