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Title: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: KBecks2 on October 18, 2014, 11:01:31 AM
Is that over-sharing?  :)    The brand I tried is "Soft and Strong" and I think it was from the grocery store.

Do you have a favorite cheap toilet paper?

  Have a great weekend. 
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: surfhb on October 18, 2014, 11:15:00 AM
That's one area I will never try and Save money on.    TP is $5 a month if you get the good stuff
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: KBecks2 on October 18, 2014, 11:27:27 AM
That is what I *USED* to say.   But then I tried the cheap stuff and it's no big deal.  I don't think I have the cheapest stuff,  but I definitely have the lower cost stuff.   It's like a semi-thick one ply.   LOL, I'm talking about TP!   My husband used to insist on Charmain, and I like Cottonelle, butů. I'd rather save a couple bucks.  Really, I would rather have the money. 

I have to sneak some rolls in to my husband's main bathroom and wean him off the Extra Strength Charmain.  Buh, bye, Mr. Whipple.



Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: trailrated on October 18, 2014, 11:46:51 AM
I am going to give out little packs of raisins for Halloween so teenagers come T.P. my house and I can stock up ;)
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: MayDay on October 18, 2014, 12:02:05 PM
We get the really cheap Scott single ply. I was raised on it and I actually hate the fluffy stuff. It's too soft and squishy to do a good cleaning job. Single ply all the way!
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Post by: retired? on October 18, 2014, 12:05:17 PM
I am going to give out little packs of raisins for Halloween so teenagers come T.P. my house and I can stock up ;)

Awesome.  Now, that is planning.

Unfortunately for me, my kids got too used to "baby wipes".....my wife, too.  They are now 10 and12 and still use them.  Fortunately, they have not tried to flush them in years.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Beric01 on October 18, 2014, 12:38:14 PM
I try to use the restroom at work such that I minimize toilet paper usage to weekends as much as possible. I consider free toilet paper to be an employment benefit.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: KBecks2 on October 18, 2014, 12:41:56 PM
You guys are awesome.
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Post by: Frugalicious on October 18, 2014, 12:46:54 PM
Clark Howard recommends White Cloud, which is a Wal-Mart brand.  It's actually quite nice.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: AccidentalMiser on October 18, 2014, 12:47:23 PM
We get the really cheap Scott single ply. I was raised on it and I actually hate the fluffy stuff. It's too soft and squishy to do a good cleaning job. Single ply all the way!

This.  We use the "Mongolian Horde" size (36 rolls) Scott tissue from Sam's Club.  Wouldn't use anything else.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Credaholic on October 18, 2014, 12:53:10 PM
I can't believe cushy toilet paper is really something people yearn for (or won't let go!) I thought my husband was a huge weirdo when he complained that our toilet paper wasn't soft enough. Apparently his clients spend more on toilet paper than we do - oh well, he can enjoy it there because I didn't even consider his suggestion to upgrade. After all, he's using it maybe once a day, right?!
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Post by: arebelspy on October 18, 2014, 12:58:26 PM
Am I the only one that read the title of the thread and went:
"...there's brand name toilet paper?"

I didn't realize that existed.  Like designer brand name toilet paper?  Calvin Klein, or Volcum toilet paper?

I can't name a single brand of toilet paper off the top of my head.

This blows my mind, that people have brands for their toilet paper.  Do the sheets of TP have little logos on them?
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: trailrated on October 18, 2014, 01:01:48 PM
#1 on this list should be #2 cause it would be funnier (for those that are too lazy to click the link it is toilet paper with customizable gold leaf designs so you can wipe your ass in style)

http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-4-most-absurdly-expensive-versions-filthy-products/ (http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-4-most-absurdly-expensive-versions-filthy-products/)
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: GuitarStv on October 18, 2014, 01:03:46 PM
TP generic or name-brand is entirely optional if there's a shower near the toilet.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Mr. Frugalwoods on October 18, 2014, 01:05:28 PM
Scott Single Ply in a 36 roll pack from Costco lasts us a loooong time.  It does it's job just fine.

The big bonus is that septic-safe single ply is much less likely to clog your drains, even if you are on city sewer like we are.  Talk to a plumber or a drain guy and they'll quickly tell you that the more "soft and cloth like" your TP is, the more likely you are to have drain issues.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Credaholic on October 18, 2014, 01:15:27 PM
Fortunately, they have not tried to flush them in years.

Wait...so you have a waste bin for wipes covered in adult's human waste sitting next to the toilet?!
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Post by: MoneyCat on October 18, 2014, 01:29:15 PM
I use good three-ply toilet paper because it's worth the extra expense.  I have a delicate heinie. :-P
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Post by: 10dollarsatatime on October 18, 2014, 02:00:24 PM
I grew up on the super cheap terrible generic stuff and think I over-corrected when I started buying my own TP.  Cottonelle for me.  I always figured my butt was worth the extra couple of bucks.  And I only have to buy it about 3 times a year anyway.  I'm about to pick up the giant package of Costco TP for doing that Living Social thing.  That will last me at least a year.  And the Costco stuff isn't bad at all.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: MayDay on October 18, 2014, 02:14:43 PM
Fortunately, they have not tried to flush them in years.

Wait...so you have a waste bin for wipes covered in adult's human waste sitting next to the toilet?!

Yes.

Ours has a lid, it didn't ever smell. Many countries do not have plumbing that can support any kind of flushed paper products, let alone wet wipes.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: GardenFun on October 18, 2014, 02:25:49 PM
Living in the part of WI where most of the name-brand product is made, it almost feels non-patriotic to buy generic. 

But I do...do do....
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: mitlaura on October 18, 2014, 04:12:39 PM
I am going to give out little packs of raisins for Halloween so teenagers come T.P. my house and I can stock up ;)

Awesome.  Now, that is planning.

Unfortunately for me, my kids got too used to "baby wipes".....my wife, too.  They are now 10 and12 and still use them.  Fortunately, they have not tried to flush them in years.


Seriously? Buy a cheap large size pump hand lotion. Pump a bit on the TP. DONE. Quick clean, happy hemorrhoids.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: VirginiaBob on October 18, 2014, 04:23:03 PM
I usually buy in bulk from Staples online (96 rolls at a time) - brand name, but dirt cheap.  Check the deals sites to see what I mean. 
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: 1967mama on October 18, 2014, 04:26:22 PM
Single ply Scott from Costco here!

Those kids and wife above have to wean off of wipes! Oh my, do the math on that! Yikes!
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Post by: Elisabeth on October 18, 2014, 04:34:09 PM
After the stuff in the middle east with shards of wood in it (watch out for splinters), generic is the height of luxury.

And, we were lucky to have TP at all in the middle east...
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: tracylayton on October 18, 2014, 04:38:42 PM
Whatever generic is the cheapest...it's going to be flushed down the toilet, anyhow!
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Worsted Skeins on October 18, 2014, 04:41:48 PM
Sorry Kbecks for derailing, but this must be shared!  Apparently there is a term for the sewer clogs caused by the congealed mess of bottom wipes and cooking fats:  fatberg!

Story with photos:

http://www.businessinsider.com/photos-fatberg-the-size-of-a-boeing-747-under-shepherds-bush-road-2014-9
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: sol on October 18, 2014, 04:46:46 PM
I fail to understand how people aspire to soft "clothlike" TP.  I want my TP rough and ready, something with a little bite to it, something tough enough to do the job.  I'm trying to remove turds, not polish them.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: La Bibliotecaria Feroz on October 18, 2014, 08:32:58 PM
If you want it clothlike... use actual cloth. That's what I do (only for #1). I have all these rags that used to be cloth diaper wipes or that I use for wiping noses and small spills, and as the only lady in the house, I would normally be our prime toilet paper consumer.

