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Frugal Fridays- Cheap Spa Day

haircut.jpg Some of my regular readers (all 10 of you) might recall that I went and had a spa day a few weeks ago after a particular bad day. What you don’t know is how frugally I did it. My tip for this week is how to enjoy some pampering on the cheap.

Many larger communities have various schools where students need to practice their craft on willing victims clients. Where I live, I stumbled upon an Aveda school that offers haircuts, manicures, pedicures and facials. The prices are half of what you would pay at a regular salon. At this particular salon, all the students were seniors so I felt like I got a really high quality facial for a very reasonable price. You have to be willing for the service to take a little bit extra time because their work is being checked by a supervising instructor, but I felt like it was worth it for the price I paid.

My community also has a massage school and a culinary school. Both offer high quality services for a fraction of what they are worth. Be sure you are clear on what you are getting into. Make sure you know how much training the people performing your service have had. Also make sure you are clear on what recourse you have if something goes wrong. I have done this in a couple of cities and have found that both times the students were highly supervised.

I realize pampering may not be a line item in the usual budget, but I would encourage you to fit it in every once in awhile. You so deserve it!!

Comments

  1. canearl says:

    This is such a great idea! My mom, sister and I use to get facials monthly at a beauty school in our town. It’s soooo much cheaper and we’ve never had a bad facial. I use to be a massage therapist and the student massages are great. When you make an appointment ask for someone is about to complete their hours- they’ll be more experienced. It’s also a good idea to get the name of a therapist you like if you want to go back. Just make sure you found out when they’re suppose to complete the program so you can book your next appt before then.

  2. bigbinder says:

    Hey I have a resource for the cooking schools;

    http://www.acfchefs.org/Content/Education/Accreditation/PostSecondary/postsecondary.htm#MI

    You might have to cut and paste that link.

    You can check in your hometown, or look to see if there is one in an area where you are travelling if you want to have an inexpensive meal that doesn’t contain the word “Mc”.

    This is the “Aveda” equivalent of cooking schools. I wouldn’t want anyone eating anywhere shady :)

  3. I knew about getting your hair done by senior students, but I had never thought about facials and massages. I also did not know that culinary schools offered services. Thanks for the info.

  4. What a great idea! I will have to look into that. A spa day sounds so nice but the full priced ones just aren’t in the budget right now. :)

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