Maximizing Your Spa Dollars

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How do you save money at the spa in this not-so-pretty economy? It can be done. And with the gloomy financial clouds hanging thick and heavy over our heads, we think it’s even more reason to give yourself a spa day out.

Here are our tried-and-true tips for making the most of your spa bucks.

Do your homework. Before you book an appointment, call around and ask about new client discounts, seasonal offers and special promotions. Spas and salons don’t always advertise their specials or post them to their websites. Also, many resort spas offer special rates for locals, especially during the off-season summer months, while others offer mid-week specials and lowered weekday rates. It never hurts to ask!

Be a know-it-all. Scan your local newspaper, magazines and the internet for grand opening specials, product sales and special deals. And not to toot our own horn but keep an eye on our Spa and Salon Specials page for an ever-changing lineup of sweet coupons and offers. Also, check out our Facebook Events Calendar for local spa openings and beauty events. Toot toot!

Go back to school. Arizona is hopping with little-known gems that house the next up-and-coming beauty professionals. By offering discounted services to the public, beauty and massage school students get hands-on experience while you save big on services. Think of it as doing your part in training the future spa therapists of the world! More on Valley beauty schools.

Think ahead. If you tend to visit your favorite salon or spa regularly for skincare treatments or massage, ask about discounts for pre-purchasing a series of services. As an example, many spas offer discounts if you purchase a series of microdermabrasion, peel or laser treatments. Not only do you save money but the results from your treatments tend to be more lasting and effective.

Supersize it. If you plan to indulge in more than one treatment, check the menu for packages. By opting for a package rather than a la carte treatments, you’ll usually save at least the cost of the gratuity if not more.

Join the club. Massage clubs are successful for a reason: They offer their members amazing rates and keep them on track with regular, healthful massage. Many day spas and med spas also offer memberships. National chains like Massage Envy even honor your membership when you’re on the road. Next time you visit your favorite beauty or wellness joint, ask if they offer memberships. Remember, there are no stupid questions!

Get on the list. Visit the websites of your favorite spas and salons and if they have a newsletter sign-up form, go for it. As a subscriber, you’ll be notified of special offers, sales and events. And if you’re not signed up for the AZSpaGirls eblast, we would highly recommend it. We round up exclusive offers every other month or so and you won’t want to miss them! Sign up here.

Stay the day. Even though resort and club spa services are pricey, most come padded with a full day’s use of the amenities. Forking out the few extra bucks for a resort spa massage or facial isn’t so bad when you get a full day of swimming, steaming, lounging and fitness classes at no extra cost.

Make it last. Extend your spa experience with a gift for yourself from the boutique. Pick up a recommended skincare product or a tiny vile of essential oil. All you need is that little something to keep the good vibes from your spa day rolling long after you’ve left.

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