It’s easy to get caught up in classic brand association. From mundane staples like Band-Aids and Vaseline to luxury items like Louboutins, often products take on the life of their ubiquitous brand names. While it’s fine to have loyalty to a label you really respect, there are some products that simply beg to be skimped on to. Okay, you may not want to wear cheap shoes. But common sense shortcuts in small basics can really add up to dollars and cents toward big ticket purchases.
1. Mani/pedi accessories: Nail clippers, spacers, emery boards, cuticle scissors, polish remover: most manicure starters can be scored at the 99 Cent Store or Dollar Tree without sacrificing functionality.
2. Shaving cream: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Heed The Bard’s advice and lather up without the luxurious pink packaging and fruity fragrances.
3. Lip balm: Bomb brands like Carmex, Blistex, and Chapstick can often be found at discount stores for a fraction of their retail price. And they almost always have classic Lip Smackers, yum.
4. Sunglasses: Sexy stunners are fun but how often does a pair of high-end shades actually make it to the next summer? Dollar store sunglasses do the trick but keep the investment low risk, allowing you to try out adventurous styles without the commitment.
5. Baby oil/powder/wipes: Baby care items’ cheap counterparts tend to be just as gentle and have serious versatility. Baby oil removes tough waterproof products while moisturizing delicate skin around the eyes. It also fixes flaky feet and ornery elbows. Aside from soothing chafing, a discreet dusting of baby powder can disguise oily hair, plus Pinterest says a few pats between coats of mascara can build longer lashes. Baby wipes are fabulous for revealing fresh face before bed and a discreet way to be funk-free when rocking flip flops or flats.