But... I admit I'm a sucker for the flushable wipes. The Walmart brand are pretty cheap.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: SuperSaver on October 18, 2014, 08:45:30 PM
This thread is hilarious. I buy Charmin Ultra Strong or Charmin Basic on sale with coupons. I have a medical condition and can easily use a couple rolls in a week. Deviating from *my* tp for too long is not worth the savings. Using different brands has been a horrible experience: college roommates liked Angel Soft and Cottonelle when we had an apartment. The dorms had this disgusting tissue thin sandpaper, my dad overbought Scotts once. I have tried probably 90% of the options available though. I will be using my living social costco coupon and trying theirs- worst case scenario I can have the fiance use it or give it to my dad :)
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: MrsPete on October 18, 2014, 08:51:54 PM
I usually buy Target-brand stuff in the BIG packages when it's on sale.  I like the stuff that's a knock-off of the stuff that's supposed to be "quilted", but I forget the brand name. 

Every now and then my husband will buy TP, and he doesn't pay any attention -- he just grabs.  I hate when we end up with that super-soft stuff.  It's so thick that each roll contains very, very little product. 
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: trailrated on October 18, 2014, 09:41:33 PM
Slightly off topic but in 5th grade I had to write a simile on a piece of paper and draw a picture for class. My mom helped me to come up with one... needless to say the teacher got upset over my drawing and simile and scheduled a meeting with my mom to "talk about it". My mom still laughs about it today.

"Toilet paper is like the Starship Enterprise, they both circle Uranus in seach of Klingons"
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Datastache on October 18, 2014, 10:41:27 PM
I buy my TP on grocery shopping trips. I make my choice based purely on whichever offering has the lowest per-unit price. The soft stuff is nice, but I'd rather save a few bucks and get the cheap stuff. Really not a big deal to me.
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Post by: firedup on October 18, 2014, 10:50:10 PM
My local store has really good sales on TP and they double coupons up to 99 cents so I team them to the sales and stock up. We get any and every brand this way. No special/loyal brand here. It's cheapest deal all the way.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: retired? on October 19, 2014, 01:40:06 AM
Am I the only one that read the title of the thread and went:
"...there's brand name toilet paper?"

I didn't realize that existed.  Like designer brand name toilet paper?  Calvin Klein, or Volcum toilet paper?

I can't name a single brand of toilet paper off the top of my head.

This blows my mind, that people have brands for their toilet paper.  Do the sheets of TP have little logos on them?

The good ones have pictures of Obama.  You pay a little extra, but it is oh so good.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: retired? on October 19, 2014, 01:44:29 AM
I am going to give out little packs of raisins for Halloween so teenagers come T.P. my house and I can stock up ;)

Awesome.  Now, that is planning.

Unfortunately for me, my kids got too used to "baby wipes".....my wife, too.  They are now 10 and12 and still use them.  Fortunately, they have not tried to flush them in years.



Seriously? Buy a cheap large size pump hand lotion. Pump a bit on the TP. DONE. Quick clean, happy hemorrhoids.


Pump hand lotion?  You have to be kidding?  Come on, now.  I don't think they want happy or sad H'roids.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: retired? on October 19, 2014, 01:47:30 AM
I fail to understand how people aspire to soft "clothlike" TP.  I want my TP rough and ready, something with a little bite to it, something tough enough to do the job.  I'm trying to remove turds, not polish them.

Come on, with that photo, I think you polish one every now and then.  Admit it.  It's ok.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: retired? on October 19, 2014, 01:50:40 AM
Fortunately, they have not tried to flush them in years.

Wait...so you have a waste bin for wipes covered in adult's human waste sitting next to the toilet?!

Yes.



Ours has a lid, it didn't ever smell. Many countries do not have plumbing that can support any kind of flushed paper products, let alone wet wipes.

Yep.  Mayday is not the only one.  One might argue the alternative is being Ivan Itchyass the rest of the day.  That Serbian, not Russian.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Thegoblinchief on October 19, 2014, 08:38:21 AM
We get Marcal recycled 1-ply. Shit lasts forever. I'm always surprised when we actually run out of TP, which is impressive with 3 kids who love to waste it.

It's not a huge costs savings, but I have never had discomfort from it. And why the fuck would I care? My ass rides a bike all the time. I WANT it to not be sensitive.
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Post by: C. K. on October 19, 2014, 08:56:59 AM
You're wimps, all of you. In my day, we used corn cobs and pine cones. Our shoe-less feet froze as we trudged up hill to the outhouse in the snow.

But seriously, there are cost-effective alternatives to bathroom tissue, including flannel and spray bottles.

http://www.offthegridnews.com/2012/08/20/oh-no-there-is-no-toilet-paper-what-do-i-do/
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: retired? on October 19, 2014, 09:18:54 AM
This thread is hilarious.  I am enjoying it since I get to poke a little fun at my wife and kids.  It will be interesting when he has to start paying for his own wipes.  Unfortunately, my wife thinks of them as a regular staple.  For my potential cost-cutting wins, it is far down the list if sorted by likelihood of success.

There were even guys at the office who kept a travel pack of wipes.  So, Bob, where you heading?  Sure you'll be back for the 10 o'clock?
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Post by: Overseas Stache on October 19, 2014, 09:38:13 AM
I try to use the restroom at work such that I minimize toilet paper usage to weekends as much as possible. I consider free toilet paper to be an employment benefit.
+1. Added benefit if you do it at work you are actually getting paid to poop! why do something for free if you can get paid to do it? Maybe it is just me but it is like my body gets pretty regular and come 10 am it's time to take a break.
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Post by: eostache on October 19, 2014, 09:47:49 AM
I use some generic or store brand TP from my neighborhood Albertsons. A few times a year it goes on sale for $3 for a 12 pack 2 ply paper. That's about half price. I usually pick up 4 at that price and stack them up in the spare room.

I don't skimp on the "shit kits" for the hiking packs. We do all day hikes in remote areas and you never know when you might need to go find a good view and dig a cat hole. Best to be prepared. I fill a ziploc bag with some generic wet wipes and some little baggies to pack the used wipes out with.
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Post by: BPA on October 19, 2014, 10:01:13 AM
Great thread.  I'm just glad that somewhere along the way my son decided using tp was a good idea.  Sure, I saved money on asswipe, but laundry day was literally shitty.
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Post by: thedayisbrave on October 19, 2014, 11:57:04 AM
I laughed out loud multiple times while reading this... OMG you guys are too much...

I used to get mad at my mom when she bought cheap TP.  It was like tissue paper - the worst ever.  I'm pretty price sensitive but I avoid that stuff at all costs. 

Kind of the opposite end of the spectrum, but last year in business school (my program was highly focused on innovation) I learned about a company called Renova that produces black toilet paper: http://www.myrenova.com/p/8/black-toilet-paper... Apparently it can be found at really fancy hotels in NYC and the like... Crazy!
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Post by: trailrated on October 19, 2014, 12:59:13 PM
http://awesomegifs.com/wp-content/uploads/parks-and-recreation-sometimes-when-i-poop-andy.gif
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Post by: arebelspy on October 19, 2014, 02:40:42 PM
http://awesomegifs.com/wp-content/uploads/parks-and-recreation-sometimes-when-i-poop-andy.gif

I love how April is like losing it in the background there.
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Post by: BlueHouse on October 19, 2014, 03:23:27 PM
You're wimps, all of you. In my day, we used corn cobs and pine cones. Our shoe-less feet froze as we trudged up hill to the outhouse in the snow.

But seriously, there are cost-effective alternatives to bathroom tissue, including flannel and spray bottles.

http://www.offthegridnews.com/2012/08/20/oh-no-there-is-no-toilet-paper-what-do-i-do/

My dad actually did use corn cobs.  They had a barrel of red and blue corn cobs and a barrel of white corn cobs (to finish the job).  The girls in the family got to use the Sears Catalog once per month. 

I was raised on Scott's tissue and I like it because it doesn't "shed" or leave fuzz behind.  But nowadays, I have the Toto washlet and will NEVER go back.  Seriously, this is a life changer. 
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Post by: TeresaB on October 19, 2014, 08:12:02 PM
I use generic but I don't like one-ply. Maybe I'll switch when we have little kids who waste toilet paper, but the two of us are pretty reasonable about not rushing through it.
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Post by: catccc on October 19, 2014, 08:28:09 PM
another vote for actual cloth for #1s.  It's the best.  DH does not participate, but me and our 2 girls do.  (This came about after cloth diapering kids.  It made sense.  Then I realized it was also the superior item for the job.)

