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Old 01-04-2011, 12:36 PM   #61
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:38 PM   #62
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I don't know how this is possible. A 12-pack of Charmin costs about $8 at the commissary. According to my wife, we sometimes go through a roll a day. $15 per person per year seems pretty cheap to me...but to honest, I've never really tried to conserve the paper, unless I'm specifically aware that we're down to the last roll and I'm actually "in the driver's seat" at that moment...
Charmin? I thought this was a LBYM forum?!?!? And $8 seems steep even for charmin (based on my knowledge of walmart prices).

I can buy the 6 pack of no name at walmart for a buck. I recently bought 3 huge cases of toilet paper from amazon for $36 (96 rolls/case IIRC), and we have been working on those for over 3 months now. Still not half way used up yet. So I figure around $60-70 a year for TP. We may spend more in the future if we go back to buying 6 packs for $1 each, since I'm pretty sure the ladies in the house use more than 1 roll/day on average.
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:50 PM   #63
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Fuego, it is time to post your toilet paper tower picture.
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This was one of the things on my bucket list.
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Growing up we used cut up squares of old newspaper threaded on a piece of string and hanging from a hook in the wall. The only time we had colored toilet paper was when the Saturday sports special (called the Sporting Pink I think) had been read and was ready for re-cycling.
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Growing up we used cut up squares of old newspaper threaded on a piece of string and hanging from a hook in the wall. The only time we had colored toilet paper was when the Saturday sports special (called the Sporting Pink I think) had been read and was ready for re-cycling.
Ah, but you think you had it bad, Alan....
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Oh, any thread that has Fuego's tower o' tissue AND the 4 Yorkshiremen is a WINNER!
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:16 PM   #67
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Toilet paper? Isn't this what saving dryer sheets are for?

I have been reading these comments with some amusement. I thought I would comment too since I have lived a good part of my life in Japan and have used Japanese toilets even longer.

The toilet in question is not a bidet but is generally called a washlet. In fact, they are not toilets but toilets seats with bidet and other functionality. They were first developed by the Toto Company and were called Washlets. These are now made by many Japanese, Korean and Chinese manufacturers but many folks still refer to these units as washlets. Most washlets have wands under the seat that extend when you press a button and you can wash the front or rear with warm water. Most have warm air dryers and the seats are generally warmed. A real benefit in Japanese homes which seldom have central heating.

Most homes in Japan have washlets now as do most hotels. You will find them in restaurant restrooms and even public toilets. Some of my gaijin friends now refer to Japan as the "Land of the Shiney Bottoms". Many of the units are quite sophisticated and I am waiting for those units that may at some point actually examine the waste and suggest dietary alternatives. For those with hemorrhoids, fissures, and other issues, these are wonderful with warm soothing water. Many of our Japanese friends in the U.S. or those friends who have lived in Japan have these units as well. Here is a link to one such unit: Washlet C110

I might add that these units have been around for a long time and are very reliable. Of course, it depends on the manufacturer but Toto simply makes the best toilets and washlets. They usually have to be special ordered through plumbing stores and cost a bit more than others but pay for themselves over the years in readability and less water usage. Never having to flush twice is nice of course as is saving on toilet paper, but waking up in the middle of the night in a chilly house and seating yourself on a warm washlet is, well, priceless.

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Ah, but you think you had it bad, Alan....
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That's pretty cool - I need to learn how to use Photoshop
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For me, resorting to cheap toilet paper or no toilet paper is not an option. Some things, such as quality TP, you just can't give up.
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My DH gets really, ahem, irritated when I buy the cheap TP.

Interesting about the washlets, Charlie. My only foreign toilet experience besides the nonexistent ones in the Mongolian outback were the unfathomable "no seat at all" model in Italy. WTF? Even in the Italian hospital there was not a western style toilet.

Those Japanese are buttocks ahead of the rest of the world in toilet fashion.
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If I reach for the "1000 sheet, septic tank safe" brand, I get the "eyeball". So I let Mr B choose what he wants. A small sacrafice for a guy who saved me a ton of money by reviewing my car/home/life insurance situation for free.
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I choose Costco. The big pack of Kirkland TP. I don't know what it costs, I no longer look - it's reasonable and good quality... and I'm WORTH IT! No s**t!
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I went to the restroom yesterday at a college I was at, and after tugging at the toilet roll a single sheet came out, and that was it!!

It reminded me of a poem that was common graffiti some years ago.

Here I sit in clouds of vapors,
someone stole the toilet paper.
How much longer must I linger,
before I'm forced to use my finger?
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When we took our only trip to China, back in 91, it was interesting to see all the various versions of things we were used to, but when DW discovered the toilets in the Beijing McDonald's restaurant (a hole with footprints on either side), she nearly went ballistic.
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Wow...yeah, I can see why.
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Here I sit in clouds of vapors,[/I]
someone stole the toilet paper.
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before I'm forced to use my finger?
There were so many of those. I spent roughly one weekend a month for many years at Boy Scout campgrounds, plus two weeks every summer, and the graffiti was pretty well standardized.

The one I remember best:
Here I sit, broken-hearted
Came to $#!t but only farted.


Similarly:
No matter how you dance
No matter how you prance
The last two drops
Go down your pants


But my absolute favorite one is from a bar in California. On a plaque above the mirror in the men's restroom:

No wonder you always go home alone
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Guess one could always use recycled dryer sheets for TP, in a crack pinch, so to speak !
And if you do, remember not to reuse it in the dryer.
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