Manicures and Pedicures: Pay Pennies, Splurge a Little or Break the Bank?
Friday, August 3rd, 2012
I sat down at the computer today considering a few options for blogs. Write about kids and money? Back to school shopping? The huge repair bill I just got – and disputed?
I looked down at my nails to contemplate options and thought two things.
1. Wow, they look baaaaaad!
2. What a great blog post for today!
Manicures and pedicures: pay pennies, splurge a little or break the bank?
Considered by some ladies as splurges that happen only once a year or for a special occasion, like before a wedding or holiday, I know others who go every few weeks to get massaged and painted.
I’m in the first camp (what a surprise, right?!) I love to get a great pedicure – nothing beats one, really, especially the massage! – but rarely have time to head to the salon between work and kids; and when I do have the time and consider making an appointment, this is what goes through my head: “$30-$40? I could do them at home for free!”
Which leads me to today’s: pay pennies, splurge a little or go for broke post!
I would love to go regularly to get my nails done. I love the way they look after a great manicure, and the pedicures really feel great on my tired feet. I also love the fact that the polish they use, or perhaps the technique, makes the polish last much longer than the polish I use at home. I can get a pedicure at the salon and go an entire month without repainting; I do it at home and a few days later the paint has already started to chip.
However, I feel guilty when I consider paying the money to get my nails done. I think about the other things I could do with that cash: buy the girls some new clothes and shoes, pay a medical bill, put it toward the monthly grocery budget.
What about you?
Are you the kind of gal that pays pennies for manicures and pedicures, opting instead to do your nails at home?
Do you splurge a little, going every few months to a professional to have your nails clipped, buffed and painted, and then take care of the upkeep in between at your own home?
Or do you break the bank and go regularly to keep your nails looking great?