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.
Dollar Shave Club
What is it?
The original Internet-based razor upstart, Dollar Shave Club offers cut-rate home-delivery subscriptions for blades that should make the big companies quake with fear – prices start at $1 a month for a five-pack of twin-blade razors and go up accordingly, including a miraculous six-blader. You can adjust your plan in case your delivery is too much or too little, including the "Not So Hairy" program which ships razors every other month.
Does it save?
Depending on your frequency of shave, yes. If you're shaving regularly, $6 bucks a month, or every other month, on a four-pack of blades is less than what you'd be paying at the drugstore (and you also save money on gas because you don't have to go anywhere). Perhaps most sweet: It saves you the pain of having to remember to reorder.
The six-blade razor feels deluxe and gives a smooth shave. And we especially like that Dollar Shave Club has now launched Dr. Carvers's Easy Shave Butter, its own moisturizing shave cream that you can add to your shipments for just $8 for 6 ounces. More add-ons, please! [From $1 a month; dollarshaveclub.com]