TRY DIY SELF-CARE SOLUTIONS
From manicures at the spa to a new glow from a tanning salon, there are plenty of self-care beauty services that put a dent in your wallet. Attempting some DYI services can save you time and plenty of money.
For example, try making a homemade mask. Move over pricey Botox, bananas are the new face enhancement product all beauty addicts are raving about. Packed with anti-aging benefits, bananas can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to help you get back your radiant glow. Smash half of a banana and mix it with ¼ cup of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of honey. Then, gently apply the mixture on your face and neck and leave it on for about 10 to 20 minutes.
VISIT A BEAUTY SCHOOL INSTEAD OF A HIGH-END SALON
One beauty service you may not be able to accomplish at home is either cutting or coloring your hair. But hair services can add up. Therefore, you may want to consider visiting a beauty school to save a few bucks. Since stylists in beauty schools are still learning, their services are often less expensive than high-end salon alternatives.
Additionally, these students are learning the latest and greatest techniques. That said, if you’re willing to try something different and give a beauty school student a stab at styling your hair, the savings can be well worth the endeavor.
LOOK FOR DEALS
Sites like Groupon and Coupon Chief offer deals and discounts on a wide array of self-care products and services. From workout gear to moisturizer to tanning services, you can find almost anything using deal sites. So, before you buy an item or service at full price make sure you check a deals and discounts site first. Even if you save a few dollars or each product or service you buy, it will be well worth the time spent.
AVOID PURCHASING ADD-ONS
Many salons use and sell high-end products. Even though you may have loved the look and feel of your hair after the stylist used it, it’s wise to hold off on this purchase. Salons often markup beauty products, so you might be paying more for it in the salon than you would online.
That said, if you do want to buy one of these products write it down and take a photo and then look for it on one of the discount sites mentioned above.
Creating your boundaries is a key factor in maintaining your self-care activities while saving money. Boundaries help you decide what is and is not important. For example, if your financial health is important to you, then you may set specific boundaries to help you spend less or not as often. You may decide to skip a weekend away with your friends or forgo a $200 activewear outfit that you love.
Globally, we are being called to take care of others by taking care of ourselves. This presents an opportunity to try new self-care ideas at home. These self-care concepts go further than a bit of pampering. They include taking care of your budget by being more frugal, taking care of your health by creating better habits, and taking care of others by patronizing local businesses like beauty schools.