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Old 11-11-2008, 08:26 PM   #21
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The only reason why you should brush your teeth is to reduce expense down the road of having to get new ones.
It's a losing proposition anyway. The sooner you yank and replace them all, the more money you save.



Just kidding. Still trying to keep my real ones.
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:28 PM   #22
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What you all dont have Bidets? Why us dirty Americans might want to read this..

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Actually you could skip TP. Use hand and water. We also use less than the recommend amount of detergent. Clothes seem to come out clean. I cut my own hair since I just get a number 1 cut. Right down to the noggin. Saves money doing it myself. The clipper was around 40.00 it has paid for itself several times over. In retirement I suppose you could also do without any deodorant. Really who cares if you stink. The only reason why you should brush your teeth is to reduce expense down the road of having to get new ones.
Yuck!
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Monthly:
razor - $0.10
1/2 shaving cream - $0.50
1/4 shampoo - $0.33
2 bars soap - $0.85
1/6 toothbrush - $0.22
1/2 tube toothpaste - $.85
1 stick deodorant - $1.66
Mouthwash, floss - $2

$6.51 total a month?

My wife - $50 a month?? Many bottles of creams, unguents, lotions, soaps, conditioner, shampoo, body wash, etc. etc. etc.

Let's not get started on imbalances in TP consumption between men and women.
Based on all the descriptions of women's behavior, I have determined that I am not really a woman.
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My plan is to never find myself with a woman who needs to scrimp on this stuff, unless she is 18. And I haven't had a lot of luck with that age group so far.
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I was just thinking about this at the grocery store tonight. I buy Ivory soap, and confirmed that it was the cheapest soap available. I also perused the TP section for some time, determining the difference in price between regular, double, and something called a mega-roll. DH won't let me go super cheap on the TP though. I buy cheap shampoo, but I do get a $60 haircut once a quarter. No makeup on a regular basis, so it lasts a while. I've had the same bottle of nail polish since before I was married, but I am running short. My well meaning mom buys me makeup brushes and girlie items for Christmas that I don't often use.

I'm probably in the $20 a month club for both DH and I. We make the razors last, but probably not as long as Khan. As for showers, we like them every day, stemming from our time having once-a-week showers when we lived on the sailboat.
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$20 to $30 a year.

Pack of mach 3 razor blades 4 pack-$4.99 (This amount usually spills over into the next year as the blades last 4 months or longer.)

18 pack of one step from the bottom toilet paper at grocery outlet- $5.00 sometimes less.

Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Peppermint Pure-Castile Hemp Soap- $9.00

Whatever's cheapest toothpaste, aftershave, and deodorant - $5-$10

Haircuts are free with a set of clippers I have or sometimes $3.00 at the beauty school

everything else I have lasts so many years I can't remember the last time I had to buy them, should probably get q-tips soon.
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[quote= wife - $50 a month?? Many bottles of creams, unguents, lotions, soaps, conditioner, shampoo, body wash, etc. etc. etc.

Let's not get started on imbalances in TP consumption between men and women. [/quote]


Thanks I was looking in my make up drawer and feeling guilty . Plus i"m one of those $88 a month on my hair harlots !
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Hmmm, I often take 3 showers in one day.
Sometimes that's really necessary, after being outside in New Orleans in the summer, or gardening in the dirt, and so on. On workdays it's not usually practical, but weekends are another matter.

I do tend to take brief showers, though, since I was brought up to do that. It really doesn't take more than five minutes to soap all over and scrub everything thoroughly and rinse, if you don't loiter.

As for toilet paper, I wasn't counting that as a toiletry. It''s paper goods.

Oh, and I, too, plan to cut my hair after retirement. Why not? I only go to Supercuts to make sure it's absolutely perfectly even in the back, for work.

But I can't believe how you all are talking about skimping on deodorant after retirement. To me that shows no self respect (in our culture).
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a forever five o'clock shadow eliminates shaving cream purchases, blades and aftershave (i just use a hair trimmer, works great and no blade touches my face).

never use deoderants or antiperspirants. i just shower every day (2 or 3 times if i'm working out or working in garden).

there's not a bar of soap here. liquids only. dish detergent in kitchen dispenser and i splurge on bronner's for the shower with softsoap for the sink. all bought in bulk.

i spend whatever it takes to keep healthy teeth & gums (proxy brushs, soft pics, etc) and to have plenty more good hair days (proper shampoos, good cuts, no unnecessary chemicals like dyes).

have never broken out these minimal costs from groceries. i'm pretty sure i piss much more money away just on one friday night out on the town.
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Based on all the descriptions of women's behavior, I have determined that I am not really a woman.

You are a woman just not into all that stuff . I'm not into a lot but I absolutely will not leave my house without a light foundation ,mascara & lipstick and I do love Body Butter and a nice conditioner .I guess I am slightly high maintenance
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I use Want2retire's trick too. We use half the detergent it says too. Remember they are in the business to sell detergent.
I don't squeeze out the wash cloths so I figure the wash gets extra soap from them.
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I'm scared to even try to add-up ours. I don't use much...shower at the gym (I have little hair, and shampoo/soap is provided, so I just use that), use electric razor most days. Stick of deodorant a month maybe, the store brand. And a half tube of a dollar-a-tube ultrabright. Oh, and aftershave given to me at Christmas from the kids usually, or Sea-Breeze when I run out. Only wet shave for special occasions or corporate photos, so one blade and a can of cream can last a few months.

No complaints, mind you, but DW has two different kinds of face wash and uses both nightly, 3 or 4 different astringents/milky lotions/night creams/eye creams, which she uses every night...not to mention the stuff she puts on before the make-up (which I am not there to see most days due to leaving so early in the morning). The eye cream alone costs about $60 at the duty free shop in the airport (cheaper than in the city, so I buy it when I travel). That usually lasts a couple of months. She's real purty though, so no complaints...

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No complaints, mind you, but DW has two different kinds of face wash and uses both nightly, 3 or 4 different astringents/milky lotions/night creams/eye creams, which she uses every night...not to mention the stuff she puts on before the make-up (which I am not there to see most days due to leaving so early in the morning). The eye cream alone costs about $60 at the duty free shop in the airport (cheaper than in the city, so I buy it when I travel). That usually lasts a couple of months. She's real purty though, so no complaints...
Your wife is a bargain. Viagra is $10 a pill, and a pretty wife works better.

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I hope things never get that bad where I start tracking toilet paper.
On a submarine, that happens around day 40 of a 90-day patrol. And if the rolls in storage get wet, you dry them out...

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Plus i"m one of those $88 a month on my hair harlots !
I'm just not gonna make a comparison to that number!
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We spend about $60/month on toiletries, TP, laundry soap. That's for four of us, and we do about 8 loads of laundry a week (so we use a lot of detergent).

I recently decided to up our expenses in this area so that we could buy toiletries without as many chemicals. Turns out, the chemicals used in toiletries really don't have to be proven safe, and several are suspected human carcinogens. So I'm using this database to help us lower our chemical load:

http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/

It might seem a bit neurotic, but I figure, why take the risk? I'll feel real stupid if I get a more serious cancer when I'm 50 that's directly linked to any of the chemicals in cosmetics.
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I also draw the line on saving money when it comes to personal hygiene.

I take a shower every day and shave every day and brush my teeth and floss every day. I wouldn't cut back on any of that unless I was homeless.

I'm out in pubic a lot and I see people who look like they have not had a bath in weeks. I always think to myself....maybe they are too poor to afford a shower. Then I think that a shower costs what?? like 30 cents? that's probably less than the cigarette that they are smoking!


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