Everyday Tips, Tricks, and Lifehacks for Saving Money in the Bathoom

Let's face some facts. Times are tough.

People are trying to save money in all aspects of their life. While it is easy to cut back some of the bigger things in life (like not buying a car or house), many people don't realize that it is easier than ever to save money in more unconventional ways. One of the biggest areas that people tend to waste money in a room that we use each and every day: the bathroom! Here are some tips on how to save money in the bathroom.

Buy Generic Brands

Many people have been conditioned to think that name brands are superior in quality. While this may have been true several years ago, it doesn't hold up today. Generic brands for bathroom items (soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.) are using many similar, if not the exact same, ingredients as the more expensive name brands. Why pay more for a fancy label? Buy generic and save.

Use Bars of Soap

It's simple math on this one. Liquid soap may seem cheaper, but one of the ingredients in the soap is water! Why should you be paying a company to mix the soap with water? Buy bars of soap and add the water from your tap while you lather your hands. The bars of soap are cheaper and actually last longer than their liquid counterparts

Add Water When the Shampoo Bottle is Empty

Your bottle of shampoo is empty. Or so it seems! Unscrew it and fill it with a small amount of water. Now shake! You will now have a couple of more (watered down) applications left. Just remember to use a little more than normal since you added extra water.

Don't Overuse Toilet Paper

Without getting into too much detail, this one is obvious. We aren't asking you to get disgusting here; we just want you to not be wasteful. Toilet paper is one of the top expenses incurred in the bathroom. If you waste it, you will be buying more of it. Keep it simple. Only use what you need.

Not Too Much Toothpaste

Be aware of the amount of toothpaste you are using. Often times it is more than is needed. You don't need much more than the size of a pea. Anything extra is just a waste of toothpaste. Use less toothpaste and you will buy less toothpaste.

Smarter Showers

Think about your morning shower. If you are like me, you enjoy a long, hot shower to help wake you up and get you ready for the day. This is a costly habit. You are not just paying for the water, but you are also paying to heat the water. Now, let's get reasonable. I am not asking you to take a 30 second cold shower. Enjoy yourself in the shower, but be smart. Consider turning the water temperature down a few notches to a more lukewarm (but still comfortable)  level.

You can also save some money by using less water. Try turning the water off while you lather up with soap or shampoo. There is no point in having the water constantly running if you aren't using it to rinse. Remember, when the water is on, you are spending money!

Use these ideas in the bathroom and you will start to save money without doing things much different than the way you are doing them now. Many of these changes may seem small at first but over time the savings will really start to add up.