How Much Should You Really Be Spending on Beauty Products?
Four women hand over their salon statements and Sephora receipts to our expert analysts to find out whether their beauty spending fits their budgets
To help Stephanie remember her financial goal, Matthews suggests this technique: Close your eyes and imagine yourself in 30, 40 or 50 years. She says that studies have shown envisioning yourself as an older person can help to accept delaying gratification -- i.e., resisting those massage and scrub add-ons at the nail salon. "People start to think more concretely about the consequences of their present choices," Matthews explains. "And then they're more likely to make decisions that their future self doesn't regret."
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