Don’t Buy Cheap Toilet Paper

Posted by Mrs Money on March 11th, 2011

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The other day Mr. Money went to Costco to pick up some things for us.  He bought eggs, dog food, organic butter, and toilet paper.  When he was on his way home he gave me a call to tell me the total so I could update our check book register.  He then proceeded to tell me how he saved us money on toilet paper because he bought a cheaper brand.  I hesitated for a minute, but let him finish on all the good things that the toilet paper boasted:

-Paper individual wrapper (versus the Kirkland brand that has plastic wrap around each roll apparently)

-Cheaper per square foot

-More toilet paper in each individual roll

I decided that if he was that proud of himself for saving money and figuring out the cost per square foot, then who was I to criticize him?  I told myself I would give it a try.  Surely it wouldn’t be as bad as I thought it would be.

Wrong.

I started a new roll the other day and had convinced myself that I had separated the two ply and was only on the one ply.  Turns out, it IS one ply!  I had to take off at least twice as much as I normally do and fold it in half, then fold it in half again to get it to the right amount.

Let’s just say it still didn’t work very well.  I was not amused.

I hope next time we need toilet paper I’m buying it, or Mr. Money chooses the Kirkland brand. I’ve never had a bad experience with it.

What’s something you just don’t skimp on?

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41 Responses to “Don’t Buy Cheap Toilet Paper”


  1. Johnny Debt says:

    It amazes me the number of different quality types of toilet paper there are out there.

    Some are super-soft, some like sand paper, some are glossy. You know there is also a difference in the number of sheets to a roll. Some even have a larger cardboard core to make them look bigger.

    I should think that choosing the right paper to save money, is not a easy task.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Johnny- I know, it’s crazy, right? I think I’ll be doing the shopping from now on :)

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  2. Jenny says:

    Yep, buying that ultra-thin TP seems to cost more than it saves and it’s aggravating too. I’d say family cloth is the way to go if you really want to save some money, but… Well, I understand it’s not for everyone :-)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jenny- I do family cloth for #1 and don’t have a problem with it at all. I love it! Glad to see someone else who loves it!

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  3. MoneyIsTheRoot says:

    haha definitely no cloth for me! Im all about saving money and being frugal in many ways, but as far as TP goes…it seems like minor savings over a lifetime between the good stuff and the cheap stuff, might as well save yourself the hassle…after all you only live once ;)

    http://www.moneyistheroot.com

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    MoneyIsTheRoot- I agree- TP is not somewhere I’ll skip on buying the good stuff!

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  4. Becky R says:

    I use family cloth and it works great. One small piece of cloth is all I need. But for guests I buy Sevength Generation toilet paper.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Becky- I do family cloth for #1 too and love it! I’ll check out Seventh Generation next time I’m shopping!

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  5. Money Beagle says:

    We usually buy the Kirkland brand toilet paper. The fact that they wrapped each roll individually in plastic always drove me nuts. We are able to recycle plastic wrap so I didn’t feel guilty about it but I’d guess that most of the wrappings went right into the trash. However, I was cheered up when we bought our latest multi-pack and they now have them bundled in six-packs. I don’t know how much plastic that really saves but I guess every little bit helps, espeically when you consider how much of it they likely sell every single day.

    I agree, going cheap on toilet paper can never work out well.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Money Beagle- Next time I’ll have to check out the Kirkland brand. I was always happy with the quality. That’s good they’ve taken a step in the right direction with the packaging!

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  6. joyce says:

    Just started the family cloth route one week ago, love it! I still have paper for guests, and am tracking the usage. I have a septic system and after doing research am convinced its the right thing for me to do. I do realise its not for everyone,but speaking for myself it seems a whole lot cleaner.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    jocye- I do family cloth for #1 too and love it. We have a septic system as well. I’ve thought about getting a sprayer for the toilet but just can’t seem to make the leap :)

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  7. Debt Donkey says:

    This article made me chuckle because my wife and I have had this disagreement several times. Toilet paper is one thing I will not skimp on! It’s a bit too uncomfortable to cut corners in this matter! Thanks for the post. I’m going to show this to her and maybe she’ll see my/our point!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Debt Donkey- It’s funny because normally I’m all for getting the cheaper stuff, but not in this case! ;)

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  8. Jake says:

    I personally buy cheaper brands all of the time and I have found many instances why certain brands are more expensive than others. Lots of generic stuff is actually a good bargain because it’s usually made the same way if not by the same company that makes the brand name. Then there’s the stuff that’s cheaper because it’s just not the same quality; this is the stuff that I call a ripoff! I guess that Charmin Ultra commercial isn’t full of crap!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jake- I agree. I think I’ll look for a good quality generic or just buy the Kirkland brand toilet paper.

