I have come to realize that there are still some areas of my life that I have not converted to my budget lifestyle. Most of the time, my reason for the extra spend is not that I prefer the higher priced product or service; it is pure and utter laziness and lack of research.
A perfect case in point is my recent eyebrow waxing. I have been going to the same waxer for several years now. After a recent appointment, I came home to find a Vanilla Ice like slash on the very end of my eyebrow. In addition to the mishap, the waxer did not mention the mistake, is over priced ($35), and there is always a wait (even with an appointment). Clearly, I have not been satisfied with this service but I am embarrassed to say I have continued to go back.
This weekend, in the spirit of my new blog, I decided to spend some time researching a new eyebrow waxer. I jumped on Yelp.com (one of my favorite websites for restaurant reviews) and began searching its Beauty section. While searching through their most highly rated waxing spots, I discovered The Wax Shop which was very highly rated, close to my apartment and inexpensive (only $14 for eyebrow waxing).
While it looked good on paper, to be totally honest, the idea of a $14 eyebrow wax totally freaked me out. I thought that instead of Vanilla Ice eyebrows, I might end up with no eyebrows; but I decided to suck it up and try it.
I was a bit early to my appointment, but Tanya was ready for me. After a brief discussion regarding “style”, she went to work. The whole process only took 5 minutes and the results were exactly what I wanted. I was very glad that I decided to take a chance. My experience at the The Wax Shop was highly satisfying because not only did my eyebrows look nice, I had more time for other things, and it only cost $14.
That is the funny thing about pricing, sometimes we convince ourselves that an expensive product or service is better than a lesser expensive one. There are some things where I think it is absolutely worth it to splurge for the more expensive. But I also believe in trying out the different price points and objectively deciding which one is better – not based on brand name, coolness factor or lack of research.