Saving Money in Pajamas with Haircuts

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Building wealth requires making enough income to put a bit away each month. It’s usually a very long-term proposition that can literally take decades.  As I’ve already stated in another post, a dollar a day can really add up over time to be a substantial sum when compound interest and dividends come into play. I’ve pointed out that sites like SwagBucks and CashCrate can help you earn money on a regular basis. I’ve earned well above a dollar per day, much of it passive, from these two sources over the past three years.

Another source of building wealth is spending less than just about everyone else. A good way for men to save money is through haircuts. This advice might not work as well for women, as a standard set of clippers will not help them look all that great. Most guys have no problems cutting their hair really short. Of course, never cutting hair at all can also save money on haircuts.

I read an article on the Mr. Money Mustache site late last year about cutting your own hair and saving some serious bank. When I walked by a set of clippers with a number of different guards that allow you to manage different lengths for your hair and beard in WalMart while visiting family over Christmas break, I decided to pick it up. I’ve gone with a very short hair style in recent years (after going for over a year without a haircut back in 2010), so I figured I didn’t have much to lose. The cost for this clipper set from Wahl (which plasters that it’s made in the USA on its packaging) was a whopping $37. With tax, it came up to about $40.

I figured that I spend about $16 per haircut when a tip is figured in, and I only got one about every 3 months or so. Having my own set of clippers and a mirror could help me get my hair cut more frequently at a fraction of the cost. I would be ahead after just three haircuts, and I’m already at that point. Every time I cut my hair from this point on is just simply gravy, as the clippers amortize to a very small amount. For example, if I get 100 uses out of the clippers, I will pay about $0.40 per hair cut plus a few pennies for electricity. That’s way cheaper than $16 a pop that I would currently pay someone else to cut my hair, and that cost will probably go up with inflation in the next 10 years. I remember paying about $6 25 years ago. Those 100 hair cuts would have cost about $1,600 and many hours in a barbershop. Now, I’ve already spent the $40, and it only takes me around 10 to 15 minutes to crop my top.

Those $1,600 will probably add up to much more than that over time if invested in a mutual fund. Furthermore, I won’t have to sit in a barber shop or salon for many hours waiting around to get called to the chair. While I can’t really recommend this for women, most men could save quite a bit of money in this manner. A few smart moves like this to cut expenses can go a long way toward financial freedom. You could even use your earnings from CashCrate or Swagbucks to pay for your clippers, and that would compound the power of earning money in pajamas.

3 thoughts on “Saving Money in Pajamas with Haircuts

  1. Cheryl says:

    i cannot recommend doing it in pajamas, especially for the recipient of the haircut as the loose hairs are quite itchy. Use a cape with neck strips as it allows the children to sit still and makes clean up easier. Home haircuts save me hundreds a year. I cut my children’s hair monthly and between the costs of the haircuts and transportation, I am saving over $500 a year. Women should not feel they are forced to pay outrageous prices to blow their budgets because someone said women’s hair is too hard to cut at home. I get mine trimmed at home every other month and that saves me over $450 a year, and I have NEVER gotten a bad haircut at home. Salons try to sell you products you do not need and cannot understand that a simple 1/2″ trim means I do not want to lose 6″ of length and have it yanked, by head jerked around and my hair shredded with a razor when I specifically told them not too. I’m saving hundreds and do not miss the hassles, cost and time at the salon, let alone the tears and months growing it back out afterwards from bad salon haircuts.

    • cp913 says:


      The transportation definitely adds to the cost for most people to get a haircut. Therefore, the savings can add up to even more than most people would think.

      • Cheryl says:

        The transportation costs can equal or exceed the cost of haircuts. If you are tied up waiting for your turn as well as the time you may get an appointment, it could mean paying for a meal out rather than a less expensive, more nutritious meal at home. The time is not factored in either. two-three hours in the evening that the children could be using for homework or on a weekend when you had better things to do, make the trip to the barber or salon even more of an inconvenience.

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