Wearing stuff out
When was the last time you threw a consumer item away in the bin, or took an item to the dump that was well and truly worn out? I mean totally beyond repair, or “proper mashed up” as the yewt of today might say? Like the equivalent of my lovely picture of the washing up sponge up there?
- Reduce expenses
- Reach FI faster
- Earth is happier
- Learn new skills
Wearing Stuff Out update 1/6/2014
Razors: I’ve just realised that I haven’t changed the head of my Razor for around 3 months. I only shave about once a week, I happen to like the stubble / short beard look just as much as clean shaven so just oscillate* between the two. Anyway so I reckon that is about 12-15 shaves at least. I used to replace these every month or so but I have found that after an initial dip in performance (i.e. sharpness of blades) it has levelled off dramatically and is still well usable after all this time. I will monitor and see how long I can go before I start ripping my face to bits 🙂
Guys out there… Any other frugal shaving tips? I am guessing most use an electric shaver but I have a huge dislike for those.
*For sciencey/electronics people or anyone into music synthesizers I guess if you plotted “Level of beardyness” on the y-axis against time on the x-axis it would look like the classic “Saw tooth wave” 🙂
Razors: Update 21/6/2014 – Some comments below from Pez and DivHut have enlightened me to the world of Wet Shaving. I always thought this was the same as using shaving foam and multi-blade cartridge razors but apparently I am pleasantly way of the mark. As DivHut points out you can buy a double edged safety razor for around £20 and 100 blades on eBay for $9.99, or £5.33 over here, plus use shaving soap/cream instead of cans of foam/gel. I am off to order me some now! This newly discovered (for me) way of shaving fulfils the highly coveted trinity of being frugal, better for the environment (less waste, less plastic, easily recyclable blades, no cans of foam) and being pretty darn bad-ass. I may do a follow up post when everything arrives on how I get on 🙂
In the meantime this post on Zen Habits should fill you in on all you need to know if you are as in the dark as I was a few hours ago about “Real Wet Shaving”
Toothbrushes: Again I’ve had my current toothbrush for what must be a record amount of time for me. I can’t quite remember exactly when I changed it but it must be coming up to 4 months. The recommended replacement time is every 3 months so I am only 1 month over but previously I reckon I would change it every 2-3 months. The key to making your toothbrush last longer is the pressure applied when brushing. If you apply loads of pressure you will quickly get the splayed out bristle effect which renders the brush less effective and will have to replace it soon, the technique I have been using is to imagine my arm is an electric toothbrush and is making lot’s of small but very fast rotations or circles (you won’t, of course, reverse the direction of the rotations like the electric toothbrush might, unless you have digital robotic levels of coordination, you just keep going in the same direction and maybe reverse it every ten seconds or so if you really want to). You will feel that only a small amount of pressure needs to be applied to get a decent brushing with this technique, thus ensuring a longer life for your ‘brush. I reckon I will get up to the 6 month mark with this technique but again I will let you know how it goes 🙂