One of my minimalism challenges is to eradicate expenses on extraneous services. In line with this, about a year ago, I spent $20 on electric clippers and taught myself (on YouTube) to cut my own hair. During this time, I saved nearly $300 and eliminated hours waiting in line.
A professional cut with tip runs about $14, which adds up to over $30,000 in a lifetime. Cutting your own hair allows you to re-purpose that money while saving yourself time waiting and stress commuting to the barber.
After the first few trials, I was able to make a decent cut using just clippers, scissors, and a handheld mirror in conjunction with my bathroom mirror. I grew to prefer cutting my own hair versus paying, waiting, and stressing at a barber shop.
It’s always disappointing to pay for a bad haircut, but when you did it to yourself it becomes a topic of conversation and you can turn it into an opportune moment to teach about minimalism and sustainable finances. So why not take the plunge and give it a try? For the cost of a single haircut you can get a decent pair of clippers and try it out.
If you enjoyed this, check out: The True Cost of Services.