For The Ladies – 4 Simple Tricks To Looking Good Without Overspending

Joanne Poh



It’s not easy being a woman. With your fellow females merrily splashing out on $5,000 handbags and $15,000 nose jobs, you might be thinking it’s all over for you.

While the following tips might not exactly turn you into Gisele Bündchen overnight, they can help you save a bit of cash without having to give up on your appearance entirely.

1. Buy Quality Skincare Online

If drugstore brands aren’t working for your skin, you might be resigned to paying thousands of dollars a year for some special skin essence that’s handmade by nuns in the French alps from sheep’s placenta and dead sea salt.

While you might have your facialist to thank for this life-changing discovery, her shop is the absolute worst place to buy these products.

Do some research online and you’ll find that your fancy products are usually much cheaper elsewhere. For example, many US skincare brands are more than 30% cheaper on sites like Amazon or Strawberrynet.

To save even more, see if there are salon size quantities on sale.


2. Cheat On Your Hairdresser

While your parents might have dropped you off at the salon below your block when you were in primary school for a quick and easy bowl haircut, this usually doesn’t work as well once you’ve passed the PSLE.

However, your very chic hairdresser charges so much you can only afford to get your hair cut once every three years.

The next time you save up enough to afford a haircut with your genius hairdresser, get someone to take photos of your new ‘do’ from every angle.

Then go to a cheaper salon and get them to replicate the cut.


3. Learn How To Do Your Own Nails

Paying someone $80 to do your nails is like buying ten-ply Hello Kitty-print toilet paper.

If you’ve actually been paying attention while some poor girl slaves over your feet, you would have noticed that doing an acceptable job on your nails doesn’t really require the artistic skills of Picasso.

So long as you are willing to forgo the fancy nail art or gelish nails, you can easily invest in a couple of polishes, a buffer and some common sense and do your nails yourself. There’s also this thing called Youtube….


4. Choose Your Clothes With Care

If you spend too much on clothes, you are probably either making unwise buying decisions or too concerned about being seen in the same outfit twice.

We all remember those times when you just had to have those shoes, only to discover that wearing them felt like giving birth through your feet.

Or splashed out on one-of-a-kind “statement pieces” that you’ve only ever worn on Halloween.

If you’re going to buy something expensive, make sure it’s something you’ll wear repeatedly. For example, neutrals like white, beige or black are usually more wearable than say, Barney purple or Flubber green. Also, if you want to get more tips on the ins and outs of saving on shopping, follow us on Facebook!

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Joanne Poh

In my previous life, I was a property lawyer who spent most of my time struggling to get out of bed or stuck in peak hour traffic. These days, as a freelance commercial writer, I work in bed, on the beach, in parks and at cafes, all while being really frugal. I like helping other people save money so they can stop living lives they don't like.