Five Thought Friday (Week 3)

Haircut Kit#1) Our February focus is saving money through DIY so yesterday, I gave Angie a haircut. This is nothing new for us though. I started cutting Angie’s hair a few years ago. For a while we got out of the habit of home haircuts. It’s so much simpler to go to Great Clips and let someone else deal with the mess and the cleanup, but monthly haircuts are expensive…even at Great Clips. With tip, it costs us $32 per month for two really easy cuts. I purchased this Conair Simple Cut kit from Amazon as an add-on item. It was less than $8. We’ve used it more than 20 times in the past two years and it’s still going strong. Of course, Angie cleans and oils it after every use. Today, I’m up for a haircut. Angie has less experience with my hair. We’ve only cut mine at home maybe 6 times (and my mom did one of those). Sure it’s scary at first to cut your own hair but what’s the worst that can happen? Hair grows back.

Feeding Addie#2) Cutting costs on groceries remains a priority. We’re still using the mom-velope to keep spending on mom’s groceries separate from ours and that’s working well. However, we’ve spent $144 so far this month on groceries and household. That’s up a little bit but includes a bulk meat purchase, Super Bowl snacks (veggies and fixings for mini subs), and baby food for our unexpected little visitor. Our dining out budget (if we had one) would be blown this month too. We had a family dinner at Cracker Barrel last week and will be going to my nephew’s 13th birthday dinner at his favorite steakhouse tomorrow.

#3) We went to Farm Fest last Saturday at Hendersonville Produce. It was a chance to meet local farmers and producers and sample some of their products. The first time we went to HP last year, we weren’t impressed. But then again, nothing will ever compare to the Amish Market we’d grown accustomed to shopping in Florida. Meeting the local producers gave us a chance to sample products that we might have overlooked in the store and it really elevated HP as a place we might like to shop. We also met farmers from two CSAs. We’ve thought about buying a CSA farm share for a while now but I’m still on the fence. A half-share (a half bushel of produce weekly for 28 weeks) is $560. If you’re a CSA member, what do you think about the program you’re in?

#4) We’re taking our first mini vacation next week – unless it snows. Smoky Mountains here we come! I’m hoping to do some hiking, take lots of photos, and visit a wildlife refuge (though the bears may still be in hibernation).

Butts by the Box
Just a sample of the butts in the courtyard of our building.

#5) I am firmly convinced that we live in an ashtray. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the state of Tennessee should probably be called the Ashtray of the South. I just Googled “number of smokers in Tennessee” and found that we rank 5th in states with the highest number of adult smokers. The four states that rank higher are all close by too (KY, WV, MS, and AR). The last two states we lived in – Colorado and Florida – rank 34th and 38th respectively. I know smoking is a personal choice and I respect that…except when it interferes with my ability to live a happy, healthy life. When I have to walk to the mailbox along a pathway strewn with cigarette butts, I’m not very happy.

3 thoughts on “Five Thought Friday (Week 3)

  1. Home haircuts do save a lot of money. I bought a wahl clipper set after getting a couple really bad haircuts at the barbers for my boys. I figured why pay someone to screw up their hair? I have had my husband cut my hair for years as the salon stylists left me in tears far too many times. I figure between the costs of the haircuts, tip and transportation I save over $1000 a year. How my hair looks is important to me, they seemed not to care and then I would hear, its just hair, it will grow back. OK, so why pay someone a lot of money to do what I can get done at home for free? And my husband allows does a great job on our haircuts. No driving, wasting time waiting for the haircuts, getting them rushed through and looking at the poor results that need to be fixed at home later. I know there will be some some that will slam my comment, but the hard working dedicated stylists, were no where to be found in the places I was going to or taking my children.And I have no intention of returning to the salon and barbershop to pay for bad haircuts.

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    1. I completely agree. I have thick hair and have heard so many times at the salon that my hair is “just too hard to work with”. I too have left in tears wondering why I just paid someone to give me a cut that looked like it was done by a team of preschoolers. Angie is gaining confidence as she cuts my hair but even her mistakes look better than some cuts we’ve paid for. Thanks for sharing your story!

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      1. The sad part is that 98% of the licensed “professionals” do not last more than six months in the field. The beauty schools pump out hundreds, they get some experience, but then cannot make a living renting a booth because they have no following. They then move onto being a secretary, cashier or driving bus. I know about 5 friends in high school that went this route and have a couple cousins and a former sister-in-law that got sucked in, paid thousands for the school and then moved onto another job. So once Angie has been doing your hair for a couple years, she may just have more experience than one of the pros at the local great clips, haircuttery, etc. My neighbor who worked in a salon,stopped by while my husband was giving me a trim on the patio last summer. She said he was doing a great job, but… then followed up with observations that my hair was too thick, needed to be thinned out, it needs to have layers cut so it doesn’t lay flat and that my hair was getting quite long and he wasn’t taking off enough. He continued to trim my hair exactly as I asked him to. It reminded me of why I was no longer going to the salon, and made me thankful he was wielding the shears, rather than a “know it all” scissor happy stylist at the salon.

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