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My Completely Honest Dollar Shave Club Review

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Looking for completely honest Dollar Shave Club reviews?

I’ve now been and below you’ll see my updated (and completely honest) thoughts! I think it’s a really great way to save on razors — especially if you don’t like to mess with in-store couponing.

A funny shaving story

A couple years ago, I posted a funny post about how I had been using a disposable razor head without a handle to shave that week because I had left my razor in Dallas on a speaking trip and was too cheap to go buy a new razor when I could make do with just using a razor head until a new razor could come in from Amazon (purchased with a free gift card from Swagbucks).

So many of you commented on that post and gave hilarious suggestions and funny money-saving confessions. (You can read some of those funny comments here.) Plus, some of you left some great tips and tricks for saving on razors!

One of the suggestions that people gave over and over again was for me to sign up for . I think almost every one of us has heard of this program. It’s a monthly subscription box service that sends you razor blades every month so you never run out of razors.

Why I was skeptical about Dollar Shave Club

I’ve been skeptical of the whole idea. I’m not really sure why? Maybe it’s because their ads are a bit quirky? Or maybe it’s because I’m spoiled from being able to get razors for FREE for so many years — either with coupons and rebates or through Amazon with gift cards I earned from Swagbucks. I didn’t see the point in paying for a program like this!

You see, for the first few years of our marriage, I always had a sur of razors I had gotten free by pairing coupons with the drugstore rebate programs. And when the drugstore deals became a lot less abundant, I realized we were spoiled from using great disposable razors! The thought of going back to cheap ones wasn’t really appealing.

The deals at drugstores aren’t as prevalent now, but you can still occasionally find a good deal on razors by pairing a coupon with a sale and/or drugstore rebate. However, just as the deals on razors started waning, I discovered Swagbucks and, ever since then, have used the free gift cards I’ve earned there to cover the costs of razors. I usually just buy high-quality razors that are still priced well. (If I get lucky, I’ll find an e-coupon I can clip to save more!)

So I’ve never looked into  other than to think, “Wow! I guess people will pay for anything as a subscription box service! But really… who would PAY for a monthly subscription to get razors in the mail??!”

Dollar Shave Club reviews from readers

As you can probably imagine by my cynical attitude, I was super surprised that reader after reader after reader left comments with amazing Dollar Shave Club reviews! Here are just a few of those comments:

Summer said: “Have you considered Dollar Shave Club? I was so skeptical at first, but my husband and I both LOVE it. (We get the middle of the road razors and the cartridges are $6 a month for 4.) They will auto mail them out, but you can change it either from monthly to bi-monthly at any time! AND they e-mail you a few days before your shipment to remind you to make changes. (Speaking from experience!) My mom even got hooked on the program, too.”

Another reader commented and said, “I don’t know how you haven’t discovered the wonder and joy of Dollar Shave Club. I am an every day shaver. I can’t even handle it. These razors are fantastic (even the dollar blades) and you literally can’t beat the price.”

And Lindsay agreed: “We love Dollar Shave Club!! My husband and I use the same razor blades and each have our own handle and pack of blades. We share the refills and only order once every other month, so $36 a year for both of us. Frugal and I love how I never ‘run out’ of refills.”

Really?!?! Apparently I’m one of the few people who thought getting razors in the mail was just a weird idea. 😉

Why I decided to try Dollar Shave Club

In the name of wanting to investigate this out to see if it was really a good deal and also wanting to follow my own mantra of “don’t knock it until you’ve tried it”, . Since it was only $6 per month, I figured that if I didn’t like it, I could cancel after a month or two and not really be out much out of pocket for my experiment!

Plus, since so many of you were looking for Dollar Shave Club reviews, I had promised you all an honest review — and I figured that it was worth spending a little money out of pocket to try this for 3 months and report back to you all with my honest thoughts.

How Dollar Shave Club Works

  • Go to and sign up for their that includes the executive razor handle, four 6-blade razor cartridges, a trial-sized shave butter, a trial-sized daily face cleanser.
  • When you , it signs you up for the Dollar Shave Club membership that will renew after the first month at the full executive razor price of $9/month.
  • After the first month, be sure to go into your membership settings and choose the razor blades you’d like to receive each month. You can opt to switch to a cheaper razor if you want to pay less per month.
  • They offer three different options: The Humble Twin — which is regularly $1 per month + $2 shipping, The 4X — which is regularly $6 per month (includes shipping), or The Executive — which is regularly $9 per month (includes shipping).
  • There are no hidden fees. You can cancel your subscription at any time. Or you can change plans at any time. When you change plans, you’ll receive a new razor handle for free.
  • Pause your subscription or change your shipment frequency at any time. You can even get blades every other month if you want!

