30 Ways to Cut the Cost of Living: Cosmetics

I am excited to be able to share a guest post with you today by my friend, Amy. She and her husband, Steve, lead Financial Peace University at Northway Christian Community in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. She is a “frugal friend” and has an awesome tip to share today!
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Andria,

I wanted to share a fun website that you might enjoy!  I LOVE cosmetics and am always looking for ways to find good products that are affordable.  My problem was that I was always buying things, using them for a little while then deciding that I didn’t really like them and my money was down the drain.  Another girlfriend of mine suggested I read product reviews at:  www.beautypedia.com

This is an awesome website.  It used to be available only if you paid the subscription fee, but now it’s free!  The lady who does the reviews, Paula Begoun, is a consumer expert and has been on Oprah, CNN and The Dr. Oz Show.  What I love is that you can search by product (example-eyeshadow) and she will give her recommendations at each price point.  Often if you read the more detailed review of a product you will find that the drugstore brand product offers just as good if not better results than the more expensive department store lines.  This has saved me so much money!!!!  Now I don’t waste time and money just trying products randomly.  I thoroughly research them on her blog and then make my purchases.

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Comments

  1. I keep my family in free cosmetics from shopping at CVS (except for one foundation my daughter “must have” from MaryKay’s). With the extra buck deals and coupons we always have plenty in stock. It takes a while to get it started, but we haven’t had to buy any in a few years.

    But one of the great things I wanted to point out was that they have great clearance 75% often that coupons cover the cost. The other thing is, you mentioned not liking some, they have a money back guarantee, so if you find you don’t like it once you try it just return it. We haven’t done this, but I know many people who have. Just keep your receipt. And there may be other stores that do the same so it would be worth checking.

    The website reviews sounds wonderful for “pre-purchase” reading!

  2. Hi Andria,

    Thanks for taking the time to share Amy’s great find! I’m kinda of a skeptic when it comes to review sites however a happenstance purchase has made me rethink my position. Just purchased a new foundation from Almay and used it for the first time today. Loved it! So when I looked up foundations with sunscreen at http://www.beautypedia.com, there it was!

    It’s always a great day when you can find a reliable site that is not marketing driven!

    Thanks again ladies,

    kathyy

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