We, as American women, are spenders and we're vain! Got it! But isn't funny (or sad) what we'll choose to spend our hard earned dollars on? And all for the sake of "looking good" - "looking healthy" - "looking thin" !
- According to a survey conducted by Tresemme, the average woman spends a staggering $50,000 on her hair over her lifetime.
"Each year, we spend an average of $160 on shampoos and conditioners, $120 for styling products and $520 for haircuts. And for those of us who color our locks, add in another $330 a year."
- If you get a mani/pedi once a month you average $600 a year. Add another $500 to that if you have acrylic tips!
- According to wiki.answers.com the average American woman has an annual clothing budget of $1,729. My opinion is that budget is MUCH higher for most of us....Don't believe me? Go count the LuluLemmon pieces in your closet and multiply by $75 - Now do the same for your shoes! YIKES.
I love being pampered and couldn't agree more that new clothes, a nice hair cut, and polished toes make you feel like a million bucks. BUT HOLD THE PHONE!!!! all of these things are temporary improvements to your appearance and don't do anything for your self-esteem, confidence, or most importantly your health. A fraction of this money spent on fitness (personal training, CrossFit Classes, or a standard gym membership) and the right food could give you all the same fixes but for a lifetime. Consider how EMPOWERED women - YOU would feel if you spent money on yourself via fitness rather than beauty products. I know what's coming next - it's the time issue. "I don't have time to workout" Ok, for the next week calculate how much time you spend changing outfits to find the right one or applying/reapplying make-up to cover your dark circles. Now, what if that time was spent working out - permanently removing dark circles and assuring that every outfit is the right one (because it fits!!).