How Much Can You Save Annually by Ditching Cartridge for Safety Razors

As part of my cost-saving measures this year, much to my chagrin, I have given up my 4-6 week waxing regime and returned to razors. Ugh! I hate it, I swore I would never go back. I love the results of waxing, like love, love. But alas, in an effort to be even more frugal, I gave it up.

Who knew that razors had become such a hot commodity? There are the cheap disposable ones, the more robust cartridge-switching ones, and then the more old-fashioned safety and straight razors.

What’s the difference?

A disposable razor or even cartridge switching one is typically made of plastic often the aloe strip or “safety” strip to keep you from cutting yourself. Which, from my experience, translates into a not-so-great shave and thus the requirement to shave more often. These also seem to need replacing relatively frequently.

disposable razor

A safety razor is made to last a lifetime, sometimes even generations. They are often made of stainless steel and chrome to give them the weight and sustainability needed for a good shave. And while you do occasionally need to replace the blade, the blades are very cost-effective and if purchased in bulk can run as low as $0.20 per blade. Compare that to the cartridges! Wow, what a difference in cost.

Now there is a learning curve to shaving with a safety razor, but once you get the angle down you will be very pleased with the closeness of the shave.

Sidenote: I don’t know about you, but whenever I’ve watched someone shave with a straight razor I’ve been amazed that they didn’t nick themselves or slice their finger off.

After a quick perusal of my options in my local Walgreens, I went with a cartridge-switching one.

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