You’ve likely seen pictures of super couponers with their garages full of shelves with enough shampoo, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper, and feminine products to last their entire life times with plenty of items left over to share with other people. These super couponers get personal care items and toiletries on sale for pennies on the dollar.
But for those of us who aren’t super couponers? Well, toiletries can make a significant dent in your budget each month.
I found for my family of 5, I was easily spending $30 to $50 a month for toiletries and personal care items. If you’re like me and have decided enough is enough, there are plenty of ways to save on toiletries:
Use Items On An As-Needed Basis
Many times we use items more often than we need them out of habit. For instance, do you have very dry hair? If so, you don’t need to wash it every time you take a shower. Put your hair up and skip the shampooing when you shower. Some people with dry hair may only need to wash their hair every other shower or twice a week.
Only Use as Much as Needed
We’re also trained to regularly use more of an item than we need. Think of toothpaste ads. The toothpaste covers all the bristles of the toothbrush in most ads, but you may only need half that amount to clean your teeth. Experiment with the right amount. You may be surprised by how little you need.
Learn to Make Your Own
Scour the Internet for DIY recipes for personal care items. I’ve seen recipes for homemade toothpaste, hand lotion, and deodorant. I haven’t tried these yet, but I have switched over to making my own laundry detergent. Not only does it work great, but it saves me a ton of money. Next on my list is making my own toothpaste.
Find a Green Option
There are some toiletries that you can avoid buying if you choose a reusable item instead. For instance, woman can choose to use a cup for their menstrual cycle rather than tampons. A cup can be used up to 10 years, saving you hundreds of dollars in monthly tampon purchases.
Other women have chosen to use reusable cloth pads rather than buying disposable ones.
You can eliminate the need for paper towels by using cloth napkins during meal times and using old towels to wipe up messes.
Some people even eliminate the need for paper toilet paper by using “family cloth” (small squares of reuseable cloths that get washed after use).
If you have no desire to be a super couponer, you can still save money on toiletries and personal care by following these tips.
What’s your favorite way to save on toiletries?