Sunscreen Savings: How to Spend 50 Percent Less without Even Trying
Sunscreen is not just a priority in most homes, it’s a household staple. Staying protected while running errands, keeping the kids covered during sporting and leisure events, and general day to day use make this product a standard budget line item that adds up to big bucks fast. A close friend recently let me in on a little secret. She consistently spends at least fifty percent less on broad-spectrum sunscreen protection than most people she knows. She doesn’t clip coupons, and she doesn’t even sale shop for it. I put her secret to use this past week with absolutely no extra effort, and you can too. Ready to learn how it’s done?
First of all, let me say I wish I had known this years ago. It makes me shudder to think of all the unnecessary money I’ve spent on sunscreen when I could have been equally protected for less. However, I know it now and I’m passing it on to you.
Sunscreen Savings Strategy:
- Instead of shopping in the sunscreen section, go to the regular body lotion section.
- Look for one with sunscreen included.
That’s literally all there is to it. The brand my friend turned me onto was Lubriderm. They make a general moisturizing lotion with an SPF of 15 that is available on Amazon (affiliate link). The price I paid at the nearest Super Target was roughly eight bucks for 16 ounces, versus the same price for 8 ounces of several brands in the sunscreen section.
- Use your mad spy skills on your newspaper’s weekly circular ads. Summer’s coming, and there will likely be sales.
- If a coupon falls into your lap, use one. This is exactly what happened to me last week, and I saved an extra two bucks.
- Use a non SPF bargain lotion at night to stretch your sunscreen savings even further.
SPF 15 is the highest sunscreen protection level I know of in the regular body lotion section. Those needing a higher SPF for special situations or cancer recovery may want to check out the generic product lines of various drug stores, as I recommended in a previous affordable toiletries article. (Hint: Walgreens makes an SPF 70 which rated well in the cosmetics safety database.)
Do you know of any other brands offering body lotion with SPF? Got another sunscreen savings strategy? Share your information in the comment section below.