Back in the days – the pre-coupon/pre-Dave Ramsey days – I was pretty snobby about my purchases. I thought name brands meant something. And I smugly looked down my nose at my lil’ sister who used cheap shampoo as body wash.
I only bought the best.
Well, come to find out, the best isn’t really the best. And it’s expensive. And, as a result, it just isn’t worth it.
As I’ve tightened my spending and developed little price rules for myself, I’ve found that many products can serve other purposes than the one that they are marketed for. Janel’s use of cheap shampoo for body wash is a good example.
Other things that I have recently subbed include:
* Lots of my favorite baking recipes call for sour cream, but the brand we like rarely goes on a great sale. However, store brand yogurt is super cheap, especially when on special. I usually buy the plain variety for smoothies since it is better for us. Now, I’m subbing it for the sour cream in my baking and it’s turning out great.
* I bought Huggies baby wash for $.50/bottle a few months back and have used that to refill our hand soap dispensers. It works great, smells good, and costs a lot less than Soft Soap or Walmart’s cheap alternative.
* My big stash of baby wipes is not lasting me as long as I anticipated. And I haven’t seen a good deal lately. But, I did have a $3 coupon for Huggies CleanTeam flushable wipes. This made them $.50/package. So, we will be using these for baby wipes until I see a better deal.
How about you? Do you use a product for something other than its “intended purpose” in order to save money? Let us know in the comments section.
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