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Dabnasty

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How much do you spend on hygiene products?
« on: July 03, 2018, 08:40:44 AM »
I'm looking for a combination of responses.

1) How much do you actually spend annually
2) Ideas for the least amount you might spend

I don't know if "hygiene products" covers everything I'm thinking of but my focus is on products I use on my body that get used up like toothpaste, soap, razors.

This is where I'm at now:

Toothpaste - $2.00 (2x$1 tubes last 6 months each)
Toothbrushes - $0.00 (This feels like cheating because I get free brushes at my 6 month cleaning and insurance covers it. I guess it would otherwise be $2-4)
Floss - $3.00 (100 yards costs about $2.00 and I would estimate I use 1.5 containers)
Soap - $4.00 (bar soap, I think they last about 2 months. A bit of a guess)
Shampoo - $0.50 (don't use shampoo, occasional vinegar wash when I get too much dandruff)
Deodorant - $4.00
Razors - $3.00 (safety razor with double sided blades are 5/$1 and last about a month. Cost of the handle was about $20 but it should last as long as I don't lose it so I'm not going to include a cost)
Shaving cream - $0.00 (just use hot water)
Electric shaver - $2.50 (I'm going to count this one as being used up unlike the safety razor because I do know it will break eventually. Maybe 20 years?)

Total annual cost = $19.00.

What am I missing. What can I improve. Anybody using baking soda or other cheaper alternatives in place of soap/deodorant?

I'm well aware that any further savings would be completely insignificant in my life but that's not really the point. I'm more interested in minimalism and the challenge. Also, it's nice to know if I ever lost access to buying hygiene products I wouldn't need to change my routine that much.







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Re: How much do you spend on hygiene products?
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2018, 08:31:35 PM »
We spent $197 last year on hygiene stuff, for two people. It does include tampons, which you don't seem to need, but we don't break it down that carefully, so I'm not sure how much goes to shampoo vs tampons vs anything else. We do buy the expensive fancy vegan, natural, not tested on animals products due to skin sensitivities and moral beliefs.

We could probably cut the cost a far bit if we bought cheapo products that have been force-fed to dogs or dumped into rabbits eyes. I suppose I could sew menstrual pads and wash them? But at under $100/person/year, it seems pretty inconsequential.
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Re: How much do you spend on hygiene products?
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2018, 08:51:09 PM »
Shampoo: $2/bottle, 2-3 bottles/year = $4-6/yr
Bar Soap: 3/$1, 6 bars/year = $2/yr
Razors: 10/$5, 10/year = $5/yr
Pads: $4/box, 6-8 boxes/year = $24-32/yr
Toothpaste: $1, 2/yr = $2
Toothbrushes: 2/$1, 2/yr = $1
Floss: $2, 2-3/yr = $4-6/yr
Deodorant: $2-3, 3-4/yr = $6-12/yr
Sunscreen: $8-10/bottle, 1-2 bottles/yr = $8-20/yr

So anywhere from $56 - $86 / yr (or average $71)

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Re: How much do you spend on hygiene products?
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2018, 07:42:14 AM »
1. Too effin' much!  Just for hygiene products alone, we've spent $327 (two adults) over the last 365 days.  My "hygiene" category only includes things that keep us clean and fresh-smelling, such as toilet paper, soap, Q-tips, tissues, deodorant, etc.  The "hygiene" category falls under a larger category called "personal care" that includes other things like hair care products and hair cuts, dental products, supplements, skin care products, etc.  I'm embarrassed to even tell you the total amount for that larger category.

2.  Given my answer to question 1, I'm obviously not going to be of any help to you on question 2.  But I'd like to stick around for any ideas others produce.
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Re: How much do you spend on hygiene products?
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2018, 08:15:39 AM »
Razors - 5 cents per razor, each razor lasts two or three weeks  . . .  so under 1.30$ per year for DE safety razors.
Shaving Cream - 6$ per year (about two cans at 3$ per can)
Shampoo - 0.00 (just use soap)
Soap - 15$ (probably about ten bars of soap in a year at 1.50$ per bar)
Sunscreen - 40$ (four bottles of UVA/UVB spf 60, usually goes on sale at costco in the spring - and I spend a lot of time outdoors in the sun)
Toothbrushes - 0.00 (free from the dentist)
Toothpaste - 12$ (four large tubes from costco)\
Floss - ?  I have no idea on this one.  We bought a giant pack of it a couple years ago and are still working our way through it - plus the dentist gives us free floss when we go there).
Deodorant - 15$ (6 sticks of deodorant for 2.50$ each from Amazon)
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Re: How much do you spend on hygiene products?
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2018, 11:50:08 AM »
For the tampon/pad-using ladies; have you looked into menstrual cups? They're way more comfy, user friendly and better for the environment! And it's just a one-time cost of $20 or so, so you earn it back quickly as tampons are expensive.