Kirkland TP takes care of our other TP needs.  But we don't need to buy much of it since we use cloth.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Stupendous on October 20, 2014, 12:28:26 AM
If you care about how much you spend on TP then install a handheld bidet and you can cut back on TP usage big time. My bidet was $40 and was easy to install. I really prefer being at home now.
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Post by: VirginiaBob on October 20, 2014, 05:16:18 AM
I don't even bother with generic, when you can get name brand even cheaper through staples or amazon S&S (I buy at $0.25/roll max).

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Post by: retired? on October 20, 2014, 07:59:56 AM
another vote for actual cloth for #1s.  It's the best.  DH does not participate, but me and our 2 girls do.  (This came about after cloth diapering kids.  It made sense.  Then I realized it was also the superior item for the job.)

Kirkland TP takes care of our other TP needs.  But we don't need to buy much of it since we use cloth.

Serious question.....how does that work.......do you wash them in the same washing machine as clothes?

If you care about how much you spend on TP then install a handheld bidet and you can cut back on TP usage big time. My bidet was $40 and was easy to install. I really prefer being at home now.

Another - but, then don't you have to dry your arse with something?
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Post by: GumbyPickles on October 20, 2014, 08:12:14 AM
I've always preferred the cheap stuff.  Only problem is when guests are over, I feel like a cheap jerk.
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Post by: Stupendous on October 20, 2014, 09:24:35 AM
another vote for actual cloth for #1s.  It's the best.  DH does not participate, but me and our 2 girls do.  (This came about after cloth diapering kids.  It made sense.  Then I realized it was also the superior item for the job.)

Kirkland TP takes care of our other TP needs.  But we don't need to buy much of it since we use cloth.

Serious question.....how does that work.......do you wash them in the same washing machine as clothes?

If you care about how much you spend on TP then install a handheld bidet and you can cut back on TP usage big time. My bidet was $40 and was easy to install. I really prefer being at home now.

Another - but, then don't you have to dry your arse with something?

Yes, but it is still less.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: MountainGal on October 20, 2014, 01:45:59 PM
I grew up on the super cheap terrible generic stuff and think I over-corrected when I started buying my own TP.  Cottonelle for me.  I always figured my butt was worth the extra couple of bucks.  And I only have to buy it about 3 times a year anyway.  I'm about to pick up the giant package of Costco TP for doing that Living Social thing.  That will last me at least a year.  And the Costco stuff isn't bad at all.

+1.  At the grocery store, it breaks down to .42 a roll if bought on sale w/ a coupon.  :D
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Post by: rocksinmyhead on October 20, 2014, 03:54:34 PM
I laughed out loud multiple times while reading this... OMG you guys are too much...

I used to get mad at my mom when she bought cheap TP.  It was like tissue paper - the worst ever.  I'm pretty price sensitive but I avoid that stuff at all costs. 

Kind of the opposite end of the spectrum, but last year in business school (my program was highly focused on innovation) I learned about a company called Renova that produces black toilet paper: http://www.myrenova.com/p/8/black-toilet-paper... Apparently it can be found at really fancy hotels in NYC and the like... Crazy!

apologies if this is too gross to even say (but I feel like you guys can handle it), but something my boyfriend pointed out once (not sure why we were talking about people wiping their butts, but...)...how do blind people know when they're "done"? that would be my concern with that black and brown TP! LOL.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: MicroRN on October 20, 2014, 04:17:43 PM
I grew up on basic cheap Scott, and that was what I continued to use when I left home.  My husband was adamant that Charmin was the only way to go, so we used that for years.  I finally talked him into trying the Kirkland stuff, and he's been happy with that, so we're at least saving a little money.

I'd be fine with cloth wipes for urine.  We did cloth diapers and I use cloth pads, so I don't really see it as out of the box.  Maybe we'll try it at the new place.  It's on septic and I gather that it's better to not put too much TP into the system.     
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: La Bibliotecaria Feroz on October 20, 2014, 08:34:56 PM
I grew up on basic cheap Scott, and that was what I continued to use when I left home.  My husband was adamant that Charmin was the only way to go, so we used that for years.  I finally talked him into trying the Kirkland stuff, and he's been happy with that, so we're at least saving a little money.

I'd be fine with cloth wipes for urine.  We did cloth diapers and I use cloth pads, so I don't really see it as out of the box.  Maybe we'll try it at the new place.  It's on septic and I gather that it's better to not put too much TP into the system.     


Using cloth wipes for #1 is, in my experience, WAY less gross than cloth diapers and cloth pads. (I have used the former and still use the latter.) No rinsing, no soaking. Just toss in a hot wash load. I actually often run mine through a rinse cycle, but only because I usually run one anyone to get the gross out of any clothing that Little Brother has peed on (which happens at least once most days... he loves underpants, but is still practicing) and/or gotten vast quantities of oatmeal and/or yogurt on.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: retired? on October 20, 2014, 08:36:37 PM
another vote for actual cloth for #1s.  It's the best.  DH does not participate, but me and our 2 girls do.  (This came about after cloth diapering kids.  It made sense.  Then I realized it was also the superior item for the job.)

Kirkland TP takes care of our other TP needs.  But we don't need to buy much of it since we use cloth.

Serious question.....how does that work.......do you wash them in the same washing machine as clothes?

If you care about how much you spend on TP then install a handheld bidet and you can cut back on TP usage big time. My bidet was $40 and was easy to install. I really prefer being at home now.

Another - but, then don't you have to dry your arse with something?

Yes, but it is still less.

OK.  But, what do you wipe with?  Regular TP?  And, any answer to the first question?  To me, the idea of putting poopy cloths in the wash is a little..........how do I say, echhhhh.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: johnintaiwan on October 21, 2014, 03:09:33 AM
TP generic or name-brand is entirely optional if there's a shower near the toilet.

I recently returned from a trip to japan and already miss their awesome toilets. I cant wait until my wife lets me get rid of TP all together.

But as long as it is still around I go for the costco brand
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Post by: BlueHouse on October 21, 2014, 04:29:42 AM
TP generic or name-brand is entirely optional if there's a shower near the toilet.

I recently returned from a trip to japan and already miss their awesome toilets. I cant wait until my wife lets me get rid of TP all together.

But as long as it is still around I go for the costco brand
Do it!  So worth it. I waited 10 years!  And now am finally happy. You will still need a little tp though, unless you want to wait 10 minutes for the dryer to dry you.  I just use a bit to blot up the water.   I've saved money already on not buying tp and wipes.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: GuitarStv on October 21, 2014, 06:27:32 AM
If your ass is clean, why not use a towel to dry off?
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: rocksinmyhead on October 21, 2014, 06:56:52 AM
I laughed out loud multiple times while reading this... OMG you guys are too much...

I used to get mad at my mom when she bought cheap TP.  It was like tissue paper - the worst ever.  I'm pretty price sensitive but I avoid that stuff at all costs. 

Kind of the opposite end of the spectrum, but last year in business school (my program was highly focused on innovation) I learned about a company called Renova that produces black toilet paper: http://www.myrenova.com/p/8/black-toilet-paper... Apparently it can be found at really fancy hotels in NYC and the like... Crazy!

apologies if this is too gross to even say (but I feel like you guys can handle it), but something my boyfriend pointed out once (not sure why we were talking about people wiping their butts, but...)...how do blind people know when they're "done"? that would be my concern with that black and brown TP! LOL.
a response grosser than the question? Braille!

bahahahaha oh my god.

And, any answer to the first question?  To me, the idea of putting poopy cloths in the wash is a little..........how do I say, echhhhh.

she said they use cloth for #1, Kirkland brand TP for #2
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: OSUBearCub on October 21, 2014, 09:00:33 AM
I fail to understand how people aspire to soft "clothlike" TP.  I want my TP rough and ready, something with a little bite to it, something tough enough to do the job.  I'm trying to remove turds, not polish them.

