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Become Frugal by Going Nude

What?!?! You want me to save money by not wearing clothes?  What will people think? Won’t I get arrested?

While it would certainly save money if you don’t buy or wear clothes, I’m actually talking about makeup.  But I knew that headline would catch your attention.

According to the Huffington Post, the average American woman spends $8 per day on makeup and other face products – $5 on skincare products and $3 on makeup.  This can mean spending up to $234,000 or more over your lifetime on just facial remedies alone.

$240,000!!!  Are you kidding me?!?  That amounts to almost $3,000 a year on facial products from age 15 to age 95.  This would be like spending $250 every month on makeup and moisturizers.

You may be saying, “Oh, well $250 isn’t that much money a month if it includes all of my makeup and lotions and what-not.”  But that could be an entire extra payment on a car every month to get that sucker paid off.  Do you really want to have $250 set aside in your budget every month to pay for makeup?

If, instead, I were to put that money in the stock market every month, after 10 years my $30,000 would have grown to $43,250 (at a 7% return)!  That is over $13,000 every 10 years of free money just for not wearing makeup.

I like the sound of that.

Since the age that I was expected to start wearing makeup, I have shied away from it.  And I had a laundry list of reasons why I didn’t wear makeup, none of which, at the time, were to save money.

  • I never really cared what people thought my face looked like.
  • It took way too much time to put it on all of the time.
  • I didn’t like the way it felt to have it caked on my face.
  • Makeup would get all over my clothes if I took my shirt off.
  • Mascara made my lashes too stiff, and they would rub my glasses and bother me all the time.
  • You have to reapply frequently because it rubs or wears off.
  • Any lipstick or lip gloss would attract my hair like honey attracting flies.

So I made the conscious, albeit very easy, decision to not wear makeup.

Our Wedding Day – a perfect reason for makeup

As I got older, I realized even more benefits of not wearing makeup.  For one, when I wear even a tiny bit of makeup now, it looks like I am all done up and ready for a grand ball.  Take, for instance, my wedding day, the last day I wore more makeup than just a little powder to cover a zit.

Now, I have a small bag (which isn’t monogrammed) of makeup for special occasions.  I have a small container of each of the following: powder, eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow, lip gloss, and a small tube of concealer (for those moments when you have a big event and Mount Vesuvius decides to show up on your forehead, not that I speak from experience or anything).

These products have lasted me YEARS.  In fact, I had all of it before my wedding day back in 2011.

Don’t start blowing up the comments saying that makeup expires.  I know it technically expires, but I have never had a problem using my many-year-old stuff.  I think those dates are just there (mostly) to get you to throw away perfectly good makeup and buy more.

Over the 20 years I will have forgone makeup from age 15 to age 35 (when I plan to retire), I will actually have $131,000 more in my portfolio on which to retire.  That isn’t chump change.  That is a heck of a lot of money.

I am not saying you have to go cold turkey on makeup, though that is the most cost effective way to do it.  You can take baby steps by using a little less makeup and product over time to get to the point where you are wearing none or very little.

I do understand that going from full makeup to no makeup overnight can make one look sick.  But in the long run, it is better for your skin, better for your wallet, and better for your self esteem.

Can you imagine how freeing it would be to wake up and be able to go out of the house without spending 30 minutes applying moisturizers and makeup?  And if someone dropped by on a Saturday, you wouldn’t worry if you had put on makeup that morning or not (though cleaning the house may be a different story).

Think of how empowered it will make your daughters to know they don’t have to wear makeup to be pretty.  That is an awesome lesson to learn early on.

So, will you take the plunge and see if you can decrease your makeup consumption?  The savings will be astronomical.

And, who are you kidding? You are a mom.  You don’t want to (have time to) put on makeup, anyway.

How much time/money do you spend on makeup?  Is this something you can decrease or cut out completely?


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