I Decided to Splurge Today

It was time for me to pick up a pack of new razors today, and so while browsing through the selections at Target, I narrowed it down to two choices. I have no built-in brand preference for razors, it seems like I choose randomly whatever pack of razors catches my fancy at the moment.

A four-pack of Gillette Sensor 3 razors was $5.99 while a three-pack of the Gillette Fusion5 was $11.99.

Being a good accountant, and a cheapskate, I started doing some calculations.

The Sensor 3 worked out to about $1.50 per blade, and assuming I get a week out of each blade, it’s a little over 21 cents per day.

The Fusion 5 on the other hand worked out to about $4.00 per blade, and assuming I get a week out of each blade, it’s a little over 57 cents per day.

However, replacing the Fusion 5 does require buying a whole new handle and razor blade; you can buy an 8-pack of replacement razor blades for $27.99, or about $3.50 per razor or 50 cents per day.


I was all set to buy the cheaper razors, but then I asked myself: “Isn’t my face worth an extra 29 cents per day, assuming that the higher price is somehow a reflection of a higher level of quality?”

I also realized that while 29 cents per day may not sound like much, that is an extra $105 per year, not an insignificant amount of money for a cheapskate.

In the end, I decided to treat myself and go with the higher-priced razors.

Of course, I have spent the rest of the day trying to think of where I can make up that $105.

I think I’ve settled on buying one less cup of coffee per week from Dunkin’. At a cost of about $2.85 per cup, I will make up the difference in just 37 weeks.

What can I say, it’s not easy being a cheapskate accountant…

*images from Target and Walgreens

89 thoughts on “I Decided to Splurge Today

  1. My entire thought process is “which shaves smoother”… big talk for a woman who hasn’t shaved her legs since… I dunno… and who uses a razor for months. I tend to buy the girly ones with lubricating strips so that I replace them when the strips are gone.

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      1. I generally buy into “the more blades the better.” I tend to buy “mens” products cause they’re cheaper and have more product. But floofy women’s razors, with the moisturizer strips, are great for fast shaving legs without a shower.

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      1. Just give them all A’s and B’s. Make it easy on yourself. LOL! I would have loved to have seen an A in my Accounting class. Though I would have wondered about the teacher for I did know enough to know I couldn’t get A’s in that class.

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    1. I had forgotten that ad, but even then, I don’t see anything in there that would cause me stop buying their razors. thanks for the link to the video.


  2. Your face can feel the difference between the cheaper and the more expensive blades. I don’t think you need to worry about making up the difference. DD coffee is too good to omit.

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  3. Here’s the problem with your assumptions… a razor a week? I used to intentionally force a 12 pack to last me a whole year (I always got razors in my Christmas stocking). After blogging about this and receiving a bunch of chastising remarks that a razor should only last a week, I vowed to move down to a razor every two weeks. But then I felt like I was throwing away perfectly good razors. Now I just throw them out when I think they are getting old which is probably around every three weeks (but I really don’t know). It sort of detracts from the excitement of getting a new pack of razors every Christmas when I’m complete out of spares, but my face is marginally happier. Of note, I don’t shave every day. I would estimate 4 – 5 times a week.

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    1. I think I used to try and go that long with a single razor, but then when Is shortened it to a week, my face felt so much better. And just a couple of weeks ago, I decided to stop shaving on weekends. I’ll see how long that lasts…

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  4. Lol, thanks for sharing the inner workings of your mind. I myself tend to err on three blades and up (even for my pre-pubescent stubble) because the two-bladed ones drag like a mofo. That means I too tend to splurge on razors. Maybe I should get a straight-edged razor and be done with it. Anyway, thanks for this humorous post!

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    1. thanks, Stuart. and I should probably keep better track of which razors I buy and how well they do, so that I don’t have to deal with this conundrum every time I go to buy razors!


  5. Okay, this must be an accountant thing because I feel like I just read all the thoughts that typically run through my husband’s mind LOL… he always focuses on the VALUE of things too LOL.. not always a terrible thing πŸ˜‰

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