Have you heard of the “pink tax”?
I’m not surprised that women spend more on upscale items such as clothing, purses and make up. Just last week I posted about how women tend to overspend on beauty items. However, I had no idea that women are charged more for items that have the same exact ingredients as men’s items. It’s appalling! I’m fine spending a little more for Chanel products, but I don’t like the idea of paying more for generic body wash and deodorant. Women are routinely charged more than men for the same items and services such as toiletries, dry cleaning and cars. Here are some of the examples from The Today Show.
- Women pay more than $1400 a year just for buying women’s products!
- Shaving gel- 10 cent more for women’s version
- Shampoo- $1 more
- Deodorant- $1 more
- Dry cleaning- twice as much for the same kind of shirt because the press isn’t the right size for women’s shirts.
- Cars- $200 more on average
So, what’s the reasoning behind the extra charges? Some women’s products contain different ingredients. That’s fine. I’m okay paying more for girlier scents and such. But some items are exactly the same! Brands know women will pay more, and we do!Brands know women will pay more, and we do! Click To Tweet
I don’t think we can expect brands to change their prices just because of this segment on the Today Show, but there are some things you can do to save money. Here are my favorite tips on how to avoid the “pink tax”:
1. Buy men’s razors and shaving cream
2. Skip shaving cream and use conditioner or coconut oil
3. Compare your favorite products to men’s products and buy ones that have similar ingredients
4. Skip the girly shampoo/ body wash and opt for Dr. Bronner’s Castile Liquid Soap. This is what I use and I love it! Link is an affiliate link, if you buy something through the link then you help support my blog.
5. Be assertive at the dry cleaners and ask for a better deal. They may rather keep you as a customer instead of losing you.
6. Be assertive when buying a car. Be prepared to shop around and stick to your amount.
What do you think of the “pink tax”? Have you seen this before? I’m noticing it everywhere now! Just a quick walk through Target and I can see how often women are charged more than men. It’s crazy. Don’t even get me started on vitamins. Why are women’s vitamins more expensive? I don’t get it.