Just shot iced tea through my nose, across my office.  Nicely done! :-)
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Nate R on October 21, 2014, 09:02:31 AM
We get the really cheap Scott single ply.  Single ply all the way!

Same here! And YES, as was said, plumbers love it. Put some in water and agitate it. Now do the same with Charmin, which has cotton fibers in it and such that do NOT break down well. You'll see the difference pretty quickly.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: johnhenry on October 21, 2014, 09:12:39 AM
Corn cobs for the win.  You can use a dark colored cobb for the first couple passes, but you need to get a light colored one to make sure you are done.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: OSUBearCub on October 21, 2014, 09:18:25 AM
I'm picky about this issue.  I require toilet paper with strength, no residual butt lint, that doesn't feel like sandpaper, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.  Anything with ridges or ruffles is out (serious butt lint such that I don't even feel clean afterward.)

Angel Soft is my first choice based on these criteria.  White Cloud (a walmart brand I think) is my second. 

From a couponer's perspective, I stock-up based on unit price.  Double rolls at 25-30 cents per roll is the stock-up price for me.  I presently have enough TP to last a year and a half, stored in the useless, above-the-fridge cabinet and too-high-to-function, top shelf of my closet.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: KBecks2 on October 21, 2014, 09:21:12 AM
Wow, I am pleased that the thread has so much participation and interest and some humor and good information too.  Way to go, MMMers!

Today I was shopping at my new favorite grocery store, Aldi, and I found that it is their Willow Soft and Strong toilet paper that I like. 
Price is $4.99 for 12 double rolls, so $0.42 per roll.

That's my price to beat.  I'm curious about how to get even better pricing ordering from the office supply stores or Amazon.com or using coupons effectively.  I know we will always need toilet paper.  (sorry, no bidet, no washlet, no cloth for us hicks.)

I'd also love to hyper-analyze laundry soap.  (that's another thread)

Thanks for the conversation and keep those money saving tips coming!  :)
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: KBecks2 on October 21, 2014, 09:27:32 AM
I'm picky about this issue.  I require toilet paper with strength, no residual butt lint, that doesn't feel like sandpaper, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.  Anything with ridges or ruffles is out (serious butt lint such that I don't even feel clean afterward.)

Angel Soft is my first choice based on these criteria.  White Cloud (a walmart brand I think) is my second. 

From a couponer's perspective, I stock-up based on unit price.  Double rolls at 25-30 cents per roll is the stock-up price for me.  I presently have enough TP to last a year and a half, stored in the useless, above-the-fridge cabinet and too-high-to-function, top shelf of my closet.

Where are you getting the coupons?   Thanks!   I'm not a couponer overall but might want to start with a few select items and see how ti goes.  I need to keep it easy to manage.  Thanks again!
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: OSUBearCub on October 21, 2014, 09:46:14 AM
I'm picky about this issue.  I require toilet paper with strength, no residual butt lint, that doesn't feel like sandpaper, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.  Anything with ridges or ruffles is out (serious butt lint such that I don't even feel clean afterward.)

Angel Soft is my first choice based on these criteria.  White Cloud (a walmart brand I think) is my second. 

From a couponer's perspective, I stock-up based on unit price.  Double rolls at 25-30 cents per roll is the stock-up price for me.  I presently have enough TP to last a year and a half, stored in the useless, above-the-fridge cabinet and too-high-to-function, top shelf of my closet.

Where are you getting the coupons?   Thanks!   I'm not a couponer overall but might want to start with a few select items and see how ti goes.  I need to keep it easy to manage.  Thanks again!

All over - I usually do internet printable coupons.  There was recently a Facebook coupon for a free 4 pack of White Cloud with any 12 pack White Cloud purchase.  So 16 double rolls for $3.97 = 24.8 cents a double roll.  TP is the holy grail for couponers so when we find a deal we stock up.  :-)

It *sounds* somewhat complicated (but it's not).  I suffer some serious scorn on the forum every time I bring up couponing but it works so I suffer lol  www.southernsavers.com is a good place to start with instructional videos.  Be careful, stick to only products you already use, forget pre-programmed brand loyalty, and never stockpile more than a year's worth of anything - you'll do just fine. :-)
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: NoraLenderbee on October 21, 2014, 12:22:02 PM
TP generic or name-brand is entirely optional if there's a shower near the toilet.

Not so practical if you're female.

We use the least expensive paper that is compatible with a comfortable butt. That usually is some store brand single-ply. I don't think wiping your own butt should be a character-building experience.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: GardenFun on October 21, 2014, 12:22:50 PM
All over - I usually do internet printable coupons. 
It *sounds* somewhat complicated (but it's not). Be careful, stick to only products you already use, forget pre-programmed brand loyalty, and never stockpile more than a year's worth of anything - you'll do just fine. :-)

KBecks2 - Thank you SO MUCH for creating this thread.  It is the first one I open due to guaranteed humor. 

As for coupons, I second OSUBearCub.  I use coupons.com, redplum.com, and smartsource.com.  For 10 min/week, I can usually find $8-$12 worth of coupons for products I was going to buy regardless.  I'm sure some people can do much better, but for $40/month, it's worth my time. 

Typical big score items:  cereal, TP, PT, deodorant, soap (laundry, hair, bar), condiments (soy sauce, Frank's red hot).   
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: frugalnacho on October 21, 2014, 12:40:16 PM
As someone with stomach issues that shits 4-5 times a day, every day, I feel like this is a topic I can weigh in on.  This may be TMI, but i'm totally over it and open with people about it in real life.

I try to use the restroom at work such that I minimize toilet paper usage to weekends as much as possible. I consider free toilet paper to be an employment benefit.

I also take full advantage of this.  Not specifically to reduce my home usage, but just because I can rarely go 8 hours without. 

I fail to understand how people aspire to soft "clothlike" TP.  I want my TP rough and ready, something with a little bite to it, something tough enough to do the job.  I'm trying to remove turds, not polish them.

Yeah but those turds are clinging to a delicate butthole.  I would prefer my butthole skin get polished instead of removed with the turds.  The same principal applies to kleenex - Usually any old kleenex or tp will do to blow my nose, unless I have a cold and am blowing it constantly, then I need the high quality lotion infused kleenex or else my nose will be absolutely raw.  Nobody likes a raw nose or butthole. 

Today is an especially bad day and i've already had 4 BMs (3 at work).   I'm sure to get in another 4 today (probably 2 at work).
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: frugalnacho on October 21, 2014, 12:42:11 PM
We purchase the costco brand tp.  Even with my frequent usage I don't think my tp usage is more than $10/mo, which I feel is reasonable.  Not really worth trying to reduce that cost to me.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: johnhenry on October 21, 2014, 12:52:05 PM
One place I used to work tried to combat excessive use by buying "John Wayne" TP.  One co-worker gave it that nickname because in addition to being particularly gritty, "it didn't take no shit off nobody".
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: KBecks2 on October 21, 2014, 01:04:37 PM

It *sounds* somewhat complicated (but it's not).  I suffer some serious scorn on the forum every time I bring up couponing but it works so I suffer lol  www.southernsavers.com is a good place to start with instructional videos.  Be careful, stick to only products you already use, forget pre-programmed brand loyalty, and never stockpile more than a year's worth of anything - you'll do just fine. :-)

OK, I have a goal now to try to hit your target price of $0.24 per roll.   Now, in all seriousness, what does a year's supply look like?   I have not analyzed this, but I would imagine my family of 5 uses approximately 12 rolls per month.  Maybe less. 

I got an OfficeMax reward program thing they say is worth $15 in my email.  I might go buy TP with it after this thread (and after figuring out the terms of the offer.)

