Toiletries are essential! But they can also be expensive. If you’re tired of shelling out so much of your hard earned money on these personal care items, give these tips a try.
1. Make Your Own
Many toiletries can be made at home with common ingredients. You can make a fabulous whitening toothpaste out of baking soda. Vinegar rinses your hair to a gorgeous shine. A small dab of coconut oil makes a great leave-in conditioner.
Pinterest is full of simple recipes for homemade personal care items that are often much cheaper than buying ready-made products.
Another plus? You can control exactly what goes into everything and keep nasty chemicals away from your body.
2. Use Less
You don’t need a handful of shampoo to get your hair clean. A small dab will do, even for long hair. The same is true for toothpaste, laundry detergent, and hair conditioner. A little really does go a long way. When you use less, you won’t have to buy it as often.
If you’re skeptical, just cut back by a little bit at a time. As long as you’re still happy with the results, you can continue reducing. Once you feel the product stops working, it’s time to bump back up a little bit. Find how much you need to use, and use just that much every time.
3. Join a Loyalty Program
If you shop at stores such as CVS and Walgreens, join their store loyalty programs and save money on toiletries. Depending on the program, you can earn valuable bonuses such as points that can be redeemed for products, special pricing, and exclusive coupons.
4. Use Coupons
Many personal care manufacturers release coupons. You can find them for toilet paper, shampoo, cosmetics, and nearly everything else. Taking a few minutes to clip coupons or find them on an app can really help cut your costs.
You’ll save even more if you double coupons. Look for a coupon from an individual store and a coupon from the manufacturer. Double the savings in your wallet!
5. Buy in Bulk
Just like food, toiletries can also be bought in bulk, which can save money. But buying more of something isn’t always the best deal. Be sure to compare the price per ounce or price per unit before deciding if a deal is really worthwhile. You’ll also have to consider if you’ll use your bulk purchase up before it expires.
If you do buy in bulk, you may consider hanging onto a couple of smaller sized bottles that you can refill. That way you aren’t struggling to pick up a huge bottle of shampoo every time you need a dab.
6. Change Brands
You can save money by being willing to change brands. Keep your eyes open for a great deal, and try it even if it isn’t the brand you normally buy.
7. Use Gift Cards You Earn
By utilizing SideMoney you can earn points for things you’re already doing online. You can redeem these points for gift cards for several popular stores.
Use some of these cards to purchase your toiletries. Then you won’t be spending anything out of your household budget!
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