After much prodding from MY SON (yes, the 3 year old), I went to Great Clips last night to get my hair cut. I normally go to Salon Feux-Feux* and pay about $60 for a shampoo, haircut and blow-dry. Great Clips was $13; I had a $2 off coupon and I left a $3 tip, so we'll call it $14. Someone check my math, k?
So I didn't get a great conversation, the latest salon gossip, a neck massage nor a cold beverage...but I got a great cut. I can't tell the difference.
My frugal buddy Cagey did this same experiment about two years ago and bragged about how much money she saved. Me being stubborn (Capricorn that I am), I defended my choice of Salon Feux-Feux:
"My hair is short, so I need a special cut". Guess what? Great Clips can cut short hair...pretty darn good too!
"Feux-Feux is close to where I work". Great Clips is close to where I LIVE, and they are open until 9:00pm.
"It's also close to the donut shop" Okay, this is just a BAD thing!
Also, my Great Clips cut took about 20 minutes, where I usually waste an entire lunch hour (and then some) at Feux-Feux.
So call me slow. But now I've got $46 to spend. Maybe I should take more advice from my 3-year old son. Whee!
*Name changed to protect the damn over-priced place.