Toiletries, bath products, and hot water can all eat up a significant portion of your budget. Cut costs with these 8 Ways to Save Money in the Bathroom.
When you’re trying to save money, one room that is often overlooked is the bathroom. They take up such a small portion of our home that they are easily forgotten. Unfortunately, because we often forget them, we tend to not stop and think about how much money we’re spending in that one small room.
That missing piece of our budget can do quite a bit of damage to your budget without even knowing it. Fortunately, it is quite easy to save money in the bathroom when you stop and look at the many ways to do so. These 8 Ways to Save Money in the Bathroom are a great place to start!
8 Ways to Save Money in the Bathroom
Always search for a deal. When it comes to bathroom products such as grooming items and toilet paper, there is almost always a deal to be found somewhere. Take a few minutes before you shop to find those deals. You may only save a few pennies each time, but those pennies do add up.
Time showers (or choose a bath instead). Your shower is literally sending your hard-earned money down the drain 1 gallon at a time. The average shower sends 2.1 gallons of water per minute down the drain. This means that your 20-minute showers are really costing you quite a bit. To save money, keep your showers to around 5-minutes or even better? Opt for a bath. It might seem like filling a bathtub would use more water, but it doesn’t.
Opt for budget friendly cosmetics. Cosmetics can eat away at your budget one eye-liner pencil at a time, but there isn’t a real need for that to happen. There are several budget friendly cosmetic brands, such as EyesLipsFace, that can take the place of the more expensive brands on your counter. This one switch has the potential to save you hundreds each year depending on how often you wear makeup.
Make your own bath products. Making your own products is another fantastic way to save money in the bathroom. You can make things like homemade shave cream, homemade shampoo and more to cut your costs. While these products might seem like they will cost you more, they typically cost less once you break their cost down by unit cost. These Lavender Rosemary Bath Bombs are a pretty frugal option!
Turn the hot water off. There are periods of time each day where your hot water doesn’t need to be hot which means that you are basically paying to heat hot water when you don’t need to be. To help cut your heating costs, flip the breaker that controls your hot water heater after everyone has had their showers and the house is clean. Turn it back on 30-45 minutes before you need hot water again and you’ll save a bit of cash.
Reuse whenever possible. Waste comes in all forms and products that can be reused but are tossed anyway is one of the biggest. While you don’t want to simply collect junk, reusing things that can be, is a fantastic way to save. Make sure that your razor cartridges are fully used up before you toss them, reuse hair ties as long as possible and even consider reusing empty shampoo/conditioner bottles for your own homemade products before recycling them. You won’t save much, but any savings is a good savings.
Watch the kids. Kids are great, but they can also be messy and those messes can cost you big time. Everything from using more product than needed, running more water than needed, and leaving lights on adds up to spending in your budget. If you have little ones, keep an eye on them whenever they’re near the bathroom to make sure they aren’t wasting anything. Shower paintings made from body wash might be cool looking, but one too many bottles of body wash and you’ve wasted too much money.
Check for leaks – Finally, leaking toilets, sinks and tubs add up very quickly to a very expensive water bill. Make sure that you are checking those areas for leaks on a pretty regular basis. If you do notice one, shut the water off to where the leak is happening and have it repaired asap.