Nine Ways To Maximize Your Personal Hygiene Dollars

razorA long time ago, I wrote about the value of personal appearance, arguing that money invested in a nice, clean appearance was worthwhile. However, for many, that seems to conflict greatly with living a frugal lifestyle – how can you spend a lot of money on personal appearance and still maintain some financial standards?

The real key is that putting up a strong personal appearance doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and it starts with one simple rule: cleanliness and crispness is the key to everything else. Bathe daily, use deodorant, and dress in well-made clean clothes, and you’ll be just fine for most things you need to do in life. Here are some more tips for shaving money from that personal hygiene budget without sacrificing cleanliness or health.

Use a old-fashioned safety razor. I wrote about this in detail in my guide to shaving, but an old-fashioned safety razor with replaceable blades is far less expensive – and does a far better job – than modern disposables and multi-blade cartridge razors. You have to shave a bit differently with them – a very wet face and a shave with the grain – but it gives a tremendously good shave and is very inexpensive to boot.

Dry your razor blades after shaving. Just blot your razor dry with a towel when you’re done with it. Even if you’re using disposables or cartridges, this will extend the life of your blade greatly, enabling several reuses out of it. If you’re using a safety razor, you can literally use the same razor for months. If you blow-dry your hair anyway, you can just stick the razor in the path of some of the warm air to help it dry if you wish.

Use inexpensive soap. Soap is the perfect thing to use coupons on. I literally buy whatever is cheapest, and often, thanks to clever coupon stacking and an eye for sales, I can get bars of soap for next to nothing. Over the last year, I’ve used Lever 2000, Zest, SoftScrub for Men, and I’m currently using an Old Spice liquid soap. Why? At different times, I’ve hit sales on these items.

Try inexpensive shampoos. For some, this won’t work because of scalp issues, but for many people, an inexpensive shampoo does virtually as well as an expensive one provided you apply them both vigorously. I used to use an expensive shampoo, but lately I’ve been using Pert Plus, which does a fantastic job and is very inexpensive. Give an inexpensive brand a try to see how it works for you.

If your skin is oily, use a dedicated soap just for your face, but continue to use the inexpensive soap elsewhere. My wife uses a dedicated soap for oily skin, but uses it just to wash her face and uses the same inexpensive soap I use elsewhere. I’m fortunate to not have oily skin on my face (not even when I was a teenager, really), so I just use the inexpensive soap elsewhere.

Get a simple, low-maintenance haircut. Seriously, don’t bother with hairstyles that require lots of products to maintain – just get something very simple and straightforward and just keep it clean. If you must get it styled, look for low-maintenance styles that don’t require extensive use of products to make it look good. Cleanliness is the key – just keep it looking clean, above all.

Minimize the makeup. Some people feel more confident wearing makeup, and that’s great, but if you’re just doing it because you think you’re supposed to, start cutting down your application and perhaps remove it entirely. It’s expensive and often not entirely necessary – just start cutting down on it and applying a more minimalist look. Better yet, go makeup free – I’ve seen my wife wear makeup about four times ever (and only twice during the whole time we were dating), and I think she looks quite beautiful without it.

Don’t throw away your almost-finished deodorant (yet). Save several of them, then melt them one at a time in a microwave on high for thirty seconds and pour the melted deodorant into one of the other containers. Just put some paper towels under the ones that you do melt in case there’s spillage in the microwave. It’s an easy way to get what amounts to a free stick of deodorant.

Use very small amounts of aftershave, cologne, or perfume (if you use any at all). These things are very easy to overdo – and many people who use them overdo it. You should put on an extremely small amount of the stuff. I spritz my hand once from a fair distance away (maybe a foot), then rub that hand on both sides of my neck, and even that is a bit on the strong side. If you do this, the scent is subtle and appealing instead of overbearing – and the cologne/perfume lasts a lot longer, too.

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60 thoughts on “Nine Ways To Maximize Your Personal Hygiene Dollars

  1. Mark says:

    Very good points, however, I disagree on the melting the deodorant point. What if you buy different kinds? I often buy different brands depending on the sales (as you preached regarding soap). I would think melting these together might not work. Also, since I buy mine on sale they rarely cost more than $1, and the hassle of melting deodorant to save a $1 just doesn’t seem worth the effort. Finally, there is a lot of chemistry involved, and melting just might change the chemical properties of the deodorant.