When I first signed up, this $5 Starter Set offer wasn’t available, so I chose the $6 box. If you’re interested, you can

What Comes in a Regular Monthly Box

My initial box included a razor handle, 4 razor blade cartridges, and some extra samples/goodies. The following months, you just get a package with 4 razor blade cartridges every month + the bathroom notes (which are sometimes, sometimes a little crass). They sometimes will include a little sample, too.

My Overall Thoughts

I have definitely surprised myself with liking  — and I’ve found myself agreeing with all the positive Dollar Shave Club reviews! The razors have held up well for me and they give a clean shave. Plus, I think they work just as well as razors that cost more than $6 for a razor + 4 cartridges.

Because I was so impressed with my experience, I decided to upgrade to the $9 per month program to see what I thought of the more expensive razor. I definitely like it better than the $6/month razors. However, I don’t think that you need to upgrade to the $9 per month subscription — unless you just really, really want to. The $6/month razor works plenty well.

One thing I’ve found is that the blades don’t hold up as long as name-brand blades do. As you know, I shave every single day. Because I’m weird like that! 😉 And I typically would only need to replace a cartridge every 3 1/2 weeks or so.

I find myself wanting to replace my cartridge at the 2 1/2 week mark with the razors. But here’s the thing! Since I’m the only one using Dollar Shave Club in my family, I never go through all four cartridges each month! I switched to every other month shipments and it makes it half the price I was paying!

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Some final tips

One thing I did want to note is that Kris shared  with me and it says most of the razors from Dollar Shave Club are from Dorco and encourages people to order directly from Dorco — which I think is a great suggestion! It’s a little cheaper than Dollar Shave Club.

However, when ordering from Dorco, you have to remember to go and order blades. I think one of the major selling points of Dollar Shave Club is that you never have to remember to order razors. They just show up at your door at a lower price than you’d usually pay at the store.

Be sure to check out my post on 7 Secrets to Save Up to $100 Per Year on Razors! (And if you’re interested in other subscription services, you can also get a free Harry’s Shaving Bundle right now!)

Have you tried out before? If so, I’d love to hear your honest Dollar Shave Club reviews in the comments and whether you feel it’s worth the price.


5 Unique Ways To Make Money Cleaning Your Home

Are you looking for unique ways to make money from home? Did you know that you can make a nice chunk of change just by taking stock of what you already have, staying organized, and decluttering regularly?

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Make money from home by cleaning and organizing

Guest post from Rebekah of :

I’ve never really loved cleaning. I love a clean room for sure, but cleaning? It’s not really my favorite.

One thing I do love, though, is finding ways to make money from home!

Did you know that you can make money cleaning your own home? Yes, you can! How’s that for cleaning motivation?

Here are some of my favorite ways to make money cleaning your own home…

1. Collect spare change

As you clean your home, make it your goal to see how much spare change you can find.

Good spots for finding random change in my home are:

  • under the couch (along with who knows what else!)
  • at the bottom of the purse and diaper bag
  • in the laundry room
  • in random pants and jacket pockets

I’ve even found a few stray bills on occasion – that’s always a big win! You might be amazed how much spare change you can collect when you intentionally look for it.

2. Make the most of your receipts

If you’re like me, you probably have way too many old receipts that need to be cleaned out. Before just throwing them all out, scan some of your recent ones into a shopping app like Ibotta or Fetch.

Take Fetch for example: You can usually get between 2-4k points just for downloading it and using it the first time. Quickly scan a couple receipts and you’ll have enough points to cash out a $5 gift card (5k points) right away!

I will say that the amount of points or dollars back that shopping apps give you tend to decrease after using the apps awhile, but they’re definitely worth downloading at least for the beginning bonuses.

3. Clean out your closet

Closets have a way of starting to overflow after a while!

Take some time to clean out your own or your kids’ closets. Pull out any clothes you no longer need and set aside the nice pieces to take to a consignment store.

I have earned an easy $10 to $25 multiple times by selling clothes we are no longer wearing!

You can also sell online through places like ThredUp or through the Poshmark app.

4. Say goodbye to books you never read

While you’re dusting your bookshelf, pull out the books you know you’ll never read again and post them for sale on Amazon.

My husband did this a few weeks ago and was amazed how many books he sold. You may not make big bucks, but every little bit helps!

