Shaving. It’s a necessary evil. Even worse is the fact that you have to pay for this daily tedious and unwanted task. Of course, you could avoid shaving and attempt your best Zach Galifianakis, but that probably won’t take you all that far. Unless you’re a lumberjack, rocking a full grizzly beard probably isn’t a good call at work. And, most ladies don’t care for a thick manly beard either. So, yeah. Shaving is an obligation.
But, if we have to shave day in and day out, at least we can save a couple of bucks doing so. Here are five ways we men can save some dough shaving.
5. Buy Generic
You’ve probably noticed that replacement razor blades are way overpriced, so an alternative would be to pick up some generic replacements from chains like CVS. The jury is still out on whether or not these razors do as good a job, but some guys claim that they do. What’s the worse that can happen? Maybe not as a close of a shave or some skin irritation? Or, maybe you’ll discover that name brands are running a scamming. It’s worth a try.
4. Join Dollar Shave Club
You’ve probably heard of the startup Dollar Shave Club either because of its hilarious viral video or remarkable prices. If not, the concept is simple. You pay a monthly fee, as little as $1 per month plus shipping, and then razors are shipped right to your house. Not only are you saving some cash, you’re also avoiding an extra trip to the store.
3. Keep Your Razor Dry and Clean
After you shave, your razor is probably wet. Why’s this a bad thing? This will cause your razor to rust and dull more quickly than when it’s dry. To slow down this process, dry the razor off after use by blotting it on a towel or even using a blow-dryer. Also, make sure that your razor is clean. Stuff like hair and shaving cream/gel will also shorten the life of your blade. Make sure to clean your blades after use by scrubbing it with something like a toothbrush. These tricks will help make your razor blades last longer.
2. Sharpen Your Razor
Did you know that you can sharpen your disposable razor? Well, you totally can. There’s a couple of MacGyver-like ways to complete this task, such as pushing the razor along denim in the reverse direction that you shave or even along your forearm. If you’re lost on these tricks, check out the above instructional video.
1. Switch to Safety Razor
You may have to make an initial investment, but in the long run, you’ll save a ton of cash on shaving. After picking up a handle, which can be bought for around $40, replacement blades only cost about $0.50 apiece, or a ten pack of blades from Amazon can be purchased for under $10. This old-fashioned technique may be a little more time consuming, but it’s a very cost effective method after the initial cost of supplies. And, you’ll get a pretty clean shave as well.
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