    There is a line between frugal and TOO frugal, and to me melting deodorant crosses that line.

    Anyway, that is my two cents. Thanks for a thoughtful post.

  2. Looby says:

    I try not to spend a lot on personal grooming but I do use good (moderately expensive) skin care products. I do however only purchase them during bonus times when the company gives a free selection of mini make-up and perfume, then I simply use these, they are usually neutral colours that look good for work. I haven’t bought any make up for about 2 years just from timing the skin care purchases I would have made anyway. I admit I could buy cheaper products but they are worth it to me.

  3. MVP says:

    I was just thinking you should do a post on this as I was shopping for some of these items yesterday. I’ve always been someone who thinks you get what you pay for when it comes to personal hygiene items. Boy, was I wrong! Since we’ve become more frugal, I’ve become more flexible on this theory and have been relieved to find the inexpensive shampoos, conditioners and soaps work JUST AS WELL, if not better, than the pricey ones. I still splurge on a fabulous haircut and color, but I don’t bother with the salon products anymore, as I was usually disappointed by them anyway. Still, I must say, I LOVE when my man wears cologne, and I LOVE to wear perfume. But it’s still considered a luxury that I only get as a gift on special occasions.

  4. MVP says:

    Also, I’ve dramatically reduced my makeup budget, and I mostly get it at the drug store now, rather than the department store, where I used to spend a fortune each visit. But I’d NEVER stop wearing makeup altogether – I mean, I’m still a girl, right?! Makeup is FUN.

  5. Justin says:

    I do use a safety razor. I thought you were supposed to do one pass with the grain, then a second pass against? That’s how I’ve been doing it for months now, and that second pass really makes a world of difference.

  6. Katie says:

    I’ve found that coming to terms with my curly hair has actually saved me money in the long run, not to mention provided more opportunity for sleep, and lower electricity bills (try running a hairdryer for 30 minutes a day, then a hot iron or a curling iron for another 15.. it adds up!).

    I also found that by switching to an (much more expensive) all-natural makeup, I spend LESS than I used to as I’m forced to seriously consider my purchases, plus the products last a LOT longer overall. As an added benefit I also look more ‘natural’ (I don’t wear much makeup at all, but many people comment how good my skin looks, and I just don’t bother to tell them it’s makeup :P) and use less product overall as it’s of a higher quality.

  7. Dave says:

    I’d imagine blotting a razor blade with a towel could dull it quicker, not slower… and I wouldn’t recommend the deodorant thing. I find that for deodorant, I buy the ones where you click twice to get the proper amount, and that way I always use the right amount and not too much.

  8. EP says:

    Watch out – cheap soap can introduce you to perfumes that messes with your hormones and increases the risk of developing an allergy. Also, cheap soap might contain substances dangerous to the amount. I happily pay a little extra for that environmentally conscious brand that pass rigorous government tests.

    Also, a way to make your cologne last even longer is to spray it on your clothes instead of your skin. Your clothes will have a great scent that will stay even when you wash your hands. And again, there’s the health advantage of not exposing your skin to perfume.

  9. Travis says:

    The deoderant idea seems wacky to me.

  10. Amanda says:

    I use crystal deodorant. It’s basically a large stick of alum which you wet and then apply to your underarms. $3 and it lasts forever. No fragrances, no dyes, no nothing, and it works great! There have been studies done on regular deodorant that says the chemicals used can lead to horrible diseases like Alzheimers. Maybe that’s just being alarmist, but better to be safe (and frugal, and hygenic) than sorry.

  11. Rose says:

    walmart.com often has free samples of deodorant, soap, etc. I find it worth my while to fill out the forms for the samples.

  12. Susie says:

    I make my own shampoo and conditioner with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, respectively.

    1 level tbsp baking soda mixed into 1 cup warm water (“shampoo”)
    1 level tbsp apple cider vinegar into 1 cup warm water
    (“conditioner)

    Rinse the baking soda mix out like regular shampoo. You can either rinse out the ACV mix or leave it in. I was very skeptical until I tried it but I can honestly say that it works great!

