Clark Howard: Lock in low prices for your razors

Consumer expert Clark Howard’s column appears here each Thursday in conjunction with Deal Spotter, a weekly print section in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

ClarkHoward“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.

3 comments Add your comment

Bilal Muhammad

April 12th, 2012
7:05 am

Dear Mr. Clark,
I am having a problem. My mother purchased a 2012 honda accord from nalley honda in Union City. She has experienced problems with her new car and wants another new car. I support this because a new car should not have any problems at all! Please help me help her get justice in this matter. Please do an investigative Television Piece on this so that my senior citizen mother will treated right.
Thanky you in advance for your support! Feel free to contact me at 404 838-3926.

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Atlantarama

April 17th, 2012
5:51 pm

Clark,

What timing! Razor blades are outrageously expensive, and I’ve been looking into a product called “Save-A-Blade” which supposedly resharpens blades, and has gotten pretty good reviews on Amazon.

Any thoughts on that?