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This post is sponsored by 99 Cent Razor; however, my opinion and tendency to miss that one spot on the back of my ankle is 100% mine.
Even though I only try to buy them on sale, make sure I have a coupon, and hope there’s enough Extra Bucks offered to sweeten the deal, razors still take a decent-sized chunk out of our budget. I simply don’t like paying for them!
But I’m not about to stop shaving, nor am I allowing Joseph under any circumstance to grow a beard, so I’ve done my best to make razors and all the creams, lotions, and aftershave that go with them as affordable as possible. Here are three of my favorite ways to save money on razors, including a completely new concept that I recently tried…and loved!
1. Treat Your Blades Well
Do you know what the average life span of a razor blade is? I had no idea. But it seems like the general consensus is to get 10 good shaves out of each blade.
I have personally used my razor for much longer — sometimes up to 6 months — (which isn’t necessarily a good thing, as evident by the extra red bumps and rashes….ahem), but there are a few simple ways to extend the life of your blade and keep it sharp for a little longer.
How to extend the life of your blades:
- Use conditioner in place of shaving cream — it makes the hair softer and your blade won’t have to work as hard
- Dry blades thoroughly after using to prevent rust (blot dry with a towel or blow dry)
- After shaving, soak in baby oil or olive oil to keep it rust-free
- Store in a cool, dry place to avoid humidity…and rust (which means the shower is probably a bad idea)
- Run them up and down a piece of denim (10-15 times, opposite the direction you would shave — Joseph swears by this!)
When your blades start to rust out, or your skin gets those nasty razor burn bumps from the dullness of the blade, it’s time to get a new razor.
2. Don’t Fall for Specialty Products
It’s insane how many types of razors there are in the health and beauty section at Target — five blades, pivoting balls, moisture strips, and built-in shave bars — seriously, how many of those things do you really need?
In my experience, three blades work just as well as five, and those shave bars do nothing except gum up your razor and make them dull in a matter of days. In fact, I’ll take my plain jane razor any day before I pay for overpriced extras!
Unless you have a coupon and can snag Gillette’s newest invention for more than half off, I wouldn’t even bother. These products all just exceptionally targeting marketing gimmicks anyway. Keep things simple, and you’ll see the savings!
3. Try an Online Service
I’m sure you’ve seen a couple online razor subscription services here and there, and wondered if they were really worth the monthly cost. I know I did! I’ve been really tempted to try a few of them too.
When 99 Cent Razor asked if they could send me a couple of their products, I was really skeptical at first, but I can honestly say that the quality and close-cut shave were spot on — not to mention the price was extremely reasonable. (Less than a $1.00 per blade for the 12-month supply pack, compared to $3-$4 a blade for bigger brands.)
Plus, you don’t have to subscribe to a monthly package to order, and your first purchase is pretty much free, (only $.99 to cover shipping) Whenever you’re ready to come back for more, shipping is still just $.99. I’m definitely going to be buying my razors online from now on!
Even though something as small as razor blades might seem a little silly to scrimp and save on, it’s worth the effort. Because the more you cut down on everyday expenses, the more disposable income you have for bigger and better things. Remember, it’s all about intentional spending!
So try extending the life of your blade, cut down on all the extras, and even try buying a razor or two online just to start. Then use the money you save toward something even more important!
Do you have any razor saving tips to share?
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