First of all, I myself have a beard. I am a fan of the relatively short and trimmed look, but it does venture toward Duck Dynasty messiness from time to time. Last November I decided to do No Shave November, and I have rocked the beard ever since. Here are the benefits I find to the beard other than saving money which we will get to in a moment.
1) It is low maintenance - I seriously just trim it when I get a haircut so it is the same length as the sides of my fade.
2) Weather Buffer - In the Winter it definitely helps keep the wind off of the face and really helps to keep the cheeks warm. In the Summer I was worried it was going to make me too hot because I am already warm most of the time. I found that it would not make me feel any warmer, but it did help keep my pasty cheeks not to burn. An unintentional money saver was that I did not have to use sunscreen for much of my face. Another side note is that it feels cool to swim with a beard...it just does.
3) It is in style - Whether you are a hipster, lumberjack or businessman there is a beard trend happening right now so it is time to get on board.
4) It makes me look older - I am blessed with quite the baby face and already kept some chin hair to help look more my age. Since I have grown the beard I have noticed that I do not get carded nearly as much. This is definitely a time saver.
5) It gives the wife something extra to run her hands through - Maybe I'm off point here, but I believe one of the best feelings in the world is having your wife run her fingers through your hair. Now put that hair on your face! Yes, it is that great!!!
6) Your kids will play with it - My beard has become an extra toy for my son. He can grab it with both hands and easily tell my face where to go. In addition, when he is tired he will regularly pet my beard for comfort. I can't take that away from him!
7) It make you feel more manly - It just does...no explanation needed.
Alright, enough with the fringe benefits....now on to the money savings.
I'll break down the cost by what I myself was using. These numbers would vary of course depending on a man's shaving habits.
Razor - Bic Comfort 3. I liked these because they worked well and they were cheaper than other brands. They cost $5.08 for a four pack on Amazon and I would use 2 a month. That means that razors along were costing me $2.54 a month or around $60 a year.
Shaving Cream - I was already saving some money in shaving cream by using Mug Soap instead of traditional shaving cream. This soap costs $3.46 on Amazon right now and with regular shaving I would use about 2 a year totaling almost $7 a year.
Mug - This is like $1 at a dollar store and it is good forever. You definitely need one for your mug soap thought. I'm not going to even count this in the budget.
Brush - These again are a little pricey but they are good for life. This one is made with badger hair with is pretty stinking cool They cost about $10, since they are good for life we will just count $1 toward our annual shaving budget.
Aftershave - I'm not into the aftershave my grandfather wore that had that horrible awesome and envious smell. I used a product to moisturize after I ran sharp metal across my fragile face skin. I really liked the Nivea one that ran about $5 a bottle and I'd use about 2 a year totaling $10 a year.
Time - This is priceless. I probably spent 5 min a morning every morning or every other day depending on how motivated I was. That's 5 more minutes of sleep or spending time with your family.
In total this adds up to be roughly $80 a year!!!!
And this is using products that are already cheaper than some that are commonly used. I never realized that it was so expensive to keep a shaved face until I went through that budget.