Thanks!
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: resy on October 21, 2014, 01:11:07 PM
Oh all these first world problems... ;)

I buy kirkland's. Have used the "good stuff" (charmin) and hated it, too much fluff for me. Costco's stuff is the perfect level between fluffy and sandpaper thin. Doesn't feel like cheap tp to me!
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: OSUBearCub on October 21, 2014, 01:30:12 PM

It *sounds* somewhat complicated (but it's not).  I suffer some serious scorn on the forum every time I bring up couponing but it works so I suffer lol  www.southernsavers.com is a good place to start with instructional videos.  Be careful, stick to only products you already use, forget pre-programmed brand loyalty, and never stockpile more than a year's worth of anything - you'll do just fine. :-)

OK, I have a goal now to try to hit your target price of $0.24 per roll.   Now, in all seriousness, what does a year's supply look like?   I have not analyzed this, but I would imagine my family of 5 uses approximately 12 rolls per month.  Maybe less. 

I got an OfficeMax reward program thing they say is worth $15 in my email.  I might go buy TP with it after this thread (and after figuring out the terms of the offer.)

Thanks!

I'm single and live alone but I stockpile like I'm two people.  I estimate that per, typical use, I'm at 1 roll per week.  Should any calamity happen or my body decide to develop some unfortunate issue such as frugalnacho has mentioned, I double that quantity as a buffer - TP never goes bad so stock up lol.  I also add 2 rolls per month for family and friends in emergencies - once they know you're sitting on a mountain of TP you will become their go-to when times are tight lol. 52 weeks X 2 rolls per week = 104 double rolls per year.  104 plus 24 emergency rolls for my sister = 128 double rolls kept on hand at all times.  128 double rolls/12 per pack = {drumroll}

10 12-packs plus 2 4-packs  This should be ample supply for two people, maybe just double it for your family?

The space requirement will vary depending on the brand, quantity that works out best in your coupon deal (4-pack, 6-pack, 12-pack etc), and shape of the packages.  My entire TP stockpile fits on a single shelf in the closet.  It's about 5 feet long and 15 inches from the ceiling.   Most family couponers I know have a stack from floor to ceiling in an out of the way corner of the garage.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: GuitarStv on October 21, 2014, 01:34:52 PM
TP generic or name-brand is entirely optional if there's a shower near the toilet.

Not so practical if you're female.

We use the least expensive paper that is compatible with a comfortable butt. That usually is some store brand single-ply. I don't think wiping your own butt should be a character-building experience.

http://www.shewee.com/ (http://www.shewee.com/)
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: NoraLenderbee on October 21, 2014, 01:57:24 PM
TP generic or name-brand is entirely optional if there's a shower near the toilet.

Not so practical if you're female.

We use the least expensive paper that is compatible with a comfortable butt. That usually is some store brand single-ply. I don't think wiping your own butt should be a character-building experience.

http://www.shewee.com/ (http://www.shewee.com/)

Neat device, but you still have to blot dry afterward.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: trailrated on October 21, 2014, 01:58:04 PM
I find cutting back on Mexican food lowers my overall TP consumption...but it's sooo damn good
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: C. K. on October 21, 2014, 02:25:31 PM
My dad actually did use corn cobs. 

Yep. My mother did too. Ten boys and girls, two parents, one outhouse. Plenty of corn cobs and newspaper.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: lexie2000 on October 21, 2014, 03:05:34 PM
We've never been "brand loyal" when it comes to TP so we've used several name brands and several different generics based on what was the cheapest after sale and coupon(s).  The only brand that DH has specifically asked me to never buy again is Scott 1000. 
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: yddeyma on October 21, 2014, 04:16:34 PM
Wait, don't you still have to pat yourself dry even if you use a bidet?  How are you avoiding using TP?
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: lexie2000 on October 21, 2014, 04:46:15 PM
I'm picky about this issue.  I require toilet paper with strength, no residual butt lint, that doesn't feel like sandpaper, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.  Anything with ridges or ruffles is out (serious butt lint such that I don't even feel clean afterward.)

Angel Soft is my first choice based on these criteria.  White Cloud (a walmart brand I think) is my second. 

From a couponer's perspective, I stock-up based on unit price.  Double rolls at 25-30 cents per roll is the stock-up price for me.  I presently have enough TP to last a year and a half, stored in the useless, above-the-fridge cabinet and too-high-to-function, top shelf of my closet.

When I was a couponer/stockpiler, I priced TP by the square foot to make sure that I could compare apples to apples when comparing prices.  Most of what I have stashed was free, purchased back in the day when it was possible.  I have it stored in the same types of places that you do.   
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: GuitarStv on October 21, 2014, 04:54:19 PM
TP generic or name-brand is entirely optional if there's a shower near the toilet.

Not so practical if you're female.

We use the least expensive paper that is compatible with a comfortable butt. That usually is some store brand single-ply. I don't think wiping your own butt should be a character-building experience.

http://www.shewee.com/ (http://www.shewee.com/)

Neat device, but you still have to blot dry afterward.

Damn, I thought they had solved that problem.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: BlueHouse on October 21, 2014, 05:05:35 PM
My dad actually did use corn cobs. 

Yep. My mother did too. Ten boys and girls, two parents, one outhouse. Plenty of corn cobs and newspaper.

We may be related. 
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: KBecks2 on October 21, 2014, 05:45:16 PM

I'm single and live alone but I stockpile like I'm two people.  I estimate that per, typical use, I'm at 1 roll per week.  Should any calamity happen or my body decide to develop some unfortunate issue such as frugalnacho has mentioned, I double that quantity as a buffer - TP never goes bad so stock up lol.  I also add 2 rolls per month for family and friends in emergencies - once they know you're sitting on a mountain of TP you will become their go-to when times are tight lol. 52 weeks X 2 rolls per week = 104 double rolls per year.  104 plus 24 emergency rolls for my sister = 128 double rolls kept on hand at all times.  128 double rolls/12 per pack = {drumroll}

10 12-packs plus 2 4-packs  This should be ample supply for two people, maybe just double it for your family?

The space requirement will vary depending on the brand, quantity that works out best in your coupon deal (4-pack, 6-pack, 12-pack etc), and shape of the packages.  My entire TP stockpile fits on a single shelf in the closet.  It's about 5 feet long and 15 inches from the ceiling.   Most family couponers I know have a stack from floor to ceiling in an out of the way corner of the garage.

You are quite the planner!  :)   I have a large crawlspace whereI can store TP, paper towels, laundry detergent, whatever that is non perishable.  (I can also store some basic foods, but want to be careful about expiration dates). 
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: OSUBearCub on October 22, 2014, 01:25:41 PM
So I cracked open a fresh package of unfamiliar TP last night due to this thread.  Quilted Northern to be precise.  BLAM! Poke-through.  I found this to be unacceptable. 

I'm penning a letter to Georgia-Pacific immediately.  "Dear Mr. Georgia Pacific, I regret to inform you..."
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: farmstache on October 22, 2014, 05:04:49 PM
So I cracked open a fresh package of unfamiliar TP last night due to this thread.  Quilted Northern to be precise.  BLAM! Poke-through.  I found this to be unacceptable. 

I'm penning a letter to Georgia-Pacific immediately.  "Dear Mr. Georgia Pacific, I regret to inform you..."

I know this is a bit awful, but when choosing a new brand of TP I usually look around for a pack that has been slightly opened on the top. Lots of people do this so it never fails. I put my finger in and try the texture, see how well the sheets separate, how thick, etc. Then I take a different package home. :P
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Tami1982 on October 23, 2014, 01:15:09 AM
I gave up TP about 6 months ago.  I purchased two of these (cloth wipes): http://www.amazon.com/GroVia-Cloth-Wipes-12-count/dp/B003X3R6TO/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1414047999&sr=8-5&keywords=organic+cotton+baby+wipes (http://www.amazon.com/GroVia-Cloth-Wipes-12-count/dp/B003X3R6TO/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1414047999&sr=8-5&keywords=organic+cotton+baby+wipes) and a friend gave me two wet bags for free. http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Wise-Wet-Diaper-Medium/dp/B005WWIMGA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1414048057&sr=8-2&keywords=wet+bag (http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Wise-Wet-Diaper-Medium/dp/B005WWIMGA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1414048057&sr=8-2&keywords=wet+bag)  Something like that would work.  And I bought a basket for $0.99.   I wash them about every other day - third day.  Use them for everything and have found that they do not stain.  Or if so, is super faint and disappears after a couple washes.  I was buying TP in bulk from Costco at the rate of about $36 a year.  I purchased the wipes for about $24 and they will last indefinitely.   I still have TP left from before, and that's always available for guests.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Daisy on October 31, 2014, 07:14:08 PM
Slightly off topic but in 5th grade I had to write a simile on a piece of paper and draw a picture for class. My mom helped me to come up with one... needless to say the teacher got upset over my drawing and simile and scheduled a meeting with my mom to "talk about it". My mom still laughs about it today.

