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How to Save Money on Nails

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

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There's nothing like a fresh manicure, but it can get expensive. The good news is that there are lots of ways to save money on your next mani-pedi! Here are some easy tips for cutting down the cost of painting your nails:

Use coupons!

One of the best ways to save money on nails is to look for coupons. There are many places where you can find coupons, and they’re pretty easy to use. For example:

  • Websites like Groupon and LivingSocial have daily deals on a wide range of services, including nail salons. You can often find discounts up to 50% off your next visit!
  • Magazines like Redbook and Woman’s Day regularly feature coupon pages that include beauty offers like free manicures or discounted waxing.
  • The Sunday paper is also a good source for discounts; check out any flyers from local businesses for special deals on things you need—like this one for $10 manicures at A-Nails & Tanning in Scottsdale, AZ!

Don't buy new polishes or tools.

One of the easiest ways to save money on nail tools is to not buy new ones. If you are like me, you have tons of old nail polish lying around in your bathroom and drawers. It's probably been there for years and hasn't been used since high school, but it's still good! Besides, it's always fun for a girl to try out new colors every now and then (it's also cheaper.)

If you're going to use old polish, make sure the bottle has a lid on it and keep them in a cool dark place so they don't get contaminated by other chemicals or break down too fast. If possible, add some alcohol or mineral oil into the bottle while shaking gently so that the polish stays fresh longer.

Take care of your nails, so you don't have to regrow them as often.

  • Take care of your nails, so you don't have to regrow them as often.
  • Avoid breaking nails by using a nail strengthener, like Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails, which can help prevent splits and chips.
  • Avoid removing acrylics by waiting until they're no longer sticky before peeling off the polish and gently filing down any edges that stick out. You should also be sure to use acetone or a similar remover when removing acrylics; if you just pull off the polish while it's still on there, you risk damaging your natural nail bed and getting rid of healthy cells in the process.
  • Avoid getting rid of gel nails by cleaning up after yourself with acetone-soaked cotton balls (you can buy these cheap). If there's any excess shine left over after removing gel polish with acetone remover, just buff off some extra shine with polishing pads or another finishing buffer product like Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Exhilarating Treatment Oil Nail Polish Remover Pads ($4) .
  • Avoid getting rid of shellac nails by using an orange stick to gently push back cuticles before putting on shellac; this will ensure smooth application without leaving behind wrinkles or bubbles between layers that could cause peeling later on down the line."

Try to paint your nails at home.

  • Make sure you have a good, steady hand. You don't want to start painting your nails and then realize that you can't hold the brush properly. (This is especially true if you've been drinking.)
  • Be careful not to get paint on your skin or clothes—or worse yet, furniture! If possible, put down newspaper first so that if anything spills it will be contained in one place instead of all over your carpet/paint job/etcetera.
  • Don't use cheap polish remover; go for something like acetone-free remover instead. It won't burn as badly as other types of polish remover, which means less damage done to your nails (and consequently less need for acrylics).

If you do get manicures, do them yourself with friends at home.

If you do get manicures, do them yourself with friends at home.

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You can have a fancy spa day with your girlfriends or partner.

Or better yet, invite all of your family members over for a mani party! It's an excellent way to spend quality time together and share in each other's company. You'll also save money since no one needs to pay for the salon services themselves—it's essentially free!

Don't get acrylics.

Acrylics are one of the priciest ways to get a manicure. The application is time-consuming and can be quite painful if applied incorrectly. The removal process can also be difficult, as you’re removing layers of the top layer of your nail. Your nails will grow out slower than usual, which makes them more vulnerable to breakage.

Acrylics should only be used by trained professionals on clients who have healthy nails and a strong immune system!

there are lots of ways to save money on manicures

  • Use coupons. Coupons are a great way of saving money on manicures, especially if you go to the same nail salon all the time. If you're new at a salon, however, don't expect your first visit to be free; most salons will charge you full price for your first appointment as they see if they like working with you.
  • Don't buy new polishes or tools—just take care of what you have! You'll save money by not having to replace old products that still work fine and don't need replacing. This is especially true when it comes to nail polish remover; many people use the same bottle for years before throwing it out because it still works perfectly fine (and if there's no scent left, even better).
  • Try painting your nails at home instead of getting them done professionally—it could save several hundred dollars per year! It might seem intimidating at first but once you get into the swing of things it's actually really easy: just watch tutorials on YouTube and use supplies from Target (or wherever else) until eventually everyone around town knows who does their nails best without paying anything more than $5/month for supplies (including gel).


I hope these tips will help you save money on your nails. It’s always nice to be able to afford small luxuries, like manicures and pedicures, but it can also be good for your health to learn how to take care of yourself. They say that taking care of yourself is the best way to stay happy and healthy!


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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