  13. Justin says:

    @Dave: Ditto on that. The slip with my Merkur blades explicitly warns against blotting/drying, and says that “shaking/blowing” is all that’s required.

  14. MVP says:

    @EP – Ivory soap is very inexpensive (I just paid about $3.40 for 12 bars – that’s 28 cents a bar!) and it’s nearly frangrance free and fairly simple. I switched away from deoderant soap because my doctor was concerned about skin allergies, etc.

  15. Elaine says:

    I scrub my scalp with baking soda paste and rinse with diluted apple cider vinegar (1 T in 1 cup). It works great and I only need to do this once or twice a week.

    For my face I use the oil cleansing method – I massage my face and neck with equal parts extra virgin olive oil and castor oil, lie down with a hot washcloth on for a bit, then rinse the washcloth and scrub the oil off with hot water. I cannot describe how incredible this leaves my skin. It is relaxing to boot.

    For the rest of me I use plain vegetable glycerin soap, or handmade all natural soap that I get from farmer’s markets and the like. It’s generally made from oil, sometimes with oatmeal or other mild exfoliant things, maybe some herbs and spices. I won’t have anything to do with fragrances, chemicals, detergents, etc.

    I also use Dr. Bronner’s for all of the above from time to time.

  16. jm says:

    @Amanda

    uh, you do know that the ‘alum’ in your alum stone stands for aluminum, which is the ‘chemical’ in antiperspirant that people say “can lead to horrible diseases like Alzheimers.”, right?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alum

  17. AT says:

    This post seems to cross the line from “frugal” to “cheap”. Melting deodorant? Come on. I agree with EP’s comment about cheap soaps too.

    I recommended grabbing free samples of products that you like when you can. The last time I had a large quantity of hygiene samples I donated them to a shelter but for the last few months I’ve been using the few soap and shower gel samples that I still have. A small bar soap lasts a long time.

  18. amanda says:

    I use a mix of drugstore cosmetics and a few more expensive brands, but the major way I’m saving money on beauty/hygiene lately is that I’ve stopped coloring my hair. It just seemed silly to waste the money as well as an afternoon at the salon every month or two. No, it hasn’t been fun “transitioning” back to my old color and the ends of my hair don’t match the roots. But my bank account is much, much happier!

  19. Susan says:

    I personally avoid all cosmetics from drug store and supermarket chains. Almost all of them are tested on animals and made with petroleum-based chemicals, which is why they are so cheap. As others have mentioned, I buy Dr. Bronner’s in bulk and use it for just about everything from personal washing to household cleaning. I make sure that all other cosmetics I use are not tested on animals and buy organic whenever possible. It may cost a bit more, but it is worth it. In my mind, just because something is cheap doesn’t mean it’s healthy for you or the planet. Frugality and conscious living can go hand-in-hand.

  20. plonkee says:

    I can’t use just any shampoo, but I’ve found some cheap ones that are just as good as expensive ones. Don’t forget that scent goes off, so either use it regularly or decant it into smaller containers when it gets half empty.

  21. Mary says:

    I’ve started getting most of my hygiene stuff for the cost of tax only by redeeming rebates at various drugstores. I typically go to Walgreens, Rite Aid and Longs, but Rite Aid tends to have the largest selection of rebates at any given time, with lots of rebates for the entire retail price of the item. At Walgreens, you can get your rebate amount plus 10% of the total if you get it in the form of a walgreens gift card (which you can use to buy other walgreens rebate items). Lately I’ve gotten lots of shampoo, facial cleanser, razors, a box of cereal, and a bottle of excedrin for tax only. You can also usually get deodorant, soap and toothpaste pretty consistently, but I have so many free samples of these that I need to use up before I buy more. You just have to be careful to buy the correct item at the correct time, and that the cost of the tax doesn’t exceed the lowest-priced version of the item you’re buying (it happens).

  22. Leslie M-B says:

    Melting deodorant? Ewwww.

    I wouldn’t recommend introducing chemicals like that into a place where you prepare/heat food.

  23. Sm4k says:

    My fiancee cuts my and her son’s hair. It’s a tremendous savings to us. $30 hair stylist ‘kit’ (ours is a Wahl) one time has lasted years vs $15 at my old barber once a month. For boys and low-maintenance girls, there’s really no other way to go. It might take a little bit before the cutter is confident in their work, but once you’re there, it’s a great savings in both time (no driving, no waiting) and money.

