Saving on Shaving
This is mostly aimed at my fellow men in this community (at least, I think I'm not the only one!). Still, anyone who uses disposable razors for shaving body hair might find some use as well. Since I've never been happy with the shave an eletric razor delivers, most of my life I have used a razor with disposable cartridges. While a closer shave, I didn't care for the high cost of replacing cartridges ($13+ for a package of 6 to 8 decent cartridges, at least several dollars more for a 4 to 6 pack of blades that lasted longer). Recently, though, I decided to try to save money by shaving with a traditional razor and double-edged safety razors. New safety razors are ridiculously cheap: you can find 100 good quality double-edged safety razors for just over $10 and even my splurging on a package of 35 high-end blades only cost me $14. So far, each safety razor has lasted about a week of daily use, which means for $14 I have razors enough to last me for almost nine months. You will have to buy more than the blades, of course. The razor itself can be anywhere from $10 to $50, depending on weight, materials, and design. This is a one-time outlay, so it might be worth it to spend a little extra for the heavier, long-handled blade, but this is up to you. Also, you probably will want to buy shaving soap or real shaving cream. These range from $6 to $12 and are well worth it: a nickle-sized dab will provide a full lather, which means the soap or tub of cream will last for ages. A shaving brush is optional, but does make for a more even lather (and just makes for a nicer shaving experience, really); that's another $12 or so for a good entry-level brush. Even if you opt for all of it, though, it's not a crippling initial outlay by any means. I think you'll find you're saving in the long run going old school and turning to safety razors. Plus, you'll probably get the closest and most comfortable shave you've ever had.