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?
A micro-honing grooved silicon pad that realigns cartridge blades. It turns out that blades tend to warp and bend on a microscopic but still meaningful level, leading to missed hairs, tugging, and even nicks. The BladeBuddy corrects that. Before each shave, simply slap some shaving product onto the grooved surface, and lightly push the razor forward about 15 to 20 times using light pressure.
Does it save?
Yes. We've been shaving our full face with a Mach 3 every other day for five weeks, and our blade is still as sharp as it was on day one.
It's both the lowest-priced option we found and the most planet-friendly. The pad can be removed from the plastic storage shell, making it portable. [$20; getbladebuddy.com]