  24. infix says:

    Dr. Bronner’s castille soap. I use it for my shampoo as well as my body soap. The ingredients are very simple (no harsh chemicals, no hormone-disrupting chemicals). You can even brush your teeth with the stuff if you dilute it.

    Oh and it’s great for washing your fruits & veggies to get the chemicals & germs off of them.

  25. crazypumpkin says:

    I’ve found that the biggest way for me to save money is to completely reconsider why I’m using the products I’m using and how effective they actually are. I no longer wash my face on a twice daily basis. I only shower every other day, and thats the only time soap touches my face. And you wouldn’t know the difference, my skin actually looks better. Except that I don’t have to spend much money on special face soaps, I spend much less on moisturizer because my skin isn’t as dry from daily stripping of all my natural oils, and I spend much less to care for my hair.

  26. claymeadow says:

    umm, yea, how bout everyone skip the microwave meltdown tips. i am not a volunteer fire fighter but something sounds quite bad about that tip. also, for big savings, don’t turn the shower water to extreme highest as it will run your hot water heater resulting in higher utility bills.

  27. Louise says:

    I find the stench of Dr. Bronner’s castille soaps (yes, all scents) nearly intolerable – either just plain gross or way, way too intense. Trader Joe’s casille soap is much more pleasant and much cheaper too. It’s one of those cheap and amazing things you can use for a million different tasks, right up there with baking soda and vinegar.

    As far as the hair care goes, it took me about a month of greasy (but clean) hair for my scalp to adjust and stop producing so much oil so often. It’s definitely not something you can just switch out with your shampoo. You have to adjust recipes and frequencies and allow your body time to adjust… Not for everyone, but I like my hair better this way.

  28. Mark says:

    I once read an article that found people who “make” their own products at home (this article used laundry detergent as an example), to be poor financial decision makers. It comes down to psychology, these people feel they are saving money on laundry detergent, etc. so they justify other spending in their lives, but feel as though they are being frugal at the same time. I urge you NOT to melt deodorant in your microwave, instead evaluate your entire financial picture, including other spending habits that you have. For example, if you are melting deodorant to save money, but you are paying $100 a month for cable TV, please reconsider your choices.

  29. Monica says:

    I only buy Ivory soap (and I buy it whenever it goes on sale for really cheap. Someday I want to try making my own soap — it looks fun.

    I buy Crest or Colgate toothpaste when it’s on sale for 39 cents or less.

    I don’t wear makeup, occasionally lipstick.

    I’m not willing to have razor blades in a house with 2 people who have previously had suicidal tendencies, so we buy disposables. However, I stopped shaving my legs so they last a lot longer now that I only shave my armpits.

    I don’t use perfume as I find it annoying on other people (in fact, it sometimes affects my breathing!).

    I cut my own hair and my husband’s. Neither of us use any kind of styling product.

    I buy shampoo on sale when it’s around $2/bottle. I don’t shampoo my hair every day. Sometime I’d like to try “no poo” (involves baking soda and apple cider vinegar).

    I use Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream because it’s the only one that works for me. As for body lotion though, I’ll try anything inexpensive as long as it’s unscented.

    I couldn’t really be bothered melting deoderant though.

  30. Louise says:

    Oh, before I switched to castille soap and baking soda, I used whatever cheap shampoo I found that smelled okay, diluted it with water, and bought salon conditioner on sale. The conditioner lasted for-ev-er, making it probably cheaper than the shampoo in the long run. I made a habit of avoiding salon shampoos and really even brand names of shampoo. Unless they’re special formulas (as in anti-dandruff, not as in volumizing), shampoo is shampoo is shampoo. But the nicer conditioners, not crap like pantene, were always good to my hair.

  31. Sunshine says:

    Gosh people. There is nothing wrong with melting deodorant. Obviously you don’t want to nuke it for 10 mins and leave it alone. It only takes 30 sec to 1 min, maybe a bit more. I used to do it when I was uber frugal. It can be messy, but it works especially well if you use the same type of deodorant.

