17 May 2012

Budget Basics | How To Find The Best Deals On Everyday Beauty Items

Anyone on a budget knows that trying to save money can be challenging. Sometimes we get so caught up in our goal that we forget to treat ourselves every now and then. Doing something good for yourself doesn't always mean having to sacrifice needs for pleasantries. In fact there are tons of deals within reach of our fingertips, the key is knowing where to look for them. Whether you're looking for everyday beauty items or even discounts on your favorite fashions, I have a few tips that will help you save and indulge without breaking the bank.

And no I'm not talking about the old fashion coupon clipping we watched our mother do every Sunday. I'm talking about virtual coupons. One of the first things to remember about being a savvy shopper is that deals aren't going to just fall into your hands, you have to make the effort to look for them.
Tip: The next time you're filling up your virtual shopping cart at one of your fave e-retailers stop and do a Google search for coupon and discount codes right before you checkout. There are a variety of websites that provide special promotion codes for free shipping and various discounts. Imagine the amount of money you could save if you did this with every purchase!

Another one of my favorite ways to find beauty deals is to to check the weekly flyer's of some of my favorite drugstores. Some of the most popular drugstores occasionally promote seasonal discounts and super clearances on drugstore makeup brands. During these sales you can save big, sometimes 20-50% off on merchandise. Some stores even offer BOGO deals on specific items.
Tip: Aside from checking the weekly store flyer's also make sure that you subscribe to their websites by email, that way all future promotions will be delivered straight to your inbox and you'll never miss out on an upcoming deal!

Circle The Discount Stores
I'm almost to the point where I don't shop at fancy Department Stores at all anymore. This is because I've discovered the joy of the mecca of bargain stores like Marshall's, Ross and TJ Maxx. Discount stores like these offer designer fashions that you'd find in high-end Department Stores at a fraction of the cost! I mean who wouldn't want to find those exact same sparkly $200 designer heels marked down to $80? But what's the catch? Most discount stores carry items that are cancelled orders and sometimes slightly flawed. So occasionally you have to weed through merchandise to find your treasure.
Tip: Use the buddy system when bargain shopping. Take a girlfriend along with you to help sort through items. An extra pair of ears and eyes can help you keep things into perspective and at the end of the day you both rack up on deals ^_^

How do you save on everyday beauty items?

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Fifth Third Bank via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of my own and are not indicative of the opinions of Fifth third Bank. 

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