Grey hair progress


Hello Dear Reader,

I stopped dying my hair in July, it was costing me £45 a month at the hairdressers. I wasn’t any good at doing my own hair and mostly got it in my eyes and up the walls. So, I’ve saved £225 already……no, before you ask, I didn’t spend it on a rabbit. Instead, we’ll spend it on an extra trip to France. 

I don’t know why some people are frugal but we’re frugalish and thrifty so we can do the things we love which is pop off to France when ever we can. We will go again at Easter, when the weather is hopefully warmer. 

This wee creature came to visit me today, on a lead. I’ve never seen anyone take a rabbit walkies before and this amused me no end.

Anyway, humour me as I’m feeling nosey, why are you thrifty? What’s your financial priority and does anyone else walk their rabbit? 

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xx

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53 thoughts on “Grey hair progress

  1. My daughter Kittie used to walk her giant lop eared rabbit and she even took him on the bus! some of the other passengers took photographs of him because they thought it was so funny.

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  2. too much stuff! currently I am crocheting up my wool mountain, and quilting my fabric mountain, and tackling my mountain of dried goods like pulses and lentils etc in the cupboard. The plan is to save money every day so that we can afford those little trips without dipping into the food budget. Plus it’s very satisfying to clear some space in the spare room! As for the hair – I go twice a year for a cut and dye it myself every three months or so.

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  3. Good morning from Rhode Island,
    I am letting my hair go grey because I know I’ll never keep up with coloring it. No one told me however that the texture of the grey hair was going to be awful. So now I’m contemplating cutting it short but I know that will cost me in time and money too. Hair woes are ridiculous aren’t they?

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  4. I am frugalish (love that word) so I can afford the things I love, like a weekend away or a nice set of sheets. I bring my lunch and breakfast to work, i shop my house and I reuse as much as I can.

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  5. We’re retired, we we lucky , and frugal, so we got to retire in our 50’s. We love to travel and we’re frugal so that when we fly we can afford to go first class. We fly long distances (east coast of USA to Japan) and being able to go first class makes it possible. I couldn’t do 14 hours crammed into a little seat.

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  6. I think it changes over time. We were extremely frugal helping our kids through college. Our youngest has one more year. Now we are being thrifty so we can do some home repairs and sell this house. The hope is to downsize like you!

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  7. We started off on frugality when I left work when eldest son was born. 26 years later, and the youngest is 11, and I never returned to work outside the home, and I doubt I will. Frugality, however, has left us debt free, owning two homes and several other pieces of property, able to pay for the kids’ college, and very comfortable, though DH is retired. (He was a pilot.) Today, I think, though less frugal than I was in those early days of one income, that I am frugal because 1) It’s fun! 2) It makes sense.

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  8. Coloured my hair since i was 15, let it go grey 4 years ago, love it, would not go back! Frugal to pay mortgage off early, so that as my husband health deteriates we can survive/live on my wage! Living now is important i just try to do it cheaper!

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  9. I am frugal most of the time and I do try not to waste money. We would like to retire at 60 ( currently early 50`s). I am continually disgusted by how much everything costs especially food and bills. It is often hard to find anything left to save. We make do and mend where possible and we do not go out buying unnecessarily, or replacing things for the sake of having the latest thing.
    It is a good job that I enjoy the challenge of thriftiness. Your website is fab and gives constant inspiration and I love to hear what other people do.

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  10. Because i don’t like waste and i like to save money. But i fight a battle because my husband is not of the same mind, he leaves lights on, fills the bath right to the top, has the heating and the fire on and sits in a t shirt!! (i turn off the heating when the room is warm and he hardly ever notices). Luckily i control the money, his and mine and he is just allowed pocket money each week 🙂

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  11. I went frugal with hair dressers when I added it all up one year when I was working in a high powered well paid job I hated with little time off and realised I was paying for the hairdressers’ luxury 2 week holiday in Italy! I stopped the dye jobs (anyway it was ruining the white linen pillowcases), went to a cheaper hair dresser who could cut just as well and stopped feeling pressured into a cut every four weeks as they suggest and held out for a good cut every 6 or 7 weeks. Now costs £15 for a good cut in the village where I cycle to – £100 a year? And wash it 2/3 times a week (£25 in products a year) The hair is super soft and healthy and a lovely glowing grey!!! Sometimes I hanker for purple dye job to shock the kids though……….(LOL)

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  12. There is also a shampoo, at least here in the states, called Jirmack that brightens it and makes it less wiry. I stopped coloring 2 years ago and went through a time period of not liking the results. I tried the shampoo and it gave me a lift. Not as thrifty as not using it, not as expensive as salon coloring.

