Well, I was spending a ton of money on household items but over the past year I reduced the amount a lot.
I was spending...
Every month or more than once a month if we ran out I was buying laundry detergent ($18), fabric softener ($15), TP ($20), dishwasher detergent ($15), dish soap ($5), paper towels ($20)
Every couple-few months I was buying shampoo and conditioner ($20), body wash for DH ($10), body wash for me ($10), hand soap ($10), Soap for the kids ($10), Toothpaste ($10), deodorant for DH and I (20), razor cartridges ($35)
I get everything at BJ's so I usually can get most things in large amounts and they last longer than if I just bought the one package at the grocery store/walmart.
Recently I have reduced the amount a lot by
Making my own laundry detergent probably cost $5/mo now.. I use vinegar for the fabric softener $2 for more than a month, TP has cut down because I use family cloth for myself and try to get the kids to use it as much as I can. I've been using less dishwasher detergent because I've been washing more by hand so it probably evens out with the more dish soap I use though. We don't use paper towels at all anymore. I stopped using shampoo and conditioner (never used it on the kids anyways), DH still wants to use shampoo so I bought him the cheapest kind I could get ($2) that will last him a couple months. I stopped buying all body wash, liquid hand soap, and separate soaps for the kids. We all use bar soap, even for hands now which is like $10 for a 4-5 month supply. DH goes through the razors in about 6 months because he grows a beard in the winter. I use my razors for as long as I can and don't shave every day either. I started using natural deodorant which is slightly more expensive, but I cut back on the amount I use and I'm hoping to find a homemade one that doesn't irritate my skin to make it cheaper. DH refuses to give up is regular old antiperspirant, but I'm working on it...lol Tooth paste is still about the same :)
So I went from spending about 93/mo, with another 120/every few months to now spending about 40/mo, with another 65/every few months.