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If you like to hunt for deals...
- Take a look at the clearance section next time you're at your local health food store. Although vegan items can be hit and miss, you can score great deals on seasonal soaps or closeout hair products.
- Sign up for mailing lists for your favorite brands, especially if they have an online store. You'll be first to know about sales and promotions.
- Keep an eye out for "Try Me Free" offers and other rebates. I've seen vegan and cruelty-free companies participate in these types of promotions; just look for special "peelies" or "hang tags" on packages. Although more rare, these special offers can often be found in drugstores or superstores.
- Join eco-friendly flash sale sites such as Vegan Cuts, Pure Citizen, and Loving Eco. They often offer soaps, beauty products, and other vegan items from new and emerging companies.
- Look for store brand items, such as Whole Foods' 365 Everyday Value shampoos and conditioners. Prices for these products will often be lower than name-brand items, even if they are on sale.
- Buy items that are always cheap, such as cosmetics by E.L.F. Although quality can vary, there are several items (such as their mineral lip liner) that perform well against high-priced competitors.
- Purchase a sample or trial size. Sometimes a small amount is all you need, so there's no reason to pay for more. Also, when ordering online, I recommend samples first so you won't have much to lose in case of an allergy or color matching issue.
- Do a quick check online for a discount. Check to see if the item is available in bulk via Amazon.com. Search sites such as retailmenot.com for coupon codes when buying online.
- Consider making your own beauty products. Many can be made in less time than it would take to go to a store! There are many fantastic places to find DIY recipes. Check out this article on DIY Vegan and Eco-Friendly Beauty Product Resources. Save even more by buying in bulk and getting a few friends together for a DIY party!