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A Frugal Tuesday

February 16th, 2011 at 10:40 am

The best financial wisdom I have picked up for over the years is that there is usually a way to have something virtually identical for much cheaper.

Just seems to be a constant recurring theme in the discourse of personal finance. A recurring theme in everyday conversation with people around me.

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Today's topics? Haircuts and V-Day cards.

**I finally got a LONG put off haircut. I probably try to go 2-3 times per year. It has been about 8 months since my last haircut and I meant to get it cut in January.

Went to great Clips and had a coupon for $9.99. The stylist did not cut the layers as short as I asked. It had been so long, I Was just like, "eh." IT was getting late and my son was sitting and waiting for me. I Also tend to chop off my hair in May, anyway, when it warms up. I'll be back soon enough.

Anyway, the haircut looked GREAT. I usually ask for it on the short side simply because I can get by 9 months without a haircut, when I do. Big Grin I see why their natural incliniation is to always go this length. But usually they ask me a little more up front - "this long??" - and I ask them to chop off a couple of more inches.

Yes, this length is very nice, but it will get all scraggly a lot faster, too.

Anyway, I prefer shorter hair, overall, but over the years I find that it is just too much time, maintenance, etc. for shorter hair. Over the years I kind of settled on the "Jennifer." Don't remember what they call it, but the long layered hair made famous by Jennifer Aniston on Friends. I may have tried it at some point when it was in vogue, but over time I realized it was the perfect frugal cut. Very flattering for my hair/face (my stick straight hair actually has BODY!?!) and yet it is such a basic haircut I don't think it has ever been screwed up. So, it is the perfect style for the cheap haircut chains. Since adopting this hairstyle I have never had a BAD haircut.

OF course, I initially chose these hairstyles because they were flattering and 100% "wash and go." IT's only with time that I really have come to appreciate the frugal aspect of said hairstyle. Beyond the fact that the only hair product I buy is shampoo...

My last cut was:



Yesterday, more like:



Or, the second picture is more how my hair looked without cutting it for 8 months. It just grows out real nice. Yesterdsy was merely a touch up. It had been cut so short last time I didn't really want to cut too much length yesterday.

At $9.99 per haircut, that's $20-$30 per year for a "movie star hairstyle."

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In other news, I bought V-day cards for the kids' classes, yesterday. There were 50% off. I am sure we could have waited longer for deeper discounts, but last year I went too late - the cards were gone. So, yesterday I dropped by with BM and the cards were not marked down. They had some really cool 3D ones - so we grabbed 2 boxes. I had forgotten to ask at the register if they were marked down, but they rang up $1.49 (versus $2.99). We could make our own, but I am not sure we would come out ahead with the cost of ink and paper. Plus, this took about 1 minute of my time. Just popped into the store on my way home.

Since BM was with me, we had a talk about how waiting after the holidays and planning ahead for next year was an easy way to save money (so you have more left for other more important things). I told him we could even wait a few more days and pay less, but all the good stuff would be gone.

I am not big on spending any length of time to save a buck here and there, but for no effort, I will of course take 50% off!!! $3 saved - easy peasy.

7 Responses to “A Frugal Tuesday”

  1. PNW Mom Says:

    I think it was called the "Rachel"?? Smile

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    Aha - that's why "Jennifer" didn't quite sound right!

  3. Looking Forward Says:

    Those are cute hairstyles. My co-worker who was laid off had her hair exactly like the second picture.

    I've GOT to get my hair cut soon. Getting all scraggly at the ends. Frown

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    I usually get the Rachel haircut, too. It just grows out so nicely, so twice or thrice a year haircuts are all that is necessary!

    Do you cut the boys hair yourself? I got a clipper a couple of years ago and do my husband's and son's hair (though son is getting a bit more picky now as he gets older and wants his bangs long which is quite a trick with a clipper!)

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    No. I probably could get away with it - with LM. He doesn't have much. BUT, my spouse likes to keep his hair longer (no clippers), and BM's hair is kind of a nightmare. He has so much hair!

    Honestly, I think their hair is more complicated than mine!

    I literally cut their hair until they turned 3-ish, and then I stopped torturing them - I Was terrible. I did the DIY cuts, then the beauty school (a couple of bucks), but these days we just take them to the salon - with the economy we can generally find $6 or $7 haircuts for the kids. Beauty school charges by age, so it's equivalent, but much better and faster these days.

    But yeah, I should probably look into some clippers. Can save some money with LM. BM even wants to grow out his hair, so some clippers for his sideburns might be fine in the interim.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Heh! That's the cut I always get too. Big Grin I don't go for short though - I like it at least long enough for a good ponytail. Smile

  7. MonkeyMama Says:

    That is generally my rule - at least long enough to put up (somehow). I ignored that rule because it was insane hot last spring. Big Grin Back to pony tail length now. Phew! (Which is really cooler in the end - can get the hair off my neck!)

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