Who came up with the word toiletries anyway? Are these items that we use only around the toilet? I just completed my No Spend January but since I had those big expenses that crashed the emergency fund I think my results were a bit off. I am trying for another No Spend Month this February and decided to cut down toiletries this time around.

I know that the first thing many people think of when they hear that you are cutting down on personal hygiene items is that you will tell them to make their own. I know that it is the frugal thing to do but for my lifestyle this would not work. It would just take up too much time and be a hassle for me to think of making my own so I will go for the convenience factor of store bought items.

Okay, to clarify, I just don’t want to take the time out to make my own:

  • soap
  • laundry detergent
  • hand sanitizer etc.

I like the convenience of having those things already made for me and packaged and I am just not the Martha Stewart type at all. I have a few items already stocked up that I will not need to buy any time soon. These are items that I got while on sale and they ended up costing me just a few cents when combined with coupons. I also managed to score a few free items from great deals at CVS so my little stockpile is growing some more. Here is a list of the items that I do not ‘need’ to buy for the rest of the next month or so:

  • Toilet paper
  • Bath Gel (but I do need soap bars)
  • Toothpaste
  • Laundry detergent
  • Conditioner (but I do need shampoo)

I plan on buying the other items that I am coming up short on by seeing what is available at CVS and on sale at Walmart. Then if I have coupons I can get those items at a discount and save some money while shopping.