How I Practice Frugality with Personal Style and Beauty
Written by Octavia Ramirez

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Minimalism might seem like a big buzzword these days, but the financial implications of practicing it in your fashion and beauty regimens can be quite beneficial.

Here's how I've been able to express my unique sense of style and creativity while taking a frugal approach, and avoiding overspending on fashion and cosmetics.

I Took Inventory, Purged and Resold

The first step to practicing minimalism with your makeup, clothes, or accessories is knowing what you're working with. I invested some time and energy to take an in-depth inventory of what was in my vanity, bathroom, and closet.

When going through this exercise, I asked myself questions like:

  • Have I worn or used this item in the last 6 to 8 months?
  • Does this item bring me joy?
  • What value does this item bring to my life?

When I underwent this process, I found that most of the items in my closet, makeup bag, and vanity were simply taking up space and not bringing me much use, value, or joy. I discarded many cosmetic palettes and hair products. I donated clothing items I wasn't using anymore. Are there clothing items or accessories you could donate or re-sell?

I've Limited Myself to One Product in Each Category

One of the key ways I was able to avoid overspending on cosmetics, clothing and accessories was by maintaining a limit of items I purchased within each category.

For example, I only kept one moisturizer, one serum, and one eye shadow palette. I wouldn't allow myself to buy another one of the same item until I'd finished the first one.

The same went for clothing: I'd limit myself to 1 or 2 items in each category, such as one pair of ankle boots, two basic sweaters, and one pea coat. This forced me to shop mindfully, intentionally, and be more resourceful with each item I purchased.

I realize this may not work for everyone, but if you're considering getting something new, you might want to simply ask yourself if you don't already have something that can fill that need.

I Shop Secondhand, at Retail Sales and During Off-Season Clearances

One of best ways I've found to live frugally when it comes to personal style is to shop secondhand or at thrift shops. As well as shopping at brick-and-mortar thrift stores, you can also do it online on social media platforms.

For cosmetics, I take advantage of seasonal sales or special brand offers in department stores, drug stores, or specialty beauty stores. If I find a product that works for me and has become a regularly used and loved product, I stock up on it when it's on sale.

For new clothes, the best way I manage to save money is by shopping during the off-season, like buying Spring/Summer clothes at the beginning of Fall. Take advantage of end-of-season clearances both online and in-store, buying items at a fraction of the cost.

Practicing frugality in fashion and beauty requires being mindful of what you already have, but the psychological and financial benefits are worth the effort.


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