Whatever your groomer is charging, is worth paying instead of grooming your pet yourself. Not only is it safer for a professional to groom your pet. It is usually less stressful for you and the pet. Also any clipper worth buying will cost atleast as much if not more than it would cost to pay a professional. And don't forget the maintenance to keep your equipment sharp. And best of all your dog will look great.
When Bear was a puppy, I used to take him to get groomed every month. Sometimes I liked how he looked afterwards, and sometimes he didn't look like my dog at all. I finally found a groomer who I loved, only to have her move to a new location farther away, and then to another location even farther aw