With the culture we live in so obsessed with beauty and wellbeing, it’s little surprise that spending on cosmetic and healthcare products takes a large chunk out of the average pay check each and every month. Whether it’s mascara or sports supplements, neither sex is truly more guilty than the other, but everyone would like to save a little extra money.
The question is; which products can you afford to skimp on, and with which ones should you stick with the specialist offerings? With this in mind, here are six items and why you should or shouldn’t go for the cheapest option:
Sports Supplements – Unless you’re looking for a very specific ingredients, many of these powders contain exactly the same things. Whey powder for instance, is pretty much the same across the board, so just buy what’s cheapest, and try comparing prices online before going to a physical store.
Painkillers – It’s amazing how many people don’t read the boxes on painkillers. Branded products can often cost ten times the cheapest offering, and in nearly every case they’ll have exactly the same active ingredients. It’ll take you a second to check, and will save you some change.
Vitamins – Vitamins are vitamins. This one is another no-brainer; check that what you’re looking at contains the correct things, and there’s no difference. Don’t get sucked into the marketing hype – it’s often cheaper to buy several basic packs of individual vitamins than a packet of special all-in-one tablets that claim to be the next big thing.
Sun Care – We all know that a higher SPF rating will help protect you from the sun’s harmful rays, but few people stop to think about how well the product is going to cover you. Some low-cost alternatives can be easily rubbed or washed off. Buy what’s best, especially for kids.
Paternity Tests – Believe it or not, some retailers such as British high street chain Boots actually sell paternity tests in their stores for around £30. With something this important though; is it really worth taking the risk? Stick with an accredited specialist like GTLA DNA.
Hair Dye – Whether you’re looking to go darker or lighter, there’s a lot of opportunity to go wrong here, and many colours you could end up living with for a while. It’s not recommended you choose anything other than the most well-known brands for this one.