5. Sort through your DVDs and Blu-rays

Ready for my favorite tip? (I’m pretty proud of this one.) My husband and I took some time last week to clean out and organize our DVD collection. We decided to put them all in an album and get rid of the cases. I don’t know why it took us so long to do this — it saves so much space!!

As I was organizing the DVDs I realized we had several Disney movies that came with both a DVD and a Blu-ray disk — and we’d never even touched the Blu-rays. We stuck the Blu-rays back in their original cases and posted them on Facebook Marketplace (obviously with the disclaimer that they did not include the DVD.) They all sold right away. Score!

6. Take stock of what you already have

This is more of a tip for saving money, but that’s just as important right?

When you’re cleaning out the space under your kitchen and bathroom sinks, take careful stock of what you already have. If you’re like me you probably have more spare toiletries and cleaning supplies hidden in there than you realized!

Taking stock of what you already have and organizing it will keep you from spending money unnecessarily!

While I still don’t love cleaning, finding ways to make money from home has definitely given me more motivation to clean!

Have you found ways to make money from home while cleaning? I’d love to hear them!

I’m Rebekah, wife to Pablo and mom to three little kiddos. I enjoy staying home with my kids, teaching English online with VIPKID, and reading new books when I get a chance. I love to write about motherhood, frugal living, and everything else that pops into my head on my blog, .

The Best Legitimate Paid Online Surveys

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Are you interested in taking online surveys for cash, but you’re not sure which ones to trust? This is a go-to list of legitimate paid online surveys you can trust. We’ve done all the research for you (and most of these I’ve tried myself in the past) so that you don’t have to worry about being scammed.

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Paid Online Surveys for Money

What Are Paid Online Surveys?

Online surveys are just what they sound like — it’s where you take surveys for money in exchange for your honest opinion.

Online survey companies want your opinion for market research purposes. One of the easiest ways for companies to do market research is to incentivize the general public to give their feedback, experience, or opinion — which is why you can get paid for online surveys!

When you take online surveys for money, survey topics can cover just about anything from your hobbies and interests to your shopping habits and product preferences, and everything in between.

Are Online Surveys Legitimate?

There is a common misconception that online survey companies aren’t legitimate, but that’s definitely not true!

You just have to know what to look out for, what to avoid, and which companies to trust.

The truth is that there are a lot of really great online survey companies that legitimately and honestly want your opinion in exchange for cash!

How Much Can You Earn With Surveys?

While you won’t get rich or earn a full-time income from taking paid online surveys, it is a really nice way to earn a little extra money on the side — especially when you have more time than money!

It’s also a great way to save up for Christmas gifts throughout the year when you don’t have much wiggle room in the budget.

When Jesse was in law school and I had a lot of extra free time on my hands, ! Those were some of the toughest times in our marriage, and every little bit helped stretch our really tight budget during those financially lean years.

The Best Online Surveys for Cash

If you’re looking for legitimate paid online surveys to take, here are some companies I highly recommend:

: This is easily my very favorite survey site — but it’s SO much more than a survey site! You can also earn for searching the web, playing games, watching videos, taking advantage of special offers, and shopping the Internet. For years, I’ve used Swagbucks to pay for plane tickets, hotel rooms, Amazon purchases, and SO much more. The best part of this site is how easy it is to cash out. Save up your points if you want, or redeem for a $3 or $5 Amazon Gift Card really quickly! to get started. You’ll get $3 just for !

: This was my very favorite survey site when Jesse was in law school! They pay $3 promptly for every survey completed. Go and sign up to see if you qualify. This company has a lower acceptance rate than other companies, but they take new applicants at the very beginning of each month! So if you don’t get in on the first try, come back on the 1st of each month to keep trying!

: This company gets really great reviews and is known for their availability of quick and easy paid online surveys, their amazing 24/7 customer service with a smaller customer-focused team, and super quick payout when you redeem your points. Once you reach 25,000 points, you can cash in for $25 in the form of PayPal funds, a VISA gift card, or an Amazon gift card!  Go here to .

: This company pays in point rewards for every completed survey. You can cash these in for instant win opportunities, sweepstakes, or cash. There are also opportunities to do free product testing. You can choose payout at $5 for an Amazon gift card or at $10 for cash.  to sign up.

: When you sign up for Harris Poll, you will receive 50 points to welcome you to the site. When you reach 1250 points, you can trade in for a $10 gift card. Most surveys take less than 15-20 minutes to complete and can be done from your mobile device.  to sign up. (And go here to see a reader testimonial about this company!)

: This reputable company gets really great reviews! It is known for a low minimum payout threshold and a quick & easy first payout. You can cash in for $10 once you reach 1,000 points. Choose from PayPal funds, direct bank transfer, or a gift card of your choice!

