Most people seem to buy the pump hand soap containers and put them in each bathroom and often one in the kitchen and in the course of a year go through a great deal of them. Even though they are only about $2 each, over the course of a year, the cost adds up.
So lets work things out based on purchasing 20 containers per year. If you bought 20 of them it would cost you $40 per year, however, companies like Dial offer refill packages that can fill up a container 5 times at a cost of $4. So if you used refill containers you would need 4 per year at a cost of $16. That means rather than spending $40 per year you are now spending only $16, an easy savings of $24 per year. Yet, you can save even more money than that.
So what’s the trick? Well, in our house we actually prefer the pumps that pump out foam rather than liquid. It’s not only a personal preference but a huge money saver because, unknown to most people, inside the container is not regular hand soap but watered down hand soap. Regular hand soap just won’t foam, it’s too thick, so they need to dilute it…and that is where the savings come in.
We buy the refill containers of hand soap and when we need to fill up our hand soap pumps we fill the container about 1/4 full of hand soap, fill the rest up with water, mix it and you are ready to go. That means that a refill container will not fill up the containers 5 times but 20 times. That means you will need only 1 refill container per year and will only spend $4 per year on hand soap! Now that is an amazing savings. Now imagine if you have a bigger family and go through 40 hand soaps a year? You will only spend $8 and save $72 per year.
These refill containers also go on sale on a regular basis, so watch out for sales and then grab a couple of them to lower your costs even more.
Now I know some people will say “Well you only save $20-$40 dollars a year” and my answer is “Isn’t that awesome!!!” You see, the best way to have a decent financial life is to watch your pennies and when you do, the dollars will take care of themselves. Save $20 here, $50 here, $30 here and pretty soon your backside is parked on a lounge chair in a sunny climate enjoying a vacation you never used to be able to afford and it’s all because you stopped wasting money on things you simply don’t need to!