Though this is a real expense that should to be talk about, this guest post might bring out some interesting comments…
It amazes me just how many people have strong loyalties to toilet paper brands. For a product you use to wipe your bum, it can generate quite an emotional bond. I used to be married to a man who would only accept a specific, premium brand of toilet paper. I had grown up with a much cheaper brand and was astonished at not only the price, but also at how thick this new brand felt. All in all, any good quality paper will do the job well, so let’s look at some ways to cut costs in the bathroom.
Generic is just as Good, sometimes
It is undeniable that many generic brands are cheaper because they are frankly not worth the money. Whether they are two-ply or four, they are thin, barely absorbent and fall apart (oh no!) just when you want them to stay together. Unfortunately the only way to find out just how good a toilet paper product is is to purchase it and try it out. For this purpose a simple four pack is your best choice.
Toilet paper should be relatively soft to the touch and feel sturdy as well as substantial. If you can read the newspaper through the product you are not going to get good absorption. Unroll a few sheets and crumple it up or fold it in the manner you would when using the product. If it still feels comfortable, try it out in the bathroom. Otherwise return it to the store and ask for your money back. Most stores will refund your purchase.
It may take a while, but you will find a product that feels good and works well. The savings over the course of the year can be significant in a larger household, but are still worth while in a small one.
Buy in Bulk or on Sale
If you have a membership at one of the popular warehouse clubs, consider purchasing their house brand. The two big warehouses each have a decent generic toilet paper brand. The price is significantly less than that of the premium brands they sell along side.
Toilet paper coupons are common. If you can get the coupon multiplied, it is even better. Purchase when the brand is on sale and really score big. Once a sale is announced, stock up.
Just Use Less
In college I had a roommate who could use half a roll of paper at a sitting. It was truly frightening how much toilet paper she wasted, especially in light of the fact that toilet paper was one of those equally shared expenses.
Teach your children, spouse and housemates to use less toilet paper. With a decent product a “basic” wipe takes about four sheets. You may need to wipe twice to feel clean, but that is pretty true of most papers. More “business” will clearly need more paper, or at least more wipes. Folding paper rather than scrunching it up makes it more effective as well.
Between the price of a generic product, better shopping habits and using less, the savings will really add up.
Please comment to discuss, not disgust!!!