This could cause flack for me. I see it as a way to sock more money into your retirement account. This is the most addictive thing I have seen women do. Acrylic nails are like drugs! YES, they are beautiful! YES they make your hands look gorgeous! YES YES YES. But they’re costly! I was tallying up prices I looked up on Yahoo answers & saw these nails cost $500-$700 per year. I have personally known women who get these applied for special occasions and love, love, love how they look. So they keep on getting them. Why, ladies? Wouldn’t you rather retire early? A pretty manicure is very easy to do yourself using the proper tools. And there’s a rainbow of affordable nail polishes you can buy and apply yourself. Some of my friends stop using the better nail parlors & start going to unlicensed places which are a whole lot cheaper but a tad risky. The acrylics can make your nails thinner (I know one lady who wore them for 11 years non-stop and finally quit). There are dangers of fungus and infection. Just my 2c.