Many people have wondered how I’m able to keep my spending so low. The reason I”m able to keep my spending so low is that I don’t spend much money in some areas that most people spend a lot of money on. One of those areas is personal care or personal hygiene. In the personal care category I include such things as haircuts, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste,floss, shaving supplies,etc. I think you get the idea.
I probably spend about $20-$30 a year on personal care. Lots of people probably spend more than that on just a haircut. Cutting my own hair is one of the ways I keep my personal care costs down. I bought a $10 razor* in 2006 and have been using it to cut my hair ever since. The razor has paid for itself many times over. Since I keep my hair buzzed it is easy to cut my own hair. I realize not everyone has this option, but if you do it is a great way to save money. *To make the razor deal even better it was bought with a free $10 gift card my local CVS was giving away as part of their grand opening.
Another plus of having a buzz cut is that you don’t need to use much shampoo. If I’m using body wash, it works fine as shampoo too. And shampoo works fine as body wash too. In a pinch, you can even use bar soap to wash your hair. Using less is a strategy that works for most personal care products. It probably takes less than you think to get clean.
Another way I save money on personal care is by using an old-fashioned safety razor. A safety razor is more expensive upfront, but it doesn’t take long to recoup your investment and the razor should last for a lifetime. The blades I buy only cost eight cents each and last about a month, which is less than a dollar a year. This is much cheaper than disposables and you get a better shave. Sometimes, the cheaper option is the higher quality option.
I used to take advantage of the drugstore deals for free personal care products. That can be a good way to save money on personal care, but the time investment wasn’t worth it for me. You can get shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and more for a $1 or less regularly priced. I know people will disagree, but I don’t think there is much difference in quality.
The fitness center I’m working out at now provides free shampoo, body wash, deodorant, shaving gel and q-tips. Since I already have a supply of all my other personal care needs I probably won’t need to spend any more money on personal care this year.
The money I spend is enough for me to be clean, have a neat appearance, not smell, and even occasionally attract members of the opposite sex. That is good enough for me.