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  13. I am frugal as I’m working hard on being mortgage free in four years time. My health isn’t good so I want/need to clear my mortgage debt as soon as possible. Then I will be able to afford to reduce my hours. Also I don’t see the point in wasting money and I want to be a sensible role model to my daughter.

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  14. My husband and I are both naturally frugal – my parents bought me up to never buy anything until you had the cold hard cash in your hand to purchase with – and now we’re mortgage free we’re working to build up a mini property empire so we can retire in our 50s and still have enough to live comfortably, which for us means an eco-friendly car big enough for our two large dogs to mess up, an odd weekend in France, an occasional bottle of champagne and a treat meal out once a month, not Caribbean cruises and fast cars.

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  15. My hair is greying and I don’t mind. I have a different issue. My hair is so oily and sometimes if I am going out I wash it twice in one day. Having highlights reduces the problem but it costs over $100 (Aus) a go so I am letting that one go. I try to reduce costs everywhere, Sometimes I win and others I don’t.

    When I was in England I was surprised how relaxed people were about dogs on transport etc. In many ways it was wonderful. I used to baby sit a family cat and I took her walking most evenings.

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  16. I’m not even entirely sure why I am frugalish. Probably so we always have enough to cover the bills and some left over for our future and some to enjoy now. Growing up with parents who spent like crazy has had some good influence (I think it’s good) on how we manage our finances.

    Oh and I don’t have a rabbit but I walk my cat.

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  17. I colored my hair for a few years while going through a mid-life job change, but it was costing me $50 a month at a discount hairdresser and the results were sometimes not good. (Ronald McDonald red one time!) So l let it grow out and have been happy with the gray.

    My gray hair did a lot better about not being frizzy when I started using a Spornette “porcupine” brush with mixed natural boar and nylon bristles and a Kent comb made in England. (These cost less than one trip to the hairdresser for dye.) It turned out my frizz was being caused by the plastic bristles and teeth in my old brush and comb damaging the gray hair. The plastic gets tiny nicks in it over time that pulls hairs.

    For us, everything frugal we do is so that DH, who has some heart problems, can retire early.

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  18. I’m one of the very fortunate ones that was born a strawberry blonde. I have never dyed my hair and now that I’m 65 it has slowly changed to a very pale blonde. I’m often asked, even by hairdressers, what colour I dye my hair. My sister, on the other hand, was born with black hair and started going grey when she was 18 and has dyed it, herself, ever since. I’m the lucky one as I’m way too lazy to be doing the dye job every few weeks! I retired when I was 59 and DH when he was 57. It was all planned to coincide with the mortgage being paid off. We try to be frugal in our everyday life so that DH can have his golf club membership and we can afford a holiday every year.

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  19. Looking great! Your skin is so lovely, grey hair suits you!
    I used to have ferrets that I’d walk on leads everywhere : D
    I never used to be a big spender, I only ever bought books and good food! But never have I understood money very well. Now I’m becoming frugal from a different perspective (I’ve always been green – I have a compost toilet, and I grow my own veg). I deffo got materialistic in the last year or so. It was really addictive to spend money, but that didn’t land me in a very good place, so now I’m being as frugal as I can to save money for everything. I have never invested in my future, but now I really want to take care of the future me.

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  20. Froogs you look wonderful! I let my hair go gray 11/2 years ago and have not regretted it for a minute. I am 51 and by the looks of your hair much grayer than you. I have barely any natural hair color left. I am not good at being frugal but I admire those of you who are and I am trying to baby step my way to frugality.

