I used to spend 15 bucks a month on Fusion blades. So I have probably saved 500-700 dollars over the years on blades. That's probably what my shaving gear cost, so it is a wash on cost. Of course, I now get to treat my face to an array of vintage Gillette DE razors, a Merkur HD razor, and straight razors. And Muhle, Rooney, and Vulfix Silvertip badger hair brushes. The best part, beyond the MUCH superior shave, is the products. At the store, there is like three brands of shitty shave "gels" and even worse foam in a can products. The stuff you get from Proraso, Colonel Conk, Art of Shaving, Tabac, and others is so far superior it isn't even funny, and it makes you actually smell like a fucking man instead of a hospital. Tabac shaving soap + Rooney medium brush + Merkur HD + Feather razor blades = perfection. I actually enjoy shaving... at this level, it is almost like pampering yourself.