These are such a great idea. Unfortunately, they don't work well for me. I've tried three different types and several insertion techniques but had the same leakage and discomfort every time. I do use reusable pads, though (tampons only on the heaviest days). That's yielded a HUGE savings over the years because now I only buy a few boxes of tampons per year.

I'd try to account for all my toiletries, but the expenses vary because I tend to buy only store brands or products on sale (except for a few cosmetics that don't cause my skin to go red and flaky).

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Re: How much do you spend on hygiene products?
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2018, 09:26:42 AM »
Razors - 5 cents per razor, each razor lasts two or three weeks  . . .  so under 1.30$ per year for DE safety razors.

5 cents per razor? Where?

Sunscreen and toilet paper are two things I missed. I use sunscreen occasionally, probably not as much as I should. Between "borrowing" from others and using old bottles that someone else was getting rid of I probably haven't bought any in years, but I should still count some cost for this stuff since it's pretty expensive. Maybe half a bottle/year, so $5?

Toilet paper is a good one to think about because I have considered getting a bidet. Right now we probably pay slightly more than minimum because we buy the tube-free kind rather than whatever's on sale. I like the innovation of not using a tube as it's one of those ideas that's so simple and yet has the potential to save significant amounts of resources. I really hope the tube free design catches on, I only know of one brand who does it now. That being said, a bidet would probably be an even more environmentally friendly and frugal option. I've broken out the cost of my other items rather than using household numbers so I'll make a wild estimate on tp. Maybe 16 rolls/year at $0.50/each so $8.

Now I'm at $32.
« Last Edit: July 11, 2018, 09:29:11 AM by Dabnasty »

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Re: How much do you spend on hygiene products?
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2018, 10:32:50 AM »
Razors - 5 cents per razor, each razor lasts two or three weeks  . . .  so under 1.30$ per year for DE safety razors.

5 cents per razor? Where?

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Last time I bought a couple hundred they were 5 cents a razor.  Looks like you might be paying 7 cents now.
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Re: How much do you spend on hygiene products?
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2018, 03:19:47 AM »
20-pack of single-blade razors - about $2. One razor lasts over a month, so <$1/year.
No shaving cream or aftershave - cold water does both jobs.

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Re: How much do you spend on hygiene products?
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2018, 09:51:15 AM »
20-pack of single-blade razors - about $2. One razor lasts over a month, so <$1/year.
No shaving cream or aftershave - cold water does both jobs.

Even passing on the hot water. Damn.

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Re: How much do you spend on hygiene products?
« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2018, 11:26:05 AM »
To be really Mustachian, you just need a pair of tweezers.  It's possible to pick the hairs off your face for a lifetime cost of what . . . a couple bucks?  :P
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Re: How much do you spend on hygiene products?
« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2018, 11:41:04 AM »
To be really Mustachian, you just need a pair of tweezers.  It's possible to pick the hairs off your face for a lifetime cost of what . . . a couple bucks?  :P

I'd rather use scissors and look like a caveman. But I am wondering how many hairs one has on a face now...

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Re: How much do you spend on hygiene products?
« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2018, 11:09:32 PM »
Even passing on the hot water. Damn.
Real men take cold showers ;).
I did turn off the gas water heater over a year ago and haven't looked back since. If I cooked greasy food, then I would probably need hot water to wash the dishes, but the non-greasy residue does come off easily with a steel sponge and cold water (no dishwashing liquid). Cold water works for the laundry as well.

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Re: How much do you spend on hygiene products?
« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2018, 03:12:40 PM »
I admire your gumption sir.
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Re: How much do you spend on hygiene products?
« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2018, 10:54:11 PM »
Ok, this is probably way too much info, but here goes... (These are numbers for the year)

