Guys with Beards are Secret Frugal Mofos

Shortly after my Nicaraguan vacation, I decided it would be a great idea to stop shaving all together and grow a beard.  Maybe it was the vacation maybe it was the coffee while I laid in the hammock either way I decided to grow a beard.  I thought of few reasons on why I should grow a beard and wanted to share why I think it just might be the secret frugal mofo way.

My original plan was to not shave until I pay off my student loan, which I mention in my financial independence update is an uber aggressive 9 month goal, look for the goal update in early September.  While I am dedicated to paying off my student loans in 9 months I don’t think I’m a “wear a beard for 3 seasons beard guy”, especially since the longest I have gone is 1 month…..ever.  I had some crazy thoughts to start a campaign about paying off your student loans and not shaving until you do so, Guys and Girls Unite!  In my head it sounded great, but then what if you don’t plan on paying your student loan off for 3 or 4 years?  Everyone would look like the guys from Duck Dynasty and ladies let’s keep with smooth instead of hairy, deal.

I started to think about how long I could go without shaving and as of right now I’m growing the beard until Christmas, probably in honor of Santa Claus.  I might show up with the beard (current beard name: Jack Oak) and shave it the next day to give the family some relief of their thoughts that I was going to live in the wilderness for months to be one with nature.  Then I started thinking how much money am I saving by not shaving, how much can anyone save by not shaving, this is brilliant I am not shaving to stick it to the man, whomever that man may be!

That’s right ladies and gentlemen let’s think of this for a little bit, we are always talking about how our grandparents saved every penny and paid cash for everything, how they cooked everything from scratch in the kitchen and even had their own gardens.  Guess what everyone* is doing now, at least the people who read my blog are, right Even Steven Money followers?  They are watching their dollars, paying off debt, making better decisions financially, and saving money.  Paleo and eating more natural foods, think organic vegetables and lean meats and less GMO and processed foods is making waves in the food and grocery business.  This means that people are actually cooking their own food and even grabbing some tomatoes from the backyard.  So what do my grandparents have to do with growing a beard?

Beards are Back.  They are a great way to show off your manly side, show you are rugged, tell people you chop wood and carry a big ax and if you have a beard they believe you.  Doubters out there?  Go ahead and Google Brad Pitt and George Clooney with a beard, these are considered some of the sexiest men alive, stupid gossip magazines at the checkout counter, and they are frequently seen sporting a beard.   So beards are back and guess what?   It doesn’t cost you any money to grow facial hair.  You cannot go to aisle 3 and purchase facial hair; it is all natural, just like your grandma’s homemade apple pie.  Want to attract the opposite sex, grow a beard, win a marathon, grow a beard, land on the cover of Time magazine, you guessed it grow a beard**.

How am I saving money?  Well sir and madam, you will not need to purchase razor blades.  Considering if you walk into your local grocery store you are paying $18 for a 4-pack refill which according to Highland Men’s care, a single razor should last 5-7 shaves, which on average would mean one 4-pack refill a month.  That would come to $216 in one year if you decided to not shave.  That’s over $200 savings for literally doing nothing.  I’m not including the shave gel, actual razor cost, aftershave or aftershave lotion, this could add up I’m sure to closer to the $400 mark. It is like growing a beard is the natural thing to do.

Does this save anything else besides money?  Sure does future beard aficionado, it saves time.  Let’s say you shave every day and it takes you 5 minutes which for a 5 day work week is 25 minutes, don’t forget about the formerly required shave to meet up with the in-laws, no longer required you have a beard my friend, and we are up to 30 minutes per week.  You have just freed up your morning to do manly things.  Here are some things to do instead of shaving in the morning:  cook eggs and bacon and other meat products, sleep an extra 5 minutes, finish singing “Toxic” by Britney Spears because you can take a longer shower, manly right I mean “Born to be Wild”’ by Steppenwolf, think of a cool blog post like how to growing a beard can save you money, these and many more are out there, all you need to do is grow a beard.

Let’s recap if I grow a beard I do not have to shave or visit my in-laws, but I am able to sing Born to be Wild in the shower, attract the opposite sex, and save money.  This is exactly why guy’s with beards are secret frugal mofo’s.

 

*By everyone I mean all the cool kids, no statistical research was done I promise.

**Much like the above, no statistical evidence has been researched to support these claims

What’s the longest you went without shaving?  Any cool names for the Even Steven Money Beard?  Are you a secret frugal mofo?

43 Responses to “Guys with Beards are Secret Frugal Mofos

  • I love beards~ I seriously wish my husband could grow one but his job requires him to shave every day. It makes me sad =(
    Holly@ClubThrifty recently posted…12 Ways I’m Going to Save Money This FallMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Just another reason to become financially independent and retire early!!! BEARDS!

    • That’s terrible. I get away with shaving once a week (not that anyone cares as I’m not client facing generally). Come Winter – The Beard shall return!

