Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Shaving Time & Money

First things first, while Dollar Shave Club inspired me to write this post, all opinions are my own and zero things or dollars were received by me. The reason I wanted to write it is because we actually use and love DSC in our house. 

Shave Time

My life is not as hectic as some, but still - in this day and age we all want to fit more in a day, and there are so many ways to do that.

1. Bust out the straightener rather than the iron.
My straightener heats up in .2 seconds and my iron is like, on the other side of the house. So if I have some wrinkles I use my straightener. This doesn't work on everything, but hey. It works for me.

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2. Get your shit together the night before.
Clothes, gym stuff, lunch, whatever. Get it all sorted the night before. I forget to do this a lot, and it always slows me down and makes me curse the world in the morning.

3. Audio Books
I love to read, like a lot. Some books need to be read, and other books are so fabulous to listen to. I know it's not for everyone, but I love listening to audio books while I am running because I am not focusing on how fast I am going or the distance, it's just like I'm curled up with a good book except I'm in motion and almost dying. I also love listening to them in the car, or whilst cleaning or cooking. KC listens to podcasts.

4. Makeup wipes.
Yeah sometimes I'm that girl. It's just so much faster than washing my face. I know, ew. I don't do it that often, but sometimes I do... 

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5. Coordinate your workouts to save shower / hair washing time.
Ok, hear me out. Normally I coordinate my working out to work with my hair washing. Am I the only one? Say I go for a run on Monday morning, I wash my hair afterwards and before work. Then I have fresh hair for Monday, and second day hair for Tuesday because I do not work out in the morning, but in the evening. Then I go to sleep with gross-ish hair, and work out Wednesday morning and repeat the whole process. Sometimes, I work out Wednesday morning and don't wash my hair, but then that is a 'sock bun / dry shampoo for days' kinda hair day. I try not to shower morning and night because that's not my jam, but sometimes it can't be helped. And I always like fresh clean hair for special occasions, so that screws my whole routine up, but it really helps during the week. Extra 10 minutes or so of sleep.

6. Do things together / split chores.
Unless you don't have a together person, then you should ignore this. I love cleaning and dislike doing yard work. KC likes yard work (well.. kinda) and dislikes cleaning. But we do things together. I mow while he does the weed eating, he vacuums while I clean the bathrooms. It seems to go faster when we are working together, and it helps that one person is not being lazy while the other is working their booty off.
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7. Shop online 
aka Amazon for the win! Prime is the best thing that ever happened to me, thank you old colleague who said I was your cousin so I could get free 2 day shipping. Waiting 2 days blows, but it's better than 5-7 business days or worse having to actually go to the store for stuff. Boo. Also, sometimes I can't find things in stores, and have more luck online (flaxseed, chia seeds, gluten free stuff, aussie stuff).

8. To do lists!

I love lists (if you couldn't tell) and one of my favourite things to do when I have so.much.to.do. is write all of the things down so I can tick them off and feel accomplished. It also helps remind me what I need to do, because I have a memory like a sieve. 

9. The Daily Skimm.

Steph recommended The Skimm to someone else in a comment and I immediately signed up. I am really bad with keeping up with news and whatnot, and it makes me feel like a terrible human being. I get an email each day and I can catch up in just a few minutes, and not feel like a clueless idiot. If I want to know more, I just google.

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10. Dollar Shave Club.
I mean, duh. Point of the post, y'all. But how does Dollar Shave Club save you time? Well, you don't have to go to the store. Bonus. For me, I always forget how many razors I had (I used disposable) and would always run out when I really, really, really needed to shave my underarms RIGHTNOW so I had to go to the store. But KC? He used to shave like old school. I am not making this up. With a little brushy thing, some pastey thing, honestly, I didn't pay attention, I just knew if he was going to shave he would be in the bathroom for at least an hour and a half which was super annoying when we only had one bathroom (love ya honey). 

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He mentioned DSC to me, and I was like sure whatever, but he never did it. Then his birthday (or was it Christmas?) rolled around and as usual, I had no idea what to get him - then I remembered the razors, and which ones he wanted (the $6 monthly ones) and voila 'best birthday present EVER' -his words ladies, I do not make this stuff up. Ok, KC is easily pleased with socks or steam gift cards, but really, he loved his new monthly razors, mainly because now it only takes him like 10 minutes to shave, and we now have 2 bathrooms.

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Shave Money

I'm all about saving money. Who isn't?

1. Get rid of cable.
Well KC and I have never had cable, but we have considered it many times. Eventually we were just like, screw it. Not worth it. Sure I want HGTV but I can survive. I never had it growing up, and he did. We do have Netflix but we don't use it as much as other people, though it's a fabulous idea and much better than cable. If you love cable, keep it, but if you don't watch it, seriously - kick it to the curb. It's like the first list on every single 'save money' list - so how is cable even still a thing? If everyone got rid of it, maybe they would lower their prices... But don't get rid of the internet. That is a basic human right.

