Saving money can be a tough challenge at times. If you are trying to step up your saving efforts, and maybe cut down a little on your spending habits, then taking a long look at your cosmetic and beauty products can be quite productive.

If you are budgeting, you may find you don’t need to compromise on quality to maintain your beauty regimes; just change your approach or buying habits and you can save money. Here are our five top tips to saving on beauty products without compromising on quality. 

Take a Beauty Inventory and Use Up What You Already Have

Most people have a large collection of bottles and pots of beauty products that may be half full, or half empty depending on your perspective.

Go through your collection and decide what you could use up to save yourself buying new products. You can even get use from products you don’t like by combining them with the remains of others you do. If you have a hand cream, for instance, with a scent you don’t enjoy you can combine it with a moisturizer or cream with a more pleasant fragrance.

Start Collecting Free Samples of Your Favorite Products

There are free samples available for just about every kind of product, and free samples of beauty products are plentiful; you can find free samples of your favorites everywhere.

More than just taking the little toiletries from hotels and bed and breakfasts, serious collectors of free samples will hunt high and low for free versions of their favorite products and will usually use a website that makes it easy to get free samples. This can save you hundreds of dollars a year by keeping a constant flow of free products arriving at your door.

By Using a Little Less, You Can Save a Lot More

Less is more, as they say, and by using a little less of your beauty products you can save yourself a lot of money over the course of a year.

When advertising health and beauty products, manufacturers often use images that show someone using far more of a product than they actually need. Have you ever watched a toothpaste commercial and thought ‘that is way too much toothpaste to use’? Advertisers do the same with perfumes and moisturizers. Use a little less and your products will do the same job, and you will save a lot of money.

Shop Around to Find Deals and Discounts

You probably always shop for your beauty products from the same stores where you know the price and what to expect when you get there, but by switching locations you can save a lot of money on the products you use.

Department stores, like Sears for example, will often charge slightly more for branded products that you can find elsewhere for less. By changing stores to somewhere like Target you will often find the identical product for less. These will often be discounted too as stores like these move far more inventory than department stores and rely on clearing stock their quickly.

Don’t Just Change Stores, Change Brands Too

Branded products are always more expensive than their ‘off brand’ counterparts, and by changing stores you can find products that are nearly identical to your favorites for a lot less.

European supermarkets, like German retailer Aldi, have started to open stores in the United States, and they often have products that look, feel, smell and work the same as some top branded products from manufacturers like Clinique and Chanel. For decades European shoppers have enjoyed these products, and now you can too.

There are lots of ways to save money, and with the high prices of health and beauty products you can save yourself hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year by using one or more of our top tips.