Due to technical problems here at the Roost I missed my Friday post about Grazing and my chance to post my Frugality pictures on Sunday. The grazing post will happen in the next few weeks, but the Frugality Pictures are on a still smoking hard drive and somewhat inaccessible. So, first a thought about frugality. Buying a cheep outlet strip instead of a good quality surge protector is not a savings. Neither is the few seconds saved by not backing things up. Hopefully that lesson is now learned.
Yesterday was haircut day at our house. A family togetherness exercise that happens about every six weeks. After 15 years of haircuts we are finally to the point that there are few tears, little fear, and a bit of efficiency.
It wasn’t always that way, but it is a pretty good time now. So we chatted about life as CC clipped my hair. We laughed about how long she had been cutting my hair and how steep the learning curve had been. She got good fast. Having to go out in public with someone is motivation to do a good job on their hair. She cuts all our hair. (I cut hers too, until she can’t stand it any more and goes out to have someone who can do more than cut a straight line do it.) She even cut hair for the cowboys on the ranch we worked at. They would trade beer for haircuts. By the end of the evening the cuts got a bit interesting, but no one seemed to care.
I’d been fretting about today’s post and the lack of frugality pictures. As she clipped away I started counting up haircuts. She has been cutting my hair for the last 15 years. That’s about 120 haircuts. I’ve probably gotten my hair cut by someone else 3 times in those 15 years (and never been happy with it!) When I have gone out to get my hair cut the price has been around $15.00. Thats quite a bit of money. I asked CC how many times she had gone out for a haircut. She goes about once a year. I cut it the rest of the time. Then we added in the kids. Combined they have had about 160 haircuts in the last 15 years, and gone out maybe 5 times. So, here’s the breakdown,
Me 120 – 3= 117
CC 120 – 15 = 105
Kids 160 – 5 = 155
Total = 377 haircuts at an average of $15.00 each (CC’s would cost more and the kids a bit less.)
Thats a savings of $5655.00 over the past 15 years.
We have had 3 sets of clippers in that time. (Probably could have done it with one, but we moved to NZ where they are on a different power system. Replaced clippers then and when we came back.) The clippers cost about $40.00. One of them came even came with a training DVD which improved the quality of our haircuts a lot.