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February 27, 2008


Rachel - The Employment File

Forget frugality, I'd pay more to find someone who can color my hair right!

You do make a good point though. We never think about people who work in positions such as this who may not receive a yearly raise.

Ann Bares

This is an incredible post. You have done a great job of articulating a powerful life lesson, while revealing how it also can touch upon our career experience. Thanks!!


Lovely post. (I have curly hair too, and also decided some time ago that I'd just have to settle for $65 hair cuts, but I'd love to discover an Erica of my own!)

What I like about this post is your frankness and honesty about what really is a very human set foibles that we all share. What I would add is that the very fact that Erica charged relatively little in the beginning may actually have contributed to your reluctance to pay her any more a year later. We all do it, assigning a value to a product or service that is directly related to what we pay for it. In other words, even though you loved the hair cut, and knew you could have been paying $65 for it, money is a SYMBOL THAT FUNCTIONS, and it was functioning on you -- as it functions on all of us, because of the very economical culture that formed us.

This is one reason why poorly-paid people continue to be poorly paid... and why they, as well as everyone else, have such a hard time addressing (or even feeling justified in addressing) the problem.


I love how you take normal life experiences and tie in a great 'career related' lesson. I found a great hairstylist too. After my first haircut with her I vowed no one else would touch my hair again! Her cuts are about $45, but it is sooo worth it to me to feel beautiful and confident about how I look. My years of feeling muttly are OVER! I know the day will come when the cost of her service will rise, and I will gladly pay it. I have followed her across 3 or 4 salons. To me she is a star player that I don't want to lose! I'll follow her and pay what it takes! (Though I can't visit her as often as I'd like because I'm job hunting right now)

The Career Encourager

Thanks for all the comments and insights! I like the point almostgotit makes about how when we start off charging little for our own services, we devealue ourselves and can get into a cycle that keeps our wages down for years to come. We need to ecourage each other to charge a fair price for the work we do!


I recently read this Christine Kane blog that addresses this very topic. She shares an example very similar to what you shared, and ends with some stellar comments. I think you'll want to check it out.


This a great blog. As a young person I am constantly told to be frugal and reduce my spending. However the reasons given are usually problematic or unrealistic. Your explanation is wonderful--it provides a practical approach to the benefits of frugality. Not just yelling and finger pointing.

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