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The $220 Haircut


Yeah, you read that right. $220. And no, this isn’t a ‘the haircut was $20 but I ran over a nail and had to pay $200 to replace the tire on my way to the salon’ story. The haircut was $220.

*Sigh* But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start from the beginning.

I love my hair. It’s halfway down my back. Shiny. Red. Wavy. I get lots of compliments and I don’t have to try that hard to keep it looking good. Hubby still colors my greys and Great Clips still does my trims. All is right with the world.

Well. All WAS right with the world.

Then I got sick. I’m working through fighting the health battle and my hair is paying the price. It started falling out a little at first then recently, falling out by the handful. I tried Halo type hair extensions to cover the loss and it worked. No one could tell. But it itched, gave me headaches, and I couldn’t go for a walk at lunch since the Halo doesn’t like sweat…or wind…or joy in life.

I gave up and decided to cut my hair off. Long hair is forgiving, short hair is not. Since I was struggling with losing my hair, I really wanted to feel good about the cut. I researched online and found a highly rated stylist. The rate listed online? $120. Yes, roughly 10x more than my usual but since this was such an emotional step, I wanted a ‘good’ cut and color.

She did a single color and a fast cut. The bill? $220. I stared at her, open mouthed. ‘Isn’t it $120?’ I asked. ‘The COLOR is $120. The cut is $100’ she replied.

OMG friends. Seriously, the most mediocre cut and color that wasn’t applied as good as my amateur hairstylist husband was $220. I paid and she asked when I would like to schedule my next cut. ‘Thank you for your services but the price is out of my range and I won’t be returning. It’s not your fault, I should have read your pricing more carefully.’ She looked shocked. Uh, do normal folks have that kind of budget for a haircut?!?! Holy Moly!

Great Clips, I’ll see ya in a few weeks. I’m so sorry for ‘cheating’ on you.

How much do you pay for a cut and color? I’m super curious as to what’s ‘normal’. My Great Clips is around $12 but with tip, I pay $20. My hair color is Madison Reed on subscription and it’s $23. My hybrid DIY routine is $43 every 8-10 weeks.

Also, as much as it didn’t work for me, I DO recommend a ‘Halo’ type hair solution. You can get a great one from Amazon for $35 and they are real hair. They are great for bringing back confidence after hair loss. I just couldn’t do it for 9 hours a day 7 days a week. But for occasional use, they are super fun.

How I spent my $5 bills


Some BAD readers may remember that for years, I have saved $5 bills. Like I don’t ever spend them. I have a container in my house where I put all my $5 and have for years. It’s just a game I play with myself as an “extra” savings. And I haven’t touched it for years.

Well, I take that back, I have Gymnast $15 last week from there to buy Starbucks for he and his ride to school on the first day of the semester. (When I took the kids, I would always buy them breakfast or a treat on the first day of class so just continuing this, in a sense, and I didn’t have any cash.)

Back to the story at hand…I have now completely depleted my $5 stash of this week. Let me tell you how…

Christmas for the twins

The twins turned 23 this past fall. And I was struggling with what to get them for Christmas big time last fall. So I finally decided on an experience gift, a mom and twins trip. (I’ve done lots of trips with the younger kids over the years due to sports or availability or whatever so don’t come for me for not being fair.)

VEGAS, baby!

Yes, for Christmas, I bought the 3 of us round trip tickets to Las Vegas and paid for two nights in a hotel on the strip (hello, $62 per night!) Thank you, Hopper, for the great deal. We flew there early Sunday morning, which means we landed there early Sunday morning. Then flew back early Tuesday morning, which means we were back here in Georgia by lunch. We had two full days of playtime!

Fun money

I didn’t let them take their debit cards. And I decided to empty my $5 savings to be our fun money. I did this for a few reasons:

  1. Didn’t want to take any more money out of my regular budget to pay for the trip.
  2. Wanted to have small bills to make it easy to spend smaller amounts on things versus getting stuck with only having big bills. (We do not have a local bank. So withdrawing from the ATM limits the bills I can get.)
  3. Great way to give us each some fun money without putting the burden on them or blowing my budget.

This meant, we each got $140 to blow however we wanted…when it was gone, it was gone.

I had a budget for food and rides to and from the airport included in the Christmas money.

Now to start my $5 savings again…and see what fun we can have with again in a few years time. Anyone else have this kind of rainy day savings thing going on that you don’t account for anywhere else?



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