Consumer expert Clark Howard’s column appears here each Thursday in conjunction with Deal Spotter, a weekly print section in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Years ago, a listener called my show after I had talked about the razor wars, when Gillette or Schick rolled out their latest model with 14 blades or whatever it was at the time. I was making fun of their marketing ploys and high prices back then by talking about my cheap disposable razors.
The caller said he was an engineer and that he had the real money-saving secret when it came to razors. He told me that drying my disposable razor after each use would make it last for months. Blades degrade from moisture, he explained, not from the actual friction or wear of shaving my stubble every day.
So I tried blotting my disposable razor dry on a towel after each use. That’s not the way he suggested I dry it, but I opted for a lazy man’s approach and it has worked for me. (Others recommend using alcohol or a little drying machine you can buy at the drug store.)
I found that by drying the blade on my towel, I could routinely go eight, 10 or even 12 months on a single disposable razor without cutting myself.
I have a lifetime supply of two 55-count bags of Schick double-edged disposables that I purchased on clearance several years ago at BJ’s Wholesale Club. The price I paid works out to be about 17 cents per razor.
Paying just pennies per blade sounded good to me when fancy razor blades can be $4 a pop.
I know this might all sound crazy to you. But if you’re accustomed to using a costly Gillette or Schick blade and you can make it stretch for weeks or even months by simply drying it, we’re talking about real dough you can save over time.
-by Clark Howard, Save More, Spend Less, Avoid Rip-offs
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