2. Skip the froofroo coffees.
I don't drink coffee so this one doesn't really apply to me. Except I love love LOVE Starbucks frappuwhatsits with extra whipped cream please. They are $5 each, with a complimentary 'why are you buying a non coffee drink at a coffee shop' glare that I so appreciate. But if I get this just once a week, it's over $20 a month and $260 a year. Yowzers. I could buy 2 pairs of Hunters for that.

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3. Trick the online websites.
Ahem. Trick who? Have you ever put something in your cart and then said 'hells no' when you saw the price of shipping? 9 times out of 10, when you close the page without checking out, the company will send you an email saying 'hey you forgot us!' that normally includes a discount code. Holla! also, I made that statistic up, but it has happened to me before.

4. Meal planning + bring your own lunch.
I suck at meal planning the way the pinteresters do it, but I at least have an idea of what is in our fridge and pantry all the time, and I always have an idea of whats for dinner, even if its just cereal or PB on toast. I am really bad at eating out for lunch because Jimmy Johns always sounds so much better than whatever I brought, but again - if I got JJs once a week, it's over $40 a month and $520 a year. WTF.

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5. Write a shopping list before you go - and don't go hungry!
You are probably rolling your eyes at this, and I don't blame you. We've all seen it a thousand times, but how many times have we listened? Myself? Probably about 10 times. When I go shopping hungry, I buy more. Especially junk. If I don't write a list, I assume I need everything, which means I buy everything, and waste more than half of it.

6. Just don't walk down the aisle.
Ha - not that aisle (although you will save ALL the money if you avoid that one). The junk aisles. The aisles that have shit you don't need. Don't do it. KC and I normally stick to the outer parts of the grocery store, sometimes going down to get cereal or bread. I don't go down the cereal aisle, because my sneaky grocery store puts them in the same aisle as candy. RUDE.

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7. Buy frozen fruit.
Random, but hear me out. I suck at getting all my fruit + veg daily. I suck even more at eating produce before it goes bad, so I love frozen fruit, and I use them in smoothies. A bag of frozen berries is like $10 and while that's a kick in the pants, it lasts longer than fresh and if it means I'm not wasting the fresh stuff, I see that as money saved, er I mean shaved.

8. Buy used.
Clothes, books, furniture. We were not well off growing up, so I never knew any different. Most things we got were secondhand, and I love 'op shopping' as mum and I called it. I love thriftbooks for used books, and I use eBay and poshmark to search for certain clothing items. Craigslist kinda sucks in my neck of the woods, but I have gotten some fun things off it, as well as Peddlers Mall or yard sales.

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9. Sell your stuff. 
I am all about donating clothes and stuff to goodwill, but first I try and sell anything and everything on eBay. And the rule is the money you get from selling is free money to buy whatever you want with, and not share with your husband.

10. Dollar Shave Club.
Wait, dollar shave club saves money as well? Awesome sauce. Here's the thing. Before, when KC was doing the old school stuff, he had fancy blades and fancy face stuff and it cost fancy dollars. I was buying a ton of disposables because I rarely used them more than once. Soon, KC had like 75 razors from DSC and I started using them as well (we use separate ones!) so we were both saving money. But they started to pile up and we have thousands of them, and DSC has the option to do 'every other month' which we eagerly changed our subscription to. I couldn't tell you how often KC shaves, like once every week or so? But if you or your man needs to shave more often than that, you wouldn't need to do the every other month, but it's a great option and saves us $6 a month. Boom.

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Really you guys, we have used DSC for over a year and KC loves it. If you are stuck with gift ideas, this is seriously brilliant. Also, you can use them yourself. Winning. If you don't think DSC is worth it, read this here.

What are your tips for shaving time and money?

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47 comments:

  1. yes to all of this. it takes me legit 30mins to get ready and leave for work; that includes shower, washing my hair (which i only do about 3x/week), get dressed, grab my lunch and go. if i'm not washing my hair, it's 20mins. i prep everything the night before and have it all ready so i can just grab and go. i knew this girl who used to take THREE HOURS getting ready for work; she'd get up at 5 just to start getting ready and then leave by 8 WTF

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  2. The to-do list is always my biggest time saver, plus I love laying out everything I'll need for the next day before I go to bed (for some reason, I'm just never able to put together an outfit in the morning!). Love that online shopping "trick" too - I fully support your statistic as that seems to happen to me all the time!

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  3. There is so much goodness in this post girl! I ABSOLUTLEY coordinate my workouts with hair washing......the days I actually sweat are the wash hair days.....the more yoga type days I'm all about the dry shampoo. Ebay and I are besties....which reminds me I have to get some stuff up there. Really great ideas! I make my own coffee and back lunch saves so much money!

