I have found left over hair conditioner works just as well. In fact, when you see buy one get one free, you have just landed the best shaving cream you may have ever had.
Razors are another example, I know they have the really expensive ones that have the strip of shaving cream right on it. Easy yes, but after a few showers it has melted away. The shaver however is still usable for quite some time. I also have found it's cheaper, WAY cheaper, to buy the razor with one extra replacement blade than buying just refills. Just get the one that they want you to love which almost always comes with one replacement blade. When done, go back for the starter one again.
The pharmacy where I go, or my local Target has 5 blades for $12-15. Right next to it is the razor with 1 blade for 5 dollars. You do the math.
If you watch the sale papers for that store, they run specials on these all of the time so you can even save more. What's better anyway, a new clean razor or the old soapy one you have? Deodorant, shampoo, any hair product like gels, sprays, it's all the same paying for a pretty package is costing you money.
Ladies, hair is hair, teeth, shaving it's all the same. Let's not let the advertisers laugh, because it says "For Women". Read the label if in doubt, I have never found a difference. I laughed when I thought about sharing this, because most of us have been guilty at one time or another, until I walked into a local small market, the kind with just a few items on the counter. It had those energy drinks (I don't use them), and couldn't help noticing one was marked for the strong man, the other for I assume the rest of us. I read the label and they were exactly the same - everything including size. It had male images, but in this world - really? A man needs more energy than I do?
Laughing away, I decided to share some of the other things I do use, being a wise consumer instead of a "mark". Have a great day, ladies!
By Luana M. from San Diego, CA
Shampoo, dish liquid, dish washer liquid detergent, and liquid laundry detergent can be used up by adding a small amount of water to the bottle and shaking. There is usually enough product for one more load of clothes, several sink fulls of dishes, and at least a load of dishes in the washer. Dilute shampoo half and half with water. There is usually no reason to shampoo twice,as is recommended.
Remember the company selling the product wants you to use it up as quickly as possible and an amount less than recommended will usually do the trick just as well.
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By Kas from Rockford, MI
I found I could get one to two more weeks of product out of a cut-open tube. Maybe this is common knowledge already, but it was delightful news to me!
By Kitri from Seattle
I also keep an eye out for sales and stock up when I find a good deal. Ever since I moved to my own place six years ago, I've always had about a year's supply of toothpaste and shampoo at home. Even if you live in a small place, it's easy to store.
Then again, if you check with a bunch of the product manufacturers, you can find them online, they sometimes have coupons on their websites. Or you can e-mail them and sometimes, they will send you some.
They do have copies of Dove Oil Cream Wash, moisturizing body wash as well as other things. I've bought makeup there, it was "LA Colors". It's not the absolute best I've used, but the mascara and eyeshadow do in a pinch. Sometimes I've found Cover Girl lip gloss, "Clean" foundation and blush. In these days of jobs and money being few and far in between, I'm more than happy to sacrifice a few dollars here and there to pay my bills. It's really not that important to have top of the line, brand name everything.
This recession really has made me re-think my spending on personal expenditures. I use coupons as well and look for sales in the paper and fliers. It really does pay to use the freebie sites online as well.
Today I'm going to get some St Ives Lotion. I found a $2 off coupon and it's on sale at CVS for $2.99. I will get it for $.99 cents! Cheap! I also sign up for FREE samples at www.freebies4mom.com and www.spoofee.com. They both offer a lot of toiletries. Also www.walmart.com. You can also go to individual sites and get free samples directly from the manufacturer. I love FREEBIES!
Don't let them catch you with your pants down, as my Grandmother would say! Bulk is cheaper for the company to produce therefore it saves you money.
The majority of my shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste that we use we get free. I use coupons in combination with sales at CVS and Walgreen. These two stores also let you combine their store coupons with product coupons. The combination most often ends up in a free product. To do this, you need to stock up when you can, and not be brand loyal. Some dollar stores also take coupons.
