The other day I got my bi-yearly haircut (it’s true) and since I’m not particularly chatty, my hairstylist struck up a conversation with the neighboring hairstylist that was fascinating to me.
Hairstlyist #2 enters salon and drops a half a dozen shopping bags on the floor next to the neighboring chair (that salon is in a mall).
Please read with strong New Jersey accents.
HS#1: “What’d you buy?”
HS#2: “There’s a sale in Macy’s, so I picked up some shoes. And grabbed lunch in the food court. American Eagle had some great tops too. Look at this one!”
HS#1: “Aw, yeah, definitely cute.”
HS#2: “You should check out the store today. There’s lots of great sales. Don’t you need anything for your new apartment?”
HS#1: “Maybe. How do you buy all this stuff every day? You’re negative today. You haven’t even had a customer.”
HS#2: “I figured, what the heck? Might as well make today worth it.”
HS#1: “Ugh. I’m so cheap. Mike [boyfriend] comes to pick me up and grabs a box of Raisinettes and a coke from the Dollar Store every day. I’m all, why are you buying that every day? You don’t need Raisinettes every day. It’s a waste of money. He’s all – it’s 2 bucks babe and I’m all – it’s 2 bucks babe right back at him.”
HS#2: “That’s ridiculous. It is just 2 bucks. I mean, I managed to pay my rent this month. The rest of that’s shopping cash. You get it, I mean, you’re gonna furnish your apartment aren’t you?”
HS#2: “There are plenty of cheap ways to do it. I got everything at Ikea.”
HS#1: “I don’t really like Ikea though. I like the stuff in Pottery Barn, but it’s so expensive. It’s gonna take a while. I walk in, look around, but I don’t just love it. So I’m not spending that kind of money until I do.”
HS#2: “Well what’re you gonna use until you get real furniture?”
HS#1: “Our old furniture. It’s fine. We just need a few more pieces. They can wait.”
HS#2: “It’s not like you can’t afford it.”
HS#1: “Yeah, I just don’t want to spend that kind of money, you know. I want to make sure it’s right. But I think I’ll definitely get the furniture at Pottery Barn.”
- Only buy what you love.
- Don’t buy Raisinettes and coke everyday.
- Then you too can afford a Pottery Barn couch on a hairdressers salary when you really want one.
*Part of Financially Savvy Saturdays on Femme Frugality*