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Soap - $0 (find soap in free boxes at estate sales, get soap when we travel, bought lots (& lots) of soap for free at CVS years ago when you could easily roll over extra bucks.  Last time I paid for soap - 2008?)
Shampoo - $0 (male pattern baldness means I don't need much, have plenty from travels - will never need to buy again)
Dish Detergent - $0 (Stock up at CVS when available for free - last out of pocket was maybe 2012.  At current rate should last another 5 years)
Razors - $0 (almost never touch them, have stockpile from years ago slowly working through)
Shaving cream - $0 (almost never need it, if I use razor I use hair conditioner I get when traveling as shaving cream substitute. Otherwise see following)
Electric razor - $0 (Did buy 2 sets of replacement heads on eBay 3 years ago ($15), may last me another 10 years - don't use any conditioner when shaving.  Don't even use electricity - I use adapter in my car on way to work - when at stop lights I shave.)
Toothpaste - $0 (I have a small stockpile I am almost through, will probably cost $10 / year after it is gone - last bought around 2012)
Toothbrushes - $0 (Like others here, I get them when I visit dentist)
Sunscreen - $1 (I have a tube bought for $3 years ago I rarely use, I use golf sleeves alot to cut down on sun exposure)
Deodorant - $3 (I use medicated powder from dollar store instead as I have a desk job.  I shower at work so rarely need it.  I have a dozen sticks stockpiled that I use on days when I may get sweated around people.  Last purchase - 2010?)
Floss - $0 (I get some at dentist visits & GF got me a water pik and I use that instead)
Toilet paper - $6 (Probably less really.  Last purchase was 11 months ago buying a dozen extra large rolls at a surplus outlet for $0.39/roll, still have 6 of them.)
Hot water - Not much as I turn off the gas water heater during the week as I shower at work (gym).  My gas bill is over 80% fixed cost, very little is actual usage - maybe $6/mo.

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You know I read the above, and even I think it sounds crazy.    But its true.

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Re: How much do you spend on hygiene products?
« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2018, 08:04:12 AM »
Even passing on the hot water. Damn.
Real men take cold showers ;).
I did turn off the gas water heater over a year ago and haven't looked back since. If I cooked greasy food, then I would probably need hot water to wash the dishes, but the non-greasy residue does come off easily with a steel sponge and cold water (no dishwashing liquid). Cold water works for the laundry as well.

Well then.

I do take some cold showers and I wash dishes with cold unless they're real greasy but turning off the water heater is a big step. Living with someone else I'm sure this wouldn't fly. Probably wouldn't save much either as our total gas bill is usually $7-8 more than the fixed cost in the summer which accounts for the gas stove as well as the gas water heater.

Also, I've read that turning off your hot water heater can allow bacteria to grow in the tank. If you happen to turn on the "hot" water it could be contaminated. I'm not sure of the legitimacy of that claim but it might be something to look into.

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Re: How much do you spend on hygiene products?
« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2018, 08:10:58 AM »
Ok, this is probably way too much info, but here goes... (These are numbers for the year)

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Soap - $0 (find soap in free boxes at estate sales, get soap when we travel, bought lots (& lots) of soap for free at CVS years ago when you could easily roll over extra bucks.  Last time I paid for soap - 2008?)
Shampoo - $0 (male pattern baldness means I don't need much, have plenty from travels - will never need to buy again)
Dish Detergent - $0 (Stock up at CVS when available for free - last out of pocket was maybe 2012.  At current rate should last another 5 years)
Razors - $0 (almost never touch them, have stockpile from years ago slowly working through)
Shaving cream - $0 (almost never need it, if I use razor I use hair conditioner I get when traveling as shaving cream substitute. Otherwise see following)
Electric razor - $0 (Did buy 2 sets of replacement heads on eBay 3 years ago ($15), may last me another 10 years - don't use any conditioner when shaving.  Don't even use electricity - I use adapter in my car on way to work - when at stop lights I shave.)
Toothpaste - $0 (I have a small stockpile I am almost through, will probably cost $10 / year after it is gone - last bought around 2012)
Toothbrushes - $0 (Like others here, I get them when I visit dentist)
Sunscreen - $1 (I have a tube bought for $3 years ago I rarely use, I use golf sleeves alot to cut down on sun exposure)
Deodorant - $3 (I use medicated powder from dollar store instead as I have a desk job.  I shower at work so rarely need it.  I have a dozen sticks stockpiled that I use on days when I may get sweated around people.  Last purchase - 2010?)
Floss - $0 (I get some at dentist visits & GF got me a water pik and I use that instead)
Toilet paper - $6 (Probably less really.  Last purchase was 11 months ago buying a dozen extra large rolls at a surplus outlet for $0.39/roll, still have 6 of them.)
Hot water - Not much as I turn off the gas water heater during the week as I shower at work (gym).  My gas bill is over 80% fixed cost, very little is actual usage - maybe $6/mo.

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You know I read the above, and even I think it sounds crazy.    But its true.

A) Yes, it sounds crazy
B) It's also pretty impressive
C) I want to see amortized costs on that waterpik and electric razor :)