Freebies and Steals!
Take advantage of freebies and samples of products as much as possible. This is a great way to try new products for little or no money to see if it's right for you. If you shop at CVS, you will find that many of their skin care lines offer trial sizes for around $1.00 on very fine skin care items. This way you can see what works for you. I've tried cleansers, vitamin C creams and eye products this way. Also, check out www.skincarerx.com.
You can sign up free for their bi-monthly newsletter and receive up-to-date information on very exclusive products. Also, check out the add for Hydroderm. They have a great deal whereby you will receive a 30 day supply of their products (cream and serum) for free of charge. All you have to do is pay their shipping and handling (around $3.95).
Finally, do you have a flea market near you? You may shop there for socks and underwear, but don't pass by their cosmetic vendors. I've gotten great deals on very exclusive products by Clinique, Bobbi Brown and MAC for deep discounts. These are not second-hand items. They are brand new (although some colors may be discontinued through the manufacturer) and sealed. If you don't mind buying your favorite perfume, out of the box, you can catch a great deal for something you might pay 50% more for in the store. If I find anymore great deals, I'll be sure to pass the savings on to you!