3 Money-Shaving Tips for Hair Removal

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated March 21, 2019

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Money Saving Tips
March 21, 2019

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Wax strips, shaving gels, creams, electric trimmers — Americans spend millions of dollars on hair removal products every year. Whether it’s the dreaded five o’clock shadow or fuzzy, furry legs, both men and women crave seriously smooth skin. The problem is, hair removal can get expensive. What’s the cheapest way to keep your face and body hair-free? Read on to find out.

Subscription services like Dollar Shave Club provide you with hair removal products every month, and it could work out cheaper than going to the drug store. Better still, you can have products like razors delivered to your door. The same idea applies with a service like Target Restock; be sure to take advantage of any Target coupon codes as well. Just choose a monthly subscription plan that suits you and optimize your hair removal strategy for the year ahead.

Shaving cream can be expensive, so why not get creative and make your own? All you need is a few natural ingredients to provide your skin with an effective lubricant. Mixing ingredients like cocoa butter, coconut oil, and other essential oils will create a rich cream that you can use to shave your face and body. Try it for yourself and see!

Don’t use soap as a substitute for shaving cream, though. Sure, you will save cash, but you just won’t get a close shave.

Expensive electric razors definitely do the job, and some argue that these products provide you with a much closer shave. The only thing is, electric razors are costly, and some sell for upward of $100. You could buy one with credit card points if you have some saved up, by redeeming them for a gift card at a merchant that sells them.

However, if you’d rather save your credit card rewards for something better (like, say, Hawaii? Las Vegas?) you would be better off buying disposable razors instead.

Especially if you throw in the price of batteries, disposables can work out to be cheaper than electric razors. People think that they need to throw out a disposable razor after just one shave, but this isn’t always the case. In fact, you can use these products two or three times before you dispose of them. The result? More money saved.


Want to remove hair on the cheap? Follow the three tips above and you could save hundreds of dollars a year. Monthly subscriptions, making your own shaving cream, and disposable razors provide you with more bang for your buck, and smoother skin, too.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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