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Saving Money on Toiletries

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Toiletries can be expensive to buy and may be overused by family members. This is a guide about saving money on toiletries.
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By 14 found this helpful
July 31, 2011

I searched high and low in every store and could not find a good, old-fashioned poofy powder puff. I use Gold Bond Power in various and sundry places and had been using my hand or a wash cloth to apply it. In the midst of searching another store, my husband suggested I take an old sock and fill it with powder and use that. WOW! What a suggestion!

When I got home, I found a cotton anklet that needed a job and put about 1/2 cup Gold Bond Powder in it. I twisted the top and tied it off with a rubber band. I poofed power in all the right places, and it didn't make near the mess the other ways had done.

My husband! The inventor of poofy powder socks.

By Elaine from OK

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By 11 found this helpful
November 2, 2011

I can't see very well without my glasses, so I put a large "S" on my shampoo bottle and a large "C" om my conditioner bottle with a waterproof marker, now I can tell one from the other while I am in the shower. This really helps

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By Ora Mae G. from TX

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June 27, 2012

Do you ever wonder how much of a product, such as lotion, gets thrown away when you can no longer squeeze or pump any more out? I did. When I ran out of a bottle of lotion, I cut the thing open, and was surprised at how much clings to the sides and pools in the bottom, especially with pump mechanisms.

So when things that come in a plastic bottle, like lotion (thicker things like creams and lotions are the worst) can't be gotten out with the pump, you can do this to help reduce waste and get the most out of the product.

Make sure you keep one container at least partially full, to put the remnants in. Then cut open your almost-out lotions and use an old spoon or the like to scoop out all of the remaining lotion. A 50 cent plastic funnel helps make the job a lot easier. Then simply pour it all into the single container. I recommend doing this with same or similar kinds of lotion, so you know it will mix well, but if you don't mind mixing scents and colors and the like, then just mix it all together. I just use one kind, so it's easy for me.

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And the plastic might by recyclable. If it is, I can't imagine it's any less recyclable in two pieces than in one.

By Saber from Omaha, NE

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By 7 found this helpful
March 5, 2010

We always save the soap, shampoos, toothpaste, and lotions we get at hotels when we stay in them. They come in handy when we run out of out regular soaps and things, especially when we can't make it to the store right away. Plus, they are perfect for traveling when you don't want to bring your bigger bottles. When company is staying over it is nice to give them their own bar of soap with their towels, too!

By Jennifer from Topeka, KS

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October 8, 2009

A dime sized shampoo works great for me, even when my hair is long, and it saves money too. Just put a dime sized plop of shampoo in your hand, rub it, and spread it over your damp hair, and nope, it does not usually lather in your hair.

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By 10 found this helpful
June 16, 2010

Get all the product that you paid for out of the bottle or tube before throwing it out. Plastic tubes are easily cut in half with scissors.

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Then you can reach in and get out the toothpaste, lotion, or whatever is in it.

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January 30, 20092 found this helpful

A large portion of our grocery budgets go to non grocery personal care items. How do you save money on toiletries like shampoo, soap, lotion and other personal care products? Here are tips from the ThriftyFun community. Post your own ideas here.

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By 10 found this helpful
March 17, 2010

Place a rubber band around the top of your shampoo for easily tell the difference between your shampoo and conditioner while in the shower.

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April 12, 20073 found this helpful

We live on a limited income, and shop at Dollar General stores often. There, we buy DG brand antibacterial soap for bathing. A 40 oz. bottle cost $2.

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By 6 found this helpful
September 8, 2011

My mother-in-law taught me this during our visit this summer. When you have a stiff tube of product such as shampoo, moisturizer, or sunscreen and there's too little cream left to squeeze out, you can cut the tube crosswise into two sections.

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November 24, 2010

To keep the contents from drying out, I put the container in a small sandwich bag. I also do this with bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion that are too low for the pump to get to the contents.

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By 2 found this helpful
May 9, 2007

It's surprising how much product is left when you think the last drop has been squeezed from that tube of facial cleanser, moisturizer, or hair gel.

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By 3 found this helpful
March 8, 2011

Instead of buying a clip for squeezing out your toothpaste, conditioner tubes, etc., put the tube down on the counter and with the handle of a screwdriver or hair brush, push from the bottom up to the cap end.

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May 6, 2009

Do you love your bath salt, but it is never enough, and it costs too much to continually replace? You can mix your current bath salts with equal amounts of baking soda to give you more and it also softens the water even more for you.

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June 6, 20071 found this helpful

Can't get lotion out of that tube? There's plenty left after you've squeezed as much out as you can! Cut the end off with scissors. For small tubes, your finger can get the rest out.

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By 3 found this helpful
February 5, 2013

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.

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November 13, 20171 found this helpful

Health and beauty items that you don't use or want to use for their intended purpose can often be put to a different use such as using lotions for shaving. If unopened they could be donated to a shelter. This is a guide about using it up health and beauty products.

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November 7, 20171 found this helpful

This is a guide about using pump bottles in the bath. Using pump bottles in the bath helps prevent using too much product. Its a great way to save money!

