You know the saying, “It’s all about the Benjamins?”
I think whoever coined that saying was wrong. I think when you’re trying live a frugal lifestyle – and eat well on a budget – it’s not about the Benjamins at all.
Or even the Alexanders or the Georges.
It’s all about the Abes. The small, copper ones that you often find strewn across the ground as if they don’t mean anything. As if they’re not worth anything.
But I beg to differ. Those pennies mean a whole lot you only have so many to go around – know what I mean?
So I started an experiment last month, spawned by an episode of “Extreme Cheapskates” (which by the way, I do NOT recommend watching beyond the pilot episode as I believe it ridicules and makes fun of the participants).
One of the participants in the pilot episode shared that one way he stretched his funds was by cutting the ends off his tubes of toothpaste. By doing so, he was able to squeeze out another week or so worth of toothpaste.
Get it? Squeeze out…
This idea got me thinking.
What if it worked?! What if that idea, and all of those other “crazy” sounding ideas that only the super-duper-cheapskates did really truly, actually worked?!
The next day I created a board on Pinterest called “Money Saving Ideas to Try” and started collecting ideas on ways we can help stretch our pennies even more. You should follow me… you know, because friends do that on Pinterest… and I have LOTS of pretty pictures and fun ideas to share! 🙂
Back to the toothpaste.
As our supply started to dwindle last month (right around the time we saw that show) I started shopping around for the best price on Earthpaste to replenish our bottles. This deal on Amazon for 4 bottles for $25 was the best deal I could find (and free shipping with Prime), but there wasn’t that much left in our grocery budget at the time.
Enter the brilliance of cutting off the ends of the tubes.
Cutting the Ends Off Toothpaste Really Does Save Money!
I cut about 1/4″ off the end of one tube and looked inside. Wouldn’t you know – there was LOTS of toothpaste still left!
And this was AFTER we had done squeezed and squooshed and pushed and shimmied as much toothpaste out of the bottle as we possibly could. Yet, there was still more! See for yourself!
It might be hard to see, but there’s toothpaste on the sides of the tube, plus a good bit at the bottom where it would normally get squeezed out.
We used our toothbrush to dip toothpaste out of the tube for about two weeks, then cut off another inch or so. We kept doing this until we got down to the bottom of the tube with only 1 1/2″ left worth of tube and zero toothpaste.
Would you believe that there was THREE WEEKS worth of toothpaste left in the tube?! Here I was, about to throw away perfectly good (and not extremely affordable) toothpaste when there was enough left to almost get my family through an entire month!
In the end, that man’s frugal tip was genius in my book and it has truly saved me money.
We started with four tubes of toothpaste at the beginning of last June and we didn’t start cutting until early February. Doing the math, we average one 4oz tube of toothpaste every 2 months.
If cutting the tip off one tube was worth three weeks worth of toothpaste, then cutting off the tips of four tubes was worth 12 weeks – or 3 months. This simple trick has saved me $9.38 – more than just a few pennies! It’s also given me enough time to search for a good deal on Earthpaste and debate whether it’s worth buying again, or finding a similar recipe that I can make at home for possibly less. Results of that one coming very soon!
What does all this crazy toothpaste experimenting mean for you?
First, it means you should cut the tips off of your toothpaste tubes if you’re starting to run low.
Second, it means that you’ll be reading about my experiments and the results of them as they happen in the Crumbs household.
Why? Because my grocery budget includes toiletries and if I find a tip that could be useful, I want you guys to know about it. And if I find a tip that isn’t useful, I want you guys to know about that too! Hopefully in either case, we’ll all be able to stretch our pennies a bit better, and a bit more.
Want to join in the fun? I’d love to try out your ideas!
Here’s how we can do this together:
- Be sure to follow me on Pinterest.
- Leave a comment on a pin on my “Money Saving Ideas to Try” board, asking for an invite to pin.
- Check back to Pinterest within a day or so and you’ll have access!
Can you imagine all the pennies we’d save if we employed all these crazy money saving tips?! The possibilities are endless!
So how about it – are you going to help me with collecting ideas on Pinterest? Do you cut off the ends of your toothpaste tubes?
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