Good razors are expensive! Here is how I get them for free or nearly free!!!
Where to shop if you don’t have coupons:
First of all, let me say this, if you are not a couponer and you are looking for the easiest and cheapest way to buy razor refills, go to Costco. That is what we used to do and they had the best prices on razor refills.
Since I began couponing, I don’t go to Costco for razors anymore and I pay practically nothing for my razors.
Razor Companies and their coupons:
Here is how it appears to me. There seem to be two major razor companies-Schick and Gillette. They are obviously in competition with each other. They even make reference to being better than the other on their packaging. So let’s look at how that competition helps us frugal, coupon shoppers get better deals.
The razor companies always seem to be coming out with a “new” and “better” razor.
When that new and better razor comes out, usually high value $4/1 coupons are released for those razors. Then at some point there will be a sale on those razors, whether it is a half price sale at Shoprite, or a rewards deal at a drugstore. When you combine that sale with that $4 coupon, many times you can get that $11 razor for $0.99 or even FREE!
I would also like to point out that most of the time the sale and high value coupons are for men’s razors.
Also, on occasion, a new disposable razor has come out with a great coupon and sale, and I have also gotten those for free as well.
The gimmick the razor companies want to trap you with:
Now, part of the gimmick is, they want you to buy their fancy razors, so then you have to buy their fancy expensive refills. You will always see better sales and higher value coupons on the razor itself versus the refills. Always!
But I don’t buy the razor refills. I just run to Shoprite or the drugstore whenever there is one of those amazing deals on razors and get a few. Sometimes, I pay $0.99, sometimes I pay nothing! I am talking about those expensive men’s razors!
I even got one of those battery powered ones for $1 once. Keith laughed at me and thought it was a waste. I said it was free or cheap. He thought it was a joke. Turns out he loves that razor!!!
So, always be looking for the next razor deal (even though you already have one). I will always post excellent razor deals, when I find them!
Breakdown on Pricing:
So, let me also point out, that those expensive razors typically come with 2 razor cartridges or refills.
Here are some examples of deals:
Schick Hydro 5 refills 4 ct. $9.99-rarely goes on a good sale
use $2 coupon (many times available)
$2 per refill!
Schick Hydro 5 razor $4.99 -extra good sale price
high value $4 coupon
$0.99 —sometimes this will even be free with a rewards deal
$0.50 (or less) per refill
These are just typical examples of deals that I have seen or done myself. If you wait for the right sale and coupon…it is easy to get the razor with the 2 refills for free or super cheap.
If you read about what is coming in your paper ahead of time, you can buy more papers when a hot razor coupon is in it! Remember, More coupons=more great deals and freebies! The $1.25 is for the paper is totally worth it if there is a $4 razor coupon inside it. Plus, I am sure there will be other coupons in the paper that will make it worth it.
Tips and other issues:
- At times, you might need to fill in your razor stash with actual refills. I must confess, that my husband does not shave very often, so we go thru razors a lot slower than most! But I have still been able to grab a bunch and give away a bunch!
- Make your razor blade last longer by running it along an old leather belt. One friend actually told us he sharpens his razors that way, and they last much much longer.
- Environmental factors-I have to say, my method of buying razors does not support helping the environment. It does help my wallet however. I have been saving all the razor handles and hope to either recycle them or make something out of them. I am an art teacher, so I am thinking maybe I can make some kind of paint brush out of them? Please, be mindful of the environment and try to recycle the packaging and handles of your razors.
Deal to do this week at Shoprite:
I am super excited about this deal at Shoprite for several reasons. It starts on Sunday 2/26/12, so if you grab your newspaper this Sunday-you can do this deal and start saving and stocking up on razors! The other main reason I am excited is that it is finally a hot deal for a women’s razor! Hallelujah!
So check it out
Buy 1 Schick Hydro silk (women’s) or hydro 5 razor $4.99
use 1 $4/1 Schick Hydro Silk Razor or Refill 02/26/2012 SS Insert (exp 04/08/2012)
or 1 $3/1 Schick Hydro Silk Razor or Refill
or 1 $2/1 Schick Hydro Razor 02/26/2012 SS Insert (exp 04/08/2012
as low as $0.99 after coupon!!!!!!!
My guess is there will be other great deals at drugstores for this new $4 coupon!