      Jay
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      • EvenStevenMoney
        3 years ago

        The beard is a great way to show off at parties, conversation starter, and general all around good look, winter beards will help you with all of that and more.

  • Beards are not my thing. My face gets so freaking itchy that I just want to scratch my face off.
    I think people spend way too much money on razors. I buy mine at BJ’s. A 36 pack of Three blade disposables that last me at least 8 months for $14.99. I re-use each disposable at least three times and have been doing this for at least 4 years without any issues. There are times when I push the amount of shaves I can get out of the disposable (I try for 4) and it irritates my neck, but as long as I keep it within 3 shaves, all is good on my face.
    Every time I shave my face is pretty smooth and I can go without shaving for almost a full week (at least 5 days, it starts getting itchy after around the 6th day).
    Since I only shave once a week, time is really not a concern.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Scratching your face off is probably a bad thing. Like many things we try out, you might not like them at first but they grow on you over time, a terrible but true pun. I’m not saying I’m turning into Buffett because I saved a few dollars each month shaving, but I certainly like the manliness it represents.

  • My husband says he can’t grow one and I can’t say I’m not disappointed, although I do enjoy a three day weekend growth. My SIL grows a big full red beard all the time. He looks like Duck Dynasty meets Archie and I’m not sure how my normally fashionable daughter stands it. Even their 10 month old won’t kiss him. But I totally agree with you on the frugal thing. Does that mean I can stop shaving my legs?
    debs@debtdebs recently posted…What is Your Vision of Retirement?My Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      You can stop shaving your legs, but please do it for a good reason and make sure the marriage holds up. If your fashionable daughter likes the beard this is just proof that beards attract the opposite sex.

  • Too funny! I’ve never been much one for facial hair, but have a deep appreciation for those who commit to it. Movember is one of my favorite times of year.
    Done by Forty recently posted…Is College Really Getting More Expensive?My Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Yeah Movember is great, chance to let your mustache/beard go for a whole month and for a great cause and awareness, I had fun last year doing it.

  • My DH wears a beard but has his own clippers and shaves once a week. I also cut his hair so we’re saving a good bit of money that way.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Sounds like he is dedicated to the cause and a life long man of the beard, he’s a man among men.

  • I love the scruff look, but a full beard (a la Duck Dynasty) is not my thing. As for Db40’s comment about Movember… if you do commit to a nasty moustache (cause they’re always dirty – it rarely suits anyone that does it) make sure you don’t have to attend a wedding during November.

    I remember being in high school and two of my girlfriends made a bet with each other that they wouldn’t shave their legs for the entire winter. Whoa, beasty… and all for $40 🙂
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      I go back to my George Clooney and Brad Pitt example, plus the guys at Duck Dynasty made their beard part of the brand and it has made them millions, the duck calls had a little to do with it as well.

      I’m all for bets, but yeah things could get ugly, literally.

  • Haha, nice post! Not sure how that would fly in my current job? I don’t really spend alot shaving though since I switched to an electric razor. It isn’t the closest shave but it works good enough and saves alot of money in the course of a year. Not quite as much as not shaving as I use electricity to charge it every couple of weeks it seems.
    Kipp recently posted…The Layers of an Emergency FundMy Profile

  • Mrs. Living Rich Cheaply doesn’t approve of me growing a beard. I also use an electric razor like Kipp so I don’t buy razor blades. The time saved is some what negligible and the electric use probably the same. When I saw the title, I assumed you were joining some secret Money Mustache society…I think I was confusing mustache and beard in my mind.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      If I were a smarter man I would start some sort of Bearded Money Society, but since this is my first real beard, I will be sticking with Even Steven Money and my fancy drawing I created. I do encourage you to join the movement Beards for everyone or Viva el Beard!

  • Haha, this post cracked me up! Great perspective! 🙂

    My job doesn’t really allow for me to have a beard though. And even if it did, it would look horrible since I don’t have a full beard.

    The savings are minimal too for me because I shave with an electric razor. Best invention ever. The only true downside is it takes about three to five minutes every morning, which I absolutely hate.
    No More Waffles recently posted…Stuff Our Parents Never Taught Us, Part IV: Savings RateMy Profile

  • I’ve been randomly growing a 4-6 month beard once a year until my wife threatens me (if only Holly was mine!). I don’t even know why I do it outside of the first time of “let’s see how big I can get it.” I’ve gotten it a couple inches long in a short’ish amount of time and it’s fun as hell. And you’re right – beards are def. in. There’s even beard clubs around major cities – you should join one! 🙂

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Of course Budgets are Sexy grows a beard it’s clearly the sexy thing to do and of course frugal. I look forward to my beard growing adventure, if things go well I will look for this Beard club you mention, but seriously what does a Beard club do?

