October 15, 2009

Thrifty Thursday: Shaving on the Cheap

Merkur Safety Razor 4.jpgWhile I do enjoy some high-end shaving stuff, I am a penny pincher whenever possible.

I got really tired of ponying up cash for cartridges all the time, so I invested in a safety razor (the Merkur) and am happily not having to pay good money for cartridges that get thrown away every week. Instead I buy blades (pretty cheap still) which last all week.

So if you're looking to lower your overall shaving costs, take the money you'd spend on the next couple of months worth of cartridges or disposables and invest it in a razor you can pass down to your grandkids, like a safety razor or a straight razor.

The learning curve is easier with a safety razor, but the old-school skill of shaving with a straight razor is coming back in vogue, so it's something you can share with other men.

My next investment is probably going to be a straight razor (hint, hint), and then I won't be purchasing new blades at all.

Another way you can save some money is to use an affordable shaving cream, like Cremo, which gives a quality shave despite being priced in the lower level compared to a lot of other creams. Or try baking soda or a DIY shaving cream for something a little different.

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Posted by Derek Markham at October 15, 2009 1:41 PM
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