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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 03-26-2007, 10:41 AM   #41
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Haircut every 4 weeks - $37.
Hair color every 3 months $70.
No manicure, pedicure --- but I clip at home regularly.
No make up.
Massage every 3-4 weeks $50 (would hate to give this up in retirement. I'll skip the hair color instead.)
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Re: Do you spend a significant amount of money on your appearance/grooming
Old 03-26-2007, 12:03 PM   #42
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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.
You're story is great. I have a 12 year old clipper I guess it is still just a pup.
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Old 03-26-2007, 04:26 PM   #43
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I buy Ivory soap whenever it's on sale. I get a haircut every 90-120 days, even if I do not need one. (I generally shower at the nearby Army fitness center after a workout so this tends to keep my Ivory usage lower.)

This all tends to keep me below my $50 annual budget in this area. 8)
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I'm still in the reserves, so I hafta get a haircut every month at least, at 10.00 a whack. I was getting it done cheaper, but the $10 barber is doing a much better job so I'm sticking with him. My dad was a barber, and I may research into whether I could do this for myself without messing up. Any advice on self-haircuts would be appreciated. Otherwise, I just use regular old Irish Spring bath soap, and whatever deodorant is cheapest at the moment, Ultrabrite toothpaste which is about the cheapest there is, I think. No pedicures, manicures etc. I'm a real basic guy, but I do stay clean & neat. I do sometimes go a day or two or three between shaves, though. DW seems to like it.
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Old 03-26-2007, 06:37 PM   #45
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You're story is great. I have a 12 year old clipper I guess it is still just a pup.
I figure they should last me another 33 years.....then I'll just let my hair grow long and be an 83 year old hippie!

And I did forget to add in the cost of the 2 drops of light machine oil that I put on the clippers once a year!
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However.....a great hair dresser and manicurist/pedicurist are worth their weight in gold
Ain't that the truth! I call my hairdresser "my psychologist". She can always sniff out stress a mile away from the state of my hair. And the camaraderie at the store is, well, "to die for"!
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The haircut is the one expense that I can't seem to trim down (no pun intended). I spend $40 including tip for a men's haircut in a boutiquish place. I just searched my calendar to find out how often I actually go, and was a bit embarrassed that it looks like I often go three months between haircuts, but less if there is a special event coming up that I want to look good for.

I tried cheaper haircuts but they don't seem to last as long and just aren't as good looking.

I did a cost/benefit analysis of different shavers recently, trying out the Gillette Fusion (5+1 blades), Quadra (4 blades), Sensor (2 blades), Gillette disposables (2 blades), and a Gillette one blade disposable. I found that the sweet spot is 2 blades... More blades are more comfortable but way more expensive. Interestingly, the Gillette Sensor (non-disposable 2 blade) costs much more, about $1.10/cartridge than the Gillette disposable 2 blade shavers (about .70 cents each at Costco). You do get a slightly better shave with the Sensor and the blades do last a little longer, but after using both on alternate days for a while, I decided the Gillette disposable 2 blade shavers at .70 cents each were the best deal.

So my shaving cost is approx 10 cents a day for the shavers, probably $50/year including shave cream and depreciation on the electric shavers I use for various small spots.

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