I was always a money saver, even as a kid. When I received money for chores or as a birthday gift, it would be stored in my piggy bank until I found something that I really wanted. Once I got my first job, it was always my goal to save money and make the most of it. I remember spending hours as a teenager browsing clothing websites and creating wishlists without buying anything. I always compared and contrasted my options, and I never settled until I was sure I was making the right decision. My mentality is this – I work hard for my money and I deserve to make the most of it. I’m here to let you know that….YOU DESERVE THIS TOO! We all do!
With this mindset, I have gotten into the habit of always looking for ways to save money. I often look around my life and search for ways to cut costs. Some may call me a minimalist. It just naturally happened, though. I stop buying things once I realize I don’t need them. If the opportunity arises, I am prone to switching to cheaper alternatives of things I buy habitually.
After visiting some friends and family members, I realized that people have a lot of products in their bathroom. The truth is , you don’t need nearly as much as you think you need. I have compiled a short list of products that have much cheaper alternatives. As a bonus, the alternatives provided are also environmentally friendly and less harsh on your body!
How to Save Money on 5 Bathroom Products
1. Use this for Makeup Remover
What do you use for makeup remover? Some people use wipes. Some may use a liquid remover. After browsing Amazon for a few moments, it looks like you could be spending about $5 on a pack of makeup wipes or liquid remover per month, if not more. (I’m an accountant so I do tend to use conservative estimates.) While this does not sound like a lot, it can easily add up over time. $5 a month is $60 a year!
I have a secret – I stopped using makeup remover a long time ago! There was a point in my life where I was only using soap and water to remove my makeup, but I am not recommending that. What I would recommend is coconut oil. No, I’m not just following a trend. I am recommending coconut oil as a makeup remover because it really works. Seriously, it is better than any manufactured product that I have tried. Plus, it is all natural, so there is no need to worry about harsh chemicals.
2. Stop Using Tampons
Ladies, I’m sure we are all aware of the fact that tampons can become quite costly overtime. I recently started using a menstrual cup instead of tampons. I knew about menstrual cups for a few years now, but only recently decided to venture out and try them. For those of you with hesitations, you probably have all of the same that I had. Let me tell you that I am hooked!
Where I live, a box of tampons usually costs about $7. Menstrual cups usually cost around $30 and can last up to 10 years! Imagine how much money you will be saving instead of buying tampons every month by making the switch. As a bonus, you will not be producing nearly as much waste as you do with tampons. Its truly a win-win switch!
3. Save Money on Shaving Cream
I stopped using shaving cream a long time ago. A secret that manufacturers do not want you to know is this: you don’t really need shaving cream to shave your legs. There are plenty of things that you already have in your shower that can be used instead. For instance, you can shave with just soap if you wanted to. There are other people who use conditioner to shave.
While I have tried both soap and conditioner, my personal favorite thing to use to shave my legs is coconut oil! Coconut oil is also a natural skin moisturizer. So, it leaves my legs feeling extra smooth! A quick google search will show you that coconut oil can be used to shave pretty much anywhere. A jar of coconut oil can last for months. With each bottle of shaving cream costing about $3-$5 (or more) you’ll be saving tons of money by ditching it ASAP.
4. Use Less Shampoo (or None at All)
When I was younger, I had a lot of trouble managing my curly hair. As a result, I have done a lot of research on taking care of it. I have learned a few important things throughout my journey. First of all, you do not need to wash your hair everyday! When I was younger, my entire family washed their hair on a daily basis. We went through A LOT of shampoo. We definitely wasted A LOT of money on extra shampoo over the years.
While it may seem gross at first, it is much healthier for your hair if you only wash it every 3-4 days. I have been doing this for years. Some people have stopped using shampoo all together…and their hair has never been healthier. Instead, they use all natural products such as baking soda or green tea to wash their hair. While I tried the no-poo method for a few weeks, I have decided it was easier for me to stick with regular sulfate-free shampoo with minimal use. However, I hope to try the no-poo method again in the future.
5. Save Money on Moisturizer
Bottles of skin moisturizer can range from a few dollars to really expensive. Even the most frugal person can spend a lot of unnecessary cash on these products in hopes of achieving silky smooth skin. However, you may be able to achieve amazing results with products you already have in your home. AKA you may be able to save money on skin products. When I lived in Italy, I learned that olive oil is an excellent skin moisturizer. I witnessed people rubbing it on their hands in the winter and learned that it could be used all over your body.
Additionally, (if you couldn’t guess by now) coconut oil is also an amazing skin moisturizer. That’s right, one jar of coconut oil can replace your makeup remover, shaving cream and moisturizer! If coconut oil is not your cup of tea, there are plenty of other natural skin care products that you can make at home without spending a single dime. Say goodbye to fancy moisturizers. You likely have all the ingredients for beautiful skin right in kitchen.
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