If no size is mentioned on your coupon, buy the smallest size. Check Walmart for the trial size aisle, sometimes they have small sized toothpaste for 50 cents and if you have a 50 cent off coupon, you get it free. Don't be afraid to use generic items either, or those from Aldi at 1/3 of the price. Also go to walmart.com and sign up for the free samples.
I make my own laundry and dish soap. For under $6 I can make a years supply. Save your soap slivers, put them in a knee high stocking or make a washcloth pocket. Use the slivers till they are gone. Many people throw them away when they get little, wasting money.
Only use conditioner on the ends of your hair, not the scalp. Use less shampoo and soap. It only takes a little dab of toothpaste.
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When applying moisturiizer or hand lotion to your face or body. Wash first and have your sking a little damp(not wet). Then apply. You need a very little bit by using on damp skin. the bit of dampness make your lotions soak in faster.
Most people don't realize that the main purpose of a facial cream is to seal in water. The best way to save money on your creams is to mix a little water in your hand with your cream or lotion and apply gently to a slightly damp face. Your skin will look and feel soft and dewy, not greasey.
This works well with treatment as well as basic moisturizers. You can make your cream last up to 3 or 4 times longer than usual, a nice plus if you use the more expensive brands. This also allows you to customize, as far as cold weather, warm weather, times your skin needs a little extra, etc. It is also best to use distilled water, (about $1.00 per gallon at the grocery store), as it is filtered. This also works well with body lotions.
By Mir H. from Apeldoorn
Do you have any tips on how to use all of a product or get the most out of a product like toothpaste or shampoo? Post your ideas below or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
I do the "cutting" the tooth paste to use all of it. Has so much that can't be squeezed out. With shampoo I have found when it get half empty I turn it upside down. That way all of the shampoo is already at the opening. When I used it all, I open the top and still get one last use out of it.
If you do this from the half way point all of the shampoo is used. I don't like adding water if at all possible. The tiny bit that is in the opening I use my fingers to get it. Full strength and all used. I like using 2 different shampoos (so hair doesn't get used to one) I have put 2 sometimes 3 together,it makes a wonderful ,all my own shampoo. Makes it go further, with your hair never getting to the point it inst as effective.
Anyone have any hints on pouring hand/body lotion into ceramic lotion pump jars? Usually the lotion is too thick to just pour in, and I always make a mess. I have some really cute bottles, that I would like to fill with different lotions. I have tried adding baby oil to thin it out, but it didn't work, and eventually separated from the hand lotion.
Rose S. from Malvern, PA
I do so many of the things mentioned myself. Putting lotion in the sun or warm spot helps it flow into the dispenser. I use a sandwich bag. Pour it into the bag then cut corner off bag, making it really easy to not make a mess. I do this each time I refill mine in bath and at kitchen sink.
I watch for sales on refills,if great price I stock up. Don't worry about adding a different brand of soap to what is in there. All works great. I also add a bit of hand lotion to mine, helps my hands from drying out.If you buy the ones that advertise having lotion the cost is so much higher. Chances are if you look usually the lotion is way under amount of water. Adding my own, I can decide how much and what type of lotion I want.
I treat myself to a very expensive facial care system that includes 2 small pump bottles; one for the morning and one for the evening. One bottle normally does me 2 months. Near the end of the bottle, the pump no longer reaches the cream, but I can see that there is still cream there. I turn the bottle over and allow the contents to drip into the lid that comes with the bottle. By doing this, I get an extra 2 - 3 weeks of cream. Since this is quite expensive to begin with ($30.00 for one 1.5 oz bottle on sale), the extra I gain is very welcome.
By Robin from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Another thing I do is mix a cheap hair conditioner with an expensive one. Like Suave (1.00) with Thermasilk. I don't like wasting the stuff in the bottoms of bottles. I turn them upside down and add to something else, always. I had 2 conditioners that were empty so I mixed in a bit of water and got the rest out and added it to my leave in hair conditioner spray. I find this works a lot better than just having the leave in conditioner by it's self. (12/13/2006)