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Save Money with Beauty Schools

Hairstylist Cutting HairYesterday I wrote about the ridiculous cost of beauty services. The obvious solution that I discussed yesterday is to learn to be happy with yourself just as you are, without the monthly haircut, coloring, waxing, tanning session, etc. But we should still be able to treat ourselves to these beauty services from time to time, and we certainly can’t go forever without a haircut. That’s where beauty schools come in. For a fraction of the cost, you can get your beauty fix from a cosmetology student, under the careful supervision of a professional.

For my last haircut, I made an appointment with the local cosmetology school, thinking I was quite ingenious for thinking up this brilliant plan for a $12 haircut. I soon discovered I wasn’t the only one who had thought of this, as the day I wanted for my appointment was completely booked. I thought maybe it was a very small school, but when I did finally get there for my 9am appointment the following Saturday, I was one of about six people with that appointment time! (The word is out, so if you haven’t jumped on the beauty school train yet, get with the picture!) Now granted, my haircut did take two hours, but I think perhaps I got a very inexperienced student. However, her teacher came over several times to help her and guide her, and once the student was finished, her teacher had to give the cut her seal of approval. At the end of the day, I got a great haircut for $12, with the only negative being that it took quite a long time.

Students are one of the greatest resources for frugal-minded people who still need or want the occasional pricey service. Whatever the service may be, there are people out there learning the craft who need people to practice on. They always do so under the careful supervision of their teachers, so there’s no need to worry about safety or quality – the teacher will make sure you get what you need and are not put into harm’s way.

Another example from my own experience is having your Thanksgiving dinner at a culinary school. Many restaurants offer Thanksgiving dinner specials, but you pay a price for them. And yet countless people who don’t have plans for Thanksgiving dinner at home or at a friend’s or family member’s house flock to fine dining establishments and shell out a couple hundred dollars for some turkey. My culinary school Thanksgiving experience was several years ago when I was a teenager living with my parents, so I’m afraid I don’t know how much the meal cost, but I believe it was somewhere in the realm of $20/person. For a glorious buffet of all the delicious food you could possibly imagine. Made by people in training to become chefs.

I’ve heard of some other examples of services you can get for a huge discount by visiting a school, such as dental work and eye exams. I’m curious to hear from the readers as well – what other types of services have you gotten from a student? What was your experience like?

2 Responses to Save Money with Beauty Schools

  1. A friend of ours when she was a student getting her hair cutting licence would come and practice on my head… she did a great job and I helped her out. Other services you can look into is trade schools who may work on your vehicle as well for cheaper. You can also get your teeth done by dental students or hygenists for cheaper.

    • Gen Y Finance Journey

      There are probably a whole host of services you can get from students and trainees for a huge discount. Might not be a bad idea to research every non-emergency service you’re thinking of getting to see if such a deal is available.

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