Specialty Schools Offer Cheap Services

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

I mentioned on another post that a cosmetology school is a great place to get a cheap haircut (ours charges $4). But there are other schools too that offer greatly discounted prices for their services.

I take advantage of a local massage school. A one-hour student massage is only $25. The typical professional one-hour massage is around $60. I have osteoarthritis in my spine (bone spurs) so my back hurts most of the time. Massages help keep me mobile but I just can't frequently afford $60 for an hour. So I'm a regular at the massage school. The instructor often runs specials and he makes sure to let me know when he does. So I recently stocked up on a "buy two, get one free" special. I bought 8 and got 4 free, which I'll use throughout the year.

Our local vocational school has an auto mechanics course and an auto body course. Back when I was in high school and college, I had to pay for my own vehicle repairs, and that's when I discovered the vocational school. Typically, the students, under supervision of the instructor, do the work for free; you just pay for the parts that are needed. They kept my vehicles going while I attended college. I even got one vehicle painted and since they used some old paint no one wanted, it didn't cost me a thing!

There are dental schools and some medical schools that have discounted services too. About 30 years ago, I saw doctors at a clinic that trained new physicians. Since it was an educational clinic, the services were very cheap. I had a procedure once in which my doctor used me as a training tool to teach a new physician the procedure. I was very nervous, never having had anything like this done before, but I relaxed as my doctor explained to the new physician (and to me) exactly what he was doing just before he did it. It was a wonderful learning experience for me as well.

So if you want to save money on services, check around for any schools in your area that provide services at a great discount. I've had great luck with the students I've encountered and I've saved a bundle.

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

Does no one here use the services of any schools in your area? If it weren't for school prices, I wouldn't be able to afford a lot of the services I get. I have osteoarthritis in my spine, and if I couldn't get regular massages, I wouldn't be able to walk. And my hair would be a mop without those $4 haircuts.

Wish we had a cooking school nearby. I'd love to get cheap, healthy meals...

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Lucky for you that you are located close to those types of schools. We are too remote. With gas prices at an all time high, the 100 mile round trip drive to one of those types of schools for an inexpensive service would be foolhardy financially for me. Cheaper instead to bite the bullet and use a local professional.

Houston Heights, TX(Zone 9a)

I learned to cut my own hair after retiring on little$.

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