    Now, I use the mineral stick as well. It lasts awhile and works better for me. I want to try baking soda next (like no impact man).

  32. 60 in 3 - Fitness and Health says:

    Shave your head! Ok, won’t work for everyone :) but those of us who’ve tried it (or who have had mother nature try it on us) know the beautiful, simple and cheap haircut that is a shaved head.

    Gal

  33. Louise says:

    @jm
    The form of aluminum in crystal deodorants is not the same as in commercial deodorants. I hesitate to say that one form is safer than the other because I don’t know of any strong evidence that the commercial kind is unsafe in the first place. In any case, the crystal kind sounds like it costs less and lasts longer, and we love frugality around here.

    since you’re checking wikipedia anyway, here’s some more information:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonium_alum
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminium#Aluminium_compounds
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deodorant

  34. I’d like to second the idea of reducing the amount of aftershave & perfume that folks use. Please, for the love of humanity don’t wear enough to ‘smell strongly’ of whatever it is you put on. Sometimes other people like the natural smell of fresh air. Oh, and it will save you money, too ;)

  35. lorax says:

    Another hair option: let your hair grow long.

    About melting deodorant, I have to wonder if the time and electricity spent makes this frugal.

  36. People need to have a certain threshold in mind and a really good idea of how much they are spending before they go off planning how to save money on these things. It may feel like you are throwing away money every time you consume any product, but are you really? Frugal Bachelor has kept detailed records of his purchases this year and sees that he purchased one bottle of shampoo all year, in early March, and it was name brand and cost $2.87. So, even eliminating that cost all together, would be in the noise as for as total annual expenditures. Frugal Bachelor would suggest a minimum threshold of somewhere between $20 and $100 annually for middle-class Americans before they even think about trying to save money on a particular item.

  37. Sunshine says:

    @Lorax,

    Now that might be a good argument…

  38. huwy says:

    Just a minor, minor note:

    Rubbing perfume or cologne between two surfaces, such as your neck and wrist example, often alters the scent.

  39. steve says:

    Here’s a great inexpensive deodorant: Just prepare a half-and-half mixture of baking soda and corn starch. Put the powder in a small jar and apply with a “powder puff.” It will eliminate odor and bacteria without clogging your pores.

  40. Appfunds says:

    I don`t buy expensive turborazors or megashampoos.
    I think it`s enough to be sensible. If you look at every coin you spend, your life might be a nightmare.

  41. Matt says:

    “However, I stopped shaving my legs so they last a lot longer now that I only shave my armpits.”
    Monica @ 4:13 pm November 5th, 2007

    Wait… what? Your poor husband.

  42. Robert Carlson says:

    Regarding soap, my wife and I actually buy a French soap which is carried by World Market, Whole Foods and probably other stores. It’s $3.99 for one bar, but it’s quite large and lasts about two months with us both sharing it. I think that’s far cheaper than running through the regular commercially available soaps which may have questionable ingredients. We also buy unscented Kiss My Face roll on deodorant, which is about $4. But we share this too and it lasts almost two months.

  43. The deodorant one is a bit much for me!!

    One of my favorite solutions is Cosmetics and More. They have a local storefront here in New York and I can buy cosmetics and other products for cents on the dollar, literally! I picked up a concealer there for $2.14 including tax last night. Just for giggles, I popped into a drugstore and saw the exact same product for $7.99! I get hair dye there for $2.50 a box (as opposed to $9 or something, a big savings especially considering I need 2 boxes to do my hair). I also use super-cheap shampoo so I can splurge a little (only a little) on conditioner. I don’t notice a difference in my hair when I use a more expensive shampoo but I notice WORLDS of difference in conditioners (I have very thick, curly hair).

    I second Rose’s comment about Walmart.com’s samples page–I have actually made it a goal this month to use those samples up as I’m running out of room to keep them! That will save me maybe a month’s worth of shampoo and conditioner purchases.

    I’ve also found that doing all my toiletries purchases (aside from cosmetics) at a drug store that has rewards points to be somewhat helpful. It takes me a few months to build up to the $5 coupon but hey–it’s $5!

  44. Elaine says:

    Louise – you know Dr. Bronner’s soaps are concentrated, and that’s why they smell so intense, right? You are supposed to dilute them.

