Friday, March 20, 2009


Refill or Rebuy?

I sometimes think that someone in our house secretly is drinking our hand soap... YIKES, it is probably me since I am a germaphobe...

I am often irritated by spending good money on products that just disappear... shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper... my list could go on! Since I prefer to purchase brand name items vs. the store or generic I do my research on how to spend the least amount of money and still have the products that I like.

I'd say every six to eight weeks the newspapers bring me a coupon for $.35 off of Softsoap (second only to Bath & Body Works... can I get an Amen?).

$.35 may not seem like a big deal when a single pump sells for $1.49-$1.79 a piece, but if I save my coupon until either Meijer or Kroger has a 10 for $10 sale- plus those two stores double coupons up to $.50, so my rinky dinky $.35 coupon is actually a $.70 coupon- netting me nice hand soap for $.30 (CHEAPER THAN A PACK OF GUM!!!).

I have stood looking at the prices on single pump soaps vs. buying the refill package. The refill packages sell for around $6 and at 32 ounces they are able to refill the single pumps 4 times.

If I use my "$.70" coupon on the refill it will cost me $5.30, divide that by 4 refillings = $1.28 per refill. Really? That's not much savings.

Keep in mind:
1 newspaper = 1 Softsoap coupon & 6 newspapers = 6 Softsoap coupons.
It really pays to invest in multiple Sunday papers.