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30 Ways to Cut the Cost of Living: Haircuts

Before I jump into today’s topic, I want to mention something quickly.  It is possible to see a major decrease in many of your spending categories each month, but, no sense in beating around the bush about it, you’re going to need to invest a bit of time in planning and research to make it happen. If you have read my Couponing 101 series, you will know that I save 50-80% on our groceries each month, but it requires a reasonable amount of planning and preparation to make this possible!  I have decided that the time I spend is totally worth it for the amount of money I save.

As I talk about the expense of haircuts today, I want to acknowledge that I’m sure many of you have a preferred stylist who knows you and gives you the exact haircut you want at every visit.  You may pay quite a bit for it, but it’s something you’ve decided to allow in your budget.  If that’s you…fine, you can still save with today’s first tip!

If you’re anything like me, you may only get your hair cut a few times a year, but I know that some of you maintain a “do” that requires frequent upkeep.  How much do you spend each time you walk into the salon?

We’re up to number 6 in our “30 Ways” series, so here are a few ways to “cut” your costs when it comes to haircuts:

6) Let your salon collect your info (or sign up for a frequency card) and you will receive coupons in the mail and be notified of any special promotions.  You will also receive a free haircut after a certain number of cuts.

7) Learn to cut hair yourself!  Years ago I attended a basic and advanced hair cutting class at a cosmetology school and learned enough to be able to cut my husband and sons’ hair (just did them today!). Maybe this isn’t your thing, but maybe it is!  Attend a class or get a book from the library.  I figure that I save our family $300+ a year by doing the haircuts myself.

Today I did a bit of research and spoke with two very nice gals at Great Clips and Supercuts.  I have been to both places and had good experiences each time.  Here are some ways to save with these folks:

Great Clips

adults: $13

children and seniors: $11

Occasional sale: $6.99 haircuts

Coupons available on Greatclips.com, occasionally in Red Plum, and in the mail (if you give them your address).  They keep track of your haircuts in their system, and every 11th cut is FREE!

Supercuts

adults: $16.95 ($20.95 shampoo and cut)

Register with Supercuts.com and receive discounts and reminders.  Also look for coupons in the Penny Saver and Val Pack.  Sign up for a frequency card and every 13th cut is FREE!  Check in-store for monthly 20% off promos on hair products.

If you go to a more pricey salon and your heart is set on staying with them, make sure you take advantage of their sales, coupons, frequency cards, promotions, etc., to get the best price possible.  Also keep an eye out for salon deals on daily deal sites like Groupon and Living Social.

 

What ways have you found to “cut” your family’s haircut costs?  Leave a comment below!

Be sure to check out my previous posts on eating out and family fun.

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Comments

  1. Andria,

    I’ve really enjoyed your series. You have some great out of the box ideas!! I wanted to share a simple tip that I’ve adopted in regards to haircuts. I used to have a “bob” haircut which required cuts every 6 weeks. I decided to try a new “look” and let my hair grow out a bit longer. Now I can go 12+weeks between cuts. In the end I go to the salon only 4 times per year so I cut my haircut expenditures in half! Just a thought for anyone thinking about trying a new look and also looking for a way to reduce their expenses!

    Amy

  2. I have 5 boys and 5 girls and a husband and I cut all their hair, except when we are trying something new. :D We figured out today that my haircutting services for my family has saved us over $14,000…so far! Thank you for your posts!

  3. I have cut my husband’s hair for as long as I can remember (30+ years). Actually, my daughters and myself cut each other’s hair, too. We obviously have simple cuts, but when my oldest daughter wanted hers layered more drastically she justed searched the internet to find hints and tips. Years ago when my sister was living with us I went and watched the gal cut her hair and the next time I tried it and she was satisfied. So it is possible. I know of people who cut their own hair. I am sure we have saved a bit doing this over the years and it is surely one of those things that enabled me to stay home with my girls.

  4. This is great….thank you so much for your comments, ladies!

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