Saving You Money: Low Cost, First Rate Services

By: Meredith Stancik
By: Meredith Stancik

As the grim economic news continues, many of us are cutting things from our budget.

Maybe you color your own hair now or do your own nails.

But we've also heard that some of you are forgoing services that could be detrimental to your health, like an annual trip to the dentist office.

What if we told you, you don't have to give up these treatments and you can still save money. It may sound too good to be true, but it's not.

You can find low cost services right here in our area. So, if you don't want to color your own hair or skip an annual teeth cleaning.

Here are two spots you can check out.

Beth Goyen has been a regular client at this Bryan salon for five years.

"It's really great fun," Goyen said.

She comes in once a week for the usual; a simple blow dry and style.

Here, Beth can sit back, relax, and enjoy, because these services come at a fraction of the cost.

"I love getting top notch work for at least half the price," Goyen said.

Charles and Sue's School of Hair Design offers haircuts, highlights, even facials for 40 to 50 percent less than other salons.
That's because the stylists are students, and this is practice.

"I was a little leery at first because I thought hair school means learning and I'm not sure if I want to be practiced on," Goyen said. "I think that's something that people that never have done this consider."

However, the school says more consumers are opting for the low cost services.

"I have seen especially a lot of the younger girls starting to come in, where they really spent their money in the top dollar salon, now they're realizing they can't afford to do that any longer," Sheri Collins, with Charles and Sue's said.

Plus, you can't beat Beth's bill, she dishes out about $8 for a shampoo, blow dry and style.

Just down the road in Bryan, $10 dollars is all you need for a trip to the dentist.

The Blinn College Dental Hygiene Program offers preventative services, like cleanings, sealants, X-rays, and examinations.

"It's a trade off," Dana Wood, with the Blinn College Dental Hygiene Program said. "Our students get to see patients and have a learning experience with them and at the same time patients that normally don't get to receive care because they might not have the finances or the benefits to get good quality dental care."

College Student Jeremy Kleiber couldn't say no to the price.

"I haven't gotten my teeth looked at in about four or five years so it wouldn't hurt," Kleiber said. "I'll pay $10 for that."

That's all he'll pay for the entire semester. Even though he may have to visit the clinic several times and each appointment could take a few hours.

"I feel like they're doing me a bigger favor than I'm doing them, so I'm just going with the flow," Kleiber said.

He's not alone. The sluggish economy has forced others to make an appointment.

"We see a lot of retired patients who are on fixed incomes that no longer carry benefits as far as insurance," Wood said. "They come time and time again many of them know the program better than we do. Then we have the patients that just don't have the insurance benefits."

Times may be tough. But, before you cut the things you enjoy or really need, explore your options, you may be pleasantly surprised.

"I just kind of enjoy the whole process," Goyen said.

Here's a breakdown of the prices at Charles and Sue's: shampoo and sets $5 and up, haircuts $5.75, haircut and blow dry $7.50, hair color $25 and up, highlight $35 and up, facials $6 and up. For more information or for an appointment call 979-776-4375.

For more information the Blinn College Dental Hygiene Program, call (979) 209-7283 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are seen on a limited basis. Visit for more information on the dental hygiene program.

The program is actually offering a special event on April 16. The program and area dentists are participating in the American Dental Association's Give Kids a Smile program from 5-8 p.m. at the college's clinic at 301 Post Office Street in Bryan. The event is part of National Children's Dental Access Day to provide oral health education, screening, treatment and preventative care to disadvantaged children.

Free services will be given to children including; routine exams and cleanings, sealant placement, X-rays, and instruction on proper oral hygiene.

You can also find budget friendly services at other places in the area.

Manuel and Theresa's School of Hair Design in downtown Bryan also offers hair cuts starting at $3.95, and a pedicure starting at $15. Highlights start at $25, facials start at $10, and color starts at $20. You can just walk-in or call for an appointment at 979-821-0076.

Two times a year, Healing Handz Massage Academy in Bryan offers $25 massages. It's part of a massage student's internship program. The next opportunity comes in July. To sign up, call 979-823-2989.

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