Living Frugally: Dollar Shave Club

If you are like me, and spend any amount of time cruising around the Internet, you have likely come across an advertisement, in one form or another, for the Dollar Shave Club — Shave Time. Shave Money.

I have used the Gillette Mach3 for as long as I can remember. And while I have always been satisfied with the quality of the handle and blades, the price is ridiculously high!

The catchy viral campaign – and the reasonable price and convenience for blades delivered to my doorstep – were enough to get me to give the club a try.

The options are very straight forward: the Humble Twin ($1/month), the 4x (aka the Lover’s Blade – $6/month), and the Executive ($9/month).

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Channeling Goldilocks – the two blades of the Humble are not enough for me and the six contained in the Executive are overkill – I settled on the 4x and its $6/month price tag as it seemed just right. Within a week I received my handle, four cartridges and a sample of some shave butter.

I put the 4x to the test yesterday morning for the first time. My first impression? Dollar Shave Club and the 4x are keepers. The handle is solid with a nice weight and while the shave was not necessarily better than with my Mach3, it was comparable and I have no complaints.

My initial shave was just the face. It is likely that I will shave the head tomorrow. Using the same cartridge for the second time will give me a better idea how long each cartridge will last.

DSC ItemsHowever, I have been shaving for quite a few years and I like to believe I know a quality razor when I have used one. I feel pretty confident that four new cartridges on a monthly basis will work out just fine. One cartridge a week – I normally shave my face and head twice a week – should work out quite nicely.

I’m so confident in fact, I have already put in an order for my brother, a little gift, for the 4x. He should be receiving his first shipment in a few days.

Combine the low-cost of a quality razor, with the added convenience of being delivered to your home, and the Dollar Shave Club is a frugal way to manage your shaving requirements. Check out the options, and if you do decided to join, I hope you will join as my referral. Happy shaving!

Blogger-in-Chief here at RetirementSavvy and author of Sin City Greed, Cream City Hustle and RENDEZVOUS WITH RETIREMENT: A Guide to Getting Fiscally Fit.


  1. Thanks for sharing the great reviews. I’m glad to hear the blades are working well for you. Today was my first dollar shave club shave and I agree with you, I think the razor blades are a very nice quality. Hopefully they hold up well for the both of us.
    Bert, one of the dividend diplomats

    • Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment, Bert. As I indicated in the post, while I was happy with my Mach3 blades for a number of years, the price is unreasonable. I am very happy with the quality and value offered by Dollar Shave Club. Not only have my wife and brother jumped on the bandwagon, I have recommended the club to numerous friends and co-workers.

      I will be interested to see if this particular model works for Dollar Shave Club and/or if there is a play in this space by the big boys, Gillette and Schick.

  2. I’m in the club also. I choose the 4x as I’m sure most people do because of the reasons that you’ve described in your article. I opted for the every other month option. Thanks for the review.

    • While I suspect I could stretch four cartridges over two months, the wife will occasionally use my razors. What we may look at, after a few months of use, is adding the Humble Twin to our monthly order. Thanks for stopping by, Tyrell and adding to the conversation.

  3. This is great, thank you for sharing. I know that the Mach3 cartridges cost around $15 for a pack of 4. I think it’s totally ridiculous to pay that much for some razor blades, but that is my husband’s favorite blades. I will have him check these out to see if he likes them.

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