How a simple pair of scissors can save your family money
Are you on the lookout for ways more to save your family money? We’ve been doing this one thing for the past 9+ years and it saves us over $1,000 a year. That’s around $10K in savings at this point and it keeps on growing! And the great thing is you can do it too…you can save your family over $1,000 a year!
As a side benefit, this also saves us time and stress, which is huge in my book!
When our kids were little and we were both working far across town, we spent much more time in the car than any of us preferred. My husband and I worked in the same building most of the time and the kids went to daycare at our employer’s location so we were all able to carpool together most days. Once every two weeks we had a standing appointment to get my husband’s hair cut and sometimes an additional appointment for myself or one of the kids.
So there we all were once every two weeks. Tired from a day of work and daycare. Tired from the drive across town. And very, very ready for dinner. Then what should have only taken 20 minutes of our time for one haircut, often took much longer since by the end of the day most hair stylists are running slightly behind schedule.
Generally I was able to occupy the kids long enough for my husband to get his hair cut, but as our son approached one year old and the nicer weather of summer approached, it became progressively harder each visit.
One day my husband was stuck in a meeting at work and couldn’t make it to his appointment, so I had to cancel it. He was busy the next week and couldn’t make it for a haircut either.
When facing scheduling difficulties and my husband’s growing hair, we decided to take matters into our own hands, or rather scissors.
I called our hairstylist and explained the situation and she kindly walked me through what to do and was confident I could cut his hair.
We already owned a pair of hair scissors and an electric hair trimmer with various guard sizes, so we were well on our way to success.
Since that night my husband has never gone back to the hairstylist, nor have our children, and I have only been back once. And we don’t look like a bunch of country rag-a-muffins either! My husband and son have traditional shorter hairstyles, my daughter has long hair, and mine varies between medium to long with differing amounts of layering depending on my mood when I cut it.
YOU CAN DO IT TOO!
Are you ready to learn a new skill that can save your family money?
It’s also a skill that will saves you TIME too! You can cut your husband, son, or daughter’s hair any time of day, no appointment needed. There’s no calling ahead to schedule. No waiting around because your hairstylist was running late. No stress. It’s all on your own schedule.
We have done haircuts late at night, early in the morning, in the middle of the day, outside (I’ll tell you about this in a bit), and even before church once. The key is we’ve done it when it fit OUR schedule.
You can learn this skill too, it’s actually easier than you might think!
EDUCATION YOU’LL NEED
Don’t worry I’m not going to send you to night school or career tech, but unless you’ve had some prior hair trimming instruction you might want to get some pointers before you get started trying to save your family money by doing your own haircuts.
Here are a few ideas to help you with this:
- Schedule one last appointment with your hair stylist and pay super close attention to everything he/she does, asking yourself these questions:
- Is your hair wet or dry when it’s cut?
- Is it divided into sections when it’s cut? How are the different sections cut differently?
- What tools are used?
- Electric trimmers (what guards are used)
- Thinning Shears
- If you think your stylist would be accepting of it, tell him or her upfront that you need to start cutting everyone in the family’s hair to save money and you’d really appreciate some tips as you watch. You just might be surprised to find them more than willing to help. If they do, I would tip generously and/or follow up with a thank you note and a gift card or small gift.
- Search the web for video tutorials on how to cut different hair styles. You will be amazed at the number of videos you will find to help you with any hair style.
SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED
Here’s a list of the we have on hand for our at home haircuts:
- Electric hair clipper set
- Hair scissors
- Thinning Shears
- Beard Trimmer
- Groomsman Trimmer
- Comb, Rat Tail Comb, and Brush
- Spray Bottle for wetting hair
- Neck Duster
- Old flat sheet or tablecloth
Will you need all of these items? It depends completely on the hair styles your family members have and what you need to maintain them. My husband has a beard so we have a beard trimmer. I’m super picky about ear, nose, and eyebrow hair so we have a groomsman trimmer that helps with that. I also cut my sister’s hair, which is fairly short and thick, so I have trimming shears for her haircuts. It all depends on your family members and their needs.
SET UP AND TIPS
I generally do all of our haircuts in the bathroom. I put an old sheet down in the floor to help with clean up, then the person whose hair I am cutting sits in a folding chair with a towel draped over it to keep hair from getting in all the little crevices. Then I place a cape over the person and cut their hair.
My sister has special needs and has always hated having her hair cut. When I started cutting it we had the idea to cut her hair outside on the back patio and she loved it! She loves to be outside, so we were able to use that to help make her more comfortable for her haircuts and it worked. Since then the only time we cut her hair inside is if it is super hot or super cold, otherwise we cut it outside.
I certainly recommend trying haircuts alfresco with younger kids. Aside from the benefit of them being more comfortable, it’s a huge help with the clean up. Generally a good sweeping of the patio or a light breeze is all the clean up work you need to do. I’ve also learned with younger children that is is very helpful to catch them when their tummies are full and they are not overly tired…the fidgeting increases exponentially when they are hungry or tired.
If you are cutting your own hair, I highly recommend using a mirror to help you see what you are doing and having another adult or older child available to help you make sure you have achieved the look you’re after. It’s honestly not as hard as you might think!
We generally just hop in the shower after a hair cut…no more little bits of hair making us itch or getting all over our clothes.
Here’s a rundown of how I’ve calculated our savings in this area of our lives. Your savings will be different depending on the number of family members, your location, hair styles, etc., but you will save your family money. Since we haven’t paid for a haircut in 9 years I used the amounts we were paying plus our tip 9 years ago.
We have been paying a groomer to cut our dog’s hair the past couple of years. I did it previously, then I started paying a groomer because she seems to cooperate better for them. After running the numbers for this post I’ve realized that we’re paying too much to have someone else do something that we can do for ourselves, so I’ll be cutting her hair again from now on as well.
MONEY IN THE BANK AND NEW SKILLS TOO
Learning new skills to help us become more self-sufficient and save money are top priorities for our family on our homestead. Being able to cut our own hair has been a significant money saver for us.
I hope it will be be a great way for you to save your family money as well!