This year, I decided to set some goals for myself. I think everyone does this heading into a new year, but how many actually follow through? One of my goals this year was to move to the city and get my own place. In order for me to achieve this goal I had to take a serious look at my finances and figure out how much I was actually spending on myself every month.
My results were actually shocking. I never knew how much money I spent on self-care until a few days ago. Every month, I spend about $430 on self-care. Hair, nails, lashes, eyebrows, and etc. I couldn’t believe it, but my bank account provided me with the FACTS! There is no way in heck I would be able to afford rent by spending this much on myself every month. However, these are things that I’ve grown accustomed to having done and I didn’t want to stop because these things made me feel better. I also feel that since like I work five days a week I should be able to enjoy the fruits of my labor.
I started brainstorming on how I could still slay, but in a cheaper way. I decided to do a test run in December and I have already seen MAJOR improvements with my bank account.
Here are three ways you can save money on self-care this year!
1. Press On Nails
That’s right, you read that correctly. Press on nails have been the best thing I have ever come across. These aren’t new to the beauty industry, but this trend has faded with the rise of nail techs becoming very artistic when it comes to providing customers with a visually appeasing nail set. However, you can get the same visually appeasing set at your local beauty supply store. Press on nails have came a long way. They come in various shapes and designs and they look just as good as going to the nail shop. The most I’ve spent on a set is $12.99 and that’s a lot better than spending $40-$60 on a full set or fill in twice a month. I’ve also learned that sometimes gel and acrylic nails can cause damage to your real nail, but using press on’s gives you the option to be able to take care of your real nails.
2. Stip Lashes
This isn’t anything new to me or the beauty industry, but it’s something that I have had to start using. I am more of an individual lash girl. I’ve been getting my lashes done for about two years and I never knew how much it was breaking my bank until now. I spend $80 on a full set and $60 on refill every month and sometime even more during the winter because lashes tend to shed more when it’s cold out. Well, strip lashes are the answer to my prayers. Not only are they cheaper, but I am able to be more versatile. I think my biggest hurdle was figuring out how to put strip lashes on, but after that everything got easier. Strip lashes can be priced anywhere from $2.99-$15.99 and some are even reusable!
3. Brow Tinting
Brow Tinting used to be something I’d do for special occasions, but I’ve learned that the longevity of brow tinting can save you a lot of money. I used to get an eyebrow wax every two weeks and I would sometimes spend up to $40 a month. Eyebrow tinting and shaping cost about $25 and can last up to a month if probably cared for. The eyebrow tech may use the threading technique or waxing to shape your eyebrow and then use a thin coat of semi-permanent dye to make your eyebrow fuller. Even after the tinting has somewhat been washed away due to my daily skin cleansing routine, my eyebrows are still full and shapely.
I strongly encourage you to try these low-cost suggestions out for at least a month. I promise you that your bank account will LOVE you. 🙂
By Brittanie Sturdivant, Sophomore, Open Campus Parsons School of Design