Money Talks News: Saving on Shaving

When it comes to shaving, you've got a lot of choices: 6 blades, vibrating handles, special exfoliants, smoothing strips. The one thing they all have in common? They cost big bucks.

These blades I'm using in this disposable cost $3.50 a piece. I use one a week: that's $182 a year! And I still have to pay for shaving cream. Fortunately, though, when it comes to shaving, there are ways to trim the cost. First, clean your blades with an old toothbrush. Maybe wipe them with oil-soaked cotton ball or cloth to clean off that grime and keep them fresh.

Next, dry after each use: moisture is the enemy.

You can use a towel, hair dryer or wipe with alcohol. As for shaving cream, you could try cheaper alternatives like hair conditioner or even soap.

Now when your blade's getting dull, here's an idea.

Take an old pair of blue jeans, and use it as a strop. Just rub your razor like this, opposite the way you'd shave. It's supposed to keep it sharp. I've read it can keep a disposable razor going for up to 6 months.

You could also try an old-fashioned safety razor.

You're going to pay more up front: 25 bucks, maybe more, but blades can cost less than 50 cents a piece.

Another option: Shaving clubs. You subscribe, then get razors in the mail. Simple razors start at a dollar a month plus shipping.

Then there are the permanent solutions: laser hair removal, or the the cheapest of all: sport a beard!

Bottom line... There are plenty of ways to trim the cost of shaving.

For more info or to tell me what's worked for you, go to and do a search for "Shaving."

For Money Talks News, I'm Stacy Johnson.