Looking good makes your feel good and it is no secret that once you feel good, you're unstoppable. Be it asking someone on a date, telling your boss exactly why you deserve that pay rise or tackling that Monday morning head on, looking your best and feeling your best helps you to exude confidence. The cost of clothes, beauty products, hair stylists and more can sometimes add up and spiral out of control however, looking good doesn’t always need to break the bank. Follow our tips to looking good on a budget and change the way you invest in your appearance.
Step 1: Set the right budget for you
There is no one acceptable budget when deciding how much you are willing to spend on your appearance. The first thing you need to do is look at your basic incomings (your salary) and your basic outgoings (rent or mortgage, transportation to and from work, food and bills). Then you will be able to see how much money you have and how much money you really have to spend on looking good. Just because you have the $20 to invest in a manicure from the new beauty parlor that has just opened up, it doesn’t mean that this is where your money should go. If you work with your hands and your nails often get ruined then maybe it is best to invest the money in a hand cream that will last you all month.
We like to work on the ROI premise. Calculating your return on investment is a useful tool when deciding whether or not it's worth splashing the cash. A $50 dress could be a bargain if you have 4 weddings to go to this summer however if there is nothing in the calendar that warrants wearing the dress then it could be a waste. It is just important that the pot of money that you put aside for looking good is a sensible and realistic amount and is spent on the right things.
Step 2: Use the Internet to access stores both near and far!
If you're looking to shop locally then it is always best to do some research before shopping around. If you are into chain stores then be sure to check their social media pages for notifications on sales. Shopping out of season has its perks. Not only can finding your dream winter coat in summer result in huge savings but come winter, you'll still get the thrill of wearing that brand-new garment without cutting into that month's budget.
What's more, you can also use the internet to find your local discount store. Stores like Marshall's and TJ Maxx have regular clearance sales and during the year you will be able to find exceptional discounts on purses, shoes and accessories. If you are more interested in finding thrift store bargains then discounted designer goods then research the best thrift stores near you.
Finally, thanks to the online world growing by the second you can save wads of cash by shopping online. This means if there are fantastic reductions going on in a totally different state then you can still take advantage of them!
Step 3: Discover the power of accessorizing
In terms of clothes, investing in the latest trend can be hard when on a budget. Trends seem to sweep in and out of fashion in short burst. Take the tassel trend for example: if you invest $40 in a new pair of tassel jeans, you may only want to wear them for one season. On the other hand, if you spend $3 on a pair of tassel earrings you may still only wear them for one season but feel less bad about spending the money!
In addition, investing in classic accessories can dress up a huge variety of basic garments as well as help to keep them on trend. What's more, they can help you save on splashing out on new outfits for special occasions. You will no longer have to fear the dreaded 'outfit repeat' as you'll be able to disguise that little black dress with different scarves, earrings and purses.
Step 4: Spend less on your hair
For many of us ladies, our hair is the crown that we never take off. In addition, styling our hair is what drives us the craziest and investing in a professional to make our hair look fab is an expensive solution that most of us resort to.
It doesn’t however, need to be this way. Ask you hair stylist if they work away from the salon as this normally works out cheaper. What's more, junior stylists have lower rates and are usually still great at what they do. You can also research beauty schools in your area that will offer a hugely discounted fee for stylists in training.
Step 5: Don’t be fooled by expensive makeup
Expensive, luxury brands usually come with over the top price tags. We are not denying that these brands will help you to look and feel a million dollars but they aren’t the only option. There are a lot of more budget friendly makeup brands out there that can make you look just as good, the key is simply knowing how to apply it! What's more, cheaper brands are usually available in your local drugstore and if there are offers or deals, be sure to stock up on the products that you love!
Most department stores off a free makeover that you can use to understand what works best for your face shape and coloring. In addition, watching makeup tutorials on youtube can give you tips and tricks to enhance your looks with cheaper makeup.
Step 6: Go shopping in your closet
If your main issue with sticking to a budget is your tendency to splurge then the chances are that you have a huge amount of old clothes gathering dust at the bottom of your wardrobe. If there are things that are still in good quality then why not conduct a garage sale? That way you can earn some extra cash and won't feel bad on spending money on clothes, hair or makeup next time you need something new.
In addition, you can customize your clothes to get a new look for free. Those old jeans with the frayed ends? Why not turn them into a cool pair of denim shorts?
Whatever your style and whatever makes you feel good we guarantee you that you can spend less on your appearance and still feel equally as amazing. With these easy-to-follow instructions on how to look good on a budget you can really can turn your lifestyle around and change the way you spend your hard-earned cash. So, what are you waiting for? Get working on your budget today!