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.

This gender tax or the pink tax as coined by some academics as covered in Washington Post, Business Insider and The Balance referred to how women’s products are more expensive than men’s products

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!

Stockpile strategically

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

An at home beauty night during Easter weekend, dyed my own brows and did a face mask

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.

In summary

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!

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7 thoughts on “Beauty on a budget

  • 22/05/2018 at 12:32 pm
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    Great post!

    I have stopped wearing makeup (mostly because I am lazy, but saving money was a nice bonus too!). Instead I invest in a really nice face cream and leave it at that!

    I also often go to ‘cheap shops’ to get thinks like soap, razors and deodorant you can often get things like Dove soap and deodorants for $1 or $2 there, which I think is worth the extra effort of going there rather than getting everything from Coles.

    I’ve also started using hair bars for shampoo and conditioner – they’re about the same price as a regular bottle of shampoo but they last ages and they travel really well too which is handy!

    I’m loving the blog! 🙂

    • 22/05/2018 at 1:13 pm
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      Hey Kylie,

      Thanks for the message! I haven’t checked out the cheap shops for better priced products Kylie but that sounds like a great idea and it sounds like you save more money with this method.

  • 22/05/2018 at 5:18 pm
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    Great post .I stick with the same products I really like and just like you wait for a 50per cent off and buy in bulk,also my husband has instructions to bring home any toiletries from the accomodation he stays at.At first he thought I was crazy,now we have plenty of travel size stuff as extras at the Bach if people don’t bring stuff and are really handy for travelling and cost nothing.I love stuff for nothing.

    • 22/05/2018 at 5:29 pm
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      That’s smart with getting the extras for the beach. I’m like you with waiting for the 50 percent off and then I buy lots and lots. I used to love it at Xmas when part of my present Mum would stock up my shampoo, conditioner, body wash and all the rest of it. Made such a difference when I was at uni and didn’t have to buy toiletries! Have a great week!

  • 22/05/2018 at 11:38 pm
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    Great post! So awesome that you saved $600 with a menstrual cup! I found on my decluttering journey how little we need and how long it takes to use up. Now i just relace as i go and might stock up on 1-2 items max on special not months worth like before 😊

    • 23/05/2018 at 6:31 am
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      Yeah the reusable menstrual products are so much better! Yeah you are right, it takes so long to get months worth, the deal at the time might not be that good anyway, there was another person that suggested that cheap shops had much better deals on toiletries than supermarkets too. Plus even so, there are thousands of brands and other things to try too!

  • 04/07/2018 at 2:09 pm
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    Love the post! I’ve recently found the brand ‘The Ordinary’, it’s budget skincare but really amazing stuff. It’s also super fun to make your own skincare from leftovers in the fridge. Yoghurt, tumeric, lemon juice, oats, honey, aloe vera; all these things have active ingredients that are great for your skin. Often the same active ingredients you pay a lot for in luxury skincare brands. I’ve also invested in laser hair removal this year, cheaper than a monthly wax annnnnnnd it is eventually permanent! Highly recommend.

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