cost http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1365/all en-US Best Money Tips: Lower the Cost of Raising a Child http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-lower-the-cost-of-raising-a-child <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-lower-the-cost-of-raising-a-child" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5813985948_960a3a4d8f_z.jpg" alt="Lower the Cost of Raising a Child" title="Lower the Cost of Raising a Child" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on lowering the cost of raising a child, meal starters to keep in your kitchen, and financial tips for newlyweds.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/how-to/simple-ways-to-lower-the-cost-of-raising-a-chil-0113/">Simple Ways to Lower the Cost of Raising a Child</a> &mdash; Lower the cost of raising a child by purchasing diapers in bulk. [MintLife Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/family/10-meal-starters-always-keep-your-kitchen-0">10 Meal Starters to Always Keep in Your Kitchen</a> &mdash; It is a good idea to always have pasta and eggs in your kitchen. [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/financial-advice-for-newlyweds/">Love and Money: Financial Tips for Newlyweds</a> &mdash; Newlyweds must have the financial talk and should manage their finances together. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2013/01/28/my-five-tenets-of-financial-independence/">My Five Tenents of Financial Independence</a> &mdash; If you want to be financially independent, rely on yourself and no one else for income. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/01/28/7-things-happy-people-say-every-day/">7 Things Happy People Say Every Day</a> &mdash; Happy people tend to say &quot;today is going to be a great day&quot; on a daily basis. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://save1.com/blog/how-to-save-money-filing-your-taxes/">How to Save Money Filing Your Taxes</a> &mdash; Want to save money filing your taxes? If you earn less than $58,000 per year, you can use Free File from the IRS. [Save1 Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Lisa-Ling-House-Photos-Tips-Peaceful-Home-26949318">Lisa Ling: 5 Ways To Make Your Home A Peaceful Oasis</a> &mdash; Make your home a peaceful oasis by avoiding clutter. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/01/how-will-you-invest-in-2013.html">How Will You Invest in 2013?</a> &mdash; Did you know 33% of people will invest more money in stocks in 2013? [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http:// http://retireby40.org/2013/01/7-downsides-entrepreneur/">7 Little Downsides Of Being An Entrepreneur</a> &mdash; One of the downsides of being an entrepreneur is you end up spending all your time on your business. [Retire by 40]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-have-summer-fun-in-mid-winter">How to Have Summer Fun in the Middle of Winter</a> &mdash; To have summer fun in the middle of winter, head to an indoor water park. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-lower-the-cost-of-raising-a-child">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-tips-for-having-a-baby-without-going-broke">24 Tips for Having a Baby Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-audacity-to-waste-money-for-better-finances">The Audacity to Waste Money for Better Finances</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/im-fleeing-the-country-for-healthcare">I&#039;m Fleeing The Country For Healthcare!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buy-baby-bunting-but-dont-pay-full-price">Buy Baby Bunting... But don&#039;t pay full price!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-skills-that-will-be-obsolete-soon">9 Skills That Will Be Obsolete Soon</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle baby best money tips child cost raising a child Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:00:33 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 967560 at http://www.wisebread.com The Audacity to Waste Money for Better Finances http://www.wisebread.com/the-audacity-to-waste-money-for-better-finances <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-audacity-to-waste-money-for-better-finances" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/36525227_3d32c517c7.jpg" alt="starbucks frappuccino" title="starbucks frappuccino" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I always thought it would be great if a screen door would work with the double french doors in my kitchen. That way, air could come in without the bugs having access to my house. Recently, I saw a retractable screen door at a friend's house. It would be the perfect solution I thought, until he told me it costs $700 to get it installed.