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?
Another example of the savings that can come from cutting out the middle man, Manpacks offers a streamlined online service. The sole product is a $9 four-pack of five-blade razor cartridges made of titanium-coated steel, with an edge trimmer. The only thing customizable is the shipment schedule: monthly or quarterly.
Does it save?
No doubt, considering name brand five-blade cartridges cost more than $30. The savings are particularly great for the more hirsute among us.
Because it's part of the larger Manpacks program, you can also get convenient regular shipments of essentials like condoms, as well as pseudo-disposables, such as underwear, undershirts, and socks. [From $9 a month; manpacks.com]