I am always looking for ways to save money on my regular and semi-regular expenses. Also, like many females today, I enjoy fashion, beauty, and treating myself. What I don't enjoy is the sticker shock that comes with some of these luxuries. Now, admittedly, I keep my hair style relatively simple: long, straight, no bangs, rarely any color. If I go in for a haircut in New York City (where I live), I am looking at $65-$110 at the salon that I like. I don't pay anywhere near that! I have learned that the salon I like best also has a beauty school. If I go to the beauty school, my haircut costs $28! This is literally more than 50% cheaper!
Now, this solution may not be for everyone, but if you keep a relatively simple hairstyle, this is a perfect solution. Also, let's be honest, if you are really, REALLY committed to reducing your debt and becoming financially free, you NEED to find some ways to reduce expenses. This one saves a ton of money AND still feels like a treat!
I am thinking of some special hairstylists in my life that may not love that I am giving this advice, but let's be honest, this change only needs to be temporary. This is what you do WHILE you are becoming a financially free individual. I have been doing a lot to slash my expenses in order to meet this goal. Literally everything in my life is up for review: haircuts, vacations, new clothing, everything! Before I indulge in anything "unnecessary," I ask myself : "Do I want this enough to wait a little longer to be financially free?" I don't kick myself if the answer is "Yes!" That's okay sometimes, but more often than not, the answer is "No, I can wait."
Once I am a financially free individual, I will probably remain frugal because I always have been, but I will probably indulge in a few more beauty treatments, massages, facials, designer haircuts. I'm not going to lie... But for now, I will go to the beauty school and indulge in these services for less than half the price, and become financially free a little sooner!
What ways have you found in order to indulge at a discount: beauty or otherwise?
Great suggestion! I also recommend for folks needing extensive dentistry work, you can get the work done for less than 1/2 the price of a private office by scheduling with a dentistry school.ReplyDelete
Yes! I've been using a dental school for years! This is a wonderful way to save!Delete