Just a Little Really Adds Up!
|August 21, 2012||Posted by Ashley under Saving Money|
My daughter and I have a weakness. A desire to be indulged and pampered. A deep seated need to be spoiled and fussed over. This need corresponds with another desire. To not have cracked, dry, disgusting feet that scare small children. To have cute toes painted a rainbow of lovely colors. And there is this fabulous little place that does all of these things for us. They bring us a drink, they help us in the deluxe massage chairs, they trim away the gross stuff, massage us into oblivion, exfoliate, put our feet in these little warm baggies filled with paraffin wax, and make us feel like one of the Kardashians. I mean really. Have you seen those girls? I’m betting they get a pedicure every week. But that’s another post altogether.
Did I mention? When our fab toes are drying at the drying station, they massage our shoulders just to end the whole experience with perfection.
Actually, now that I think about it, sixty problems. Yep. You guessed it. It costs us $60 to get pedicures. Thirty dollars EACH!!! Can you believe that? And that, my friends, is just not in this single mom’s budget. So we had to put on our thinking caps. How was a teenage girl and her aging mother gonna come up with the cash to get something as luxurious as a pedicure – regularly – much less EVER?!?
So we devised a plan. An ingenious plan. A clever plan. A plan that lots and lots of other people have done before us. We got a jar. Yep. You guessed it again. We got a jar and we put all of our change in it. But we have taken the time honored “Put all of your loose change in a jar and we are gonna take a family vacation in 30 years” plan to a whole new level. We are serious about this people! (And you would understand if you saw the bunion on my right foot!) We don’t ever use change at the store. Since we really are trying to live frugally, we have moved to a cash system for many purchases. So whenever I’m at a store and have five dollars worth of change rattling around in my purse and it weighs twelve pounds and I think that my shoulder might be about to dislocate – I only pay with bills. We both faithfully save all of our change and put it in the Pedicure Jar. It has been amazing how much money we have saved by doing this!! So far, it seems to take us about 4 months to save approximately $100 bucks. That’s pedicures AND lunch people! We so look forward to this special treat and it gives us a little thrill every time we put our coins in the jar.
And the recap:
Jar for saving change? Free (use something you already have)
Pedicures and lunch for two? $80 bucks
Feeling like a Kardashian? Priceless!
And just in case you were wondering, we currently have $26.86 in our jar. We can feel our toes tingling already!