Along with paying taxes and lawn care, one of adulthood's more vexing responsibilities is having to deal with all that hair that won't stop growing out of our faces. Even if you can get away with cultivating a beard or mustache, you still need to spend a lot of time grooming (if you've gone that route, click here for our expert guide to beard trimming). And adding insult to injury, shaving creams, lotions, and especially blades, are absurdly overpriced: Consider that most of us drop about $4 a pop per cartridge (which cost pennies a piece to manufacture, by the way). This means we're paying as much as a buck a day to remove unwanted follicles from our faces. It's insane.
There is a better way, though. In its typical disruptive fashion, the Internet has created a host of new competitors to the old guard – products and services that shake the old shaving pricing model to its core – which translates into serious savings (or should we say, shavings). And there are a few additional ways you can, say, make your razor last longer using products you already own. You can go on being a sucker and pay full price, or you can read on for nine easy ways to stop pouring precious ducats down the drain.
What is it?
This is your straightforward, "eliminate-the-middle-man" pitch. 800Razors manufactures its own line of three- and five- blade cartridges (that come in packages of four, eight, 19, or 20) and sells them directly at about half the price of name brands. There are other options, too: Pick a onetime shipment, or select regular replenishment of your supply, say, every two, three, or four months. The more you buy, the more you save.
Does it save you money?
According to simple math, yes. For example, a standard box of eight five-blade cartridges costs $17.99, versus the name brand versions selling for $28 to a sky-high $34.
Not every guy will like a ceramic-coated blade, but we found them to be tenacious workers. The shipment options offered flexibility, so while getting the one-time package gives you more control, for others, a regularly scheduled delivery means you can be forgetful about buying blades and still never run out. [From $9.99; 800razors.com]