Bonus: In addition to these paid online surveys, you can also sign up for where you’ll get paid to read emails, search the web, take surveys, and more. I used to love earning free gift cards through Inbox Dollars!

Some Tips on Taking Surveys for Money

If you’re interested in taking online surveys for cash, here are a few more tips to keep in mind:

  • Use a dedicated e-mail address for survey sites. When you’re taking a lot of surveys, you’re going to get quite a few e-mails. To avoid cluttering your personal inbox, I highly recommend signing up for a separate e-mail address that you use just for taking surveys.
  • Update your information often. Survey companies are often looking for targeted demographics — certain age ranges, income levels, geographical locations, or job positions — so it’s really important to make sure you keep your information updated. If you change jobs, move geographical locations, have another child, or become a home owner, be sure to update all of that information!
  • Always be honest, but don’t be afraid to keep it vague. It’s important to be honest when you take surveys, because a) legitimate survey companies are doing honest market research and b) your answers need to be consistent and not seem dishonest, especially when you’re taking a lot of surveys. That being said, don’t be afraid to keep things as vague as you can while also answering honestly. Don’t give any extra information you don’t feel comfortable with! Go with the quickest, easiest answer you can while also being honest. If any information is optional, I recommend skipping it.
  • Never, ever pay to join a survey site. Legitimate survey companies will never charge you to join or sign up. If you see a survey company wanting to charge you, stay far away! That’s one of the surest signs that the survey company is not legitimate.
  • Never give out your bank account information. Although you’re taking surveys for cash, legitimate survey companies always offer gift cards or PayPal as payout options. You shouldn’t ever be forced to give your banking information as the only payout option. That’s most likely a sign that the survey company is not one that can be trusted.

What are some of your favorite companies that offer legitimate paid online surveys? I’d love to know if I missed an important one! Tell us in the comments!

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Our Pinterest account got suspended!

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Last week, Pinterest decided to suspend my account saying they thought we had violated the spam policies.

This was completely unexpected. One minute, our Pinterest account was there with 238K+ followers and the next minute it was — poof — GONE!

For two days, we worked to Pinterest by every way we knew to appeal their decision. We talked to people who had had this happen to them to see if they had any suggestions. We researched everything we could to figure out what could have happened to cause Pinterest to suspend out account.

Most of all, we tried to wait patiently and think through what Plan B might end up being if they didn’t re-instate our account.

What I Did Instead of Freaking Out

I used to flip out when my site would go down, when a big affiliate program would change their rules (and it would mean a big loss), or social media would have major glitches.

But 14+ years of running multiple online businesses and making a boatload of mistakes will teach you this: Freaking out accomplishes nothing.

Seriously. Stop and think for a minute… what is one good thing that freaking out is going to accomplish?

I’m guessing your list is completely blank. Instead of freaking out, here’s what I try to do:

1) Take a deep breath.

2) Ask, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?”

3) Then, “Will I be okay if that happens?”

4) Next, “What CAN I do?”

And then I focus on my blessings and do what I can do to resolve or improve the situation.

Why You Need an Email List

I talked to so many people who are relying upon social media for their income and blog traffic. While social media is great and I love it, I cannot stress how important it is that you set up an email list and use it strategically instead of depending upon social media.

Like I’ve said so many times, you do not own social media. They could decide at any time to shut down, start charging you for using their services, or to — like happened to us — shut down or suspend your account.

Here are four reasons you need an email list:

  • An email list gives you the ability to have access to prime real estate — people’s inboxes. We’ve tested this time and again, and social media and blog posts just don’t hold a candle to email.
  • An email list gives you the ability to people directly — whenever you want to. When I decide I want to send out an email newsletter, I don’t have to try to bypass and trick the elaborate algorithms into getting my email to land in someone’s inbox. I just write the email and send it.
  • An email list allows you to build a personal and long-lasting relationship with people. And when people trust you, you have one of the most valuable assets you can ever obtain as a business owner.
  • An email newsletter gives you the ability to tailor emails to best serve each individual person on your list. Many email programs now offer really advanced options — including the ability to tailor emails to serve each individual person on your email list.

Our email lists not only allow us the ability to build a deep and loyal relationship with people, they also convert thousands of dollars in sales every single month.

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In all honesty, if you just download these six resources on setting up and strategically using your email list — and then you actually use them and do what they recommend! — I can pretty much guarantee that you will make back the price of bundle over and over again in the next 6-12 months.

Here are the six resources I recommend you start with:

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10 Ways to Make $100 With Your Blog

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