Estimated Monthly Savings: $45
Shaving is one of those things most of us do without a second thought. It’s just part of our routine, after all. Whether it’s in the shower, or directly after, we slather on that cream, grab our razors of choice, and make sure we’re landscaped for the day.
But how much money are you washing down the drain, along with that unwanted hair? Well, that depends. However, if you want to make your shaving cheaper, consider these simple tips.
Tip #1: You Don’t Need That Many Blades
How many blades does your razor have? Three? Four? More? Well, you probably don’t need that many blades to get a clean shave. If you’re tired of shelling out $20 or more for a fresh set of razor heads, try spending a fraction of that on a razor that has two blades. Or even one. A safety razor gives the same clean, smooth shave today that it did a century ago.
Tip #2: You Don’t Need Fancy Gels and Creams
How much do you spend on shaving cream? Probably not as much as you do on razors, but ask yourself what that cream does. Well, it moisturizes your skin, softens up the hair, and gets it to stand up for the cutting. Know what else does that? Soap. If you have soap, shower gel, or even conditioner in your shower, then there’s no need to pay more per ounce for shaving cream. Just work up a lather, rub it on your skin, and try to spot the difference after your shave.
Tip #3: You Can Strop Your Razors
Stropping is what old-timey barbers would do when they used a leather strap to put an extra fine edge on their straight razors. It would rub out the burrs, and get rid of any unwanted dust or hairs on the blade. You can do this with modern razors, too, and it makes them last longer. Simply take a pair of jeans, and lay them out. Push your razor in the opposite direction you shave. Take between 10 and 20 strokes. You don’t need to do this every day, but doing it a few times a week can help your razors last a great deal longer.