Spending $25 Saved Me $1,500 On My Boys
What used to cost me more than $60 a month?
It’s something that everyone needs to make sure that they look her best. It’s haircuts. More specifically haircuts for the men, even the mini men, in your life.
Haircuts can really add up. While guys’ hair is really easy to cut, it needs to be cut and up kept frequently in order to avoid looking sloppy.
I have two sons and a husband who need regular haircuts. If each of them needs a haircut only once a month although usually it’s more than that, I’m looking at around $15 per boy and $30 for my much pickier husband. Right now, for my family of 2 boys and a husband, I’m looking at $60 each month! WHAT?!
I knew something had to be done about that crazy expense.
I have zero hair-cutting experience. If it was possible to have NEGATIVE hair cutting experience, I would have it. I was absolutely horrified to use clippers for fear of chopping off my husband’s ear. Because of my fear, I sent my husband out to get his hair cut.
For a while, I made sure that he got to a barber at least twice a month. That was back when we didn’t have any children and expenses didn’t really matter. When our first son was born, all of that changed.
Hair cutting soon fell into this weird, messy category in our budget that we didn’t know how to handle: a necessary luxury. It needed to be done, but the now outrageously high cost made it a luxury.
Off I went to buy $25 clippers with the extended clipper set for different lengths. With a lot of helpful instruction from YouTube, it has helped me save $60 a month for the past two years alone.
Never cut hair before? Me neither!
But haircuts can be as difficult or easy as you make them. I have all 3 of my boys (husband included) with short back and bottom, and long on top. It’s a low maintenance cut and it doesn’t take long at all. After years of practice, I’ve gotten the routine down to about 5-10 minutes for the boys, and 10-12 for my husband.
Not too shabby for someone whose haircutting experience used to consist of that one time in kindergarten when I decided that I needed to have bangs, huh?
All you will need for your own barber station are:
- Clippers (here are my handy dandy clippers that have been with me for 5 years)
- A comb
- A towel
- A wooden or metal stool or chair (so that the hair doesn’t get stuck in the fabric of a nicer chair)
- An iPad (for kids)
- A broom and vacuum
victim guy down in the chair with a towel cape. For the kids, turning on the iPad with a movie keeps them occupied and helps them to not be so scared of the clippers (you can use this for fidgetey or overly picky husbands, too). Start with a long comb. You can always take more off, but you can’t put it back on (take it from someone who learned that the hard way)!
Start with a long comb. You can always take more off, but you can’t put it back on (take it from someone who learned that the hard way)!
Once you’ve found the right comb length, write it down on a piece of paper and leave it with your clipper case. This way, you’ll never forget which size comb you used last time.
It is well worth it to watch instructional videos on YouTube and to try it for yourself. And honestly, your first one, two, or five haircuts may not be awesome. But eventually, you will get used to using the clippers and it will be well worth the $25 investment to save you a lot of money.
Check out this amazingly easy video tutorial from Millenial Moms. Jordan makes it so easy to cut your little guys’ hair that you’ll be wondering why it took so long to try on your own!
How do you take care of your sons’ hair?
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