Money-saving tips: haircuts
Neither my partner nor I has paid for a haircut in a few years now. We cut our own and/or each other's, using the dog clippers (yes! actually better quality than the cheap "family haircut" kits you can get for $25) and scissors. Neither of us has any background or training in cutting human hair, but we started grooming our own standard poodle some years ago so we had the equipment...and sooner or later it was inevitable that we'd try it out on ourselves. We use various comb attachments (the longest being 1 inch) on the electric clipper. Granted, one of the reasons this works is that we both want short-short hair. We actually have been getting increasingly good results. It's a little iffy if I try to do my own, by myself, but after my partner has trimmed and evened it up, I get compliments! I know this post is practically asking for someone to question the frugality of owning a standard poodle...No, that part is not exactly thrifty, especially since we paid a LOT for her (on the other hand, we once owned a less expensive one who wasn't bred as carefully and had numerous and expensive health problems, which Zoe doesn't)... But it gets into the realm of the heart. This creature is greatly beloved, and we don't regret a penny we've spent (or gone into debt) for her. It also gets into the realm of allergies (my partner being allergic to shedding dogs). Anyway, I think that when it comes to living simply/cheaply/whatever, we can have different priorities... The two of us, for instance, share one ten-year-old, fully-paid-off car that we intend to keep using -- sparingly -- until it absolutely dies (hopefully another decade!). I'd much rather have my Zoe than another car.