Did you know as well as a gender pay gap of 15.3% in Australia women are also expected to pay more for our deodorant and razors too? Every woman uses between 10,000-12,000 disposable menstrual products in a lifetime and while men’s Viagra is GST free women are expected to pay GST on tampons and pads. Not the Economiss, This week’s article has some four quick tips for beauty on a budget!
Re-train your brain out of the marketing dream
Who cares if the deodorant, razors are branded pink for women and or branded blue or black for men items. These are branded to sell.
I use men’s toiletries if they are cheaper. I actually find mens deo and razors are better than women’s ones anyway.
Lets be honest, they are no different, in fact for these items.
I have a pretty easy beauty routine consisting of tinted moisturiser, eye shadow, lipstick and mascara, most of my products I use are relatively inexpensive pharmacy brands. I keep one set of makeup at work and another at home and most of my lipsticks have been given to me from my Aunty Heather and Mother! Another blogger I keenly follow, Liz from the Frugalwoods, has stopped wearing makeup altogether, good on her!
I literally didn’t think that I had a lot of stuff until I got it out to photograph it. Phew! One of the first things Rachel Smith, in her book Underspent advises doing when wanting to save money is to use what you have.
Granted I am on the same page as Rachel but at the same time for everyday items you use all the time you can really save a lot if you purchase strategically and stockpile. Put a little aside out of your budget each fortnight for beauty items so you can stockpile items when they are on a super special
If your memory is not so great start to take note on your cell phone of the prices of some of the regular items you.
For my deodorant I usually buy at least five when they drop to $2 or below. Typically deodorant is $3-3.50 in the supermarket.
For my electric toothbrush replacements and shampoo and conditioner I do the same thing, I wait for the magic 50% off moment and bam!
But as Rachel says, if you have many small containers of hotel shampoo and conditioner perhaps you could use through these first?
Do it yourself
I used to get lashes and brows done but have recently started doing my brows myself using a great product called 1000hour. At less than $20 for multiple uses it already beats out the salon.
I used to get the occasional facial but I now do these myself at home.
I used to get pedicures each month and now I either do it myself at home or do not bother, I figure it’s a $50 cost men are not footing each month, perhaps that’s why they are so much wealthier than women?
Consider environmentally friendly sanitary items
Money Mag editor, Effie Zahos, recently wrote an instagram post about how men’s products, like Viagra, are tax free yet women are taxed every month on tampons and pads. She estimates women use 10,000-12,000 disposable menstrual products in their lifetime.
Your period doesn’t have to cost you any money at all: you do not have to buy into the non environmentally friendly marketing dream of tampon companies.
Instead of tampons and pads I have used a menstrual cup since I was 21. This saves me on time, effort and cost. You wear it all day, forget you have your period and your life is easier. For a one off $40 cost I have not purchased pads or tampons for the past 10 years. Previously this was costing me at least $5 a month, $60 a year so over 10 years at a minimum I have saved myself about $600 as well as done my bit for the environment.
But what about other things?
Granted I still spend money on beauty:
- I have a short blonde bob an expensive hair straightener and hair dryer that I am obsessed with.
- I spend $85 every 6 weeks getting my hair cut, yeah I’m addicted, I love going to the hairdresser so much.
- I spend $50 every four weeks on waxing at the beauty salon.
To hack your budget when it comes to beauty I recommend you retrain your brain out of the marketing, stockpile strategically, do it yourself and consider environmentally sanitary items.
How do you save on beauty? What further beauty tips can you give me to strategically improve what I am doing?
The Economiss is a single, female, millennial on a mission to buy her first home in Australia. A Kiwi by birth, she jumped over the ditch after she finished her tertiary qualifications in search of employment. The narratives quite often showing up online overshadowed her thoughts of buying a house alone changed in 2017 The Economiss started super charging her finances and saved over 30% of her after tax income towards her house deposit as well as cash flowing four overseas trips. In 2018 The Economiss decided to create a new narrative and share her journey saving 36% of her after tax income for a $60,000 house deposit by December 2018. Do you have some tips to share or want to be featured on the blog, please get in touch!