Playing the shaving products roulette

Playing the shaving products roulette

Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Care to play?

I’ve been playing “Shaving Products Roulette” since Francine started her coupon quest last winter, and the varieties of creams, gels, and soaps I’ve sampled since seem endless. Some of the products have been good, and others so-so, but whenever I remind myself that she’s getting them for free, I feel like a winner.

That’s right, they’re all free. Since my wife has been doing her thing, we’ve discovered that toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors in many many varieties, shaving creams, face wash and deodorant are so competitive that with a little planning and some detective work (or you subscribe to this blog so you get the results after we have done the work for you), you can get them for free.

How? Well, the easiest way is to combine a great sale, a store coupon, and a manufacturer’s coupon that total more than the item costs. Sometimes you even get money back, and if you happen to be taking advantage of a sale at a supermarket that doubles coupons, WHAM! Sometimes you get other stuff paid for too!

So why do I call it shaving products roulette, if my wife runs a coupon blog and the savings are a given? Well my friend, the real game isn’t about saving money. THIS game is all about using the shaving products once you have them. You see, we have a huge pile (affectionately known in couponing circles as a stockpile) of shaving products in our bathrooms and bedroom. It’s all from different sales, stores and brands, and the pile is quite colorful—the industry is so competitive that the packaging for some of this stuff looks like it’s straight out of a high tech space movie—the end result being you never use the same product twice.

Like a soldier in the heat of battle, every time I’m in the shower and run out of ammo or my razor goes dull, I thrust it out past the curtain, shouting “I’m out!” And a new version of what I was just using is thrust into my hand, and I’m off and shaving. What follows is a crash course in learning the idiosyncrasies of the new product.

“Ooh, that shaving cream must be the cheap stuff. I just gave myself a nasty razor burn,” I think. Or, “Ach, I’m back on a disposable, I’d better be careful,” or “Whoa! This one vibrates! What the heck do I do with that??”

It makes life interesting to be sure. And like whenever you’re learning to use new, gleaming sharp objects by applying them to your face, you lose more often than not. (and it is ALWAYS those razors that stay sharp for months. MONTHS!) But occasionally, once in a long chin-shredding while, you come across a blade that just naturally glides over your skin, and in five minutes leaves your skin feeling like the day you were born.

THAT is when you’ve won Shaving Products Roulette.

(And then you have that Homer Simpson moment, where you look in the mirror after getting out of the shower, and “pop!” your stubble’s back. Time to spin the wheel again, Homey…)

HEY! I can’t be the only one. Are there any husbands or wives of couponers out there with similar experiences? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments below!

This post was inspired by a blogger campaign by Bucks2Blog, and lucky me, I was compensated! As you might guess, however, these experiences and observations are mine, thankyouverymuch!

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By Marc

Marc Morrell is Francine's husband, father of two boys, and a graphic designer and illustrator by trade. You can find more information about his work at M2 Imaging, or at one of his Long Island print shops, Morrell Printing and Design in Medford, NY or Printstars in Sea Cliff and Plainview, NY.

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