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  21. Yes, I used to walk my pet rabbit. He had a soft velour harness and lead. Not quite sure whether I walked him or rather he took me in the direction he wanted to go!

    Trying to be frugalish so that I can help my children as much as possible and a necessity as a single parent.

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  22. I am thrifty because I have wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars in my younger years on houses that were too big, cars that were too fast, restaurants and shops that were too expensive etc etc etc …. and I didn’t save ONE cent. For the past 8 years, my financial priority has been to save, pay off the mortgage, decluttter and sell stuff we don’t use/need so that my hubby can retire early. He will retire this year and then we will go traveling 🙂

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  23. I ceased appointments with the dye bottle, 3 years ago. I still have regular haircuts but I am now completely grey and I love it. Speedier hairdresser appointments, no worry about chemicals harming my skin, dreaded regrowth and yes cheaper. Although I have to admit it would have been nice to have kept my natural hair colour a little longer but that’s life.

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  24. No pet rabbits allowed in Queensland. Big pest brought out by early settlers and they laid waste to vast areas of Qld agricultural and pastoral land. Am frugalish so that I can take a holiday, make sure our grandson who lives with us has what he needs and go out when I want to. Went to the local races on Saturday at 45 degrees. Friend and I still enjoyed ourselves.

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  25. I retired early as I worked for over 40 years and just got worn out. I have never dyed my hair as I was blessed with silver white hair. I cut my own hair as it is curly so my wobbles are never found. I live very frugally as I have everything I need. I am a crocheter and have literally boxes of yarn so I am set for the rest of my life. My crocheting gives me blankets to keep warm. My food is very simple….vegetables with legumes and pulses. Clothes will need to be made for spring as the last 5 years I have been “wearing them out”. I don’t buy from thrift stores as there is too much to tempt me. I haven’t shopped in a proper clothing store in years as I desire to have clothes that actually cover me. Life just seems less complicated when there is less.

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  26. I’m frugal with all my spending because I want to save enough to move from Kent to Cornwall. I am within a whisker of paying off my mortgage (not bad for a single old bird) but am weighing up the idea of downsizing to knock the remaining mortgage on the head. I could continue working for the next five or six years but my health isn’t good and if I wait too long I may never take the leap. It’s been tough decision, but my two kids are happy with the plan and that is all I care about. As for the hair dye, I still do my own out of a box and look for offers in Wilkinsons. If I go to my hair dressers for a trim, they charge a fiver to put on a box colour, which is a rare service to find these days.

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  27. We are frugal so that I can stay home to raise our children and so that my husband can work less and at the same time redirect his career. The off-shoot of this is that we have more time together, we have more time to spend on doing things we think are fun, we have less stress, and buying/using less is better for the planet. Although we earn a fraction of what we have in the past, we are at our happiest.

    In addition, I hope that we will pay off our mortgage early and have an early retirement.

    Thank you for continuing to inspire us!

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  28. I wish mine would come in pretty like yours but instead its a mix of grey, white, silver, and mousey brown and VERY wiry. It used to be wavy and auburn. The only way to maintain any control of it is to have it long enough to weigh down the wiry. Drives me nuts.

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  29. I colour my hair to cover myself, mostly every 3 weeks. May be after few more years, I can stop doing it. I am trying to replenish my emergency fund, which all wiped out because of an unexpected job loss last year. That made me realize how important it is to be financially independent.

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  30. I was frugal in my 20’s because of necessity. I went through a period in my 30’s where I bought nice things because I could. Now I’m 57 and retired and I’m frugal because I don’t want to work! I also find that the older I get I just enjoy simple pleasures. A long walk, cooking at home, reading a book. I just don’t want things anymore and couldn’t care less about eating at a fancy restaurants.

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  31. I just thrive better on a simple, less materialistic life. My parents were careful with money and I prefer to save than spend. Sine my husband died I have had to be even more mindful of what is spent. I save for my children’s future, the odd holiday and I support a few charities each month. I have hit 50 with a few grey hairs and enjoying watching it change colour naturally. Can’t stand going to the hairdresser o more than happy to go grey. I think it really suits you Froogs. I expect the rabbit is better behaved on a lead than my collie.

