It’s not an area that most people think about the cost except when it’s time to buy razor blades, and when they do they often lament at how the prices are. It doesn’t have to be that way. There are a number of things that you can do to reduce the cost of shaving whether you’re a man or a woman to save quite a bit of money each year. Some simple changes to buying habits and shaving habits combined can keep a lot of extra money in your pocket. below are some tips on how you can keep more of your money when you shave.
Don’t Shave In The Shower
While it may be more convenient and warmer to shave while in the shower, the fact is that if you shave this way, you're wasting a lot of hot water. If you fill your sink with hot water, you may use a gallon of water when shaving. When you take 5 minutes to shave in the shower, you use anywhere from 8 gallons (low flow) to 20 gallons (regular flow). This may not seem like much, but multiply it by 365 days and it can add a significant amount to the cost of shaving during the year.
If you feel that you can get a close enough shave, opting for an electric razor over a cartridge razor can save you a bundle of money. Although there will be an initial outlay of money for the electric shaver, you won't need to buy cartridges on a regular basis, or buy shaving creams. This results in the savings of hundreds of dollars over the life of the electric shaver.
Keep Razors Blades Dry
If you want your razor blade to last longer, make sure that it's dry after you use it. Instead of leaving in by the sink or in the shower, take a second to make sure that the blades are dry. Once dry, place the razor someplace where the blade won't get wet again. Leaving a razor in the shower or bathroom where others take showers and the room steams up will mean that the blade is getting wet even when not in use. This will make the blade corrode more quickly, and this corrosion will cause the blade to dull. Keeping your razor blades dry should make them last longer and in turn save you money.
A great way to cut down on the cost of shaving is to purchase a safety razor. This is a good alternative to those who don't feel they get a close enough save with an electric razor. For all the benefits, there is a good in-depth article worth reading titled [How To Shave Like Your Grandpa](http://www.artofmanliness.com/2008/01/04/how-to-shave-like-your-grandpa/) which notes that safety razor blades cost less than $0.25 a piece and that the natural creams you use with them are less expensive than most chemical jells, and this will give you a better shave than the typical multi-blade razor on the market today.