Our Frugal Lifestyle

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Passionate about eco-frugality. I used to party hard, clubbing my way from pay-packet to pay-packet. Never getting ahead, just getting by. Then came our much wanted baby with no savings in the bank - only an old car. Changes were made to our lifestyle and we didn't turn back. In the past 6yrs we purchased a flat, found employment, lived below our means, built an emergency fund, purchased a reliable car and saw the financial benefits of our frugal lifestyle. Our only debt is our mortgage. Our aim is to manage our cash flow wisely, pay off our home quickly and eventually work for pleasure, not necessity. Join us on our journey, share insights, tips and tricks to help us and others to get ahead while having a good time.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Savvy Haircutting in Our Home.

Once upon a time The Rambling Expat went to the hairdressers every 4 or so weeks for a clipper cut. After a few years of this we realised that clippers cost about $30 and a haircut cost $30. The hairdressers haircut only lasted 4 weeks, while clippers lasted 2 years. So we bought clippers and now cut at home.

Cheap clippers do the deed.

The Rambling Expat's bill was roughly $720 over the 2 years, now it's $30 plus a little $ for power (lets make it $5). This equates to a savings of $685. A huge amount of money which was just slipping through our fingers. And time wise it takes only 5 minutes. As I clip, all the hair goes into newspaper and then into the compost. It's inexpensive, green, local and time efficient.

Of course clipper cuts need to suit you. I think my partner looks great with his hair clipped. And if you're thinning on top why fight it?

Before cut and shower; looking worn out.

After cut and shower; looking younger and refreshed.

I also clip my neighbour, Mr T's hair. He starts it off and pops over for me to tidy it up. He earns well as a white collar manager however he is $$$ savvy, saving for a life of luxury when he retires young. 

Do you cut your family or friend's hair? Any tips or views to share? Is a visit to the hairdressers a luxury or necessity? Why are women's cuts so more expensive compared to men's? I would be interested in your comments and thoughts.

Snip Snip,

Stephanie @ Frugal Down Under.


  1. I'm female and I've cut my own hair for about two years now. It's easy enough - I never want anything complicated anyways. Just a sort of bob. Lopsided, this time because I cut it wrong butl, you know what, it's really cute that way.

  2. Thanks for the comment :-)

    Lopsided bobs are cool again. They were really big in the 80's and I've always LOVED them.

    Beth Ditto sings a cool song about a woman with a home made cut.

  3. My mom cut all of us kids hair while I was growing up. I took over from there and have cut my own hair ever since. I've had ONE salon cut in my life when my husband and I both donated our hair. It's amazing how much money is saved on cutting at home. VERY good call on the clippers. Way to go!


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