Make up doesn’t have to break the bank

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Make-up is unavoidable for most women. Even if you wear minimal amounts, it can still get pretty expensive. For a basic face of brand name make-up, for example, you’re looking at lip gloss than can cost you around $7, an eye make-up pallet that can cost you anywhere from $4.99 to $14.99 depending on how extensive it is, mascara and eye liner that can be $8 each and foundation that can easily bleed your pockets at costs of $10 to $40. So, spending $100 on makeup is not odd. If we were to add concealer, blush, nail polish, brushes, etc., that figure could easily be double that. But with these two tips, you can cut your expenditures by 75%.

Rite Aid is a convenience store that I used to frequent. And every so often, they would do a cosmetic clearance sale. So, brand name make-up (Covergirl, Revlon, Loreal, Rimmel, etc.) would be reduced by anywhere from 50 to 80% and remain that way until the stock was out. I’m a lip gloss connoisseur. So when I see it on sale, I grab it. On one occasion, I saw a bunch of Covergirl lip gloss all priced at $1.75. If you are familiar with P&G inserts, each month, there is always a coupon for $1 or more off any Covergirl product. And they will also give you $3 off two lip products and other similar coupons. It was near the end of the month when the coupons expire so I caught this deal before they did. I had 2 – $1 dollar off coupons and 1 – $3 off 2 lip product coupons. So, I walked out with 4 lip glosses that I spent just $2 on!!!!! At full price, each is $8.99. That’s major savings just by clipping a few coupons and looking for clearance products at your local convenience store. And since there were a few left at my next shopping trip at the beginning of the next month, I was able to use that next month’s P&G coupons and do the same thing again.

CVS is one of my favorite stores! I’m sure you’re thinking, “Who likes CVS?” It may be odd, but I look forward to their weekly ads every Sunday because I know I’m going to score major deals. Most stores will allow you to use one manufacturer coupon coupled with a store coupon on every item. CVS is one of a few places that will allow you to use more than one store coupon on an item while still using only one manufacturer coupon. Every so often, CVS will offer its saving’s card holders a coupon for $5 off $15 of make-up. They will also have a simultaneous sale in the store for $5 extrabucks back after a $15 purchase of Loreal make-up, for example. CVS also gives its savings card holders periodic deals on certain things that are tied to their specific card. If you go to the Kiosk once a week, a plethora of different coupons will print off that you can use for generally a two week period. Well, this week, I had another CVS coupon that printed out of the Kiosk for me for $4 off $12 of Loreal makeup. Lastly, I had 2 Loreal coupons that took $2 off a lip product and $2 off an eye product. So I shopped according to the coupons I had for a lip and an eye product that would equal as close to $15 as possible. I found and eye makeup palette for $8.99 and a lip product for $6.99 – just under $16 total. Taking off $5, another $5, $4 and then another $4 will give you $18 in savings for make-up that cost $15.98. I made $2 off the purchase to use on other items I bought that day. I do this every time the promotion is offered on different brands depending on the coupons I have in my stash.

Make-up makes you feel good. But, I guarantee you, make-up you got for next to nothing will make you feel even better. Pretty up your already beautiful face for free!

 

 

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