Originally Posted by mykdsmomy
Well, that's our basic household type stuff every month....anyone use less stuff than me?
I would say we definitely BUY less stuff. But then again, there are only the three of us, and no pets. Also, anything with * is supplemented with free samples in the mail.
Compared to your list:
Shampoo- DH's a big bottle 2-3x year, mine smaller bottle 4x a year*
toothpaste-3-4x year multi-boxes*
floss-from the dentist and give-aways by insurance company at work*
fem products-maybe 4-6x a year- and I am going to switch to either Diva or moon cup and all cloth soon (not only for enviro concerns, but also, I am allergic to latex)*
tp-big pack from BJ's 3-4x a year
paper towels-see tp, though I try to use kitchen towels. DH is not very good about this.
napkins-1 or 2x a year for parties, otherwise I prefer cloth
liquid soap-maybe 2x a year
bar soap- don't buy this*
facial cleanser-don't buy this
wipies-maybe every 2 months. Used some cloth when we cloth diapered DD, but her skin was too sensitive and we couldn't find a detergent that wouldn't turn her VERY red.
comet-don't buy this (just use baking soda- HATE chlorine bleach)
bleach- see above. I use the sun and borax/ammonia/washing soda when I need extra cleaning or whitening
tide- I stock up on another brand when it is on sale b1g2, which is like every 3 months, but I alwayse have more than I need, and am experimenting for the first time today with homemade detergent
bounce-don't use, although I do have a box of cheapie stuff, cut in half, in the cupboard that I bought 3 or 4 years ago.
garbage bags-box from BJ's, 2-3x a year
foil-3-4x a year
ziploc bags-3-4x a year, trying to cut back by using my reusable containers more
motrin or tylenol (kids and adult) (once every few months)- maybe once a year, although this year I have already bought two bottles because I was taking it constantly when I had the flu (3 weeks). I should also add I get this for a steal from th pharmacy at work (hospital)- I think I pay $1.80 for 75 count extra strength tylenol. We don't normally use meds.
vitamins-1x a year for me and DH each (huge BJ's bottle) and 4-5x a year for DD's liquid from the above work pharmacy
desitin-don't buy (still have the samples we were given- a little goes a long way and we only use it when she needs it)
hairspray- big bottle 1x a year or less
dish soap-3x a year
dishwasher soap-4-6x a year
We buy a lot of big sizes- they are generally less expensive, but it pays to actually compare prices, because not always. We get most of the above stuff from BJ's. But your post has prompted me to be more mindful of ways to cut back on these types of items.