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  9. Emily says:

    Food. I’m sure we could cut our budget in half if we didn’t eat almost everything organic, but we won’t settle for cheap food.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Emily- Agreed 100%!

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  10. He got it at Costco? You can take it back. They’ll accept it and give you a refund.

    I’ve preferred the Charmin’ from Costco, because they don’t wrap up every. single. roll. The Kirkland t.p. is a good product, but it’s a nuisance to have to unwrap every roll and it feels very wasteful. There’s no t.p. holder in my bathroom, so I keep a pile of unwrapped rolls close at hand. Glad to hear from readers that Kirkland has changed its evil ways. ;-)

    Semi-Demi-Exboyfriend never COULD appreciate how important decent toilet paper is to a woman. He insisted on buying stuff that had all the absorbency of wax paper, because it was cheap cheap cheap. I had to buy my own and hide it, all the time he was living with me. That’s among several reasons he’s no longer living here.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Funny about Money- Really? We’ve used a couple rolls. I’d feel bad about taking it back.

    I’ll have to try Charmin or Kirkland brand again. The packaging drove me nuts too.

    Crazy ex-boyfriends!

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  11. With most paper products you get what you pay for so I don’t skimp in this category. Just look for sales and coupons.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Kay Lynn- Agreed!

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  12. Doublemoney says:

    Choosing the right toilet paper made me laugh today because your article.Thank you :)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Doublemoney- Glad I could provide some entertainment. haha!

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  13. Ha! Toilet paper is one of those things for women where we don’t skimp. I also have to say, uhm. feminine products I spend premium for because the off-brands (I’ve tried) don’t cut it for me in any way. Beyond that I’m game for anything.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Sandy- I use a Keeper menstrual cup and will never go back. It is so much more convenient and comfortable! And it saves money and time. Love it!

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  14. I refuse to skimp on toilet paper as well… I learned the hard way that cheaper isn’t always better.

    Like Sandy, I also tried to skimp on feminine products… again, lesson learned :) I’m sticking to the good brands for that.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jen- You should check out reusable menstrual cups. They’ll save you money and I think it’s a lot easier than using tampons or pads!

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  15. Russell says:

    I am fairly frugal with most things and whilst I do not buy the most expensive brands I do believe that a stores own brands are normally reasonably priced and do a decent enough job. I know my family would save a fortune if we just used old newspapers but there are just some things I would never ask them to do and that would be one of them!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Russell- LOL my dad was saying they used to use old corn cobs…

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  16. Yup, couldn’t live without my two ply. Did you see the recent episode of the Office where Dwight had his assistant separating two-ply into one-ply to save money? Hilarious.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Car Negotiation Coach- I haven’t seen that but now I’ll have to look for it. The Office is hilarious.

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  17. Lol, this post is so true! I don’t know what I’d do without my premium TP haha. I have other items I refuse to skimp on. To my financial detriment, I refuse to go cheap on food. I buy high quality meats and veggies and will keep it that way forever. Expensive? Well heck yes, but who wants to die at 60? Another one is printer paper. There IS a huge difference between heavy quality printer paper and paper that feels like a kleenex. Great post!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jon- I agree about the food. There’s a lot of value in good food. I think it’s essential to our health. :)

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  18. Have you tried Seventh Generation? You can buy it by the case from Amazon.com and each roll is wrapped in plastic. Love it and much cheaper than buying it in normal packs.

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    cc Reply:

    Cheaper even with shipping?

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Lisa- I’ll have to try that next! I have free Amazon Prime shipping. Love it!

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    Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green Reply:

    CC: You can use the free amazon shipping with it. I will take a bit to get to you unless you have Amazon Prime but if you think ahead it works well.

    Nasubi77 Reply:

    It is eligible for free super saver shipping. And if you subscribe to it (have a shipment automatically shipped every 1, 3 or 6 months) you can also save about $6 per pack.

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  19. Megan says:

    The thing I never skimp on (other than toilet paper) is kitchen trash bags.

    Our kitchen trash can is our go-to trash can for all the nasty stuff that we have to throw out (mostly moldy, stinky food, but also coffee grounds, veggie peels, etc.), and much of it is stuff I never want to see again. I buy the nice, thick, expensive trash bags so I can tie them up and take it out to the trash without fear that the bag will rip and I’ll have to deal with a stinky, smelly, sticky mess.

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  20. Honey Nut Cheerios. The off brands just don’t taste the same! :-)

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