I expect that your jaw is probably already on the floor at the mere thought of someone spending $500 a year on skincare products, let alone saving $500 a year on such a vain expense. However, you’d be surprised at some of the confessionals I have read when it comes to the fairer sex and what we spend on skin care products each month and each year.
In fact, it’s not uncommon for many women to drop $400 a month, or even $4,500 a year to feed their own egos — I mean, egos get hungry — when it comes to all things beautiful skin and anti-aging.
So what do I spend and how much do I save?
On average, I spend no more than $60 a month on skin care products — post savings. This includes my anti-aging eye cream, argon oil, chemical peels, neutralizers, microdermabrasion (home treatment), tinted day creams, night cream and a healthy helping of vitamin E — because if you want beautiful skin, you need to start from the inside out.
And I’m not just throwing money at cheap, quick and dirty drug store solutions either, I’m investing in the good stuff. Now, I’ll bet you will want to know how I save as much as I do, spend so little and still have great skin. Well, hold on to your hats, because the way I do this might just blow your mind.
If you are a self-professed diva like me, you need to use a shopping portal. My ‘weapon of choice’ is E-bates. I can shop CVS, Sephora, Walgreens, Avon, Clinique, Wal-mart and even dot com titan Amazon.com from the comfort of my pajamas on a Sunday morning and get deals and discounts galore.
First, I look for the free shipping options, then I evaluate which stores have the best prices and who just happens to be offering the highest cash back amount that day. For example, when I was buying my argon oil, Sephora had it for $48, and was offering 12 percent cash back, whereas Amazon.com was offering the same product for $14.99 with 4.5 percent cash back.
Obviously, Amazon bargain basement price and cash back won hands down. By rinsing and repeating this strategy, I save big all the time, on things I’d be buying anyway.
Even More Cash Back
When I pay for my purchases, I use my cash back credit card, which pays me two to five percent cash back on each and every purchase I make. Then, I pay off that cash back credit card by calling in a payment with my cash back debit card — which pays me two percent cash back.
All in all, I earn massive amounts of cash back rewards between these three methods each month, serving up some big skin care savings and a big smile from me.
Whether you’re a Philosophy junkie, a Clinique disciple or an apostle for Avon, everyone likes saving money, and now that you know how I do it, you can do it too.
What’s your skin care savings style?