  • I am such a fan of big, grizzly bears. The manlier the better.

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      I’m assuming that’s a vote for growing the beard, thank you.

  • Bahahhaha! That is hilarious. And now I understand your manliness tweet so much better :)! Mr. FW has a pretty epic beard right now. He started growing it last fall and just never stopped. It’s quite robust at this point and elicits SO many positive comments from other dudes. People actually stop him on the street to comment on his beard, talk about beards, ask about his beard care regime, etc. Love that you’ve tied it into frugality!
    Mrs. Frugalwoods recently posted…Why I’m Not Buying Any Clothes in 2014My Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Beards are obviously what make the world go round, I’m glad Mr. FW has shared his with the world, I assume he used this witty tactic to marry Mrs. FW, only makes sense. I know who to go to for beard regime and care, thanks.

  • The beard plan is an awesome idea. I work from home and rarely shave. Even when I “shave” I just use a beard trimmer and zip it down. I’ve told people I am a fervent “razor blade conservationist”. Save the razor blades!! I get to 6-8 weeks and it is pretty miserable, then I zip it back shorter. I might have to “go longer” after this post. Show your frugal!
    Wade recently posted…A stroll through FargoMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      “razor blade conservationist” I love that. Viva la frugal and viva el Beard!

  • This was an entertaining post. Like Holly’s husband, my boyfriend is required to shave for work. I personally don’t mind, as stubble/hair kind of bothers me. When we first met, he did have a little goatee going on that I didn’t mind. My dad has had a beard for as long as I can remember, but he did shave it a few times, and looked like a completely different person.
    Erin @ Journey to Saving recently posted…The “I Can’t Afford It” ExcuseMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      It all started with the beard, from Father to husband, it’s a perfect Beard circle of life. Let the beard be free, in your husband’s case weekends only or become a lumberjack, I’m sure you know my preference.

  • I grow a beard occasionally but not too often. I haven’t considered the savings but I guess it would add up after a while. The Movember thing gets weird as the stache usually looks creepy on most guys (including myself)
    Dan @ Our Big Fat Wallet recently posted…Avoiding the Temptation of TFSA WithdrawalsMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      That’s exactly right, the ‘Stache can certainly look a little creepy to create awareness, now the Beard totally different story we are talking lumberjacks and and survival hunting.

  • I tried to grow a beard – but my husband got mad at me! Just kidding- I love a beard on Mr. SSC, but he prefers the goatee. That’s one reason I want to move up north – so his face will get cold and he’ll grow a beard again!
    Mrs SSC recently posted…The Plan: Proposed Retirement Budget – August 2014My Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Operation NorthBeard, I could see it working. Many guys get pretty attached to facial hair whether it is a goatee, mustache, or beard so good luck in your quest.

  • My facial hair grows quick, and good thing because I have a baby face. The longest I’ve gone without shaving is a week because at that point it just got to be too much. I always am rocking a scruffy face, though. I have considered going to full beard this Winter.
    DC @ Young Adult Money recently posted…Is Public Transit Worth the Hassle?My Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Those winter months in MSP can be brutal, probably would even save money on the ski mask that you have to wear walking down the street in the blizzard, just trying to save you a few dollars, your welcome….Beards Unite

  • love this, so funny. my husband has been rocking the Spaghetti Western Villain mustache & beard for a while now…

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      I love that there is a Spaghetti Western Villian Beard/Mustache, this is why heart my ever growing beard! Thanks for checking out the blog!

  • I say go for it. I Graduated high school in 1976 where during my formative years facial hair was the norm and admit there has probably been only 2 weeks since then in my life with a totally clean shaved face. I do not however attribute my FI and early retirement to the razor blade savings. Just be careful. As my young friend of Irish/Lebanese decent who is blessed with extreme beard growing genes tells me, there is a fine line between a new hip beard and looking like the Taliban….
    LeisureFreak Tommy recently posted…Financial Independence vs RetirementMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Not buying the expensive razor blades can only help the budget, those things can get expensive.

  • Movember is just around the corner 🙂 Maybe I will grow one then coz normally I wouldn’t, job and all. (certainly great movitvation for FI)
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Great time to show a beard for a worthy cause.

  • EvenStevenMoney, you’re smarter than me by a little more than a year. I just started chronicling two things: (1) growing a luscious and glorious beard, and (2) growing my net worth.

    http://www.beardsandmoney.com/the-beginning-beard-and-net-worth-month-1/

    One thing I can say, growing a beard doesn’t really save much time. I end up spending just as much time primping that bad boy than I did shaving. I thinking tieing the two things together, though, does help you reach a goal. With my Beards and Money thing going, I can’t help but think of my financial goals every time I look in the mirror or touch my face.

    • EvenStevenMoney
      1 year ago

      Sorry for the extremely late response……

      I grew my beard and went more scary lumberjack than hipster, almost no time needed:)

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