Consumer expert Clark Howard’s column appears here each Thursday in conjunction with Deal Spotter, a weekly print section in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Clark, do you really use a 10-cent razor and make it last a year? I find that impossible to believe.”
That was a question posted by David on my very popular “Ask Clark” message board at ClarkHoward.com. David, the answer is no, I don’t use a 10-cent razor. I typically use a 17-cent razor and go anywhere from six to 12 months between razors.
My rule is that I’ll shave with a blade until the second time it cuts me. The first time I get cut, I’m too stubborn to get rid of it and I assume I got cut because of user error. But the second time it nicks me, that blade’s done.
My last razor was seven months old when I took it with me during a promotional tour for my latest book, “Clark Howard’s Living Large in Lean Times.” I was on “The Dr. Oz Show” and he took it right out of my hands to give as a prize to someone in the audience. So that left me razor-less on book tour and I had to scramble to buy another cheap disposable at Dollar Tree.
Right now, though, I’m using a fancy Gillette blade on a listener challenge. I think it’s a Mach 3, and I’ve been using it since last September. I’m perfectly clean shaven and it’s working just fine because I religiously dry it after each use by blotting it on a towel.
But that’s more obsessive-compulsive than most people want to be. So for everyone else, there’s a new service called DollarShaveClub.com. This razor club will put you on a monthly subscription plan and send you a new razor each month. There’s a $1/month razor plan, a $6/month plan and a $9/month plan. It lets you lock in low costs without having to dry the blade after each use like me.
-by Clark Howard, Save More, Spend Less, Avoid Rip-offs
Find more answers to your consumer questions, plus Clark’s new book “Living Large in Lean Times,” at ClarkHoward.com. Listen to his radio show live 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday on WSB 750 AM and 95.5 FM.