This week has flown by, in a whirl of work stuff and everything else.
Normally I work from home, so in the mornings I can shove on a fleece and I’m good to go. But recently I needed to look smarter when venturing out for a few work events.
Here’s how I’ve cut the costs for clothes, hair and make up this week!
Shaved money off a hair cut
(Pun entirely intended, thankyouverymuch)
Over the years many hairdressers have despaired of my lack of effort with my hair. It’s curly, it does its own thing, and the most I manage is half-hearted towel drying and adding a bit of curl cream. This also means I don’t spend major amounts at the hairdresser.
So when I did need a hair cut, I was glad to take advantage of an offer at a local hairdresser, which charges £20 for a wet cut booked on the day. (Shout out to the Hair Lounge here in Hadleigh)
The whole self-employed/work from home thing meant I could nip along before school pick up, to fill a spare slot on a weekday afternoon. Bargain.
Bought a new dress from a charity shop
Rather than forking out for a brand new dress for an evening event, I scoured several charity shops. I reckon charity shops can be a great source for fancy frocks. Smart dresses tend to be in great nick because they haven’t been worn very often. I found a lined silk dress from Hobbs at our local East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH) shop for the princely sum of £9.50. Now to restrain myself from spinning around on any possible occasion to make the shirt go whoosh.
Previous post: A cornucopia of charity shops
Replaced make up for less
I managed to lose my make up bag this week (#frugalfail) and ended up in a Boots in a train station, panic buying before a work meeting.
Turns out, if you are going to lose your make up bag, it’s good timing just before Mothers’ Day.
When I replaced my £10 Boots No 7 lipstick and added a £15 eyeshadow palette on offer at £10, it turned out I got a free second lipstick plus a box with teeny tubes of primer, eye cream and serum. Supposedly the freebie stuff was worth £26 – so I ended up with £41 of make up for £20.
(Here’s an affiliate link to the Spring Gift Box offer* with two No 7 products, if you’re interested)
Loaded up on loyalty points
While forking out for the make up, I was glad I actually had the latest Boots Advantage card* mailing with me. Vouchers can’t save any money at the till when stuck on the mantelpiece at home. So if I get any vouchers through the post, I try to stick them straight in my handbag, all ready if I do end up in the right shop.
Net result: I was able to use vouchers for double Advantage card points and 200 points on a £20 spend when buying the make up.
Used a voucher for pudding
After the Vanguard ‘investing for beginners’ Twitter chat on Thursday afternoon (more in this collaborative post), and a drink with Mrs Mummypenny, I headed off to see a friend for a birthday meal at her house.
I’d volunteered to take along a pudding, so nipped in to M&S to use some vouchers from taking out an M&S Bank credit card. It meant I only had to add £1.20 to a £5 M&S voucher to get a lemon tart, raspberries and cream for the three of us. Yum.
Now – over to you. How do you cut the costs of clothes, hair and makeup? Do share in the comments, I’d love to hear!
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