"Toilet paper is like the Starship Enterprise, they both circle Uranus in seach of Klingons"

Dang it! I was going to say that. I'm pretty sure it wasn't an original from you though as it was a common joke during my childhood. I'm not sure what that says about my childhood though.

As far as cheap toilet paper...well count me as a frugal-weenie. I tried buying Target brand once to save some money, and it just wasn't up to the job, so I went back to the super absorbent style. I'm not even sure if it saved money as I felt the need to double up on the stash when applying.

I guess I feel there are bigger fish to fry in my budget than toilet paper. However, this could be one more reason why I will never achieve $15k/year expense-status as others on this forum.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Daisy on October 31, 2014, 07:18:00 PM
A little off topic, but maybe you guys can settle the score. My apologies in advance for the potential grossness discussed.

On a recent multi-day bicycle trip through the boonies with little access to regular toilets during the day...which approach do you think is grosser (for a woman, let's say)? Go behind a tree, drop your padded bike shorts, do your thing, put shorts back on, then continue riding (note no dirty hands). OR...enter a disgusting porta-potty with questionable cleaning history, do your thing, use the cheap toilet paper, have no way to wash your hands, then go on your merry way?

I won't say which side of the argument I was on...
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Daisy on October 31, 2014, 07:31:25 PM
A little off topic, but maybe you guys can settle the score. My apologies in advance for the potential grossness discussed.

On a recent multi-day bicycle trip through the boonies with little access to regular toilets during the day...which approach do you think is grosser (for a woman, let's say)? Drop your padded bike shorts, do your thing, put shorts back on, then continue riding (note no dirty hands). OR...enter a disgusting porta-potty with questionable cleaning history, do your thing, use the cheap toilet paper, have no way to wash your hands, then go on your merry way?

I won't say which side of the argument I was on...
Number 2! um...er..I mean the second choice and bring along some small wet wipes to clean the hands, the stall seat. And if you don't have wet wipes I'd still go with number 2 because you can use the TP to wipe things down before use, and to clean up after use.

Double dang it! I guess there's no way I can win my argument...not that I'm saying I went for option #1 or anything. That would have been gross...well maybe not as gross as option #2 using a porta-potty in the boonies where people have touched the door handles with their disgusting unwashed hands...because really - how many others really ride around with a pack of wet wipes?
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: resy on October 31, 2014, 11:10:57 PM
A thread 2 pages long about toilet paper. lol wow. We are an interesting bunch.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Daisy on November 01, 2014, 01:22:12 PM
A little off topic, but maybe you guys can settle the score. My apologies in advance for the potential grossness discussed.

On a recent multi-day bicycle trip through the boonies with little access to regular toilets during the day...which approach do you think is grosser (for a woman, let's say)? Drop your padded bike shorts, do your thing, put shorts back on, then continue riding (note no dirty hands). OR...enter a disgusting porta-potty with questionable cleaning history, do your thing, use the cheap toilet paper, have no way to wash your hands, then go on your merry way?

I won't say which side of the argument I was on...
Number 2! um...er..I mean the second choice and bring along some small wet wipes to clean the hands, the stall seat. And if you don't have wet wipes I'd still go with number 2 because you can use the TP to wipe things down before use, and to clean up after use.

Double dang it! I guess there's no way I can win my argument...not that I'm saying I went for option #1 or anything. That would have been gross...well maybe not as gross as option #2 using a porta-potty in the boonies where people have touched the door handles with their disgusting unwashed hands...because really - how many others really ride around with a pack of wet wipes?
If I was just peeing then I'd probably pick number one (HA!) otherwise...yeah the gross port-a-potty. Not that us women ever go number 2 anyways - rainbows and butterflies are the only thing we emit from the hinny end :-)!

Yay! I finally won the argument! And yes, I am only referring to peeing. Anything more than that, and I guess I would have forced myself to use the porta-potty.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: MBot on November 01, 2014, 10:02:47 PM
The "Charmin Basic"  by Charmin lasts way longer than any other kind at our house. Even paying 10 instead of 6, we can go an extra week with that brand on a pack used by 4 adults. 
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: DollarBill on November 02, 2014, 02:00:41 PM
This was from WSJ last year...a lot of patents are ending:
http://online.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323384604578328440859936424 (http://online.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323384604578328440859936424)

Cheaper toilet paper is about to get fluffier. WSJ's Paul Ziobro reports companies like Charmin and Cottonelle are about to face some hard competition from store-brand toilet paper products when it comes to softness. Photo: Proctor & Gamble.

Several major U.S. retailers, including  Kroger Co. ,  Supervalu Inc. and  Wal-Mart Stores Inc., are planning to or considering upgrading their store-branded toilet paper in the coming months to a kind that is made using a process that until now has been the near-exclusive domain of the leading national brands like  Procter & Gamble Co. 's Charmin and  Kimberly-Clark Corp.'s Cottonelle.

By the way toilet paper should go over not under :)
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: iamadummy on November 02, 2014, 02:54:27 PM
good job
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: rocksinmyhead on November 03, 2014, 09:04:17 AM
A little off topic, but maybe you guys can settle the score. My apologies in advance for the potential grossness discussed.

On a recent multi-day bicycle trip through the boonies with little access to regular toilets during the day...which approach do you think is grosser (for a woman, let's say)? Drop your padded bike shorts, do your thing, put shorts back on, then continue riding (note no dirty hands). OR...enter a disgusting porta-potty with questionable cleaning history, do your thing, use the cheap toilet paper, have no way to wash your hands, then go on your merry way?

I won't say which side of the argument I was on...
Number 2! um...er..I mean the second choice and bring along some small wet wipes to clean the hands, the stall seat. And if you don't have wet wipes I'd still go with number 2 because you can use the TP to wipe things down before use, and to clean up after use.

Double dang it! I guess there's no way I can win my argument...not that I'm saying I went for option #1 or anything. That would have been gross...well maybe not as gross as option #2 using a porta-potty in the boonies where people have touched the door handles with their disgusting unwashed hands...because really - how many others really ride around with a pack of wet wipes?
If I was just peeing then I'd probably pick number one (HA!) otherwise...yeah the gross port-a-potty. Not that us women ever go number 2 anyways - rainbows and butterflies are the only thing we emit from the hinny end :-)!

Yay! I finally won the argument! And yes, I am only referring to peeing. Anything more than that, and I guess I would have forced myself to use the porta-potty.

Yeah, I'm with you guys. I would always rather pee in the woods than in a super gross porta-potty or gas station bathroom. Between many years of being a geology student, camp counselor, and hash house harrier, I have peed outside so much I don't even think of it as weird anymore.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: TRBeck on November 03, 2014, 01:46:04 PM
I try to use the restroom at work such that I minimize toilet paper usage to weekends as much as possible. I consider free toilet paper to be an employment benefit.
+1. Added benefit if you do it at work you are actually getting paid to poop! why do something for free if you can get paid to do it? Maybe it is just me but it is like my body gets pretty regular and come 10 am it's time to take a break.
Absolutely. I love dropping a deuce and knowing it didn't cost me a thing.

