Have you by chance found an alternative to using disposable shavers? I can't think of anything other then chemical removers that I am loathe to use but I hate constantly tossing out used ones. thanks!

As a matter of fact, I have! Great question, because I would have never thought to show you ladies a picture of my lovely little shaver! Here she is:


I use this little handheld electric shaver. It works just great with our rechargeable batteries (except on the mornings when I have to recharge and I'm running out of time before church, LOL!).

This is my standard shaving option for both my legs and my armpits. Every once in a while, I use my husband's disposable (a Gillette Mach 3 that we purchase disposable heads for) just to get a super close shave on my armpits. Other than that, the electric seems to suffice. I believe you can actually use it wet or dry, but I've never bothered with it wet, as it suits me better to use it dry.

I bought it at a drug store while visiting family in Florida for $10 (maybe a CVS or Walgreens?). I wish I could tell you what brand it is, but it doesn't actually say anywhere on it (and I got it about 3-4 years ago, so I just plain forget). That "C" on it's front may be a hint, but it doesn't spark anything in my memory.

It's been so worth it. Just as good as something more expensive in my opinion. It actually shaves quite close and smooth and quickly, for something so small, simple and cheap. If it ever breaks, I won't get one of the pricier ones. I'll just try to find another one of these. 

Another perk to using a dry, electric shaver is that I have no need for shaving cream. Most shaving creams are full of chemicals, fragrance, dyes, etc. It's not a concern for me! Sometimes I put on a bit of coconut oil or some other natural lotion after I shave if my legs seem dry, and I find that totally sufficient.

A side note: For those out there with sensitive skin, you might be interested to know that mine is extremely sensitive. I actually can't handle wet shaving with a razor blade. It raises bumps on my legs and makes them incredibly itchy for days. I've also tried the waxing and sugaring route, but found that somewhat irritating as well, and it resulted in a whole lot of badly ingrown hairs. Ouch. This has really been the best option that I have tried in the past 8 or 9 years, and believe me, I've tried almost everything (different razors, lotions, soaps, salon waxing, home waxing and sugaring, etc.).

More fantastic frugal ideas at Frugal Fridays, hosted by Life as Mom!

What do you use for shaving? Any other frugal and non-disposable suggestions?