A few days before I left for my big six-week trip to Europe I paid for something I hadn’t paid for in nearly ten years. Can you make a guess as to what “it” was? I’ll give you a second to do some thinking…
If you guessed getting my colon cleansed you would be wrong. And disgusting.
If you guessed getting my haircut, you’d be right on the money.
All through High School I rocked the oh-so-popular crew cut and bleached tips. Yes, I know. Bleached tips on dudes should have never been a thing. Sadly, it was. Thanks to celebrities like Justin Timberlake…
Upon graduating high school, I fled the Pacific Northwest to attend college in San Diego. I didn’t realize when I left home, I was also leaving the Bank of Mom and Dad. No longer could I ask Mom Ninja for some cash to go get my hair did.
Since I’m cheap as hell, I did what any logical person would do and cut all my hair off. I bought a $20 pair of clippers and for the next ten years, I cut my own hair.
As our net worth has improved over the years, we’ve gotten a little more lazy. No longer do I drive across town to save $0.03 per gallon on gas. Say goodbye to washing my own car. And gone are the days of letting my parents pay for dinner when I go out with them.
Okay, I lied.
I definitely still let my parents pay for meals.
Last week, as I was preparing to leave the country for six weeks, I had a decision to make. Do I buzz my head for the thousandth time, or should I hit the barber and get a sexy hipster hairdo?
After much deliberation, I opted for the latter and dropped by the local Great Clips. I sat down in the chair, told the stylist I hadn’t had a hair cut in ten years, and let her go to work on my cabeza. Twenty minutes later the processed was finished.
As I approached the register I realized something.
I HAD NO CLUE HOW MUCH MY HAIRCUT COST.
I mean, I haven’t had a haircut in ten years so I’m not necessarily privy to market standards. Would it be $10? Or $50?
The cut was $16. I gave her a $20 and told her to keep the change (you still tip hair people right?). Ugh.
I love having a little bit of hair on top of my head now, but at $20 a pop, I’m not to thrilled at the idea of making this a monthly thing.
According to math, I’ve saved $2,400 over the last ten years by cutting my own hair. Take that $2,400 and throw it in an investment account for 30 years earning 8%, and you’re looking at a $24,000 portfolio.
Darn you personal finance and all of your infinite wisdom!
Educate me readers. How often do you get your haircut? And how much does it cost?
p.s. Here’s a shot of my luscious locks from one of my recent Instagram posts.