That said, my wife is an overuser of toilet paper. I grew up with two sisters and a mom and know whereof I speak. She also likes things pretty plush. I get the cheapest stuff I can get away with, which is a store-brand Charmin knockoff. $12 for 24 double rolls. It's acceptable but not ideal.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: OSUBearCub on November 03, 2014, 02:06:14 PM
I try to use the restroom at work such that I minimize toilet paper usage to weekends as much as possible. I consider free toilet paper to be an employment benefit.
+1. Added benefit if you do it at work you are actually getting paid to poop! why do something for free if you can get paid to do it? Maybe it is just me but it is like my body gets pretty regular and come 10 am it's time to take a break.
Absolutely. I love dropping a deuce and knowing it didn't cost me a thing.

Oh hells no.  There are certain "luxuries" in life that are non-negotiable.  Privacy while pooping is one of those things.  I'll go back to using pages from the Sears catalog before I give up my privacy. lol
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: frugalnacho on November 03, 2014, 02:34:37 PM
I try to use the restroom at work such that I minimize toilet paper usage to weekends as much as possible. I consider free toilet paper to be an employment benefit.
+1. Added benefit if you do it at work you are actually getting paid to poop! why do something for free if you can get paid to do it? Maybe it is just me but it is like my body gets pretty regular and come 10 am it's time to take a break.
Absolutely. I love dropping a deuce and knowing it didn't cost me a thing.

Oh hells no.  There are certain "luxuries" in life that are non-negotiable.  Privacy while pooping is one of those things.  I'll go back to using pages from the Sears catalog before I give up my privacy. lol

(http://cdn.meme.am/instances/250x250/55871830.jpg)

I poop at work and at home.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: DollarBill on November 03, 2014, 03:23:41 PM
Yay - another Hasher!! Figured there would be a few on this site :-)!
What was your nickname? Mine was Nine-inch-hare, use to run in Turkey...good times!
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: rocksinmyhead on November 03, 2014, 04:08:52 PM
Yay - another Hasher!! Figured there would be a few on this site :-)!
What was your nickname? Mine was Nine-inch-hare, use to run in Turkey...good times!
well if I say "Hot Flash Hare" you'll know how old I am :-)! That wasn't really it but I always thought that would be a good one.  Can't say my nickname her because it is a bit nasty.

haha! mine is Toasty Tits. not too dirty, and easily abbreviated to "Toasty" when in polite company :)
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: resy on November 03, 2014, 07:41:06 PM
Thanks. This thread totally sucks now.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Daisy on November 03, 2014, 07:47:05 PM
A little off topic, but maybe you guys can settle the score. My apologies in advance for the potential grossness discussed.

On a recent multi-day bicycle trip through the boonies with little access to regular toilets during the day...which approach do you think is grosser (for a woman, let's say)? Drop your padded bike shorts, do your thing, put shorts back on, then continue riding (note no dirty hands). OR...enter a disgusting porta-potty with questionable cleaning history, do your thing, use the cheap toilet paper, have no way to wash your hands, then go on your merry way?

I won't say which side of the argument I was on...
Number 2! um...er..I mean the second choice and bring along some small wet wipes to clean the hands, the stall seat. And if you don't have wet wipes I'd still go with number 2 because you can use the TP to wipe things down before use, and to clean up after use.

Double dang it! I guess there's no way I can win my argument...not that I'm saying I went for option #1 or anything. That would have been gross...well maybe not as gross as option #2 using a porta-potty in the boonies where people have touched the door handles with their disgusting unwashed hands...because really - how many others really ride around with a pack of wet wipes?
If I was just peeing then I'd probably pick number one (HA!) otherwise...yeah the gross port-a-potty. Not that us women ever go number 2 anyways - rainbows and butterflies are the only thing we emit from the hinny end :-)!

Yay! I finally won the argument! And yes, I am only referring to peeing. Anything more than that, and I guess I would have forced myself to use the porta-potty.

Yeah, I'm with you guys. I would always rather pee in the woods than in a super gross porta-potty or gas station bathroom. Between many years of being a geology student, camp counselor, and hash house harrier, I have peed outside so much I don't even think of it as weird anymore.

Yeah I was joking during this trip that I might start peeing outside more often since it was so much fun and easy during the bike ride. I'd actually go do the pee squat right next to one of these disgusting bathrooms and others just didn't understand. If only I could wear bike shorts all of the time with their padding, there may never be a need for toilet paper. Talk about the savings to my budget!!!
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: DollarBill on November 03, 2014, 08:52:44 PM
Thanks. This thread totally sucks now.
3 pages of toilet paper talk and now it sucks? lol
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: resy on November 05, 2014, 08:39:13 PM
Thanks. This thread totally sucks now.
Not sure if you were talking to me about my post about the Hash House Harrier nicknames, but if so sorry if I offended. It's just a group of world-wide trail runners  that give each other goofy (and sometime nasty) nick names meant to be all in good fun. http://gotothehash.net/
Oh no not you! Sorry for the confusion, totally not offended :) i meant it towards the general nastiness of poop talk, lost my interest for sure...i thought those conversations were limited to my 9 yo lol
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Overseas Stache on November 06, 2014, 01:41:09 AM
I try to use the restroom at work such that I minimize toilet paper usage to weekends as much as possible. I consider free toilet paper to be an employment benefit.
+1. Added benefit if you do it at work you are actually getting paid to poop! why do something for free if you can get paid to do it? Maybe it is just me but it is like my body gets pretty regular and come 10 am it's time to take a break.
Absolutely. I love dropping a deuce and knowing it didn't cost me a thing.

Oh hells no.  There are certain "luxuries" in life that are non-negotiable.  Privacy while pooping is one of those things.  I'll go back to using pages from the Sears catalog before I give up my privacy. lol

Haha, I have more privacy at work than at home. My 2 yr old little girl will open the door and say "Dada poopy yeah" (while clapping her hands). She refuses to poop on the toilet herself but she sure does give me tons of positive encouragement.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: rocksinmyhead on November 06, 2014, 06:58:10 AM
I try to use the restroom at work such that I minimize toilet paper usage to weekends as much as possible. I consider free toilet paper to be an employment benefit.
+1. Added benefit if you do it at work you are actually getting paid to poop! why do something for free if you can get paid to do it? Maybe it is just me but it is like my body gets pretty regular and come 10 am it's time to take a break.
Absolutely. I love dropping a deuce and knowing it didn't cost me a thing.

Oh hells no.  There are certain "luxuries" in life that are non-negotiable.  Privacy while pooping is one of those things.  I'll go back to using pages from the Sears catalog before I give up my privacy. lol

Haha, I have more privacy at work than at home. My 2 yr old little girl will open the door and say "Dada poopy yeah" (while clapping her hands). She refuses to poop on the toilet herself but she sure does give me tons of positive encouragement.

bahahahaha that is hilarious.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Numbers Man on November 06, 2014, 10:21:33 AM
I'm really pissed at Costco for substituting the Kirkland brand for the Charmin during my last trip.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: frugalnacho on November 06, 2014, 10:39:18 AM
I'm really pissed at Costco for substituting the Kirkland brand for the Charmin during my last trip.

You should be thanking them.  It's just as good, but at a much better value.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: OSUBearCub on November 06, 2014, 11:10:54 AM
I try to use the restroom at work such that I minimize toilet paper usage to weekends as much as possible. I consider free toilet paper to be an employment benefit.
+1. Added benefit if you do it at work you are actually getting paid to poop! why do something for free if you can get paid to do it? Maybe it is just me but it is like my body gets pretty regular and come 10 am it's time to take a break.
Absolutely. I love dropping a deuce and knowing it didn't cost me a thing.

Oh hells no.  There are certain "luxuries" in life that are non-negotiable.  Privacy while pooping is one of those things.  I'll go back to using pages from the Sears catalog before I give up my privacy. lol

Haha, I have more privacy at work than at home. My 2 yr old little girl will open the door and say "Dada poopy yeah" (while clapping her hands). She refuses to poop on the toilet herself but she sure does give me tons of positive encouragement.