  45. Paul says:

    Melting D.O.? I’m not going to try that, sounds like a bit to much to me. But I am going to try the safety razor bit. One thing though. I did not own a safety razor when this was written but might I suggest buying one off of Ebay.com? That is where I purchased mine and w/shipping total cost is $19.42. That’s over a $10 savings off the price of the one recommended here on Amazon.com.

  46. Corinne says:

    Trent, I almost always appreciate your posts, but melting deoderant?? If that what it takes to be frugal then…

    As for the inexpensive soap, that’s something I cannot take liberties with. Even a week using cheap soap makes my skin itchy and dry. I have been a loyal Dove customer for years, and have the softest skin to prove it!! Soaps marketed to men really are better for men’s slightly thicker skin. Not to mention the cologne smell – hardly a feminine touch!

    The shampoo though, there I do agree with you. I use Aussie shampoo that I can get here at Bed, Bath and Beyond in NYC for 2.50 a bottle. I have bottles in my bathroom of half used Redken and Biolage that cost way more, and that I now have to use up, because I like the Aussie better! I even got my mom hooked on my last visit home.

  47. MVP says:

    I’m sorry, I have to comment on those of you who are choosing to avoid basic personal hygeine practices in favor of saving money and the environment. Okay, I can go along with a woman not shaving her legs, if she and her significant other are okay with that, or avoiding perfume and cologne. But showering only a couple times a week, washing your hair infrequently or avoiding using deoderant at all???!!! Apparently those of you who are doing – er, not doing – this have never been forced to work, ride a bus or sit in close quarters near someone who chooses not to bathe regularly. Please, consider you fellow man; at a minimum, buy an inexpensive bar of soap and use it often!!

  48. Jasmine says:

    I don’t think melting deoderant is a wacky idea if someone is willing to do it, some deoderant is pretty expensive 3-4 dollars, and there’s a decent amount left when it becomes unusable.

    Lipstick does the same thing where you can’t push it up anymore but there is perfectly good lipstick left in the tube. I bought a lip brush to use the rest and it works great.

    The things that have worked for me are buying in bulk, checking out the dollar store and discount stores (biglots), I just bought a ton of Zest soaps for 3 dollars. Buying in bulk saves time because you don’t always have to go to the store (save gas) or search for another great deal (save time).

    For guys I think being able to cut your own hair could save so much money. Haircuts get pricey! That’s definitely what I would do if I had that option…

  49. Dan says:

    On the topic of deodorant, melting it down is definitely a strange idea. I would recommend to anyone trying some liquid roll-on deodorant (mitchum has some). I am a big guy 6 3, 240, and with the amount I use (roughly 3 up/downs), I’ve never had problems with b.o. However, one deodorant has lasted me 4 months. This is about 4 times as long as using gel or hard stick, and more effective.

    Personally, I use decent deodorant, soap (oil of olay), shampoo (garnier fructis), toothpaste (colgate total) but I stock up on them big time when I see them on sale. I think this saves me about half on my grooming expenses. I also get my simple haircut done for $5.50.

  50. Tiffany says:

    Could always do what Matthew McCounghey does and wear no deodorant!!! Stinky!
    With all the sites on the internet that give out free samples of their products, you can keep them and use them too.
    I haven’t bought a razor in almost a year from all the free ones I have gotten off the internet. Schick, Gillette, etc. I’ll use the man’s razor too.
    I go to a site called http://www.spoofee.com. People post up deals, freebies, etc. I’ve gotten shampoo, conditioner, fragrance samples, shirts, razors, skin care, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. It’s worth checking out.

  51. AJ says:

    What is so horrifying about people not showering daily? I shower every 2-3 days, occasionally everyday, depending on how clean I feel. I don’t sweat all the time or wallow in dirt, and I use deodorant daily so if I’m not offending anyone with my smell, why should I have to shower? You’re all talking about living frugally/consciously, so why not take it easier on Mother Nature and use less water and save a few pennies too?

    And Matt: poor you if you’re so spoiled that you can’t imagine life without a woman with shaved legs. How much does your wife/girlfriend waste every year on shaving?

