Yesterday I had a little revelation, one that showed me that sometimes we might spend more money on stuff we consider normal and natural without even realizing. It all happened while talking with a friend of mine who complained that the price for getting your haircut increased at the beginning of the year. And then it struck me: I never ever thought about it as, since my first year in college, I cut my hair at home using a hair clipper and needing nothing more than a butch cut, everything is extremely easy.
When my friend started to complain, he said (yes, it’s a he) that in order to maintain his looks, he has to get his haircut once per month, which makes sense. He also needs at home all sorts of hair foams and gel in order to keep his looks up there. I don’t even have a comb because, well, I don’t need it. I don’t even have a hair dryer because… well… I don’t need one (well, we actually have those in the household for the missus, but you get the point). All I need is my hair clipper – a Remington model that I have purchased a few years ago and which is still doing wonders.
So, without me knowing it, I am saving money. A lot. Electricity comes on top here because during the winter our solar water heating panels are not working that well, so most of our water is heated electrically. Which means high costs. On average, when I take a shower (which comes with washing my hair included) the hot water temperature goes down by 4 degrees. When my wife, who has long curly hair, washes her hair, the temperature goes down by 12 degrees.
Then she starts applying all those hair products that I know nothing about and which cost a little fortune. Then she has to use the dryer on her hair, then use even more foams and stuff to keep her hair looking as it does. Plus all the accessories, including the hairbands and such that she sometimes manages to lose at all times… they all add up eventually. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to cut her hair too often because she (me, ahem) likes it long, but when she does have to go, it’s pretty expensive. Because cutting a woman’s hair is, for some reason, more difficult and, in turn, more expensive than doing it for a man.
So… is your hair stopping you from saving money? If you’re not like me, it probably does. However, it’s not really much you can do about it since a world full of ladies with their hair trimmed looking exactly like the men with trimmed hair near them would not be the best place to live in. But the idea is that sometimes saving money (or spending some extra) might come from the small things in life you don’t even think about.
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