</p> <p>$700?! That's practically a decade's worth of air conditioning. I might as well just turn on the A/C any time I'm hot. But then a few days later, though the temperature was high in the kitchen, I opted to just bear with the heat since it was actually cool outside. The retractable unit obviously popped into my mind again. Since I was never going to turn on A/C anyway, is comparing it to the cost of running air conditioning just plain wrong?</p> <p>This got me to think: Is there anything else that seems to be a waste of money at first glance but might not be so bad for certain types of people? Here are a few examples.</p> <h3>What's Worth the Waste</h3> <p>Financial advisers want 1 percent every year, and I've read loads and loads of articles about financial scumbags. Expensive, right? I get it. But for those people who can't keep themselves from themselves when the markets are at extremes, isn't that 1 percent a very smart price to pay? Buying a cup of Starbucks coffee every day may cost thousands of dollars a year, but isn't it better than feeling miserable all day?</p> <p>I mean, some people end up buying a big ticket item every few months just because they aren't happy! And if you feel at peace, what's to say that you won't end up finding the motivation to start a side business that will make you that Starbucks fund many times over? Same with houses, cars, dresses and whatever else you fancy. If it motivates you, makes you happy, and you can afford to pay for it, what's so wrong about buying it? After all, money is meant to be spent, not hoarded.</p> <h3>What I Mean</h3> <p>Look. Most of us can probably use more of the &quot;don't ever spend on anything&quot; articles because we aren't saving enough. But in specific types of situations, what seems like a big waste of money is actually worth it. Think of it as an investment. Investment for your peace of mind, investment for your business, and maybe an investment for your happiness. Not every waste is actually a waste. Know yourself, and may your decision take you onto a smoother path to financial freedom.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/david-ning">David Ning</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-audacity-to-waste-money-for-better-finances">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-am-doing-well-financially-now-what">I Am Doing Well Financially. Now What?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/financial-tricks-to-master-for-a-happier-life">Financial Tricks to Master for a Happier Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-keeping-you-from-a-life-of-financial-independence">What is keeping you from a life of financial independence?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-choose-a-roth-401k-or-a-regular-401k">Should You Choose a Roth 401k or a Regular 401k?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-simple-ways-to-waste-money">47 Simple Ways To Waste Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Investment Lifestyle Retirement cost finances frugal living money management personal finance roi spending Wed, 11 Aug 2010 13:00:10 +0000 David Ning 202563 at http://www.wisebread.com I'm Fleeing The Country For Healthcare! http://www.wisebread.com/im-fleeing-the-country-for-healthcare <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/im-fleeing-the-country-for-healthcare" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000004097978XSmall.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s all the buzz lately as healthcare costs rise, and especially after Michael Moore’s SICKO caught the attention of the masses. Those of us not living in places where everyone seems to get a free ride on the healthcare wagon are up in arms. Yet, we don’t seem to hear enough from those who take the leap and leave their home country in search of less expensive (and often higher quality) care. So, how can we know if it’s worth the trip? I’m going to India to find out. There are a million questions spinning around about this subject and I want to hear from WB readers. Maybe together we can bring light to this important issue. Please post questions on this thread and let me see if I can dig up some answers for all of us. </p> <p>The term “medical tourism” equals big business. It was originally connected to boob jobs and face lifts in faraway lands. Now, it’s not so. People are leaving the country for major medical procedures such as cardiac surgery and organ transplants, which are depending on the country, often 5 to 10 times lower than the cost in the states. A bone marrow transplant that could cost approximately $250,000 in the U.S. is about $26,000 in India. Some countries are offended by the coined term of “medical tourism” because of its negative connotation. It’s regularly associated with people setting off to vacation-type destinations for cosmetic surgery at upscale spa-like facilities. These countries want credit for being just as technologically advanced in medicine as we are – and in many cases, even more so.