A family member recently told me she is considering going to a state university to get some dental work done. Due to the work being performed by dental students, she is hoping to save hundreds in expenses.
This got me to thinking about the time when my parents took my older brother and I to a beauty school to get our hair done. It was likely a lot cheaper than traditional barbers/stylists and saved our folks a buck or two. I didn't mind going there too much (even though there were a lot of girls) until one visit my stylist cut my ear. I understood it was just an accident, but my parents never took us back.
Even though I had a bad experience, there are some pluses for “going to school” and saving on service expenses:
- more affordable
- work is being performed by someone eager to please (fresh in their field)
- even though the service is being performed by someone less experienced, it is likely being supervised
- you get to help out a student by providing real-world experience
There are other schools you can take advantage of cheaper services and save. Here's some that I came across:
- Auto schools. Crystal at MoneySavingMom went to a nearby vocational high school to get her car fixed. She ended up saving about $200 on the repair (and only paid $30 in labor! Where can you get that kind of deal?)
- Massages. Go to a vocational school for all your massage treatments and services.
- Beauty schools. Like when I was younger, a great way to save on your must-have hair-cuts (unless you don't have any hair) is to hit up a beauty school. I've heard that Aveda Institutes are fairly inexpensive and you aren't allowed to tip (shame!).
- Preschool care. Along with auto programs, some high schools/colleges offer preschool care at an affordable rate for students who are considering early childhood education (thanks to comments at MoneySavingMom!)
- Appliance/computer repair. Again, a local tech school may be more than willing to help you out in this department too AND may only charge for parts.
- Optometry needs. You can get frames/eye screenings at a nearby school of optometry for a fraction of the cost you might pay at a nationwide retailer.
Have you ever gone to a nearby high school or technical college to get any of these services? Are there other services you have gotten there?