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Old 03-15-2017, 12:24 AM
 
Location: trapped in the body of a dying animal
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I ran into a friend of mine and noticed his hair was gone. His wife had shaved his once long thick hair completely off. He was not going bald like a number of men who shaved their head, nor was he a cop or military, but instead, he was just frugal with his money. He does not look that great with a shaved head, but I have to agree, it does save him money.

His plan was to have his wife shave his head every week and save $200 a year in haircuts! What do you think?
That's what I did when I was 18 and didn't make much money. Bought some clippers for $20 at Walmart. Over 20 years later I still have a buzz-cut.

If all my investments paid for themselves as many times over as those clippers, I'd be in Warren Buffet territory.
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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"It was not a bad gig, and after a few years I was not terrible at it."

This is seriously funny. I have a cramp because I'm laughing so hard.
Within a culture where you live underwater 7 months/year and will not see any females, most men just don't care so much about their hairstyle.

The only time it becomes critical is in the last week before we surface, they want to look good before they visit their wives or hit the bars looking for a GF.

There are only three basic styles in the Navy.
1- 1/4" all around, shave back hair and around the ears,

2- 'marine'; 1/4" on the sides and 1/2" on top, shave back hair and around the ears, tapered around the ears and across the back.

3- 'long'; which is 3" maximum hair length, nothing touching the ears or collar, shave back hair and around the ears, tapered around the ears and across the back.

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Old 03-15-2017, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I always find the topic of frugality and haircuts interesting because 9 out of 10 guys will proudly state they cut their own hair to save money, but they are just using the clipper setting at 1 to buzz their hair. Anyone can do that. I would do that if I was going for the buzz cut look. Why spend $$$ on 30 second cut.
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Old 03-19-2017, 07:17 PM
 
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Very true, my hubby was fed up of paying for hair cuts & having them ignore what he said he wanted. So we bought a hair trimmer for around $30 & he cuts it himself & it looks so much better, paid for itself within the first 2 months.
When I moved to the south shore of Boston in 2001 I could not find a barber shop I liked. After several single visit attempts to a handful barber shops I ended up at a SuperCuts. The first time I went there, a young woman cut my hair and it was acceptable. The second visit to that same location I decided I wanted a simple buzzcut. It was summertime and my head gets sweaty with a full head of hair when I am active. When it was my turn in the customer queue, I ended up being served by a gay guy who gave me a hissy fit when I specified that I wanted a buzzcut. He acted like it was beneath him to do a buzzcut. I should have walked out then and there but I did not want to find a new place to go so I let him do the buzzcut. There were no issues with the quality of the cut but his attitude turned me off and I never returned to that location. After that I shaved my head for several years until I bought a pair of clippers and then I started giving myself buzzcuts. The clippers have paid for themselves several times over. I could probably buy a pair of basic clippers every year and still come out ahead compared to utilizing hair care businesses.

I haven't been to a barber or hair care business since 2002. That hissy fit really offended me.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:46 AM
 
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Nothing wrong with that. But ultimately, saving $200 a year isn't going to make a big difference in your financial life. Now, I would never say that to a broke or indebted person, but once you reach a certain comfort level, saving an extra $200 a year just isn't a lot of money. But if it makes him happy and doesn't feel like a sacrifice, by all means go ahead and do it.....better than blowing $200 on a tattoo, IMO.
$200 here and $200 there adds up faster than you'd think.

I've been cutting my own hair for.... a few months shy of 20 years now.

Originally it was convince. I can cut it in the amount of time I'd take to get to the barber, and do it at 11 at night if I'd like.
ALSO: I get the quality I want. (I have very difficult to cut hair, and look very bad with a shaved head. ... not that in the beginning they didn't end up that way a few times.)

The cost savings is merely a very nice bonus.
(But don't make the mistake to think it doesn't add up. Similar "Inconsequential savings" I don't even notice now adds up to thousands a year.)

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Old 03-20-2017, 06:01 AM
 
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No he isn't.

He's saving $200 a year and the OP says it doesn't look good and he has a good head of hair.

Saving money is cutting out the $5 Starbucks coffee in them morning(that would be about $1,200 a year), shopping around for lower car insurance, or not spending $500 on cell phone with an expensive plan.

Cutting your own hair can be a gateway drug to a more frugal lifestyle. You save $200+ a year on a simple change and it can make you take a look at other things in your life. Maybe next you get rid of cable, or dry cleaning, or start doing your own oil changes. Before you know it, the savings runs into the thousands.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:28 PM
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Location: Where the last of the "Big 3" has retired. Spurs country.
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I am impressed by his creativity. It is a safe, legal, non-harmful, and creative way to save money doing something that is unique. to him and his wife for supporting him and doing the "dirty work."
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Drugs last up to 90 days in hair.

I cut my own, but leave the top of it about 90 days long. No further comment.
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Old 03-21-2017, 04:23 PM
 
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Drugs last up to 90 days in hair.

I cut my own, but leave the top of it about 90 days long. No further comment.
If you need to take a drug test, chest hair works.

I mean... for those of us who can exceed the required 1.5"
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Old 03-21-2017, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Paranoid State
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Kudos to you women who help your husbands/BFs with haircuts.

Anyone go a bit farther to save $$ ??

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