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  4. haha I love the just dont walk down the aisle point. I cant tell you how many times I have a list and it goes to shit when i see all of the good stuff in the aisle I had no place being in anyway. Great post for the DSC.

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  5. I actually was thinking of doing the shave club for J for his birthday this year. It really is a great deal. And love Amazon Prime too!

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  6. I really liked this. I always always meal plan and prep and get ready the night before work. If I don't have my lunch packed, gym clothes together, it takes sooo much longer for me to get ready which makes me late and makes me in a bad mood.

    I've been thinking about getting rid of cable, but I DO watch it so I can't just get rid of it right now. Maybe one day...

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  7. Great tips, lady!

    Frappewhatsits made me giggle ;)

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  8. Not even going to lie... I totally use my straightening iron to get wrinkles out of my clothes. Like almost every day. And I totally use makeup wipes when I'm feeling lazy and don't want to wash my face. Oh and don't judge but I carry baby wipes with me if I ever get sweaty and gross so I can "clean off" before going some where" LOL! I definitely coordinate my workouts and hair washing days too, it's the worst to get thrown off!

    <3, Pamela
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  9. I use my hair straightener for an iron all the time!! Splitting chores is definitely the way to do it! I have heard of the dollar shave club but why don't they have female razors?! I guess it really wouldn't matter though... Men's probably work better anyways haha! Definitely looking into it!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  10. Hair straightener as an iron?! Genius! Pure genius!

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  11. My husband always laughs at me, but I use my flat iron as a real iron all the time!

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  12. I buy frozen fruit ALL the time for my smoothies. I get a huge bag of strawberries and then I buy a bunch of bananas, put the bananas in ziplocs, and store them in the freezer until i need them. Great tips!!

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  13. A couple of years ago during one of my internships I was getting Starbucks basically every single day not realizing how quickly it adds up! It's also much more enjoyable as a special treat every once in a while! I try so hard to avoid the candy or snack food aisle at the grocery store because I end up buying things I definitely don't need! So many good tips in this post!

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  14. I've definitely used my hair straightener as an iron haha, and I am not a happy camper in the mornings if my lunch isn't made, it takes so much extra time!! Love to-do lists because (like you) if I didn't right things down I'd just forget, at least then I'll read it over a few times and make mental notes about things I have to do over the weekend or something. :) Internet > Cable!! And I love lattes but I really don't buy them that often since I love reg coffee - only once in a while :) Great post, sooo much truth haha.

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  15. Also, SO glad that Joey does our grocery shopping 85% of the time (on his own!!) so I give him a list and he sticks to it so we don't end up with extra stuff (aka junk food) very often... unless it's on the list. LOL

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  16. #1 is absolutely brilliant and I can't believe I've never thought of this before!! I'm always trying to save money for more fun things, so I don't go to starbucks anymore during the week or really on the weekends because my work cafe has the best coffee - for free!! really love this post -you knocked it out of the park!!

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  17. This is all amazing! I especially 100% agree with the grocery/food points... bringing your own lunch saves a ridiculous amount of money and so does meal planning + shopping with a list! I'm a sucker for those Starbucks drinks though.. I just can't stop them! Great tips lady!!

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  18. The iron trick is brilliant and you're right, they heat up a thousand times faster. I am a big fan of getting stuff together the night before, from my bag, my lunch, my gym clothes etc. If it's all put together I'm less likely to forget something and to be on time. As for money, I must admit having a grocery list and avoiding certain aisles is the way to go! Although Ian insists we go down every aisle in case there is a deal, so generally I just avoid going with him

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  19. I love this post so much. Showers are awful. If I could find a way to get rid of showering and shaving altogether I would. I like to be clean but it is such a pain in the ass.

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  20. great suggestions. i thrift a good deal for furniture and household stuff. Goodwill is like my Ethan Allen, haha. Go to the goodwills in the nicer part of town for a better selection. its worth the drive. for working out i just discovered the free nike training club app which i love, so i dont have to pay to go to the gym, i just workout in my driveway. oh, and if you do ever find yourself at the grocery store and really hungry this is what i do: i tell myself if i'm really hungry i will eat a banana, so first thing i buy a banana and then do my shopping so i'm not going crazy and coming home with a car full of crap.

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  21. I totally use my hair straightener as an iron, it works great! I think it gets hotter than my iron does (that's a little scary for my poor hair...) and it's SO much more convenient because it's already out and ready!

    We LOVE Prime!!! For the shipping and also for the free movies and TV on Prime Instant Video because we don't have cable either! The only thing I miss about cable is being able to watch all of the football games, we can only watch the ones on network TV or sometimes we can find the games online.

    I love frou-frou coffee, but I have really been trying to do better and only get them when I have a gift card or make my own at home.




