Save Money on Toilet Paper

Posted by Mrs Money on July 1st, 2010

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The other day I looked at the roll of toilet paper in the bathroom and realized that it was hung under.  This drives me nuts.  (I know, separate story, right?!) I took the roll off and hung it so it was over, and called it a day.

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Here are a few ways we save money on toilet paper.

1.  Obviously the biggest one is that I use cloth toilet paper for #1.  Believe me, it’s not bad at all.  I haven’t had to buy toilet paper in months!

2. Squish the roll of toilet paper.  When you do this, you create resistance when the roll is pulled.  It makes people aware of how much toilet paper they are using.

3. Hang it over.  This also makes you more aware of how much you’re using.  Of course, if you have kids, I don’t know if that makes them more likely to pull and drag?!

3. Buy in bulk. We buy the huge Kirkland brand toilet paper at Costco, and it’s great quality and lasts us a long time.  That’s one thing I won’t do to save money is buy cheap quality toilet paper!

4. Buy a higher quality toilet paper and combine with coupons.  I believe the higher quality, the less you will use because you don’t end up using your hands as backup.

5. Go to the bathroom while you’re out.  Of course this will save money on toilet paper. ;)

6. Buy recycled toilet paper.  It’s not recycled toilet paper, it is toilet paper made with recycled paper.  Don’t be scared.  Americans could save over 400,000 trees if each family bought one roll of recycled toilet paper just once.

7. Get a squeeze bottle and use that as your poor man’s bidet.  You can use your cloth toilet paper to dry off, or even drip dry.  Chances are, you’ll be cleaner than if you used just toilet paper.  You could even go all out and buy a diaper sprayer, which will do the same thing but more effectively.

What do you do to save money on toilet paper?

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17 Responses to “Save Money on Toilet Paper”


  1. Tightwad says:

    Wow! Lots of ideas here. I like the cloth idea, but it’s getting others in the house to be amenible! and I never thought of the squeezing the roll or that hanging it over with save TP… I’m of to see the status of bathroom!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Tightwad- You could just do cloth yourself. That would still help! I promise, it’s not bad. :)

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  2. Kacie says:

    Ok so I have tried cloth for #1 and it isn’t bad! I just toss it in Johnny’s diaper pail. No prob. And since we have a “diaper sprayer” it also functions as a little bidet if I want. Kinda handy.

    I don’t do that often, though.

    The squeeze bottle is a good idea though because you can put warm water in it!

    They give you those (they call them peri-bottles, I think) after you give birth to help you rinse after you go potty. Cuz it takes awhile to feel normal down there. Oh, geez, I don’t even want to think about that right now.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Kacie- YAY! I am so glad you said that. It feels so much better than paper, too!

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  3. Becky R says:

    I use all cloth is my house. We save alot. (I have disposable toilet paper for guests.)
    The biggest is not buying paper towels, we use to use at least a roll every day.
    I blogged all about the cloth us in my house, and the estimated money we save in one year.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Becky R- That is great! There are more people than I thought trying it out!

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  4. Christine says:

    I guess if I lived off the grid, I might beable to get used to the idea of cloth for #1. But um, not now. I will stick to my bulk consumption of toilet paper from Costco.

    Now paper towels, I need to get rid of that habit. And I am all for buying recycled paper products, too.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Christine- I promise it’s not bad!

    We don’t have paper towels and my mom was here one time looking for them and was like “you have NO paper towels?!” She couldn’t believe it ;)

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    Becky R Reply:

    My mom buys me paper towles because she hates coming over and finding none. It is sort of funny.

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  5. LivingOurWay says:

    We actually found that scott toilet paper was cheaper than the kirkland brand at COSCO so that’s what we’ve been using.

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  6. Yael Diamond says:

    I have never tried the cloth idea until I read this post – in fact, and no laughing please, I never ever thought about it or realized it existed. I don’t think my teenage kids would take to it easily but I guess until they paying the bills, they don’t get a vote. Great posts – thanks

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  7. I’ll try that squishing thing on our Charmin rolls and see if they last longer…cool. :-)

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  8. Where composting toilets are installed instead of septic and mini-treatment systems, there is a large reduction in the “loading” on the effluent treatment system by the removal of “blackwater.” Smaller, less maintenance, greywater systems are possible.

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  9. Jenny says:

    LOL! Never thought of using a diaper sprayer or squirt bottle as a “poor man’s bidet!” I’ve fallen off the cloth TP wagon recently because I just started using the Creighton Model System of family planning. It involves carefully observing one’s cervical mucus and the instructions specifically say to wipe with white toilet paper folded into flat layers and not crumpled, etc. It made me laugh to read it, but they are serious and I’m worried I might miss something and not realize I am fertile. Maybe when I get used to the system I can go back to cloth.

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