After a long week, on Friday night, I was exhausted. Having decided that I would be spending the evening watching movies and going to bed early, I stopped off at my local waxer to have my eyebrows waxed. (I went a year plucking them myself, went back to waxing on a whim, and have now committed to it once a month – it’s cheap and looks so much better!)
So as I’m laying there all vulnerable, with hot wax dangerously near my eyes, the woman says to me “We do moustache too?”
Umm, excuse me? Moustache? Lady, my face may not be hair free, because that is abnormal, but no one has ever accused me of having a moustache.
“Oh, no, I really don’t think…” Horror washed over me. “Is it that bad?” I asked in a hushed voice.
She nodded wisely. “You should do it. Not expensive. Only $6, and not too painful.”
We went back and forth on this, and I was pretty horrified by the thought that I had a moustache, so I let her do it.
She was right, it didn’t hurt too much.
That’s right, I ended up with an awesome allergic reaction to the wax job on my upper lip. For two days, my lip was swollen, bruised, and covered in an awesomely sexy rash. And the best part? There were still little hairs there! (Little hairs that you couldn’t see, thanks to the gross rash, but still).
So I’m almost healed. And I learned my lesson. Don’t let yourself get guilted into spending money.
And don’t wax your upper lip. A little hair is normal. Some may find it sexy. No one thinks a gross red rash is sexy.
Megan is a 40-something government employee in the Washington, DC area. She got interested in Personal Finance when she got out of college and realized that her paycheck wasn’t going to go as far as she had hoped. Since starting this blog, she has managed to buy a house and make a solid start on her retirement goals, and hopes to help others do the same. Here is her story:
In 2007, I was a gainfully employed 20-something with no debt but not a lot of knowledge about personal finance. It was a co-worker’s comment about Roth IRAs that sent me to the internet, searching for information. It was then that I realized that I really didn’t know a whole lot about personal finance and that my current financial situation was due a lot to inherent frugal tendencies, generous family members, a fear of debt, and good luck. While that was working for me, clearly I needed a better plan.
While I had no debt, I was also pretty much living paycheck to paycheck and not worrying about going over budget (I say this as if I had a real budget) because I had an emergency fund set aside to cover any overages.
Except that’s not what an emergency fund is for.
So I did a lot of research, read a lot of blogs, and decided that I needed a plan. I needed to budget. I needed to know what I was spending my money on. I needed to prepare for the future.
I decided to create a blog not only to make myself accountable to others but also to share the knowledge that I gained along the way. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers, and I hope that my readers can find something useful in what I have to share as well.