We all have grooming maintenance that we need to do to keep ourselves looking presentable to others, and especially your significant other. I personally don’t like adding any sort of regular monthly expense unless I absolutely have to. I have many friends who get pedicures on a monthly basis. I personally go perhaps.. once a year for a bachelorette or birthday party or some other event that renders it necessary to go. One friend has been asking me to go for monthly pedicures with her. At $35+tip a pop each time for some scrubbing, cuticle pushing, filing, and nail bed painting (which adds up to a whopping $450 a year), I told her that I just do it myself and I could do hers too, if she wants to pay me $35+tip a month (of course I was just joking…I think).
So here I go, analyzing how much I spend on being presentable to the rest of the human race. Guys, if you are somewhat squeamish about grooming, please look away (or don’t click on the “continue reading” link lol)!
HAIR: I do go and get my hair done twice a year (much to the chagrin of my BF, but tough luck for him) but go “all out” when I get my hair done (dyed and cut) which costs about $175 including tips. I’ve been to a gazillion hair stylists and finally found one that I like and does a good job, so I’m keeping him even though he costs me an arm and a leg.
My BF gets a hair cut around monthly for $35 or so. Other than that, he doesn’t have any regular grooming expenses.
I know many guys who cut their own hair (and don’t do a bad job), so being able to do that is a fantastic money saving skill.
BROWS: I get my eyebrows threaded about every 6-8 weeks as well, and this costs me $5. Ever since I’ve discovered threading, I have been much too lazy to tweeze my eyebrows. Threading is where the esthetician takes a piece of white thread (same as the thread you would sew with) and somehow magically twists the thread so it catches the hair and yanks them out. It’s basically like tweezing on crack.
I have a friend who goes to get her eyebrows tweezed by a well known esthetician and it costs $40 a session, but boy, do her eyebrows always look great.
WAXING: I don’t wax my legs, I use an Epilator. The Epilator is this tortuous looking device that has three metal grips that pulls each hair out three at a time in a quickly rotating fashion. It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread in my mind- it costs about $50 but lasts forever. The pain you get initially subsides after a few more uses of the Epilator.
FACIALS: Again, this is something that once you get hooked, can become a very expensive monthly expense. I have gotten a facial once, it was lovely but expensive (I think to the tune of $70). I bought another one thanks to Groupon (sigh). It was 50% off or so, so I obliged. This marks the second time I’ll be having a facial in about 5 years.
I believe those are all my grooming expenses. There’s another one that I do regularly but I would much rather not share the details, but it’s in the realm of waxing.
I try to keep my expenses down as much as possible and do only the things through a salon that I can’t do myself.
Readers, how about you… How many times do you: Wax, “get your hair did”, get your nails done?
Do you review your grooming expenses regularly? Do you think that grooming is a area in personal finance that shouldn’t ever been compromised or sacrificed?