Last month my goal was to spend $50 or less on toiletries, but I ended up spending over $140. So I thought brainstorming some ways that I currently save and some that I’d like to start saving in this area would help. For me I lump toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent ingredients, shampoo, make-up and such in this group.
1. Make homemade products. I use vinegar as windex and baking soda for cleaning sinks, homemade reusable disinfecting wipes and I make my own laundry soap too.
2. Use less. I want to be more aware of how much shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper and paper towels we use. I have a post called How to Use Fewer Paper Towels.
3. Often I cut open tubes of lotion and toothpaste to get more out.
4. Water down soaps and shampoos just a little bit to stretch them a little further or do your own foaming hand soap.
5. Sign up for freebies! Right now I’m using a bottle of face wash that I got as a freebie. The last one lasted me probably a couple of weeks. I also frequently receive free lotion, shampoo and conditioner.
6. Use my swagbucks*. I’ve used amazon gift cards earned from swagbucks towards purchases of make up and toilet paper.
7. Wash and reuse plastic baggies and aluminum foil. You can also use the plastic bags inside cereal and cracker boxes as wax paper.
8. Buy in bulk. Often times things are cheaper in a bigger container. With dish soap I use a funnel to put it in a smaller container for easier handling.
9. Buy when prices are low. This might mean buying off-brand paper towels, on sale toilet paper or clipping coupons.
10. Use reusable things instead of paper products. It’s super simple to crochet your own swiffer cover and it’s a great way to use up leftover bits of yarn. I like to save old socks or t-shirts to cut up into cleaning rags.