Penny Pinchers don’t waste a single drop of their toiletries, and they implement simple tips and tricks to make them last.
The prices of toiletries have steadily increased over the years. While it’s still possible to save on toiletries using coupon strategies at Target and the drug stores, the easiest way to save money is to make your toiletries last longer.
You don’t need to go to extreme measures to make the most out of your toiletries, you just need to try these few tweaks. Many of these changes are easy to do and you won’t even remember doing it another way after you pick up a new habit.
Take a look below at six ways penny pinchers make toiletries last so you too can get every last drop out!
1. Follow the usage instructions
How often do you pour yourself a handful of shampoo, not even looking at the instructions on the bottle? Chances are you only need a nickel sized amount, but we typically use much more.
Before using any toiletries, read the usage directions to make sure you aren’t over using. Using more than recommended is wasteful and may not give you the intended results.
2. Use the rinse out method
Before tossing any shampoo or conditioner bottles (or soap or detergent bottles for that matter), try the rinse out method. Pour some warm water into the bottle and give it a good shake.
Let the bottle sit upside down for a few minutes and then you should be able to get a few more uses out of it. Using warm water is important, as it can help loosen the product and get it moving easily.
3. Store bottles upside down
Penny pinchers store toiletry bottles upside down. This keeps the product from getting caught in the corners of the bottle where it gets stuck and wasted. It also makes pouring product out much easier on you.
Store your toiletries upside down, if possible, to keep the product flowing and out of those tricky corners.
4. Keep scissors in the bathroom
Penny pinchers keep a pair of scissors in the bathroom to cut open stubborn tubes. If you think your tube of toothpaste is out, just cut it open down the center and see how much more you can squeeze out. Chances are, there is a ton hiding in there.
You can also use this trick when dealing with tubes of hair product, lotions, skin products, and other tube toiletries.
5. Model moderation to your children
Many times children aren’t shown how to use toiletries, and so they waste them during use. Show children how much product they should use so that when they wash their hair or face or brush their teeth, they are using the appropriate amount and not over doing it.
6. Don’t open a new product until the old one is empty
Many times we reach for a new product when the old one is only 80% empty. Be sure you aren’t opening a new product until the previous one is 100% gone using the methods mentioned above. This way you are getting every single bit out before moving on.
Penny pinchers use these tricks for making the most of their toiletries. Give them a try and see if they help you stretch your products and your budget.
Carrie O says
If you have trouble using that nickle-sized amount, dilute with water and use a foaming pump. My hand soaps (and my face wash) have a foam head, and I’m looking for more for my shampoo and body washes.
It’s also very easy to turn a bar of soap into a ton of liquid soap.