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Don't Waste Money in... the Bathroom

Saving money doesn’t always mean you have to drastically change your lifestyle. There are small changes that can really add up. In fact, you can find large savings in every room of the house. Check out our latest video blog for 3 tips to save you money in the bathroom:

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Our goal is to give you ideas you can implement right away that don’t require any upfront costs. So while you can certainly install a low flow shower head or buy your toilet paper in bulk (and we recommend those actions!), these are simpler tips.

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1. Take Your Medicine Out of the Medicine Cabinet

Most medicine requires a cool, dry place for storage but bathrooms can get humid (think of all that steam when you take a shower). This may be shortening the lifespan of your meds. Carefully read the labels on both your prescription and over-the-counter medication. Then store them appropriately.

2. If You Buy It, Use It

If you decide to splurge on an expensive beauty product, make sure you use it! It’s a waste of money to buy an item and have it sit in your bathroom for months (or years!) only to throw it away mostly unused. If a product works well, it’s not necessarily a bad financial move to buy a pricier item, but it is to waste it!

3. Make it a Game

Try timing your next shower. Now aim to shorten that each time you get clean. How efficient can you be?

Bonus Tip

Use less. Most of us are using too much shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste. Make your bathroom products last longer by using less. For shampoo and conditioner you don’t need more than a dime size drop (really!) and for toothpaste you only need to cover about a quarter of the brush.

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AJ Smith, CEPF® AJ Smith is an award-winning journalist and personal finance expert with more than a decade of experience in television, radio, newspapers, magazines and online content. She has appeared on CNN, The Weather Channel, Wall Street Journal Radio and ABC News Radio. Her work has appeared on websites including MarketWatch, Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance and She is a contributor for Forbes. The SmartAsset VP of Content and Financial Education has degrees from Princeton University and Mississippi State University. AJ was named an honoree of the 2018 Women in Media awards in the Corporate Champions category. She is a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing and a Certified Educator in Personal Finance® (CEPF®). AJ and her husband also write and illustrate educational children's books.
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