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Everyday Cheapskate: Easy Hacks to Save Money on Beauty and Grooming

Mary Hunt on

Whether you want to look good or just feel better, makeup and skin care traditionally come at a significant cost -- but not if you're a dedicated cheapskate. While medications and beauty products you use must be safe, there's no reason that you have to pay exorbitant prices to accomplish the goal. Here are some functional hacks for saving time and money on everything from deodorant to skin care and more.

VISIT THE MEN'S DEPARTMENT

Buy men's toiletries if you have a choice when it comes to unscented deodorant, shaving foam and hair colorings, for example. Products manufactured specifically for men tend to be significantly cheaper ounce for ounce than those made for women. Go figure.

SHAMPOO

With great confidence, you can confidently stop being a shampoo snob. In a Consumer Reports test of 132 name-brand shampoos, the lowly cheap brands from the supermarket rated just as highly as the pricey salon brands. Just make sure you know how to read the product's list of ingredients. See EverydayCheapskate.com/shampoo.

SUNLESS TAN

 

Smooth baby oil on skin and allow it to penetrate before applying sunless tanning lotion to achieve a more even, lighter tanning effect, especially on elbows and feet.

HAIR TINT ALTERNATIVE

Sounds wacky, but bear with me here. As a color pickup for drab brown hair, rinse it with warm, strong, stale coffee. Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse again, this time with cool water.

HAIR CONDITIONER

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