There are some penny-pinching ideas that I happily embrace. And others that I don’t find worth it. For example, I cut our dryer sheets into thirds. Considering that 120 dryer sheets cost about $3, it might seem that I’m not saving a lot of money (2.5 cents each versus less than .8 cents when cut in thirds). If I do an average of one load of laundry a day for 8 months a year (we have a clothes line), that’s $6 a year compared $1.92. But it means that instead of buying dryer sheets every 120 loads, I can dry 360 loads before I need more, possibly once a year. If a third of sheet does the job, why use more?
On the other hand, I find comparison shopping for toilet paper too much hassle. It is too hard to compare rolls from brand to brand to know when you’re getting more bang for your buck, though I know some super frugal heroes have done the math of sheet size and number and thickness. Instead, I chose a mid-priced brand that we like, partly because it also doubles well for blowing noses in our allergy-plagued househould and partly because I often have coupons for the brand and it goes on sale about once a month.
The pennies do add up and I’m always looking for ways to trim our spending even further. The question is “how frugal is too frugal?”