When I was a teenager I used to get £5 pocket money each week from my parents and supplement that each Saturday by working in River Island - for the princely sum of £2.42 an hour! After 4 hours, and less than a tenner earned, and 70p bus fare each way, it was a pittance - my Mum occasionally would give me a lift as she felt so sorry for me (but she was also proud I was working hard). But it was my money and I worked bl**dy hard, folding jumpers to earn it. Even then, I was careful with my money and managed to save up for a holiday with my friends (OK, that took working all through Christmas and Easter school holidays to achieve) - I would buy my clothes mainly in Mark One (in the days before Primarni) and sometimes my makeup from down the market! When I got a car, I used to get up early on Sunday mornings to do car boot sales (something I still do from time to time) to earn extra cash. I've always enjoyed to feeling of a hard day's work and counting your pennies at the end of the day - it definitely makes you appreciate your cash more.
Anyway, recently we have decided to save up to buy a new house. Without boring you about our current home, we want to move to a house and one that it located in a nicer area. It is now time to get serious with saving again for the next couple of years to help to build up a new deposit.
Saving now is harder than in was a few years ago - at that time we had rubbish jobs and never had any money, so were used to living on a tight budget, and continued to do this as our incomes rose. However, I haven't really saved in earnest for about five years now. Although I now have a good job and earn a reasonable income, I've got out of the savings habit and it's hard to get back in. My recently developed love of high end skin care and makeup really doesn't help - in fact, a large amount of my spare cash has gone on beauty and fashion over the past year. I hate to think how much I've spent - this is definitely the area I need to work on the most!
I've been quite generous in my budget for beauty - £80 a month sounds quite a lot doesn't it? Especially as I used to do it for £25 a month back in the day. However, I've been regularly getting my legs and under arms waxed (£45 a pop), my hair dresser costs between £50 - £120 a time depending on what I have done, and that's not including any cosmetics or skincare products. I have a feeling that my £80 won't stretch nearly as far as I'd like!
So I've decided to do the following:
- cut back on the waxing - only get my top leg, underarm and bikini done and only in the summer. I can go au naturelle the rest of the year, or just use a cream.
- Go back to home hair dye - I do need to cover my greys, but an expensive colour and highlights is a luxury I simply can't afford.
- Shop my stash, especially my sample stash. I was worried I was running out of facial moisturisers the other day, but realised I have 3 on the go and one unopened pot. I shouldn't need to buy any more for ages and there are plenty of other products like this.
- Have a blog sale! I've never done this, but I've definitely got things I want to part with that someone else might like.
- Investigate making some of my own products - I particularly want to try a home made eye makeup remover.
- Shop smarter and take advantage of bulk buys and offers (and not just spend those No. 7 vouchers just for the sake of spending them).
- Read blogs by bloggers who consistently use cheaper products and pick up some great money saving tips.
And now for my number one money saving beauty tip - I always keep a pair of scissors in my bathroom to attack plastic tubes of product that have run out. There is usually a few more applications in these tubes, and it is worth getting every last drop out to get your money's worth - and I always do!
Thanks for reading! xx