I also keep an eye out for sales and stock up when I find a good deal. Ever since I moved to my own place six years ago, I've always had about a year's supply of toothpaste and shampoo at home. Even if you live in a small place, it's easy to store.
Then again, if you check with a bunch of the product manufacturers, you can find them online, they sometimes have coupons on their websites. Or you can e-mail them and sometimes, they will send you some.
They do have copies of Dove Oil Cream Wash, moisturizing body wash as well as other things. I've bought makeup there, it was "LA Colors". It's not the absolute best I've used, but the mascara and eyeshadow do in a pinch. Sometimes I've found Cover Girl lip gloss, "Clean" foundation and blush. In these days of jobs and money being few and far in between, I'm more than happy to sacrifice a few dollars here and there to pay my bills. It's really not that important to have top of the line, brand name everything.
This recession really has made me re-think my spending on personal expenditures. I use coupons as well and look for sales in the paper and fliers. It really does pay to use the freebie sites online as well.
Today I'm going to get some St Ives Lotion. I found a $2 off coupon and it's on sale at CVS for $2.99. I will get it for $.99 cents! Cheap! I also sign up for FREE samples at www.freebies4mom.com and www.spoofee.com. They both offer a lot of toiletries. Also www.walmart.com. You can also go to individual sites and get free samples directly from the manufacturer. I love FREEBIES!
Don't let them catch you with your pants down, as my Grandmother would say! Bulk is cheaper for the company to produce therefore it saves you money.
The majority of my shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste that we use we get free. I use coupons in combination with sales at CVS and Walgreen. These two stores also let you combine their store coupons with product coupons. The combination most often ends up in a free product. To do this, you need to stock up when you can, and not be brand loyal. Some dollar stores also take coupons.
If no size is mentioned on your coupon, buy the smallest size. Check Walmart for the trial size aisle, sometimes they have small sized toothpaste for 50 cents and if you have a 50 cent off coupon, you get it free. Don't be afraid to use generic items either, or those from Aldi at 1/3 of the price. Also go to walmart.com and sign up for the free samples.
I make my own laundry and dish soap. For under $6 I can make a years supply. Save your soap slivers, put them in a knee high stocking or make a washcloth pocket. Use the slivers till they are gone. Many people throw them away when they get little, wasting money.
Only use conditioner on the ends of your hair, not the scalp. Use less shampoo and soap. It only takes a little dab of toothpaste.
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I do believe that in the past 6-7 years I have not spent one cent on Toothpaste, Deodorant or Shampoo. Double coupons are always in my grocery story and occasionally they have triple coupons. I may not always be loyal to the same brand, but free is free!
Another way to save is to find other uses for products that you try and don't like... for example, if you try a new shampoo and find it doesn't work well for your hair, use it as body wash or hand soap. Conditioner is excellent for shaving your legs and underarms. Bar soaps can be melted in water and used for hand soap.
I started a "share box" at work, where people can bring in products that they have but don't like or are not using, and take items that other people have left. We keep the box on the shelf in the staff bathroom. It's been a big hit! I think I may start adding coupons to the mix, as well.
I buy bars of soap & the minute I get home, I unwrap each bar & store them in a basket in the bathroom cabinet. The air drys them out & they are never soft when I use them. The soap works just the same & the bar will last much longer. I've used soap like this for 40 yrs. I change my toothbrush every 3 months but my dentist always gives me a new one at my 6 month checkup so I only buy 2 a year. My daughter just told me her hairdresser says change brands of hair shampoo after using 2 bottles of the same brand.
We save a fortune on deodorant by using the crystal ones. I would have said no way 5 yrs ago but now I won't use anything else. I hit upon it when searching for something my husband wouldn't be allergic to. One of them lasts 36-48 months, so if it looks more expensive at first consider it in terms of what a two yr supply of your current deodorant would cost. And while I didn't believe it til I tried it, it really works - no stink!
I only wash my hair once a week which saves tons on shampoo and my hairdresser says it's better for your hair. I get my hair coloured and only have to get it done every 4 months. Cheap shampoos and conditioners leave my hair greasy so I purchase mostly salon brand stuff on sale for about $3 at Liquidation World. I also use Dr. Bronner's Castille Soap (very diluted), to make bath & body wash and use it for other things too (cleaning, hand soap...) I make my own foot & body scrubs with sea salt and oil with essential oils (much cheaper than buying them!) I also make handmade soap, which is what I use most of the time. I try to purchase make up at the dollarstore or a bargain store. I also stock up when I see good sales, right now I have enough shampoo and conditioner for at least a year!!
There are so many ways I save here - (1) I do shop dollar stores & often there are good brands there - which I stock up on - or good generic products which I first try out before stocking up. It's better to buy in quantity here because the supply of the items may be limited and disappear quickly (2) I look for sales areas in drug stores for any good deals in items from vitamins to makeup to cologne (3) Ditto for supermarket sales areas (4) I look for deals at other discount outlets such as Big Lots where I snagged some Revlon makeup products very cheaply or (5) the toiletries areas at places like T. J. Maxx or similar discount stores. (6) There are also good deals online at discount beauty sites. (7) I also watch for sales at online sites such as Avon for bargains. Again - buy when the prices are good and stockpile your basic items when you can. I still have colored shampoo and conditioner I bought at the 99 Cent store over 2 years ago - as well as other items which I just slowly use up. Pay $8 for a bottle of colored conditioner? Not if I can help it!
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