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How to Save Money on Dryer Sheets
The key to living frugally is learning how to reduce your spending in every area of your life. If you can stop spending so much on all of the little things then you can rapidly accrue a lot of savings. For example, if you could consistently reduce what you spend on an item like dryer sheets then you could save up money immediately and over time.
Reducing the Cost of Dryer Sheets
The first thing that you need to learn is how to reduce the cost of dryer sheets. That way, every time that you but them, you are spending less than you normally would. Some of the top ways to reduce what you spend on dryer sheets include:
o Don’t get them at the grocery store. The cost of non-grocery items at the grocery store is usually higher than it would be if you purchased the item from a general store instead. This might mean a dollar store, a store like Wal-Mart or even your local hardware store. Shop around to find the store near you that offers the best deal on dryer sheets.
o Always use coupons when buying dryer sheets. Reduce the cost of the item further by relying on coupons and discount codes to make them cheaper. Look for sale prices. The goal is always to get the lowest price possible on the items that you buy regularly.
o Beware of cheap brands. Although you do want to save money, you want to be careful about buying dryer sheet brands that you aren’t familiar with just because they are cheap. If you end up not liking them then this can be a waste of money. If you see a good deal, get only one box of the item and try it out before you invest more money in getting additional boxes.
o Be smart about buying in bulk. This is certainly an item that you can buy in bulk if you see a great deal. It doesn’t perish and you will surely use it over time. However, when you buy in bulk, you have to store the items. Sometimes we put things away and then forget about them and buy more, causing us to waste money. Only buy in bulk if you have the storage room and will use the dryer sheets up. Use a lot of them before buying more. If you see a good bulk deal, consider seeing if a friend wants to split the cost with you of buying in bulk.
o Cut the dryer sheets in half. You can get twice as much for your money if you cut all of your dryer sheets in half, using only one half per load of laundry rather than a whole sheet.
o DIY dryer sheets. Some frugal people choose to save money on dryer sheets by making their own instead of buying them at the store. About.com has a good guide for doing that.
Re-using Dryer Sheets around the House
Getting a good deal on dryer sheets isn’t the only way to cut costs in your household spending. You can also take used dryer sheets out of the machine and re-use them in other ways throughout the home to reduce costs in other areas. Some great examples of how dryer sheets can be re-used include:
o Dusting. They’re a great tool for dusting the house even after they’ve been through the dryer. You never need to waste your money on other dust rags again!
o Swiffering. If you use a dry Swiffer around your house then you know that it can be expensive to regularly purchase the Swiffer refills. You can save your old dryer sheets and use them instead. They’re the perfect size for a Swiffer. Note, however, that this may be tougher to do if you’re cutting your dryer sheets in half. You can still out one half on each side of the Swiffer but you may find it to be more difficult to clean this way.
o Cleaning windows and mirrors. You can spray some glass cleaner and use old dryer sheets to clean off your house windows, car windows and the mirrors throughout your home.
o General cleaning. You can also use old dryer sheets instead of a sponge or rag when you are doing general household cleaning such as washing the tile or cleaning out your tub.
o Get deodorant marks off of your clothing. It costs a lot of money to throw a single item of clothing into the wash. There is no need to do that if the only problem is that you’ve stained the outside of the item with deodorant. Instead, just use a dryer sheet to quickly clean that deodorant right off.
o Deodorize away the nasty smells in the home. It is silly to pay for potpourri or room deodorizers when your used dryer sheets will have the same effect. People place these things everywhere (according to The Oakland Press) including at the bottom of trash cans, inside of linen closets and even tucked into toilet paper rolls to keep the bathroom smelling nice.
o Bug repellent. The Oakland Press also says that putting a used dryer sheet in your pocket will repel bugs away from you. What a great way to avoid paying for that pricey, nasty chemical bug spray that you end up buying every time you plan to enjoy The Great Outdoors!
These little savings add up. Do you have any other tricks for cutting costs on dryer sheets? I’d love to hear about them!