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Yes, I am a rock star/supermodel. 0 0%
Yes, looking good is very important to me. 10 9.01%
Sort of - I do the basics 54 48.65%
No, I cut my own hair. 30 27.03%
Other 5 4.50%
I don't even bother cutting my hair... 7 6.31%
I don't even bathe anymore 5 4.50%
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Old 03-25-2007, 08:49 PM   #21
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Actually if someone stays in shape, is at the correct weight they are about 99% of the way there.

If you are overweight or have bad hygiene spending money on grooming is like putting lipstick on a pig.
How about if you're short, balding or have acne scars?
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Or my 1st trip may be to a spa followed by a nice long cruise.
Many cruise ships have spas now, so you could spend the entire cruise in the spa...
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My gal has cut my hair for the last 28 years - I lop hers off straight across the back. The good thing is that she's of an artistic bent and does a really good job - me, well, I can cut a straight line... Now and again she visits a hair dresser and usually ends up fixing the coloring/cutting work they do. Figure we dress to impress (each other).
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I'll admit that I am a bit high maintenance. I have my roots done every 4 weeks, cut every 6, highlights every 3 months. I am scared to add how much my hair costs me in a year after you add in the root boost, thickening paste, control freak serum, plus the shampoo, conditioner and don't forget the leave in conditioner.

On the skin care side, I have the day and night moisturisers, and the eye wrinkle cream. I did try and cut back to cheaper brands ala Oil of Olay but my skin didn't like it.

On the treatment side I like my monthly pedicures and manicures, I occasionally have a facial, but regularly have a massage, then throw in a few bits getting waxed every now and then.

I did try the Mystic Tan spray on before I went to Hawaii. Came out rather well and I have decided I will probably continue these once a week throughout summer as I am the pastiest Australian you will ever see.

I know by now some of the males on this board have probably had a heart attack even thinking about how much all of the above costs. However we do balance it out by my husband only getting his haircut once every 3 months.
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I know by now some of the males on this board have probably had a heart attack even thinking about how much all of the above costs. However we do balance it out by my husband only getting his haircut once every 3 months.
I'm happy that y'all are staying pretty.

It's especially attractive if you pay for it yourself.

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Only, if there's a chance, I'll be in a police lineup.
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#2 buzz cut from friend every 2 months - $20 clipper 2 years ago

Shave once every 7-10 days - free

Exfoliation and moisturization routine from canine - free

Overall, pretty inexpensive for the last 10 years
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My wife bought me one of those nose helicopters a year or so ago. I'm good to go.
Heh speaking of which mine needs new batteries
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I bought a pair of hair clippers about 33 years ago for $18.95 ($19.90 with sales tax)......and so I do my own hair.....thus far it has cost on average 60 cents per year or about 10 cents each hair cut (haircut about every 2 months)....and that price drops every year!!! Of course I have to add in electricity, but that, too, is minimal.
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That's the problem with doing expense tracking in Quicken -- with one click I can find out exactly how much I spend on grooming per year. $960? Whoa! Let's calculate that as a per month expense instead..... whew, "just" $80 per month, now that doesn't sound quite so bad. Most of the cost is haircuts and highlighting. I skimp and try to extend the period between touchups (that's the cheap in me)

Shiny, I want to get laser hair removal too! That'll cost a bit. Maybe next winter ? ? ?
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I'm surprised at how many people cut their own hair. I'm in that camp but I haven't actually met anyone else who does it. The back is the hard part
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I do most of the basics myself but I'm very lucky I have a sister that owns a salon, she cuts my hair about every 8 weeks, does any waxing needed, all at the family discount I don't need to color my hair, it's a deep strawberry blonde (red?), have natural waves and highlites. Manicures and pedicures I've always done myself and prefer it that way after a friend ended up with a nasty infection from a salon. I'm pretty low maintenence, don't wear a lot of makeup but I tend to splurge on moisturisers and creams, I have nice skin and want to keep it that way. Dh gave me a GC to a spa for a facial, I didn't enjoy it, didn't enjoy the hardsell for products and my face broke out for days after.

I cut DH's hair once a year to trim the ends off his braid, he gets split ends from it whipping around behind him on the bike.

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Although I do spend $60 to get my haircut 4x a year, I always feel that it is an extravagence I allow myself. I color it myself, so about $6 every 6 weeks or so.

I do get pedicures in the summer - I play a lot of sports and my feet look like it if I don't do something! So maybe 4 or 5 pedicures a year at $25 a shot.

I wear very little makeup so whatever I do buy lasts a LONG time.

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$80.00 for cut & color every five weeks.$25.00 for pedicures once a month .Estee Lauder make-up probably $50.00 every few months . They give me free samples of the eye cream so I save some there.
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Don't cut my hair.
Don't dye my hair.
Shower every other day.
(sponge bath on non shower days)
Put on clean clothes every day
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My splurge is my cut and color every 6 weeks (~140). I get my products off-brand, though. don't go in much for the creams, moisturizers, etc. I bought some Mary Kay makeup about 6 months ago basically as favor to a friend who was selling at the time. The experience was actually worth it as I learned some cosmetic tips i hadn't known , though all the hard-sell crap to become a consultant (from my friend's "up-line", not her) was definitely NOT worth it. I'll probably try some different brands once I run through the MK stuff to see what I like. work clothes are through kohl's/gordman's. when I'm off the clock, I live in jeans and Ts unless we're going out somewhere nice. in other words, I spend on what I care about, and ignore the rest.
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My splurge is my cut and color every 6 weeks (~140).
I tried waxing before our last trip, since I was given a spa gift certificate. It wasn't all that impressive for the bother and pain, so I think I'll stick to shaving.

Yeah, me too. My nails and eyebrows are just left to their own devices, except that in the summer I will sometimes paint my toenails.

My other splurge is Clinique soap and moisturizer, but the $18 soap lasts me about 6 months and the moisturizer is only used infrequently, so the cost is about $50 a year total, I think.

I almost never wear makeup, but there is a pretty large pile of stuff that has collected over the years if I ever want to. I buy a mascara once in a while.

Nope - the "grooming" budget item can't hold a candle to the "books" catagory as far as discretionary spending is concerned!

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I'm surprised at how many people cut their own hair. I'm in that camp but I haven't actually met anyone else who does it. The back is the hard part


Meadolark Lemon (of old Globetrotters), had the longest arms I've ever seen. Standing erect, his hands extended past his knees. He might have been able to pull off shaving the hair off his back.

Congratulations to you for even trying this stunt.
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haircut $20 plus $4 tip every 5 to 6 weeks. new batteries for nose/ear hair trimmer. just started developing back hair, yuck, not sure what i'm going to do about that but i'm leaving room in the budget. shave with a hair trimmer about once a week. don't like putting blade to face. have 5 o'clock shadow 24/7. have to replace trimmer about every two years for 50 bucks. suntan lotion especially for summer in florida and skin lotion for a couple bucks a year. buy natural bath soap by the gallon and have spa-type dispenser in shower. so no real significant money spent here. but that might explain why i don't get so many dates. oh yeah, i'm also considering a face lift in the future. do i put that under the heading of grooming?
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