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  22. These are great tips! Getting stuff together the night before always makes for a much more pleasant morning.

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  23. I'm so glad I'm not alone of the coordinating workouts with hair washing days!

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  24. Chris just signed up for DSC like last week! I am hoping to score some razors from it too ;)

    I totally plan my work outs around washing my hair, my off day for shampooing is my off day for my work out haha. And I always have a plan in the grocery store or I spend like way more money than I should!!!!

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  25. Don't make me give up my Starbucks... I'll hurt someone.
    I really do stay out of the aisles at the grocery... I may not save money (healthy food is EXPENSIVE) but I'll trade it for better health.
    I just signed up for the Skimm too & feel so much smarter :)

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  26. Ok these are a million amazing points. I am seriously about to go trick the online stores RIGHT NOW. Amazing!! I love the Skimm too! And I was just thinking about how much time I save by ordering on Amazon vs. driving 20 mins to the store, parking, going in, being unable to find what I'm looking for....

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  27. These are such good ideas! Meal planning- yes, buy used? sure. Trick online sites-definitely. Great points and great post!

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  28. Omg... this is an awesome post for me! I am always looking to save $$$ and some of this stuff I just plain forget to do. And my 15 year old just told me yesterday she uses her flat iron to get wrinkles out... I had no idea!!! I know someone who gets like 2 Starbucks drinks a day, honestly I can't help but think less of him because in my mind it's just so wasteful. I could do a lot with $3000 a year.

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  29. Love the straighter trick and I have those same face wipes. I have been thinking of ditching cable it's so expensive!

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  30. I'm a huge fan of to do lists, it definitely makes you feel better when you get to cross one thing if the list and when you're done with everything by the end of the day:)

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  31. I already do most of these things, but it's the first time I've heard of using a straightener instead of an iron- genius! I'll definitely be trying that out! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Woooo, I do a lot of these, yay! Tricking the websites is one of my favorites, and I just cut cable moving into the new place. I watch live TV so rarely it's just not worth it, Netflix and Amazon Prime streaming are plenty for me. Except for football games. Gotta find a good solution for that.

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  33. I love your whole hair washing routine!! The beauty of short hair like mine is it only takes a couple minutes to do so I wash it daily (which is good since I sweat a lot when I work out).
    So many great tips here!

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  34. Holy crap you are a PRO!!! I loved reading your tips and damnit I need to ebay some stuff already. And thinking about the cost of Starbucks paying for two pairs of Hunter boots in a year....OMG. That is crazy. I also appreciate your made up stats about getting email reminders about shopping cart items. Hee hee. You're right though - it does happen!

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  35. toooooooooootally coordinate workouts and hair. genius.

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  36. Have definitely used the straightener as an iron many times ha. I try to "shop the perimeter" of the grocery store to avoid the majority of the crap in the middle aisles (but of course cheese is in the perimeter still!). Great tips :)

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  37. haha I totally plan my workout the days I wash my hair!!

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  38. Bee using DSC for a couple years now and love it! My husband and I both use it!

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  39. I love your money saving tips and I've totally used a straighter to iron my child's shorts haha! I need to stop procrastinating and start selling stuff. I have tons of things that need to go! XO

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  40. This is a seriously fabulous post! The shaving money tips are excellent and even my cheap ass-sorry--FRUGAL--personal finance blogger friends would agree with them.

    I have not yet delved into audiobooks. When I read, I hear the characters voices in my head and have been reticent to hear someone else's voice saying the words.

    Totally running over to check out The Skimm now. Thanks for the tip!

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  41. I am alllll about coupon codes when shopping online! A lot of times you can combine them with other offers, too!!! Just this week I signed up to be on an email list so I could get a 20% off coupon code, haha!

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  42. I love all of these! I am a sucker for some expensive coffee, but I think the amount of thrifting I do balances that out! The daily Skim is great!!

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  43. This is a seriously GREAT post! I use my hairdryer to get the wrinkles our of my shirts and I'm a complete multi tasker always trying to do ten things at once. I swear all I need is someone to give me stats like that coffee and hunter deal. That'll keep me away from starbucks for awhile :)

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  44. This post has the best ideas. I am about to go to a meeting and then come read it again because it was amazing and I need to do a lot of these things.

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  45. MFD is a Dollar Shave Club Member.

    Love The Skimm! I feel in the know. Lists are my jam for staying on top of things.

    I pack lunch daily but splurge on the coffee. I don't drink a lot of booze so I'm cool with my coffee spending, but if I need to pinch pennies I cut that habit off.

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  46. Holy moly girlfriend. If I took these tips seriously, I would be rich and have 5 more years on my life! Lol! Dollar shave what what?! This is a pretty neat thing! Definitely going to have to tell my hubs about it!

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