Cheap Perfumes

Tips for saving money on your favorite signature scents

With perfume, a little goes a long way - and for the price of most perfumes, you'd hope it goes a very long way!

Choosing a perfume that suits you may be a task in itself, but even more so is choosing a perfume for a loved one or close friend. Whoever you're shopping for, price is often a big consideration.

Signature brands of perfume can be pricey, and in some cases far too expensive for what you get. But before you rush off to your local retailer in search of that much-needed perfume, do a little research first. You don't have to pay full retail price!

There are a number of online stores that sell perfume at a discounted rate. Buying online not only saves you money, but time as well - simply order, receive it in the mail and you're done. You may not have it in your hand right away, but saving 20 to 50 percent is well worth the wait.

Traveling out of the country? Do you live close to the Canada / USA border? Stop in to the duty-free shop and have a look. Duty-free shops carry a vast array of brands - usually top-of-the-line brands like Chanel, CK, Perry Ellis, Azzaro and more. Typical savings are 35 percent from retail stores. If you're traveling by plane to international destinations, depending on the airline you may be able to purchase duty-free items while in the air.

If you have never shopped on eBay before, it's another great online way to buy perfume. Do a search for eBay stores that sell perfume and compare prices. You'll be pretty amazed at how much you can save!

The cheapest way to acquire perfume (albeit not the easiest way) is to gather up samples. When out shopping at different retailers, ask for samples of a specific brand. You will want to get the samples that come in tiny glass vials, not the type that are absorbed onto paper such as in magazines. Get a couple from one place, then hit another store for a couple more and repeat.

After a while you can have enough to fill a bottle. Ask a friend for an old bottle of the same brand to fill up or you can buy generic bottles in some places if you're not worried about packaging.

With a little patience and time, that $250 bottle of perfume could cost you $200, $150 or even less. When your friends find out how much you actually paid, they will be envious and will want in on your saving secrets!

By Dean Holmes