</p> <p>After navigating the medical maze all across the United States for years, I’m getting on a plane and going to New Delhi, India Dec. 9th for treatment that’s not legal here – embryonic stem cell therapy. After developing severe neuropathy (nerve damage in my limbs) at the age of 25, I began a journey that I could have never imagined would lead me nearly 8,000 miles from home. Earlier this year, I discovered that the neuropathy, along with a host of other serious health problems, was due to an undiagnosed case of Lyme Disease and other infections transferred from the tick that bit me. I do believe long-term antibiotic therapy is helping to control the Lyme bacteria. Unfortunately, my immune system, nerves and tissue have all been compromised over this time period. This is an ongoing battle for me - one that has amazing financial consequences as my health insurance denies claims and prescriptions left and right. I believe embryonic stem cells will help to restore my body. To me, it’s priceless to be able to receive this type of treatment because it’s a chance at a healthy life I don’t have the opportunity for here. In addition, maybe it will put an end to or at least curb future medical costs by helping my body heal instead of masking its problems. Even if the treatment was available in the U.S., I’m confident the cost would be astronomical and not covered by insurance.</p> <p>Some are adamant there is high risk associated with leaving the country for medical care, but I’m not worried. I’ve suffered long enough, researched and utilized western medicine (which I’m thankful to have) - but now it’s time to step outside of the box. The average cost for procedures and care in India are about 1/5 what they are in the west; it’s one of the biggest pharmaceutical distributors to over 180 countries; and clinical outcomes for surgeries and treatment are par with the world’s best centers. To me, not following this road would pose the biggest risk of all – possibly at the cost of my future health.</p> <p>If you want to follow my India trip, you can do so at <a href="http://www.HealthcareHacks.com" title="www.HealthcareHacks.com">www.HealthcareHacks.com</a> over the next two months. But, I&#39;ll be back on WB to report what the quality, cost and attitude of healthcare is in a country that’s third-world by most standards, but ironically can offer more than available in many flourishing countries. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-b-scher">Amy B. Scher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/im-fleeing-the-country-for-healthcare">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-places-to-get-vaccinated-for-cheap-or-free">7 Places to Get Vaccinated for Cheap or Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-about-a-price-list-at-the-hospital-or-doctor-s-office">How About a Price List at the Hospital or Doctor’s Office?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-find-free-or-cheap-yoga-classes">Where to Find Free or Cheap Yoga Classes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cost-comparison-emergency-rooms-vs-urgent-care">Cost Comparison: Emergency Rooms vs. Urgent Care Centers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-legit-ways-to-use-the-gym-for-free">8 Legit Ways to Use the Gym for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle cost healthcare medical surgery Fri, 07 Dec 2007 00:08:53 +0000 Amy B. Scher 1474 at http://www.wisebread.com Healthy recipes--with cost data http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-recipes-with-cost-data <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/healthy-recipes-with-cost-data" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/farmers-market-tomatoes.jpg" alt="Farmers market tomatoes" title="Farmers Market Tomatoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="158" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to eat a cheap, healthy diet? Want some recipes that use real food instead of packaged food products? Want to argue about how much it costs to feed a family a healthy diet? Here's a free tool, created by the USDA, that will help you with any of those.</p> <p>Can you eat for $21 a week? If you had to feed yourself using just food stamps, that's about how much you'd be able to spend. To help people trying to do that--and probably to help policy-makers arguing about the food stamp program--the USDA created a database of recipes and then used cost data from stores (gathered by AC Nielson in 2001, and adjusted based on the CPI) to calculate the cost of each dish. Even if you're neither on food stamps nor a policy maker, the USDA's <a href="http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/">Food Stamp Nutrition Connection Recipes Finder</a> is available for free.