Cutting Costs On Beauty Supplies

With the price of so many things skyrocketing I have found myself looking for areas to cut costs. One of them is the cost of beauty supplies. When a decent anti-aging cream costs about $20 I want to get every last drop. I use my kitchen poultry knife or scissors to cut open the container when I reach the end. It gives me enough left for a couple more days. I follow the same practice with body lotions, toothpaste, and even my favorite body powder.


Lipsticks are another costly item. I use a lipliner to get every last bit of lipstick out of the tubes, same with concealer and foundations.

If you are busy like me and buy the facial cloths with the soap built right in, you can get twice the mileage out of them by automatically cutting them in half when you get them home from the store. I can easily get my face and neck soapy enough with half of a wipe. I like the fact that I get a 60 day supply out of a 30 day supply of facial cloth cleansers. And when I am done, I rinse it and clean around the faucet and sink before tossing it into the trash can.

When I buy a big refill of liquid hand soap for the bathrooms and kitchen soap pumps, I fill my reusable containers three quarters of the way with the liquid soap and the rest with water and gently shake them. It doesn't affect the soaps capabilities at all and stretches your supply. I apply the same with shampoos. They are normally highly concentrated and the added water does not affect the quality.

One more tip. If you spend the money for a new lipstick or foundation, any cosmetic and get it home only to find the color is not right for you, some drugstores such as Rite-Aid will allow you to exchange it with the receipt, no questions asked. I've saved a fortune with their policy. No more bathroom drawer with a lot of cosmetics that didn't pan out! And my budget is happier, too!

By Pattie

August 18, 20080 found this helpful

I like some of your ideas. I do have issue with the facial cloths with soap built in them: they are costly and wasteful, and I'm not sure how much time one saves using them.

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August 18, 20080 found this helpful

Yes, I also have found that by cutting into a tube with scissors I can get "every last drop" of lotions & creams out of the tube... We may be "cheap" but we aren't crazy... These days every drop counts! And sometimes you can get a whole extra weeks use out of these products!

You are also right about the moisturizing facial soaps... I thought mine was gone... (nothing would come out of the pump) until I added water to it & I''m still using it 2 weeks later! ... SO why not cut them in half (with water) as soon as you buy them, then they'll last twice as long!

And, Thank goodness that the major drugstores will now take back any make-up that's the wrong shade (I think it''s because they don't want you to open it in the store since they no longer have "testers")... I've done my share of returning make-up that's the wrong shade! ...But before you buy it, ask about their return policy... I like Wallgreens, they are always so friendly & have great sales.

I also agree with cutting the liquid soap with water... I've been doing this for years... & when it's totally gone I'll refill the container with half water & half cheap shampoo (that I buy by the quart) at the dollar store! ...This shampoo works just as well & doesn't dry your hands like dish soap & water does! (which I've use in a pinch)

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August 19, 20080 found this helpful

I also supplement my lotions with the many samples I get! Also check out the "teenage" makeup brands. I really like Wet n Wild! They have great lipstick colors! And there is also ELF and NYC and Jane - When on sale they are a REAL bargain. Also noted on blog here that I got Revlon mascara at a Big Lots and some makeup combos for 50 cents each! And I am holding on to my Maybelline Great Lash coupon, too!

Do you need the cloths? You could use baby wipes & then wash your face....

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August 19, 20080 found this helpful

Great ideas! I used a cheap body wash in the hand soap dispenser because I didn't like the smells of any of the other hand soaps. It was also cheaper and worked great.

I'm also saving the little bits of Ivory bar soap that my husband refuses to use up. I'm planning to melt into one bar and/or chop up the bits, add to water and basically make a liquid hand soap for the dispenser. Oh, and if you unwrap your bar soap and let it air dry until you need it, it lasts WAY longer. And is makes the closet smell nice.

As for the facial cloths and the baby wipes... why not just use a face cloth? How much time could it take to put soap on a facecloth? And it's cheaper and you'll be saving the environment from garbage.

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September 1, 20080 found this helpful

I have been cutting tubes of lotion open for a while to get the last drop. I save sample pots for what comes out of the tube, and my mother tought me to open a bar of soap to let it dry out to last longer. But I love Walgreens EASERSAVER Catalog. Every month they have refunds on items, some free and you can get cash or a giftcard +10%. I use my giftcard and any coupons to purchase my next months items so once you make the first purchase your purchases are almost free every month. It's the giftcard that just keeps on giving.

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September 21, 20080 found this helpful

Something I love is the Suds Pump by pampered chef. It costs $9.50, but it pays for itself very quickly! You fill it 3/4 way with water and put in a small amount of dish soap, hand soap, body wash or shampoo. It comes out in a lather, and I personally (I have medium length hair) only have to buy shampoo about twice a year using this method. Also is great if you want to stretch an expensive body wash product.

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