In this economy, who doesn't want — and need — to save money?
You already watch for bargains, coupons, online deals and sales. That's smart shopping.
You've learned that drugstore beauty products are often as good (or better) than the stuff that costs three, four or five times as much in department stores and boutiques.
And, of course, nothing beats a bargain at a consignment or thrift store. How many times have I stopped a conversation cold when I've bragged about the classic Manolo Blahnik almost-new pumps I found at a Goodwill store for $6.99?
Well, here's one more tip to add to your smart shopper arsenal: Drugstore products that do double duty. With the help of cosmetics expert Bryan Barron, I headed to the drugstore to round up some workhorse products that do at least two jobs for the price of on
The usual: Use it to wash kids' (or your own) hair. The "no more tears" is a plus at any age.
The unusual: This is the absolute best for cleaning your cashmere sweaters and accessories. They'll be spotless and softer than when you started. The shampoo treats the delicate fibers gently. Never dry clean cashmere, by the way. And, if you've heard that you can use baby shampoo to remove eye makeup, don't do it. Even baby shampoo will burn your eyes if you slather it on vigorously.
The usual: Painless antiseptic for small cuts, blisters, abrasions
The unusual: A cheap teeth whitener. Swish the 3 percent solution without dilution for a minute or so before you brush. Think of it as a pre-rinse. Another unexpected use: If your dog is like mine and eats things he shouldn't, keep it on hand to induce pet vomiting (but talk to your vet first).
The usual: The most hassle-free way to protect skin from harmful sun rays
The unusual: Spray it on your hair to minimize drying effects of the sun and to prevent hair color from fading.
The usual: Hair hydration and untangling
The unusual: A thin layer applied to damp legs substitutes for shaving cream (shower gel and soap work too).
The usual: Weekly heavy-duty hair treatment
The unusual: Use a dollop as a daily leave-in conditioner for dry, damaged hair.
The usual: Prevent and soothe dry, chapped lips
The unusual: Tame unruly eyebrows, keeping them in place (or try hair spray on a toothbrush for the same effect).
Oil-free makeup remover
Usual: Take off eye makeup
Unusual: Makeup stains on clothes? Dab stains with this, then launder as usual. "Dual-phase" remover, preferably with silicone, gives best results.
All products from Walgreens, walgreens.com, unless otherwise noted.