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By 2 found this helpful
September 16, 2013

First of all, I use the cheaper brand. Alberto VO5 around here is usually just $1 a bottle and sometimes on sale for less. Their conditioners seem like they mix more reddily with water.

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By 2 found this helpful
October 29, 2012

When applying moisturiizer or hand lotion to your face or body, do this. Wash first and have your skin a little damp (not wet), then apply the lotion.

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You need a very little bit by using on damp skin. The bit of dampness make your lotions soak in faster.

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February 12, 20130 found this helpful

This guide is about getting all the lotion out of a bottle. Being able to use the very last of the lotion can be a challenge.

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By 0 found this helpful
July 7, 2012

Some kids don't know what a normal amount of shampoo, conditioner, or showergel is. They tend to use way too much.You can just buy a plastic pump bottle for each different product to refill over and over, and tell them that 1 or 2 pushes is enough!

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This helped me save loads and loads of money.

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June 12, 2011

This is a really simple and quick way to get all your toothpaste in the tube up to the dispenser. Just hold the tube front and back, then place the back end on the counter edge.

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By 0 found this helpful
July 28, 2010

Re-use those 2 oz. energy drink bottles you've accumulated to put lotion samples in if you make your own lotions. They are perfect for purses because of their size. You could also refill them with shampoos and conditioners to take along camping or on trips.

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By 21 found this helpful
August 17, 2011

I, like so many other woman, will try almost anything. Then I noticed companies are betting on just that! Shaving cream for one example: it softens, has aloe or tons of other promises. Maybe they do, but is it worth the extra money you pay for it?

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November 21, 20040 found this helpful

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 daily@thriftyfun.com

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January 9, 20011 found this helpful

When you are near the end of a tube of lotion, shower gel, facial scrub, etc. and can't easily get that last bit out, don't throw
it away. Leave the cap on and cut the top of the tube off far enough so that you can reach your fingers into the bottom to scrape out that last tid-bit. I have gotten more uses out of things which over time saves money (and resources).

Beth

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January 9, 20011 found this helpful

I buy the generic Lubriderm lotion for my husband. There is usually a good 1/2 inch of lotion left at the bottom of the bottle when the pump stops working. I stand the old one on top of the new one (after the new one has been used a little) and tape them together with a little masking tape. Then when I come back a few hours later, the old is COMPLETELY empty!

Lynn

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January 9, 20011 found this helpful

Check out stores which sell kitchen gadgets. I have a little two sided plastic "funnel like thing" [sort of shaped like an open ended hourglass] which fits over the the necks of two bottles [ketchup, karo and other tall narrow neck type bottles].

You place the gadget over the neck of the new bottle, turn the other bottle upside down and place the neck in the other side, so it drains down into the new bottle.

KayD

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January 9, 20011 found this helpful

When the old bottle is almost empty there is usually enough room at the top of the new bottle to pour off what is left. The old bottle balances easily on top of the new and drains to the last drop. If you are not sure whether the new bottle has enough room use some before draining the old bottle.

Michael

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March 17, 20100 found this helpful

I don't know if this happens to you, but I get so frustrated when I am in the shower (without my glasses, of course) and I cannot tell which bottle is the shampoo and which is the conditioner! They make many of the bottles look identical and even if I held it at arms length I couldn't read it :-) Desperation led me to a solution. Now, I put a rubber band around the shampoo (since that is what I use first). Boy, does that make things easier.

By Carol from Landisville, PA

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Place A Rubber Band Around the Shampoo

What a great idea! Why didn't I think of that? :) (07/28/2008)

By MiraY

Place A Rubber Band Around the Shampoo

I do this as well, esp for the little grandchildren who love to do their own showers/shampoos.

I also do this for myself as I fill small bottles--the travel kind--with my pool shampoo/conditioner/body soap. Grabbing the wrong one can mean body soap on the hair, conditioner on the body and shampoo as conditioner. So it works well. WHAT I do is take the rubber bands that come on veggies at the grocery. Wider, colored, less apt to snap and break when around the bottles. (07/28/2008)

By Grandma J

Place A Rubber Band Around the Shampoo

Great idea! And here's another - try this next time (as I found out by accident): tilt your head back and open your eyes. The water that gets in your eyes will act as a temporary lens just long enough to let you read the labels on your shampoo, conditioner and body shampoo! I'm farsighted and it works every time. Just make sure its not soapy water! (07/28/2008)

By Sheila Hendricks

Place A Rubber Band Around the Shampoo

Ha, ha! Good idea! Boy, life keeps ya humble :-) (07/28/2008)

By Carol Young

Place A Rubber Band Around the Shampoo

Oh what a great idea. I have tried to write an "S" and "C" with a permanent marker on the bottles but that did not work as it washed off. So I will be using your wonderful suggestion. So simple but so goo. Thanks (07/29/2008)

By Gail

Place A Rubber Band Around the Shampoo

The obvious solution is to use a shampoo/conditioner combination so you only have one bottle to pick up! Save, money, save water, save time. I have used Suave PH balanced for women and for men for about 30 years. My very long, blonde, fine hair is going silver, but that has more to do with age than shampoo. (08/06/2008)

By Gorius

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