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Saving Money on Toilet Paper

Toilet paper is a household staple that we use everyday; so how can we save money on toilet paper? This is a guide about saving money on toilet paper.


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By 3 found this helpful
February 27, 2009

Buy your toilet paper in bulk from online restaurant overstock suppliers. You can get 96 rolls of toilet paper for .67 a roll. Most are double ply, so if you turn one roll into two rolls, you can get 192 rolls of toilet paper for under $65!

By Beka from Catoosa, Oklahoma

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June 9, 20160 found this helpful

Being as it is 2ply...would this affect a septic system in the wrong way...i was told to use 1 ply...

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By 9 found this helpful
August 26, 2009

I just wanted to share that I found a way to save on toilet paper. Just put a crimp in it so that it does not go round and round so easily. By having the crimp, it stops and allows you to use a smaller amount instead of the waste of what you don't really need.

By Judy from Akron, OH

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August 29, 20091 found this helpful

Excellent idea! You'd be surprised how little toilet paper you really have to use for basic needs. With some adjustment, this hint might even work for paper towels, too. That is, unless my ThriftyFun family has already adopted the "greener alternative" of using cloth rags instead of paper towels.

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August 19, 2011

How do you determine the best buy on toilet paper? This is driving me crazy!

By Sharon

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August 19, 20111 found this helpful

Hi Sharon,

I use the "small package for $1 or less" formula. :)

Usually the packages with oversize rolls will show how many regular size rolls they equal. I take the "regular size" number and divide it by 4, since 4 regular rolls would be in a small package. So if a package says, for example, that it's equivalent to 32 rolls, I divide 32 by 4 and get 8. If the large package is $8 or less then in my mind I'm getting a good deal.

Hope this helps.

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August 19, 20110 found this helpful

I have had several people tell me the best buy is the Scott 1000 sheet rolls. However, I have visited where people use it and I don't like it.

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August 19, 20110 found this helpful

I don't like the regular Scott. It is a great value, but it smears too much. If my family won't use it, not much of a buy!

Sign up at various brands' websites and you can get coupons sent to your email, or regular mails.

I usually get the doulbe roll Angel Soft, as it is avail most places I shop.

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August 22, 20110 found this helpful

You also have to consider the type of paper it is. A person does use less of the high quality brands, so it might be wiser to buy better quality paper rather than the cheapest. I buy the largest packages I can get when it is on sale; I buy a good quality brand as I find it is nicer, and actually I use less.

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August 30, 20110 found this helpful

It's really true that Scott 1000's are the most economical, especially when on sale. However, I've found *some* store brand 1000's that are just as good.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 16, 2005

Ok, this may sound kinda weird but, what do you do to save on toilet paper? What is the best buy on it and how do you avoid overusing it? TIA

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May 17, 20050 found this helpful

I find that if I flatten the roll of toilet paper so the tube is bent a bit and doesn't roll so easily my family goes through a LOT less toilet paper! Same thing works for paper towels!

By washburn6394

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May 18, 20050 found this helpful

I was once told that putting the roll on backwards helps the problem of extra usage. I've tried it,and it does help.It's just one of those things in life (like buying feminine pads) that us frugal women hate but MUST do, and learn to live with.

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June 16, 20050 found this helpful

One of my friends successfully used this method to save on toilet paper in their home.

They put a piece of paper with the number "4" on it where it was easily visible to the person sitting on the toilet stool.

All of the members of the family knew that it was there as a reminder to economize.

Guests didn't know what it meant, unless they happened to ask, which is what I did.

By John

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June 16, 20050 found this helpful

If you mount your toilet paper dispenser so that it is approximately four sheets of paper above the floor, some members of your family, without realizing it, will limit their paper use to that many sheets at a time.

By John

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August 19, 20050 found this helpful

Teach your kids exactly how much toilet paper they need to use. Most of the time, kids use way too much. Go to and order the free "Potty Training Kit". It comes with a toilet paper measuring thing that you hang on the roll with your toilet paper so kids can see just how much they should use.

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January 20, 20060 found this helpful

About Scott's.....The extra soft really is SOFT! I loved cottonelle (cursed with hemmroids after my second blessing) but tried it at my mom's and was impressed! You may have to surprise your family with it, it took awhile for DH to get used to it!

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June 14, 20060 found this helpful

Use double coupons. Also, there is a good quality, good value brand called BASIC. I believe it's made by the same company that makes Bounty paper towels.

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April 14, 20110 found this helpful

Don't forget to teach them to wash their hands very well after using the toilet. New mothers and others, after you change your babies, please wash your hands each and every time. You are spreading germs to anything you touch. Babies are cute but not sterile.

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April 28, 20100 found this helpful

Do your kids get mesmerized watching the toilet paper roll spin 'round and 'round, thereby using WAY more paper than they actually need? Next time, before you put the toilet paper roll on the spindle, "squoosh" it slightly between your hands. This will flatten the inner cardboard roll just enough to cause a little resistance as the roll turns -- resulting in fewer "avalanches" of TP!

By Becki in Indiana


Toilet Paper Tip

I'll have to remember that one, also ~ how about putting the roll up with the sheets facing towards the wall instead of towards the room - not so many sheets are "dispensed" this way round. (05/10/2004)

By Lizaixi

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