You don’t need to have seen Tracey Spicer’s TED talk to know that as women we spend a lot of time and energy beautifying ourselves. (You should watch the TED talk though, it’s great).
But it’s not only time that we spend to look and feel good. It’s cold, hard cash – and we spend a lot of it.
Australians reportedly spend over $100 billion on our looks each year according to a recent survey by Suncorp. Over a four-week period they reported that an individual would spend around $600 on clothes, accessories, beauty products, cosmetic services. That’s a whopping $8000 per year.
And women are taking the majority of the hit. Glamour recently analysed the cost of the average woman’s morning routine and compared it to that of the average male’s – it was more than double.
Even five years ago British women were carrying a staggering £256 worth of make up (that’s about $500 AUD) casually in their handbags everyday.
So what do we do when our bank accounts simply can’t keep up with the onslaught of new must-have beauty items? Believe it or not, you can still look good and feel great – without the credit card guilt.
1. Find your closest beauty school.
Track down the closest beauty school to your place and put your name down as a volunteer client for the students. In return you’ll get great treatments like manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials and massages at heavily discounted rates.