If you are anything like me, you like to spend your money on things that are fun and exciting, and sometimes, in order to do that, you have to Save Money on the boring stuff. So here are 3 ways I have saved money on toiletries, and you can too!
On your toothbrush
When I was in high school, I purchased a Sonicare toothbrush, and until last year, was still an avid Sonicare user. Overall, I like the company; their toothbrushes do a good job of cleaning your teeth, but there had always been things that frustrated me. For starters, I disliked how often they updated their toothbrushes and what they charged for them. A DiamondClean model goes for almost $200, and it seems crazy to spend that much on a toothbrush, even if it is reusable! So anytime my Sonicare died, I always replaced it with an older model to get around having to spend so much money. But that was an imperfect solution! I would purchase a new Sonicare only to discover that they had changed the brush head, and it was near impossible to find replacements for the older models in stores. Or my Sonicare would break, and I would call Customer Service to inquire about replacement parts, only to be told that they couldn’t help me since they didn’t make those parts anymore. Not to mention, that the brush heads were also expensive, and I always found myself having to navigate the chaos that is Costco in order to buy some new ones. So the last time my Sonicare broke, I decided not to replace it with another one and go an entirely different route instead.
Enter Quip. Quip makes simple electronic toothbrushes with 30-second quadrant timers, and they deliver them right to your door. The cheapest toothbrush package is $25 on up to $55 (aka, waaaaay cheaper than Sonicare). And the best part? They mail you a new brush head every 3 months. No more forgetting to replace it. No more having to run to the store just to buy one. Instead, they get mailed directly to you. A new brush head costs $5 every shipment, or you can prepay for an entire year (hence the $55 package I mentioned earlier). I have used Quip since April, and I have to say, there is no going back. It’s lighter-weight, more affordable, and it’s even beautiful to look at!
Cotton Balls and Pads
A couple of years ago, I decided to replace all of the disposable, everyday items in my house (napkins, paper towels, etc.) with reusable options that were friendlier to the environment. Some substitutions have withstood the test of time; other paper items have slowly crept back into our house:/ But one of the substitutions we made that went unbelievably well was cotton balls/pads. I found a reusable version on Etsy instead. They are made out of bamboo, a naturally antimicrobial fabric. I use these for applying toners and essences, and then I just throw them in the wash when I am done. They have held up beautifully, not to mention, they are incredibly soft on the skin!
Sometimes I mention Diva Cup, and women ask me, “What is that?” It is only the greatest, most life-altering personal care item ever!!! No, seriously,… it is. I first bought a Diva Cup in 2005, and it has saved me so much money, it is unreal! In case you don’t know, a Diva Cup is a menstrual cup made out of 100% silicone. You bend it and insert it in your vagina just like a tampon. Then, when you think it is full, you gently remove it, rinse it, and re-insert it. This means that you don’t have to ever buy tampons again! And don’t worry, there are plenty of care instructions inside the box so that you don’t ever have to worry about it getting dirty, smelly, or unsanitary. Diva Cups also come in two sizes, Pre-Childbirh and Post-Childbirth. I have used both sizes, and they are great. With tampons, there were always problems… leakage or not packing enough with me. With Diva Cup there are never any of those problems. Only a hand-full of time has there been minor leakage, and it was simply because I didn’t put it in correctly. There has never been a sweater incident (you know, where you have to tie your sweater around your waist). A Diva Cup only costs $29.99. I used to spend that in 3 months on tampons!
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So there you have it! 3 ways to save on toiletries. Now, I want to hear from you! How are you saving on personal care items?
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