  52. I appreciate the spirit of the post, but personally, I’d rather spend good money on high-quality personal hygiene products and cut back elsewhere. In all fairness, this has to do with chemical sensitivities, so unless I want to feel slightly nauseous all the time, there’s not much choice.

    Thankfully, found a frugal way to help my very dry skin in the winter: straight-up regular olive oil, with a few drops of essential oil added for a light (and soon dissipating) scent. Don’t get the extra virgin olive oil, as sometimes the olive scent will linger. Sounds strange, but it works wonders, and is very inexpensive.

  53. lulu says:

    I think the melting deodorant idea is too much trouble to be frugal. Also it is a bit strange to be putting those chemicals in the microwave.

    @ All in Good Health. I was just talking to a coworker yesterday and she told me someone told her about using olive oil on skin during the winter time. she mixed a little bit in with her regular lotion and she said in two days she has noticed a BIG difference.

  54. Scott says:

    I may have missed it, but isn’t the easiest solution to the stick deodorant question just to pop out the insert and use something to get out the left overs? You can put it on with your fingers. I do this, and get an extra week or two out of each stick easily. No electricity usage to melt it, but I do get everything out. Of course with so many Free After Rebates on deodorant lately I have enough to last me a few years.

  55. Donna says:

    I just read Beverly Cleary’s autobiography, and she recounts that during the Depression, her father sharpened razor blades on the inside of a straight-sided glass. He swore it allowed him to use the same blade for ages. Don’t know if that’s true — maybe he had some horrible shaves! — but it might be worth a try.

  56. E.T.Cook says:

    Are you kidding me? This is almost ludicrous! Melting deodorant in your microwave? This is like dry hanging paper towels to reuse. Frugality is one thing, but this is absurd!

  57. M.F.Luder says:

    I’ve been doing this for years, save 5 or 6 almost empty sticks of Old Spice, melt in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time until melted, then pour into one container. Let cool. Tada, one new completely full container of deodorant. Saves almost $3, take 2 minutes at most.

  58. J says:

    If you are melting down deodorant in the microwave, please seek professional help. I’m sorry, but my time is worth more than the 2 cents you save by this. This is really stupid.

    Instead of spending so much time and energy into looking for ways to save a penny here, and a dollar here…try thinking of ways to make more money!

    It’s like this. The extra little money it takes to shower daily and use deodorant every day…may lead to better job opportunities since you don’t smell like ass and you look sharp.

  59. Sarah says:

    Firstly, let people melt their deodorant if they want to. Here’s what I don’t get…people are using the crystals and baking soda/cornstarch…what about anit-perspirant? I need that. I know people swear that if you stop using it, you stop sweating, but that’s not the case for me. In fact, due to my overactive sweat glands, I have prescription stuff I use at night monthly.

    As for cosmetics, I really think that women should reevaluate using them all together. I think that society has made women feel like they NEED to wear makeup to be feminine and/or beautiful. My skin is perfect, like, people ask me what products I use ALL the time. And I don’t wear a single drop of makeup. The less crap you put on your face, the more of a chance your skin has to do what it needs to do naturally to stay soft and clear. Makeup, even oil free, clogs your pores. Your skin cannot breathe properly with crap on it. I’ve suggested this to many of my friends, and the ones who decided to try it have seen huge improvements in their skin. And they’re not spending small fortunes on makeup anymore.

    As for shampoo/conditioner…maybe it’s because I have supercurly hair, but I cannot use anything other than Pantene. If I don’t, I can’t even get a comb through it. Some people just have hair that will not allow them to buy the cheap stuff.

    The people who were suggesting that people cut their own hair…my husband cuts his own hair, but it’s very short, and would be hard to screw up. For women, or men with more hair, pay the money to get a good cut. I’m not suggesting going to an expensive salon, but if you cut it yourself, chances are it will look awful, and you’ll have to go somewhere to get it fixed. Save yourself the hassle and horror, and just get it done by someone who has the expertise. Your hair will thank you.

  60. roxy says:

    I use soap to wash my hair and I haven’t noticed any change in the way my hair looks.So for me soap replaces a lot of stuff:shampoo,conditioner(I don’t use it..I don’t need it),shower gel,hand liquid soap…and it’s cheaper than any of these items and also more eco-friendly too(less plastic,more money in my pocket).

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