OK, so this draws on my haircut blog.
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The above is what my hair looks like. If you have advice, I'll take it here too =D
I was waffling about what to do, so I figured "oh, I'll just go to barber, get haircut, problem solved. I asked a couple friends where they went to get their hair cut. Twenty bucks seemed fairly expensive, but for only 10 bucks more than where I normally went, I figured it would be worth it, at least once, to get a reasonably good haircut, and a reasonable guarantee it wouldn't look like shit.
Note that my mom has cut my hair for 10 years, saving a ton of money in the long run.
So I decided on where I wanted to go. Said I would drive there. And then this happened.
That's right. I can't spend my own money to go to a legitimate 'not super clips'. I spent a long time arguing merits. Like
"if anything it would just make me feel better."
"everyone says the quality is great"
"I want a new hairstyle, I'd like to go somewhere where they know what they're doing"
"It's my own money"
etc etc etc.
But nonono. The quality is the same at a barber and at superclips, and it is just too awful expensive for me to go, so she has to protect me from myself.
This lead me to thinking about a lot of things in my life. My dad makes 90k per year. My mom could work for 150k+ but doesn't. (my god, I don't even comprehend how somebody like her makes that much) But incomes aside, the big complaint I have is spending money.
I know a lot of young people who don't have huge income, but save on some things, and splurlge on some things.
My parents never ever splurge.
I hate to attribute this, but when somebody has a shitton of money in the bank, and then refuses to get anything nice... ever... even when they could afford it without impacting retirement, it's sort of sad.
Both of my parents wear jeans and tshirt or Pink Tshirt Purple Sweats. We shop at Walmart.
We save our money to do what? I really don't know.
I think my parents need to find something fun to do. I don't think I've ever seen either of my parents remotely having fun. They never talk about being in a bar. My dad talks about college wistfully. My mom has ~ no friends. My dad has a few but hasn't seen them in 25 years. So not really.
Then they make life hell for other people by complaining how much life sucks, and how much they are sacrificing. Having done FAFSA they have enough money to splurge, and even it it was on themselves they would improve the life of the family substantially.
Money isn't happiness, but sacrificing for money then not using any.....
Essentially, my parents need to have fun sometimes. They are so uptight about everything that I have never really seen either of them have fun. Maybe we go to an amusement park and they have fun. But neither of them have ever engaged in adult activities like going to parties, or whatnot. My mom's idea of fun seems to be watching soaps and drinking non alcoholic beer.
Summary of rant: Fun is important. If you sit on a ton of money, but have no fun getting there, what was the point. My parents should get out more and try to make friends and do social activities.