Less than Recommended

by Rocket Finance

Free Money Finance has a post about saving money by not using the recommended amounts of common household and personal hygiene products. He lists the common ones: toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent and dishwasher soap.

Toothpaste – you can definitely get by with less than what they recommend. I enjoy continuing to squeeze toothpaste out of the tube long after most people would have thrown the tube away. You might save more money, but not leaving the faucet running while brushing.

Shampoo – I have very short hair so this one is easy. I get a huge kick out of the shampoo bottles directions that have remained the same for my entire life: Lather, Rinse, Repeat. What a blatant ploy to sell more product! Genius. But, does anyone actually follow those directions?

Laundry Detergent – If you have soft water, you can get away with a whole lot less than you think.

Dishwasher Soap – A little goes a long way.

Now these will save a little cash, but there is another product that I tend to “stretch”: contact lenses. I have been wearing corrective lenses since sixth grade. During my senior year of sports, I was excited to exchange my “rec specs” and glasses for contact lenses. Early contact lenses were meant to last a year – the same pair for 12 months! Seems so archaic now. . . Anyway about half-way through college, I was introduced to the 3 week disposable lenses. They were great – the best thing about them was that you always had an extra pair ready if you lost or tore the ones you were wearing.

Now I can’t say that this is the safest and doctor recommended thing to do, but I make my 3 week lenses last about three months. I always clean them thoroughly every night, and it usually takes me almost three years to go through a “year’s supply” of lenses. I have been doing it for over ten years with no adverse affects.

Saves a bundle of money.

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