When you’re on a budget each month but you like to shop like no tomorrow, it can be a pretty damn difficult situation to be in. So to try and justify my purchases, I try my hardest to save money on them or in some way benefit from said purchase. Apart from the benefit of having new things to swoon over, obviously! There are many ways you can do this from store cards to cashback. Today, I thought I’d share some ways to save money on your beauty purchases..
STORE CARDS |
And no, I’m not talking about those store credit cards where you can gain rewards but also rack up a ton of debt, do not get these unless you can afford the repayments! I’m talking about the cards that give you points every time you spend. Such as the Boots Advantage Card and the Superdrug Beauty Card. I would say the Boots advantage card is my favourite. I don’t know if it’s because I visit at least once a month or more but I find I can build my points up much quicker here than the likes of Superdrug. Last year, I managed to spend my points wholly on a No.7 Illuminated Mirror! I didn’t have to pay a penny, nice.
If you’re a serial online shopper, you must sign up to a cashback site! You could earn back so much on your purchases. In the time that I’ve been a member of TopCashback, I have earned just under £50. Of course these aren’t all beauty purchases but the majority are. This money goes straight into my savings! It’s great and most major online shopping sites are available on TopCashback or Quidco, the most popular cashback sites. For example at the moment, you could gain 11.1% cashback on purchases on LookFantastic. The only downside is that it can take a while for your cashback to be payable but it’s so worth the wait.
VOUCHERS AND COUPON SITES |
Quite similar to the last one but I do love voucher sites like VoucherCodes.co.uk. I don’t use them for beauty purchases often but I will always search before I make a purchase that I’ll spend a fair amount of money on just to see if there’s any way I can save, even if it’s just free delivery. Sites like Groupon or Wowcher can sometimes feature some great beauty deals too, when I’m bored I’ll often have a scroll through to see if anything catches my eye.
SHOP AT BARGAIN STORES |
TKMaxx has long known been a haven for bargain beauty products but more so recently. Instore now they have the likes of NARS, Too Faced and Makeup Forever which are brands you could easily spend a day’s wages on in stores like Debenhams. Unfortunately, you need to look hard to find products that haven’t been touched which does annoy me greatly, why do people have to stick their fingers in everything? I know people want to test but in TKMaxx it just leaves the makeup looking gross. But if you’re lucky, you can pick up an untouched bargain.
Poundland also seem to have a good range of brands in at the moment. For example, Sleek. I know they are a fairly budget brand to begin with but to save a couple of quid is always good. Other brands that have been spotted include Rimmel.
Fragrance Direct are another great website for bargains. You can get discounted MAC, Estee Lauder and NARS.
If you’re lucky, you might even find a great deal on eBay too. Obviously, you must be wary you’re not getting a complete rip off product, but I have been lucky a few times, most recently on my purchase of the L.A Girl Pro Concealer which as far as I can tell is the original. Just remember to check the sellers feedback.