</p> <p><img width="183" align="right" height="350" title="Nutrition Facts for Bluet Corn Pan Bread" alt="Nutrition facts for blue corn pan bread" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u203/blue_corn_pan_bread_nutrition_facts.gif" />It's kind of a cool tool. You can search by recipe name or by ingredient--that latter being very handy if you bought a bunch of something because it was cheap and are now trying to find a new way to use it. It provides not only cost per recipe and per serving, but also nutrition facts--a nice chart exactly like the one you find on any packaged food. It also lets you print the recipe in several different formats.</p> <p>Another cool feature is that it will maintain a shopping list for you--click &quot;add to shopping list&quot; for the recipes that you plan to make and it will keep track and give you a list of everything you need. (Sadly, it doesn't total up the amounts when the same ingredient is used in several different recipes, but it does list them all together, making it easy enough to figure out yourself.)</p> <p>As we've discussed in several recent posts, adjusting 2001 prices with the CPI is likely to underestimate actual costs. Since the data is based on national averages, though, regional and seasonal variations will probably be a greater source of inaccuracy than the inflation adjustment. (I couldn't immediately find a way to get at the price data used--it just presents aggregate prices for the recipes--so it wouldn't be easy to spot-check the prices for accuracy.)</p> <p>Still, despite its limitations, it seems like a cool free resource for anyone who wants to make cheap, healthy meals out of real food.</p> <p>The <a href="http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/index.php?mode=display&amp;rec_id=323">Blue Corn Pan Bread recipe</a> looked good. They say you can make the recipe for $1.43, which comes to just $0.12 per serving:</p> <h2><strong>Ingredients:</strong></h2> <ul> <li>3 cups water</li> <li>2 cups blue cornmeal (yellow may be used)</li> <li>1 cup yellow cornmeal</li> <li>3/4 cup raisins</li> <li>1/2 cup sprouted wheat*</li> <li>1/3 cup brown sugar</li> </ul> <p>*To sprout wheat: Wash untreated wheat grains; drain but do not dry. Spread in a single layer in shallow pans and cover with damp cloths. Keep damp in a warm, dark place.</p> <h2><strong>Instructions:</strong></h2> <ol> <li>Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line 8x8 inch cake pan with foil.</li> <li>Bring water to boil in a large pot. Add each ingredient, one at a time.</li> <li>Stir well until mixture is smooth and pour into foil-lined cake pan. Cover with a piece of foil.</li> <li>Bake for 2 hours. Bread is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.</li> </ol> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-recipes-with-cost-data">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck">10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-foods-nutritionists-say-you-should-splurge-on">12 Foods Nutritionists Say You Should Splurge On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/teach-yourself-to-cook">Teach yourself to cook</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping cost government Health healthy foods healthy living nutrition recipes USDA web site Sat, 17 Nov 2007 16:34:46 +0000 Philip Brewer 1401 at http://www.wisebread.com Former Pop Princess Figures Out Frugal? Go Bald! http://www.wisebread.com/former-pop-princess-figures-out-frugal-go-bald <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/britney_bald300.jpg" alt=" " width="200" height="267" /></p> </p> <p>I think every woman should shave her head once in her life. I can say this, because I&#39;ve already done it, so I&#39;m off the hook now. It&#39;s a very liberating experience, feels really neat when you shower, and gives you a fresh start with brand-new, stress-free strands. Also, it saves you a bundle on styling products, because you really don&#39;t need anything, save a few tuques or baseball caps to stay warm. It&#39;s something that a lot of women do to support friends who are going through chemotherapy, and it can be quite the bonding experience for the shavees. <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/sinead.jpg" alt=" " width="128" height="228" /></p> </p> <p>And of course, there&#39;s always the memory of the soulful, wailing Irish balladeer who made the look acceptable to begin with. Could Sinead rock that look or what? So, I lend my wholehearted support of chopping off one&#39;s locks and sporting a fuzzy noggin. It&#39;s a sort of rebirth for a lot of people. In fact, in many Asian cultures, you are encouraged not to cut your hair following the New Year Celebration - something about not cutting off the luck of the New Year. <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/baldingbrit.jpg" alt=" " width="450" height="300" /></p> </p> <p>Now, there are plenty of theories out there as to why Britney Spears shaved her head. K-Fed was threatening to test her locks for traces of illegal substances. She was going bald already because of all the terrible chemicals, weaves, braids, glue and whatnot she had been piling on her scalp for the last few months. That stuff can really destroy hair follicles. Maybe she&#39;s having a nervous breakdown - who knows? <p>Or maybe, just maybe, she wanted to save some dough.