Tuesday Tips-Make life easier (and cheaper)!
Saving money is not just about big money strategies, but about the little things too. Saving a few dollars and cents in several areas can really add up. One area you can save on is shaving.
Shop Smart- The easiest way to save on shaving cream and razors is to buy them on sale with a coupon. Many times you can get razors for free using drugstore reward programs (like CVS extra care bucks). Check websites like Hip2Save for the weekly deal matchups.
Dry Your Razor- Keep your razor blade sharp longer by drying it after each use and keeping it away from the shower spray. Water causes oxidation which dulls the blade faster*.
Use Less-If you wet your legs or face first, you can use much less shaving cream–a thin layer is all you need and by using less, you need to buy it less often!
Use Soap- Skip the shaving cream all together and use soap. Just wet the bar and use the lather on your legs or beard. Ivory soap is around $.35 per bar and can last for quite a while if you keep it in a dry place when not in use.
Go Electric- Although you have the initial investment in the razor, over time an electric shaver can save on the expense of razors, blades and shaving cream. I have heard that it doesn’t give a close enough shave for some men though.
How do you save on shaving? Leave a comment. 🙂
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* for more info read this article from the Chicago Tribune
I have been using a little bit of hair conditioner (on wet skin) to shave with for years. You don’t need very much, and it leaves your skin moisturized too. No dry feeling afterwards.
Kimberlee Stokes says
Great idea Julie – I just tried it this morning and loved it. 🙂
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We save by not shaving 😉 okay, just partially kidding. My husband has a beard and that saves money! He trims with an electric trimmer. Personally, I think that when I shave more, my hair grows faster. So I shave my armpits every other week/once a month depending on the season 🙂 I shave my legs once every 2-3 months. Since I’ve been shaving my legs for over a decade (that makes me feel old!) it doesn’t need to be shaved as much.
I was going to say the same thing. In the winter, I will shave my legs every 2-3 months. In the summer every 3 weeks or so. My armpits, I shave once a month or so. I don’t get caught up in what’s expected of me, but more for comfort.
All the other tips are great too: just soap or a simple hair conditioner are fine for the lather to help glide the blade.
Same here. I shave my armpits twice a week, and my legs once every week or two. I’m fortunate to be a natural blonde, so dark leg stubble isn’t a problem. I get my hair cut in a long bob once or twice a year and let it grow in between.
My husband wears a full beard during the winter, and just keeps it trimmed up with our hair clippers. During the summer he keeps a mustache/goatee, and uses the free razors I get from couponing.
I give him his hair cuts in the kitchen every 8-10 weeks. His preference for a close crop all over makes it simple.
Katy @ Purposely Frugal says
My husband recently started using a straight razor, which should save us a lot of money. I also saw somewhere a man using the side of a match box to sharpen a dull disposable razor blade. Anybody know if this really works?
As others have mentioned, I use conditioner as well. It has helped immensly with razor burn in the underarm/bikini area. Also, I shave my legs quickly with just water and moisturize immediately to prevent razor burn. It’s not the closest shave, but gets the job done quickly!
Try not using any products at all. I shave in the shower with just the water alone. My cheapo blades last a long time and no money is spent on soap, lotions, creme, etc. No razor burn, cuts, etc.
My husband was getting tired of never having a really smooth shave and spending a fortune on razors and blades. So he found an old-fashioned razor with double-edged blades. The initial investment was not huge and the blades give him a wonderful shave for a lot less. Also, he blowdries his razor before putting it away – it is dry without risking a bad cut.
Great ideas! I use hair conditioner instead of shaving cream. I buy the cheapest I can find, and a quarter size will cover lefs and underarms, making the razor glide easily! Scented conditioner is even better!
I use conditioner left over after I have finished the bottle of shampoo. It works great!
Use cheap dollar store hair conditioner instead of soap or shaving cream.
we buy the blades for my husbands razors online, that was the best price we found for them. I buy mine at walgrees when they go on sale with a coupon 😉 also, since hubby is no longer in the military he grows his facial hair out a little more, which means less shaving
I use cheap hair conditioner to shave with…it moisturizes as you shave as well! It seems to last forever as well.
Katy @ Purposely Frugal says
I use conditioner too! I like how I can have one less bottle of something cluttering up the shower.
Instead of shaving cream use a bottle of cheap hair conditioner. It won’t dry your skin the way soap will and a big bottle is still less than a small can of shaving cream.
I love this. I’ve stepped away from couponing for awhile to focus on some other things and one way we save is if I can’t get razors free with coupons we buy a bag of disposables at Dollar Tree. They come with like 10 razors for $1. They aren’t the best quality, but we make it work. We use bar soap to shave and dry our razors after. Also, to prevent razor burn we use aloe vera. I read that tip on a blog a long time ago and thought it was genius. We buy aloe vera during the summer and then it usually just sits in a drawer the rest of the year. So rather than after shave my hubby rubs a little aloe vera on his face after shaving and it seems to prevent razor burn. I put it on my legs after I get out of the shower before putting on lotion and it helps me a lot too!
Neat idea–thanks Amy!
My husband and I have been looking into dollarshaveclub.com. They have different types of razors and send you a certain number of razor heads each month. Much cheaper than what I’m currently paying for blades. Some of your readers might be interested also 🙂