Thursday, September 23, 2010
Using Less Saves Money...No Duh...
Hopefully we know that putting toothpaste dripping off of your brush is not necessary for clean teeth. One could use a tenth of that amount and still obtain clean teeth and fresh breath.
I'm not sure if many adults use that much toothpaste...but a lot of kids sure do. They come to my home...and I watch in amazement as they pile their toothbrushes up...brush for a few moments and then spit a big clump of blue toothpaste in the sink to dry.
Follow these same children around and you will see them pump six pumps of soap on their hands to clean moderately dirty hands...or they will spin at the toilet paper roll like they are playing "The Price is Right" so they can use a giant wad of toilet paper to wipe a little pee-pee!
Of course...children aren't the only ones guilty of such waste. Many of these wasteful habits carry into adulthood. In a time when so many people are pinching every penny they have...one way to free up some money is to use less. Seriously. I bet most people could cut many of their monthly expenses in half...just by consciously controlling their portions.
How much toothpaste do you really need to clean your teeth?
How many squares of toilet paper does it really take to do the job?
How much soap will clean your hands? Shouldn't you buy those foam soap dispensers that stretch your soap out forever?!
Could you put your lunch sandwiches in a reusable container instead of using ziploc bags every day?
How about using a terry towel instead of paper towels?
I am not trying to make you into the stingy police of your households...but just to know that curbing your own waste and lovingly encouraging your family to follow suit could keep some cash in your pocket!