</p> <p>A bald head has so many implications that it&#39;s tough to know what to make of Brit&#39;s Baldness. The military shears off recruit&#39;s locks during basic training, mostly for the purpose of creating an atmosphere in which none of the new arrivals is visibly superior to the others (hopefully enhancing a sense of community and subordinance). Head shaving has often historically been a method of punishment (The Inquisition and The Holocaust are two good examples of forced head shaving), or a way to prevent headlice, or both. In an ironic move, Neo-Nazis throughout Europe adopted the look in the 1970s, and bald heads still send mixed messages today.</p> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=402793&amp;in_page_id=1770">British Daily Mail</a>, the average British woman spends, over the course of her lifetime, £36,903.75 and 650 days on hair care. I&#39;ve <a href="http://www.whoisisabella.com/article.php?id=316&amp;pg=2">estimated</a> that I spent over $5,000 on my hair over the past 6 years. A <a href="http://fabsugar.com/46952">blog poll</a> puts the number of women who spend between $100-200 on a cut and color at 35% (as of February 21, 2007). I went on a date a few years ago with a man who was a bit older than me, made more money than me, and spent more on his colorist every month than I did on my rent. One date was all her got.</p> <p><a href="http://singlemomandmoney.blogspot.com/2006/03/singlemas-plan-to-be-fabulous-frugal.html">Fabulous Single Ma</a> thinks that she can save $100 a month by doing the following:</p> <p>1. Reduce salon visits from weekly to bi-wkly</p> <p>2. Consider new hairstyle or cut that requires less maintenance</p> <p>3. Extend touch up from 6 weeks to 8 weeks</p> <p>4. Let hi-lites grow out</p> <p>Weekly to biweekly? A salon visit every week? I like FSM and all, but weekly visits to the salon are bloody insane! I&#39;m not a great saver, and I&#39;m not yet even close to frugal, but I never went to a salon on a weekly basis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.womenshealthmag.com/article/0,6176,s1-22-74-1279-1,00.html">Women&#39;s health magazine</a> has a breakdown on American hair spending that makes ME want to breakdown:</p> <ul> <li>Percentage of women who don&#39;t own a blow-dryer: <strong>5</strong></li> <li>Amount spent on hairstyling appliances in 2005: <strong>$941 million</strong></li> <li>Price the AW pays for a haircut: <strong>$42</strong></li> <li>How often she gets a trim: <strong>every 5 to 9 weeks</strong></li> <li>Percentage of women who&#39;ve never dyed their hair: <strong>16</strong></li> <li>Most popular dye job: <strong>brunette</strong></li> </ul> <p>Aha, but there&#39;s more:</p> <p class="blockquote">Number of women who&#39;ve considered shaving their head: <strong>1 in 5</strong></p> <p>So, it&#39;s not that unusual after all. One in five! That&#39;s 20% of the population. I&#39;ll bet it&#39;s higher than that, too. </p> <p>According to a hilarious <a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,821343,00.html">Time Magazine article from 1950</a> (!):</p> <p class="blockquote">American women is damaged by too much pampering, tinting and shampooing (all the things the beauty shops do to it). &quot;The hair of European women is like a well-manured garden,&quot; explained one of the Fleischers solemnly. &quot;The quality is good, but sometimes it doesn&#39;t smell too well.&quot; </p> <p>There are even videos out there to help you figure out how it&#39;s done.</p> <p><iframe id="videos_list" name="videos_list" src="http://www.youtube.com/videos_list?tag=head shaving" scrolling="auto" width="265" height="400" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0"></iframe></p> <p>Doesn&#39;t that just make you want to take it all off? Even if you&#39;re not checking into rehab after months of stupid public behavior, you too can going <a href="http://www.headshaver.org/">fabulously follicle free</a>! Let&#39;s all follow Britney&#39;s example (minus the drugs, divorce, and child neglect) and lop off our locks.</p> <p>Well, the rest of you. I did that in college, and let me tell you, I have a really strangely shaped skull.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/former-pop-princess-figures-out-frugal-go-bald">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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