Beauty on a Budget

Nobody likes to pay full price for something unless they have to. With so many sales and discounts offered by stores and websites, it’s smart to take advantage of deals and steals. Here are some tips to get the best prices for products and avoid potential pitfalls!

Do your research! Because prices vary, I would suggest searching for items online and comparing costs for the same product. Also, thumb through ads and magazines for coupons and specials. Manufacturer coupons can save you a bundle, especially when combined with drugstore (Target, CVS, etc.) offers.

A great place to look for beauty bargains is at discount stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Ross. The other day I found Physicians Formula products packaged in bundles of three items for $7.99. These are most likely discontinued products, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t good quality.

When shopping in store (Ulta, Sephora, Macys, etc.) look for buy one/get one free, buy one/get one half off, or coupons. These are great when you need a few items, but be sure to read the conditions of the sale because there are often exclusions to these designated discounts.

Check out sites like eBay, Craigslist, Suite 7 Beauty, Overstock and Amazon. Be cautious though, because shipping may cost more than the actual product or you may have to spend a small fortune to get free shipping. For example, NYX Blush in Mocha was $6.00 at Suite 7 Beauty and shipping was $6.00 – bringing your total to $12.00 before tax. Yikes!

With the constant influx of new products, new brands, and new developments in the beauty business, it helps to know there are options available for those of us looking to save some moolah.

Where is your favorite place to shop for products?

By Amy Leitermann