I'm going to try to say pretty classy with this post, but no promises.
here gets tired of buying mass amounts of toilet paper? I do. I load up
the cart (hey we have 6.5 people in this house, our toilets are well
used) with all the tp and I just KNOW someone is looking at me in the
checkout line assuming I'm having chilli for dinner.
is, they are probably right. I plan ahead you know. But still, I hate
broadcasting to the world that our family does twosies. (Have you ever
seen my most favorite tv show "Scrubs"? Go watch it--- the entire
thing--- and once you are done laughing so hard you weep you will
understand my bathroom issues. Elliot and Jordan are my muses.)
I love deals, but as our family has grown I have learned that sometimes
convenience needs to outrank the deal and honestly nowadays the deal is
secondary to the value of my time.
So, I've been brainstorming how to save money AND time while buying toiletries, particularly tp.
First thing I went to was family cloth.
it is what it sounds like. You use cloth that you wash over and over
again for your tp. Did you cringe and scream "NO!" in your head? Don't
lie, I can't see you through the screen, just own it. It is okay. That
ws my knee-jerk reaction too when the idea first came to me. But as I
kept having to go out and pay for the hiney wipe I really started to
consider it. I went so far as to purchase it for my family. I was so
excited! I had big plans for how to set up my system, how to ease us
into the switch, everything. Then I told my hubs and he pulled out his
RARELY used power of veto (we each have a few limited vetos to use, I
used one a few years back when he killed a pesky squirrel with a rock
and a stick and then tried to get me to cook it for dinner... yeah, I'm
not THAT cheap) and he rejected my family cloth plan.
Frick on a stick.
I can't challenge the veto (yet), I've had to put the cloth away for
the day the zombie apocalypse comes and we can't get to the store for
fear of our brains being eaten but we really, REALLY need to go and then
I'll be the hero because we will be saved in more ways than one. It
will happen, mark my words.
So, next I tried to think of
how other cultures handle this issue, but we have mostly pine trees at
our house so that "basket of leaves" plan wouldn't be the funnest ever.
I've also heard of wearing skirts to help things, um, dry and, yeah. No.
I like living more naturally, but this is a scenario where I don't want
to move backwards in time.
Of course, the last thing I
thought of was the best way for us. Amazon! I love Amazon.com nearly as
much as I love Costco. (Don't worry, I'm sure I'll be writing about both
in more detail over time. Amazon has this awesome Prime shipping thing.
It runs about $80 a year for the regular membership and they have
several cheaper options for having a Prime membership, so you should
look and see if any of them fit you. There are a ton of perks, but the
one that stands out in this article is the free two day shipping.
Perfect. They also have a program called "subscribe and save" so you can
get grocery and toiletry items shipped to your house monthly or every
three or even six month. Then you won't forget and you get a small
discount for doing this. (Yes, you can stop anytime you want, fear not.)
I watch a lot of websites for deals, but
slickdeals.net tends to post the Amazon TP deals faster than a lot of
other sites so I use them a lot. When I see tp drop to a level I can
deal with, I buy. A few days later only the UPS man knows what really
happens behind closed doors.
Now, moment of truth:
Am I getting the best deal ever?
eh. I think it is cheaper than the big stores a lot of times, other
than sales. But, the time factor and the benefit of it coming to my door
is huge for me. I'm at a place where spending an extra dollar or two in
order to save myself a few hours of driving to the store, shopping and
coming back, realizing I forgot the tp and going back out is worth that
dollar or so.
But, really, here is how it will break down deal-wise:
option 1: Family cloth. One time purchase, washing machines do most of
the work. But, you have to get past the "ick" factor and the risk of
people dropping cloth into the toilet and flushing.
cheapest option 2: couponing at your local store. However, when you
factor in the driving, cutting coupons, getting enough coupons to make
it worth it and watching for the sale and hoping you don't have to buy
more tp before then, I feel like it is a lot of work for money you are
Easiest and most cost effective option 3:
Online shopping. Order when you think of it (there is always a tp sale
somewhere in my experience), get it in bulk, have it come to your
door... love it. I'm also not buying other items just because I'm in the
grocery store and come on, who buys only tp when they shop? NO ONE. So
that additional savings is pretty big for me.
it is. I suggest you go to Amazon and google "toilet paper" and see what
you find. I'd look at Prime too because I use it for so much.
Now, print this out so you have some bathroom reading!