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Toria’s Top Ten: 10 Frugal Ways to Save Money!

Over the last few months, I’ve started getting into living more minimally and frugally quite a bit. I really love the idea of simple living and saving money! So, today I thought I’d share with you a few of my (mainly beauty-related) frugal tips to save some money!

My first tip is to cut your own hair. It’s really not as hard as many people think it is. If you’re looking for a simple hair cut with (or without) layers, then you can easily do your own. I’ve been cutting my own hair for about 7 years now. I’ve never had an issue and I’m definitely no professional! There’s all kinds of tutorials on YouTube that give a step-by-step guide on how to cut your own hair, which are pretty helpful. By cutting your own hair, it can save up to hundreds of dollars a year!

Along the same lines as my first tip, do your own manicures and pedicures. Confession time: I’ve never had a manicure or pedicure done at a salon; I’ve always done it myself. Since I was about 6 years old, I’ve been painting my nails. With practice, it has become so easy to do… I can pretty much do it in my sleep! It’s so simple and fast to do your own manicures and pedicures, so it’s totally not worth the expensive prices at a salons.

This next tip won’t save tons of money, but it will make money stretch a bit! Try to make your own foaming hand soap. All you need is a foaming soap dispenser and some creamy hand soap (not a foamy one). Depending on the soap, you can combine at least 1:3 of soap and water (1 part soap and 3 parts water — or more, depending on soap concentration). Mix it up and you’ve just extended the life of your hand soaps! This also works for shower gels and some body washes!

Another easy way to save some money is to switch to a safety razor. This will be really good for your wallet and for the environment. Disposable razors can be quite expensive — especially if you want a good one. But, a safey razor can really save some money. After the initial investment in the metal safety razor handle (which ranges in price from about $20 to $40 and should last a lifetime), the razors themselves cost about $10 to $15 for 100 blades. If you’re someone who likes to shave and does it often, it’s so worth getting a safety razor. It will definitely save some money!

One of the best tips for saving money is to ditch all the extra beauty products. Simplify your beauty routine! Society tells us that we need to use all kinds of different beauty products to have healthy skin and look younger, but ultimately, it’s too much for our skin (and our wallets). Really, the best thing for our skin is to eat healthy, nutritious foods, because everything we put in our bodies has an effect on our skin. There’s really no need for all these cleansers, scrubs, peels, toners, night creams, day creams, eye creams, serums, oils, anti-aging products, etc. I, too, used to think we needed to use that stuff to have the best looking skin. But, our skin just needs to breathe. Now I lightly exfoliate once a week, use a gentle cleanser once a day, apply a natural moisturizer to my facial area after cleansing, and use a bit of sunscreen — that’s it! My skin has never looked better and I’m saving so much money! Beauty products are so expensive, and so many of them are just not needed. So do yourself a favour and think about what your skin actually needs.

Saving money is also easy if you choose to DIY things — anything from cleaning products to deodorant to lip balm, etc. Any time we choose to make things ourselves — whatever it may be — it costs significantly less. It may be a little less convenient to make your own products, but it’s cheaper and it’s also better for our health. It’s definitely worth the ten minutes or so to make something yourself.

My next frugal tip is to budget — not just money, but also how long it takes to use up certain products or to eat a certain amount of food. I know this sounds annoying, but it will really give you an idea of how much you’re spending on any given item. Once you find out how long it takes you to go through something, then you’ll be able to know exactly what you’re spending on things. This will give you a chance to see where you can cut back on spending, if needed. I don’t think we always realize how much we end up wasting things because we think we’ll use them before they go bad. Budgeting takes a bit of work, but it’s super helpful!

Shopping in thrift stores can also save a lot of money! When you’re looking to buy something, consider checking thrift stores first. I bet you’d be surprised what you could find in thrift stores. Items in thrift stores, many times, cost a fraction of what the item was new.

Another one of my tips is to unsubscribe from store email newsletters. I mean, yes, many times they send you discounts, sales, and coupon codes; but these emails just make most of us want to buy. In our minds, we subconsciously think that we’ll be saving money by using a coupon code or shopping during a sale; but we’re actually spending money that we don’t have to and on stuff that we probably would not have purchased otherwise. I use to subscribe to all kinds of email communications from stores, but it was too much. Now, I’m no longer subscribed to any, and I have no inclination to shop. These newsletters, coupon codes, discounts, and more are only designed to get us to buy stuff.

My final and most important frugal tip is to go vegan. There’s this notion out there that going vegan is really expensive — and that’s just not the case! It’s actually much cheaper! The bulk of the foods that most of us eat are already vegan. Fruits, vegetables, rice, pastas, potatoes, beans, and more are all vegan and they’re the cheapest and most nutritious foods in the grocery store. If you’re looking to be healthy and save money at the same time, then veganism is for you! Eating a plant-based diet is the best thing we can do for our health, our wallets, for animals, and for the environment!

I hope some of these frugal tips are helpful! A lot of them are quite common, but I thought they were pretty useful! I definitely want to start exploring an even more frugal way of living, in addition to trying to live ethically!

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