My husband has the gift of facial hair. He’s the kind who has a five o’clock shadow that some men can’t even grow after a week. There’s no need to be jealous though, it’s more of a curse. While laziness might lead him to let it grow, he shaves everyday (except Saturday) to maintain his young, clean-cut attorney look.
Shaving can be expensive!
Here are a few ways to save on your shave!
Coupons and Drugstore Freebies
Back when we didn’t live in the boonies I regularly played the drugstore game. By using coupons on sale items that also offered money-back rewards via loyalty cards or cash-back coupons redeemable on your next purchase. I tried to get all the free or cheap razors and shaving cream at Walgreens and CVS. I had the most success with shaving cream. It’s pretty easy to get for free or nearly free.
Razors are a little trickier. If you have access to weekly coupon inserts you will have a much better chance at getting great deals on razors and cartridge refills. Since my husband was brand-loyal (Mach3 Razor Cartridges are his go-to) when it comes to razors, it was worth it to buy coupons on ebay and stock up on cartridges when I know a sale is around the corner. When I could get other brands of razors for free or cheap at drugstores, I added them to our stash, but most were rejected by the shaving connoisseur of the family.
Extend the Life of Blades
Everyone knows that a dull blade is bad news, so I won’t recommend torturing yourself. Did you know that with a few seconds of care your blades will stay sharp for longer?
- After each use, rinse and dry the blades of your razor. Use a towel (or hairdryer) to dry so the blades are completely dry.
- Store the razor somewhere dry (i.e. not in your humid shower).
Your blade will stay sharp for much longer if you keep it clean and dry because constant exposure to water will cause rust and tiny chips on the blade. Chemicals in shaving cream and soap probably don’t help either. Diligently cleaning and drying your razor is money in your pocket!
I have also heard (but have not tried) that you can rub the razor on denim in the opposite direction that you shave (you don’t want to cut your jeans). Apparently the cross fibers in denim help to sharpen the blades.
Dollar Shave Club
Over Christmas when my sisters and I were discussing practical stocking stuffers, I lamented that our stash of razor blade cartridges (and freebies) was out. My sister told me all about Dollar Shave Club. Her husband has been using it for a while and absolutely loves it.
Dollar Shave Club is a monthly razor subscription. Each monthly package includes 4-5 cartridges and the handle is included the first month. The best part is that it is automated and shipped to your door. The second best part is that you can stop and start your subscription whenever you want without any penalties. There are three different packages:
- $1/month + $2 shipping
- $6/month + Free shipping
- $9/month + Free shipping.
We signed up for the $6/month plan. By cleaning and drying his blade, my husband will make them last far longer than a week, and after a few months we will pause our subscription and be set for a while.
Dollar Shave Club is much cheaper than any deal we have gotten on razor cartridges before and it doesn’t require me to wait for deals or go to the store. Hooray!
Does anyone else have any tips for making your blades last forever? Does anyone make their own shaving cream? Any other tips for saving on shaving?
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