Thursday, January 14, 2016

How I Saved Over $9000 and Have Nothing to Show For It!

I've been thinking that with the name of my blog being "A Nickel Here, A Dime There" that I should write about how I do try to save some money here and there instead of just writing about the things I sell to make money!

One way I've saved money over the years is by cutting my husbands and our 4 boys hair. I think I started when my oldest boy was probably 2 or 3 years old. My husband had always gotten his hair cut some where or other and I'd watch the stylest and it didn't seem like it would be that hard to do so I finally talked my husband into letting me try it out on him! At the time (28 years ago) he had really nice, thick black curly hair so it was very forgiving if I did botch it up! It actually turned out pretty good and I was in business from then on! I figured it saved us $10-$15 every time I cut his hair. When our little boys got to be about 2 years old I would start cutting their hair also. I figured that I probably cut their hair about 8 times a year. I would aim for every 6 weeks or so but sometimes it would be more like every 8 weeks. I figured out how many years I've been cutting each ones hair, figured roughly $12 per cut (which it probably really would be more) and then came up with this rough estimate of how much I've saved......$9312.00! Not too shabby! Now wouldn't it have been  nice if I had actually put $12 per cut into a jar or savings account over all those years and HAD that money in my hands?!! Why YES, it would! Of course one of the main reasons I cut their hair was to save money because with a big family money was always tight and I figured if I could save money by cutting their hair, then we could use that money for groceries! So, I really did save that much money by learning a new skill but sad to say, it's not in the bank! :) I also have trimmed my girls hair and bangs over the years so I could add more to that figure also!

Here's the only picture that I have of one of the kids getting a haircut. This is our youngest boy 10 years ago. Keep in mind I was 9 months pregnant with our last child and I must have about had it as you can tell by the look on my face! Not a good picture! He did not like getting his hair cut either!

(This was in the middle of the haircut---not the finished product! )
Here's a picture of our boys about 4 years ago.
I think they look pretty sharp but I'm probably biased!
If you think you'd like to save some money this way then there are lots of YouTube videos on how to cut boys hair! Maybe I should look up a video too ....maybe I'd learn some new tricks! 
Thanks for stopping by! ~~Pam