Dottie Domestic Considers The Toilet Paper

My granddaughter spent last week at our house.  She is 12 years old, small and beautiful…and she consumes toilet paper like a platoon of soldiers.  Suddenly, I understood why my Dad was so crazed about how fast we girls ran through his stockpile.

Dad had three daughters.  Each daughter had a daughter.  When we came to visit, Dad hid his toilet paper in the bottom of the clothes hamper in his bedroom.  Why?  Between the 6 of us, we could go through two rolls of toilet paper a day.

So what?

Dad was a depression baby.  And toilet paper was a luxury even though, back then, a roll might cost him a quarter.  If Dad were alive, today, he would probably stock the bathroom with leaves and lock up his toilet paper.

Buy toilet paper at the store and 8 rolls will cost you about $8.00.  Even if you buy it in bulk – 30 jumbo rolls will still cost you $26.00 – 100 times what it cost Dad.  And, have you noticed that the rolls are getting noticeably smaller but the price isn’t?

Bottom line, toilet paper is a pretty practical consideration!  So, how do you wrangle toilet paper to the ground, cut down on use and save some cash?  The old-fashioned way; you start counting sheets.

I know, sounds ridiculous but once I started counting, I realized that I was hauling on the toilet paper roll like I was pulling the cord to start my lawn mower.  Ten, twelve, sometimes fifteen sheets at a time rolled off.  I was ripping through rolls at the rate of three a week!

By counting sheets and limiting the number I use, I can make one roll of Scott toilet paper last about 8 days – saving trees, saving money and yes, I think bringing a huge smile to my Dad’s face.

And if you want to save even more money, I have two suggestions.  Check out Amazon’s Subscribe and Save – I love it.  You get 15% off the regular price and free home delivery.  Not ready for that, Google “coupons” for your favorite paper products company and start saving money and trees.

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