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10 Smart and Inexpensive Ways To Save Money On Self-Care

From scouting for deals at local spas to hosting spa nights with friends, there are plenty of ways to save money while treating yourself.
Cover Image Source: Beauty products | Pexels | By Nataliya Vaitkevich
Cover Image Source: Beauty products | Pexels | By Nataliya Vaitkevich

Beauty on budget 

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Pexels | Photo by Shiny Diamond

Indulging in treats like a massage, manicure, or fancy coffee can provide a much-needed mood boost. However, these self-care expenses can quickly add up and put a strain on your budget. The good news is you don't have to break the bank to enjoy relaxation. By implementing savvy strategies, you can still pamper yourself without skimping on care. From scouting for deals at local spas to hosting spa nights with friends, there are plenty of ways to save money while treating yourself.

1. Scout local spots

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Pexels | Photo by Rachel Claire

While big-name spa chains offer convenient online booking and loyalty programs, smaller local spas often provide better deals to attract new customers. To find these hidden gems, browse websites like Groupon and LivingSocial for new spa listings in your area. Once you've found a potential spot, give them a call and inquire about any first-time discounts they may offer. Many of these local spas are willing to give discounts of 10-20% on services like massages and facials to entice you to try them out. Consider trying services performed by student aestheticians as they often offer discounted rates for waxes or nails.

2. Look for product reviews and drugstore dupes 

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Pexels | Photo by zhugewala 

Before splurging on expensive skincare products or beauty tools, take the time to research and consider alternatives. The internet can sometimes hype up products, making them seem like must-haves. However, it's essential to read reviews on platforms like Amazon and community forums to see if the product lives up to its claims. When browsing through Sephora ratings, sort them by "most critical" to identify any potential issues. Remember not to let glamorous Instagram posts sway your judgment; no product is worth going into debt for. If the price tag is still daunting, consider trying a more affordable alternative from the drugstore. Chances are the cheaper option will work just as well.

3. Beauty school opportunities

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Pexels | Photo by Adrienn

Cosmetology schools offer a fantastic opportunity for students to hone their skills while providing affordable salon services to clients like yourself. Whether you need a haircut, color treatment, nail care, or waxing, these services are available at significantly lower prices compared to traditional salons. Under the guidance of experienced instructors, students perform these services in a real salon setting, gaining valuable hands-on experience. Not only do you benefit from cost-effective treatments, but you also contribute to the growth and development of aspiring professionals in the beauty industry. It's a win-win scenario that supports both your self-care needs and the students' journey towards mastery.

4.  At home spas with friends 

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Pexels | Photo by Pixabay

There are few things as indulgent as spending time with friends, enjoying at-home facials, foot soaks, and nail painting while face masks work their magic. Coordinate a spa night with your pals where you can share the cost of products or prepare DIY treatments together in advance. Transform your kitchen into a relaxing spa environment and consider purchasing one special product for everyone to try, or take turns hosting to save money collectively. Having a glam session with your friends not only offers pampering but also creates lasting memories without the high costs of retail markups or resort fees. Enhance the ambiance with candles, string lights, and tasty snacks. 

5. Explore wholesale shops 

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Pexels | Photo by Maria Lindsey Content Creator

When shopping for self-care products, prioritize smaller, specialized stores over big-box chains. These boutique shops frequently feature one-of-a-kind and top-notch items not typically available in larger retailers. Seek out locally-owned businesses or online stores that champion ethical and sustainable beauty brands. By patronizing smaller businesses, you not only uncover unique finds but also aid in the advancement of independent creators and craftsmen. Moreover, you can expect personalized attention and a carefully curated assortment of products that cater to your individual needs and tastes.

6. Don't miss out on reward points 

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Loyalty programs extend beyond just birthday treats. For instance, Starbucks Rewards members earn stars with every purchase, which can be redeemed for a variety of items including specialty drinks, packaged goods, or even gifted memberships. Ulta's Ultamate Rewards program converts each dollar spent into points, with different reward tiers offering perks such as birthday freebies, discounts, and complimentary shipping. Similarly, Sephora's Beauty Insider program offers members birthday gifts, personalized product suggestions, and early access to sales. By treating yourself responsibly and participating in these loyalty programs, you can accumulate rewards with each purchase. Then, you can use these points to indulge in free upgrades for your self-care routine.

7. DIY 

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Pexels | Photo by Ron Lach

Create your own hair masks, body scrubs, and bath bombs using simple household ingredients and essential oils. A quick search on Pinterest will reveal countless easy-to-follow recipes for luxurious treatments that you can make for just a fraction of the cost. Invest your savings into key supplies such as Epsom salts, coconut oil, and dried flowers, which you can use to customize your DIY creations. Not only will you save money, but you'll also have the satisfaction of knowing exactly what goes into your self-care products, allowing you to tailor them to your preferences.

8. Check resale apps 

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Pexels | Photo by Andrea Piacquadio

Apps like Poshmark and ThredUp provide access to luxury brands at a fraction of their retail cost. They offer a wide range of gently used or open-box items, including makeup palettes, hair tools, candles, and more, often only used once before being resold. This selection presents endless opportunities to discover prestigious products that are rarely discounted. Opting for the resale route allows you to experiment with indulgent brands that might otherwise be out of your reach. By downloading these apps and keeping an eye out for sought-after items, you can fulfill your self-care desires without breaking the bank.

9. Self-indulgence deals

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Pexels | Photo by Hassan OUAJBIR

There's something truly special about receiving the gift of indulgence, whether it's a certificate for a massage, manicure, or a class. Investing a bit more ensures that someone else takes care of all the appointment details, allowing you to fully relax and enjoy the experience. Websites like ClassPass and MindBody often have deals available, so be sure to check them out. Consider purchasing a pampering package for yourself or a loved one, providing the perfect opportunity to unwind and treat yourself to some well-deserved self-care.

10.  Try barter

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Pexels | On Shot

When funds are tight but creativity is abundant, consider bartering your skills and services to obtain self-care perks. Offer your expertise in website development or social media management to a hair stylist in exchange for complimentary trims. Alternatively, trade homemade meals or lessons in jewelry-making for massage or photography services. Bartering enables you to utilize your existing talents while avoiding out-of-pocket expenses. Enhance the deal by generously sharing your skills, then propose trades for desired services. Local professionals are likely to embrace these creative payment arrangements, expanding their client base while providing you with the self-care you deserve.