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Pagan shavings challenge, week twenty-four: not a typo

As I was doing my money work this morning at my outdoor altar (pictured), I wondered how I could incorporate Father's Day into a Pagan savings challenge post.  Since I just published a reflection on shaving and fatherhood in a paper I write for, I'm opting to tie my experience with razor shaving into the process.

I know that not everyone is following the savings plan I laid out at the beginning of this challenge, but if you are, you're putting away $24.00 in this, the twenty-fourth week.  That's just about a third of my weekly allowance, which is starting to crimp my style!  To continue this pace, finding ways to cut expenses is becoming a more and more important priority.

Switching shaving systems may, or may not, give you short-term savings.  It did for me:  I purchased a shavette with one hundred disposable blades for the same amount that ten Mach III cartridges would cost me on Amazon.  Using one per shave as I do costs me a lot less money than Gillette's version, because even on my mild beard I can't get 10 shaves out of a Mach III cartridge.  If I had opted to invest in a straight razor, honing strop, sharpening stone, and oil, the short-term expense would have skyrocketed, but the cost going forward would have dropped into obscurity.

What lifestyle changes might you make to save more money, either right now or in the long haul?

My week twenty-four savings:  $300, 8% ($24) of which I saved this week.

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Terence P Ward is a business writer and journalist who blogs under the rather cumbersome moniker of True Pagan Warrior.  He can generally be found at home, tending to his gardens and the many demands of his cats; in the alternative, follow TPW on Facebook. 


  • Gemma SEymour
    Gemma SEymour Tuesday, 17 June 2014

    A straight razor can be very challenging to use, but a great compromise is an old-style double-edge safety razor. The blades are sharper and last longer than cartridge razors, are entirely recyclable, and extremely inexpensive.

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