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  32. I am frugal because we have always liked to travel, mostly by car. We also help my granddaughter who is trying to start a career that isn’t very available in this area. We paid off our mortgage early and I retired before I hit 60 and my husband at 62. We’re enjoying life, and trying to always get the most value for our money.

    I never dyed my red hair but I did put a rinse on it when I started going grey. It was too much trouble–I like low maintenance–so I didn’t do it for long. I keep it short so have it cut every 6-8 weeks, at a discount haircutting place. I can make it look quite nice but seldom bother unless I’m going somewhere special. It’s a quick blow dry most days and off I go.

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  33. We are frugal because we are charitable, we are putting a big chunk in 401k each pay and because we want our own second home in Texas where I am from. It is a good thing, too, because my husband has a recurring back injury from work and they took him out of work a few weeks ago and they aren’t paying him. We can live on my wages without touching the savings, so that’s a blessing.
    I color my own hair as my boss ‘ son in running our company now, and he is not a fan of old people. Sigh. Yours looks great!

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  34. I get my daughter to dye my hair. 16 yr olds love playing hairdressers. We have to be careful mind as you’re right it’s a messy job! She is raising money for an elephant charity as part of a school trip to Botswana this year, so she gets a small donation for that and giving me a manicure every week. My nails are looking better already after a few weeks. So eeking out visits to my posh hairdresser (my one luxury that I have stuck with over the years). I am growing my hair again and cut my fringe in between visits. Am same age as you or maybe a year older. My grey is now coming along, didn’t start til late 40’s. I must say when it gets to the same stage as yours I will stop dyeing it as yours looks really nice.
    I try to be careful rather than frugal. Unfortunately my other half is opposite. I was terrible with money in the past and dread to think how much we have spent over the years. We did just have a bargain break to the Canaries last week for under £500 for flights, accommodation and car hire. He would have spent twice that at least but he had just as good a time and the weather was so much better than here!

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  35. After years of working in education, I had to leave work for my own sanity and we realised that we can manage perfectly well on one salary and be loads happier in to the bargain. I no longer need the stuff I was buying to make me feel better about what I had become. Now we spend on things that truly matter to us . I colour my own hair…Can be interesting at times😉

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  36. We’re frugal/thrifty/careful with money so we can be together instead of LH having to travel southern England from our smallholding in North Wales to work, we will be together virtually all the time from July. Being frugal and watching all the pennies has meant that instead of waiting until we are in our late 60’s we are retiring in our late 50’s …… well if you can call running a woodworking business and a smallholding retiring 😉

    I colour my own hair, but I keep it so short I can just lob on half a box of bleach every couple of months and before it goes totally dried out at the ends it’s trimmed at the hairdressers every six weeks, costing me £15 a year for colour (one box does two colour sessions) and £153 a year in cuts (including the tip).

    Oh, and I’m quite sad you didn’t buy a rabbit with your savings 🙂

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  37. Love your hair, Jane. I think grey is really going to suit you. It looks like it will take a very long time for you to be fully grey though, you still have a lot of your natural colour.

    I am frugal, or intentional as I like to think of it, because of my need for security. Being consumer debt free, building a savings cushion and paying down my mortgage as quickly as possible makes me feel a little bit safer each month. Still a very long way to go though; I don’t think I will be retiring in my late 50’s but maybe scaling back will be an option for me.

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  38. You look very stylish with your grey hair. I’m 30 and my hair’s dark, but the silver’s started to show. I think I’ll just leave it, can’t be bothered to dye it!

    I have two rabbits, but they live indoors. I tried putting a harness on one to take him for a walk in the garden, but he was having none of it. I love them to bits, but rabbits are not frugal pets. Although they do eat the vegetable peelings.

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  39. Ah, the rabbit is so cute! I used to raise and show them in my youth. You’re hair looks great. I haven’t been able to let mine go naturally. but do think about it. if I am fortunate to model after my mother’s awesome ombre grey hair then i have nothing to worry about. but this initial move is difficult.

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