Today I had my hair cut by an awesome lady at Great Clips. She recently moved to Atlanta from New York and she has a heck of a story. She did all the talking and I did all the listening (and admiring). She is a middle-aged single, black woman. She raised four children by herself. When I sat down in the chair, the first thing she said to me was, “One of my neighbors got evicted yesterday, and my other neighbor was foreclosed on.” I told her I was sorry to hear that. “Yes” she said, “it makes me sad.” I agreed. Then she launched into her story:
“I can’t believe how many people live beyond their means. I save half of what I make and live on the other half. I don’t have a cell phone and I’ve driven the same car for ten years. If I don’t have a coupon, I don’t buy anything. You don’t have to live like a hobo or nothing but you’ve got to think about how you spend your money. All my friends ask to borrow money from me because they know I have it. I tell them, ‘if you didn’t pay $100 per month for your cell phone, you’d have money, too. Put that money in the bank’. It’s crazy that I see people waiting at a bus stop talking on their cell phones. If they didn’t spend money on those phones, or beer, or cigarettes, they could have a car, even an old beat up one. Did you know that you can be a millionaire in ten years? I know five people in my family that have done it. I’ve only been working on it for five years because I raised four children by myself. But now that they are all grown, I can save half of what I make. In another five years, I’ll be a millionaire. I’m teaching my oldest daughter about it, too.”
She is a remarkable woman, and it was one of the most enjoyable haircuts I’ve ever had!