Save Money On Toilet Paper
Curiosity prompts this article. Strange as the topic may sound, upon a recent Google search for "too much toilet paper" the staggering results are actually at about 9,960,000! Apparently other people have pondered this subject as well it seems. Articles have been written, facts shared and there even exists a Toilet Paper Encyclopedia. Amazing!
With all the freebies and coupons on Save Creatively, we're obviously big into saving and cutting costs in many different ways, but when it comes to a necessity like toilet paper though, is there any way to save money?
In regards to toilet paper people apparently have a fascination. A need there's no doubt, but this everyday household product has become quite the topic of conversation. With all these facts, figures and quotes out there, what we should really be wondering is how can we save on this stuff that we so regularly purchase? Sure, you can use the occasional coupon for a dollar or two off or maybe buy it in bulk if the price is right. So, how much is too much? Are we using more than we need to? Or maybe more importantly, are we spending more money than we should be?
The aisle is long and the options seemingly endless when all you're looking to do is restock - regular rolls or double? Generic brand or go for the brand name you've been told to trust? Colors? Fragrant scented sheets? Strong or ultra-strong? How about recycled? (Which almost sounds a little scary when it comes to toilet paper.) You know, if you fold it instead of bunching it, you can get by using less. So should you buy a smaller pack and give that a try?
A lot of frugal people choose the store brand or one of the thinner, single ply sheeted type. It may feel like tree bark, but if you can stand it, you may be saving money. But are you really? Well, it depends on how much you use, it will no matter what type you purchase. If you're going for the thinner stuff, it may just take more to get the job done, which may also equal spending more in the long run, or restocking sooner. Consumer Reports explains it like this: "More sheets might not be a bargain - At just 6 cents per 100 sheets, Scott 1000 delivered the most sheets for the lowest price. But because it was also the thinnest and wimpiest toilet roll we tested, you could wind up using more of this lower-scoring roll than you bargained for." With the double or triple thickness choice, although it might cost more, the amount of squares required per wipe could use considerable less than a thinner option. It's something to think about.
Another thing as you stare at the myriad of choices in the aisle, is the fact that price comparison is great and thinking of the amount of rolls you're getting for your dollar is a good start, but don't be fooled. One pack may be promising more rolls, but another with a roll or 2 less may actually have more square foot worth of paper. Obviously this should be calculated into the cost comparison.
We'll be the first to tell you that free is a great thing, but when the packaging is toting the idea of 2 bonus rolls or something along those lines, don't let that free word fool you. Consider thickness, consider square footage and then make your choice knowing it's a wisely weighed out decision.
So with all those options out there - whether you wad or fold, hang your roll starting over or under, or choose Charmin, Quilted Northern, Scott, Angel Soft, Cottonelle, or something else to get the job done - make sure you're comparing prices and using coupons for shopping smart to save creatively according to your needs. Hey, don't forget to replace the roll when you use the last sheet.
Clean Up With Some of These Toilet Paper Facts
From the time we are potty trained our toilet paper affair begins. There's books such as, "Everyone Poops" or "It's Potty Time", and as we learn from a young age our toilet routines are just that, something we will do everyday of our lives, several times, no matter where we live on earth. Upon researching the question of how long the average person spends on the toilet in a lifetime, the answer seems to be 3 to 4 years, although it's not a study to envy conducting. Regardless of our frequency to the porcelain throne, let's get down to the facts.
We use toilet paper every day. According to Charmin customers, the number of days a standard roll of bath tissue usually lasts in the most-used bathrooms in the house is five.
On average, consumers use 8.6 sheets per trip – a total of 57 sheets per day. That’s an annual total of 20,805 sheets! (Charmin)
According to the Cottonelle Roll Poll: (didn't know this existed until now)
• 72% – hang toilet paper with the first sheet going over the roll
• 28%- prefer to hang the first sheet under the roll
Who would've known?
And there's even quotes on toilet paper. How about this catchy one?
May your life be long and useful like a roll of toilet paper. - Anonymous-Turkish Proverb