The reason that this blog is named ‘Almost Frugal’ and not ‘I’ll tell you all there is to know about frugality’ is because… I’m not always frugal. And I can’t always justify it either.
Last week, for example, I went to go get my hair cut. While I have had long hair and short hair at different times in my life, I feel like I look better with short hair. Usually I go to the neighborhood hairdresser, but after a disastrous haircut last time, I wanted to avoid that this time around!
So I went to a chic hair salon in the center of town. They offered me coffee, rubbed my hands and sat me in a massage chair while I was getting my hair washed. I had my hair colored, cut in a cute new ‘do and my eye make-up done. They told me how pretty I looked, gave me the bise and called me tu*. All for â‚¬104. A bargain in my eyes, but certainly not frugal!
Do I regret spending this money? No. I needed a haircut and a bit of color (someone has been sneaking gray paint in my shampoo for the past couple of months). I’m also starting my new job in a few days and I wanted to look nice. Can I justify spending this money? Nope- can’t do that either! I certainly could have tried another neighborhood place, and I didn’t need to get my hair colored either. And the money that I spent could well have gone to my emergency fund or my student loans or to any number of other places.
I’m often frugal. I’m trying to learn to be more frugal and improve my finances and standard of living every day. But it’s a long road that we’re on, and sometimes it’s hard to maintain the same levels of motivation in the middle as when we started. I feel like I should feel guilty, for spending money on myself when we don’t have a lot of extra money to spare. I don’t though. I wonder what that means.
*The bise is how the French greet and say goodbye to each other- the double kiss. Usually you only do it with friends and family. Tu is the familiar form of ‘you’, and again, used to show comfort and closeness between people.
Are you always frugal? Do you splurge on things you can’t justify? How do you feel when you spend money?