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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

4 Money Saving Tips for the Bathroom

1. Don't use it!

Don't worry, I'm not suggesting you don't GO to the bathroom, just that you try not to use YOUR bathroom. If you can, try to go at work, if you are still employed, or at the store. I know some people have hang-ups about using public bathrooms, but it saves, water, electricity, Toilet paper, soap/hand sanitizer, etc.

2. Use less 'product'

Most people use WAY too much bathroom products every time. Even the instructions on toothpaste says to use a pea-sized amount. I know the commercials show a huge dollop on the brush, but guess what? They get money when you have to go buy more, so they want to trick you into using it faster! The same goes for shampoo and stuff. many say to use a dime-sized amount. I recently read a thread at the MMM forums extolling the benefits of not using ANY soap or shampoo. Testimonials abounded of how, after an adjustment period, skin and hair was cleaner and healthier than ever.

While that may be a bit much for you, everyone not already concentrating on lowering their use of bathroom products should be able to easily cut their usage in half.

3. Try cold water

Water heaters are one of the biggest energy users in the modern home. If it isn't cold outside, try using cold water. Here in Florida a cold shower can actually be downright refreshing in the summer. Take a cold shower in the middle of the day instead of a hot shower in the morning.

This goes for hand washing and shaving too. You really don't need hot water to wash your hands, and you can try to forgo it with shaving as well.

4. Go in the backyard instead 

Ever hear of a compost pile? Ok, I'm joking about this one. Please don't shit in your backyard.

What are your tips for saving money in the bathroom?

-The Money Monk


  1. there is a fairly famous marketing story about the successful push to increase the amount of shampoo consumers used. They added one word to the instructions on the bottle: "Repeat."

    As in: "Lather, rinse, repeat."

    Doubled the sales of the shampoo.

  2. Ha, yeah that's all it takes sometimes. It's crazy when you wake up to how much we do simply because the people that profit from it tell us, or because "that's the way we've always done it"

    Thanks for the comment.

  3. About once a day I pea in a bucket in me garage and dilute it with water I collect from the roof of my house and then pour it in my compost pile that will eventually be put into my garden beds. I also pea in the shower drain while taking a shower.