As a frugal millennial mom, I’m always looking for ways to save money. Whether it’s on groceries, clothing or entertainment, I am constantly looking for a good deal before making a purchase. One expense that I am always looking for savings on is personal beauty. Most men just don’t understand how expensive it is for us women to look good, especially my husband. He always ask me why I spend so much money at the hair salon, and every time I have to tell him a trim aint cheap, a deep conditioning treatment aint cheap, and boy be lucky I didn’t have my weave installed this month because that would triple the cost.
Men are always saying well why can’t you just do it yourself? Well, at least my husband is. But if you’re like me, you may be able to slay your girlfriend’s hair or nails, but when it comes to yourself; your talent for some reason goes out the window. I struggle with styling my own hair and many other beauty services, which is why I was determined to find ways to maximize my savings on biweekly beauty treatments.
Manicure and Pedicure once a month.
I used to get a manicure and pedicure every visit (2 weeks). Then I realized I could easily apply a scrub to my hands and feet myself. So instead of going to the nail salon for a full mani and pedi, I would just go to get a polish change. They still cut, file and shape your nails before applying the polish. So if you’re looking to save money at the nail salon, cutting back on the amount of manicures and pedicures you receive each month will definitely do the trick.
This was s hidden gems that took me a while to discover. A lot of beauty schools offer services, performed by their students, to the public at a discounted price. I know a lot of people may not trust the students since they are not licensed, but I have to admit, I go there for my leg waxing and they actually do a great job. The students took their time and made sure it was perfect. The only downfall is if you build a bond with a student it may not be guaranteed that you get them again.
Check with your current salon to see if they offer money bonuses or discounts for referring new clients. My hair removal salon offers $10.00 off your next service for each person you refer. A little promotion can get me a Brazilian wax for free.
Searching sites like Groupon and Livingsocial is a great way to find deals for tons of beauty services. They have discounts for nail salons, hair salons and spas. I’m always using them to help me save money on my nails and massages.
Keep an eye out for advertisement magazines; they tend to have coupons for tons of beauty services. One of my favorites in my area is the Clipper Magazine. It gets delivered to my house, free of charge, by the USPS once a month and they have coupons from beauty services to home improvements. Also, when you provide your email and/or mailing address to some salons they will send you coupons to encourage you to come back. Next time they ask you if you want to provide your email address don’t be hesitant to give it, this can save you money in the long run.
Check with your salon to see if they offer promotions such as discounted days or BOGO (By one get one) offers. Also, if the salon has a loyalty program, sign up. These programs are free and they give points in exchange for merchandise, services or discounts.
Ladies, I know taking care of ourselves is essential, but who says it has to break our pockets. Hopefully some of these tips and tricks will help save you some money. I am addicted to frugal living, and if you are too feel free to leave your tips and tricks in the comments below.