Even though I live alone, I will only rent apartments with a locking bathroom door.  I need absolute, serene privacy to do my business. :-) 


Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: OSUBearCub on November 06, 2014, 11:11:18 AM
I bought a Sam's Club membership (much closer to house than Costco).  I'll be comparing cost per-roll of their brands vs what I'm able to do with coupons.  Anyone have a Sam's-available favorite?
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: frugalnacho on November 06, 2014, 11:23:13 AM
Even though I live alone, I will only rent apartments with a locking bathroom door.  I need absolute, serene privacy to do my business. :-)

For $10 and 10 minutes of time you could just switch out the door lock.  And if your landlord doesn't approve you can simply switch it back when you move.  Seems silly to base such a large decision on something so trivial and easily fixable.

I bought a Sam's Club membership (much closer to house than Costco).  I'll be comparing cost per-roll of their brands vs what I'm able to do with coupons.  Anyone have a Sam's-available favorite?

Is't cost per square foot a better comparison?  Not all rolls have the same square footage.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: OSUBearCub on November 06, 2014, 01:53:37 PM
Even though I live alone, I will only rent apartments with a locking bathroom door.  I need absolute, serene privacy to do my business. :-)

For $10 and 10 minutes of time you could just switch out the door lock.  And if your landlord doesn't approve you can simply switch it back when you move.  Seems silly to base such a large decision on something so trivial and easily fixable.

I bought a Sam's Club membership (much closer to house than Costco).  I'll be comparing cost per-roll of their brands vs what I'm able to do with coupons.  Anyone have a Sam's-available favorite?

Is't cost per square foot a better comparison?  Not all rolls have the same square footage.

I did this once with an eye bolt and latch early on and the landlord had a fit for a hole in the "custom" moudling and charged me $50 on move-out.  Now, to be serious, this item is like two dozen check boxes down the list. :-)

If I'm feeling all mathematical, I'll do a cost per square foot.  One of my coupon websites already has that charted out for most major brands.  Scott 1000 always wins but you could refinish a hard wood floor with it.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: APowers on November 06, 2014, 02:17:46 PM
I bought a Sam's Club membership (much closer to house than Costco).  I'll be comparing cost per-roll of their brands vs what I'm able to do with coupons.  Anyone have a Sam's-available favorite?

Is't cost per square foot a better comparison?  Not all rolls have the same square footage.

Cost per roll is a bad comparison measure because rolls vary in size pretty widely. Cost per square foot is a better metric, but honestly, I don't use TP by the square foot. I use it by the square (sheet?)-- so the cost per square is the price I base my comparisons on. It's a trickier calculation, but I think it's much more reflective of actual usage costs.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: frugalnacho on November 06, 2014, 02:47:37 PM
I bought a Sam's Club membership (much closer to house than Costco).  I'll be comparing cost per-roll of their brands vs what I'm able to do with coupons.  Anyone have a Sam's-available favorite?

Is't cost per square foot a better comparison?  Not all rolls have the same square footage.

Cost per roll is a bad comparison measure because rolls vary in size pretty widely. Cost per square foot is a better metric, but honestly, I don't use TP by the square foot. I use it by the square (sheet?)-- so the cost per square is the price I base my comparisons on. It's a trickier calculation, but I think it's much more reflective of actual usage costs.

True.

I also buy flushable baby wipes from costco.  Not really part of the discussion, just throwing it out there.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Daisy on November 06, 2014, 07:59:24 PM
I bought a Sam's Club membership (much closer to house than Costco).  I'll be comparing cost per-roll of their brands vs what I'm able to do with coupons.  Anyone have a Sam's-available favorite?

Is't cost per square foot a better comparison?  Not all rolls have the same square footage.

Cost per roll is a bad comparison measure because rolls vary in size pretty widely. Cost per square foot is a better metric, but honestly, I don't use TP by the square foot. I use it by the square (sheet?)-- so the cost per square is the price I base my comparisons on. It's a trickier calculation, but I think it's much more reflective of actual usage costs.

Not all squares are created the same.

Less plush toilet paper requires a little more squares per use...just saying.

You might want to calculate how much toilet paper you actually go through in a week and compare that way.

I can't believe I just typed that out. I surely won't be doing this comparison as toilet paper is such a small part of my budget and I am not about to count squares. Have fun with that.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: frugaliknowit on November 07, 2014, 07:02:48 AM
Not worth it.  Gross!!
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: frugalnacho on November 07, 2014, 07:39:04 AM
I bought a Sam's Club membership (much closer to house than Costco).  I'll be comparing cost per-roll of their brands vs what I'm able to do with coupons.  Anyone have a Sam's-available favorite?

Is't cost per square foot a better comparison?  Not all rolls have the same square footage.

Cost per roll is a bad comparison measure because rolls vary in size pretty widely. Cost per square foot is a better metric, but honestly, I don't use TP by the square foot. I use it by the square (sheet?)-- so the cost per square is the price I base my comparisons on. It's a trickier calculation, but I think it's much more reflective of actual usage costs.

Not all squares are created the same.

Less plush toilet paper requires a little more squares per use...just saying.

You might want to calculate how much toilet paper you actually go through in a week and compare that way.

I can't believe I just typed that out. I surely won't be doing this comparison as toilet paper is such a small part of my budget and I am not about to count squares. Have fun with that.

I don't know if a week is long enough to get an accurate number.  I mean what if that particular week includes two mexican nights? That will surely skew the results.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: FarmerPete on November 07, 2014, 09:11:36 AM
I'm certainly a work pooper and pee'er.  I figure that even without the TP, each flush of the toilet costs $0.01-$0.02, so if I make sure I do my #1 before I leave work, I can save a buck or two a year.  Anyone ever considered getting a commercial TP roll holder in their home?  I have to think that buying those 1000 ft rolls has to save money vs the residential ones.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: Rural on November 07, 2014, 09:36:18 AM
I have a 45 min commute and an older female bladder. Ergo I go before I go. :-)
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: frugalnacho on November 07, 2014, 09:39:57 AM
I'm certainly a work pooper and pee'er.  I figure that even without the TP, each flush of the toilet costs $0.01-$0.02, so if I make sure I do my #1 before I leave work, I can save a buck or two a year.  Anyone ever considered getting a commercial TP roll holder in their home?  I have to think that buying those 1000 ft rolls has to save money vs the residential ones.

I have never encountered a large industrial roll of TP that I would consider using for home use.  Also I already buy my TP in bulk, and I can't imagine using the same amount of TP to make one giant roll is much more cost effective than using it to make 30 home sized rolls.  Maybe slightly because you have to use more cardboard rolls, but i'm already buying the actual TP in bulk.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: FarmerPete on November 07, 2014, 11:33:44 AM
I'll have to do some sqft calculations the next time I'm at Sams or GFS.  I'm sure there is a commercial supplier that is cheaper than them though.  Hmmm.  I wish we had a restaurant depot in my town.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: justajane on November 08, 2014, 08:29:59 AM
I bought a Sam's Club membership (much closer to house than Costco).  I'll be comparing cost per-roll of their brands vs what I'm able to do with coupons.  Anyone have a Sam's-available favorite?

Anecdotally, my family went through Sam's club brand three times faster than Kirkland brand. YMMV. But Member's Mark is much softer for those with delicate behinds.

I wish I could get away with one-ply, but my husband hates it. I might stock the bathroom the kids poop in with it, since they use tons and tons. Now I'm nervous about future plumber visits.
Title: Re: We have survived the switch to generic toilet paper.
Post by: OSUBearCub on November 08, 2014, 09:23:52 AM
I bought a Sam's Club membership (much closer to house than Costco).  I'll be comparing cost per-roll of their brands vs what I'm able to do with coupons.  Anyone have a Sam's-available favorite?

Anecdotally, my family went through Sam's club brand three times faster than Kirkland brand. YMMV. But Member's Mark is much softer for those with delicate behinds.

I wish I could get away with one-ply, but my husband hates it. I might stock the bathroom the kids poop in with it, since they use tons and tons. Now I'm nervous about future plumber visits.

My mom did the same thing growing up to get us to cut back on how much TP we used - she just never switched back.  I'll never use one ply Scott again.  When I visit for the holidays, I restock her bathroom with better stuff.