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?
In an effort to stave off competition from the bevy of online upstarts, Gillette has opted to jump in the game by offering direct discounts on its products. Visit its promotions site, click on whatever model you're loyal to, and you'll be taken to an e-tailing partner (such as drugstore.com and Amazon), which will fulfill your already discounted order. It's easy and you get your trusty, top-quality Gillette blades, which is important to those of us who are devotees. The savings, however, are far less substantial than what you get from other sources.
Does it save?
Yes, but only for products that happen to be on sale at a particular time, meaning that dedicated Gillette fans may have to visit the site several times before finding a deal.
Occasional prep kit deals may be worth snagging, especially for frequent travelers who like to keep a couple duplicates of grooming items handy. [Prices vary; gillette.com]