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Pedi Nightmare

October 21st, 2017 at 10:03 am

Computer back up, yay. I'm going to back everything up. I usually backup any way but I'd rather be safe than sorry.

I estimated $60 at the salon and that's exactly what I spent. Saving about $30 by simply doing some things at home.

I decided to try a cosmetology school for a pedicure. It's $10 vs $20 not including a tip if I'd gone to a normal salon.

So I go to the school, walk in a thought this place doesn't look that great. Needless to say I sat in the pedi chair, and the young woman came out with a foot spa. I'm okay with the foot spa but the fact it wasn't clean (appeared not to be), through me for a loop. Then she came out with the pedi kit that didn't look clean as well. I'm thinking hmmmm. Finally what did it for me was the dirty towel she had. I took my feet out of the spa, grabbed my purse, gave her $2 for her troubles and left. I'd rather pay the $20 for a pedi than $10 and an infection.
So I ended up spending $24 on a pedi. I'll stick to the places I know of.

11 Responses to “Pedi Nightmare ”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Smart move on the pedi. You are money ahead instead of getting an infection. Yuck!

  2. CB in the City Says:

    What's most shocking is that a cosmetology school is teaching all their students that it's okay to use dirty equipment.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Amber, why are you getting pedicures? Whether it is $10 or $20, that money should be going to your Emergency Fund or your debt repayment. Luxuries like these should be shut down if you are serious about digging yourself out of the hole you are in. Luxuries like these when you didn't have the money for it are part of what got you into debt in the first place. Don't fall into the mindset that it is just $10 or just $20. A few dollars wasted here and there is the difference between reaching your goals quickly, slowly, or not at all. It isn't hard to trim your own nails.

  4. Amber Says:

    Hi LR,

    This was actually budgeted. I'm using the envelope system that Dave Ramsey discusses. I had funds left over from the previous zero balance budget I created. Once the money is gone out of the envelope, that's it, nothing else is spent. I have envelopes for things such as groceries, gas, cleaning supplies, and pocket money. 😀

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    I guess I'm just not sure why it was budgeted for in the first place is all. That sort of thing is one of the first items that should be cut from the budget when saving for the baby EF and then perhaps added back in later. I understand having your hair taken care of, which is far more necessary when you have difficult hair needs that must be dealt with by people who seriously know what they are doing and not Supercuts and a coupon, but having your feet done right now seems counter to your goals, when they can easily be done at home. It is one of those Latte Factor items. If you were to invest in some good pedicure tools once, you would be further ahead in future months, by doing so. But then I have never had a pedicure or a manicure. I learned how to do it myself as a teenager and have never seen the need to waste money on that sort of pampering. Unless you have extra thick mutant toenails that you just can't cut yourself, I'd cut that sort of thing out until that EF is at $1000. I don't know. When I was building my EF, I was constantly asking myself if this money would be better served getting me to that goal so I could then concentrate more fully on paying off debt. It is hard to cut off things you are used to. It is a complete rewiring of your mindset.

  6. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Whoa! Smart to get out of there with your health intact!

  7. PatientSaver Says:

    Eeew on the dirty pedicure place.

    And kudos to Lucky Robin for challenging you on it. She's been through it so she speaks from the heart.

  8. MonkeyMama Says:

    Cable and pedicures are things I couldn't imagine paying for while in debt. (Heck, don't pay for things regardless). If you need the tough love...

  9. Amber Says:

    Hi LR,

    I actually do not get my toes or nails done unless something comes up such as the wedding yesterday, so I panned for the expense. I really appreciate your honesty, and keeping me on the straight and narrow, that's one thing I appreciate about SA, it's not just me on this journey but those of you who hold me accountable as well 😀
    MonkeyMomma, I'm actually reaching out to the cable company to cut costs.

  10. LuckyRobin Says:

    Okay, well, I can understand that expense a little better if it is for a wedding, but only if you were wearing open-toed shoes. LOL Close-toed shoes, and nope.

  11. crazyliblady Says:

    Personally, I would have contacted the management of the cosmetology school to let them know that students are using dirty equipment. If that did not work, I would have contacted the health department or board of cosmetology for the state. People who are not as aware as you could get an infection at that place.

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