Sometimes when I’m shopping for toilet paper, I’m tempted into thinking the stuff is made from sliver instead of trees. It is so pricey!

In the past, I always bought my toilet paper at Walmart and my local grocery store. I looked for the cheapest stuff on the shelf and hoped I was getting a decent deal.

It had never crossed my mind to buy TP at an office supply store. Then  I figured it out. Now I spend as little as pennies a roll:

  • Enroll in the Staples Rewards program and get 5 percent off everything you purchase. You’ll shave a few sheets off the toilet paper bill and save on ink cartridges and paper (with coupons).
  • Speaking of ink cartridges, don’t toss them! Take them to Staples and earn $2.00 in rewards for each one you recycle (up to 10 per month). If you print a lot of coupons, those ink cartridge recycling rewards will add up. It’s like exchanging a used ink cartridge for a $2.00 coupon for your toilet paper—and you’re not limited to one per purchase.
  • Wait for a sale. Every 4 to 6 weeks, Staples offers Charmin Basic 16 double roll packs for $5.00–$6.00. These regularly cost $10.00. It may not be the best toilet paper on the market, but it works. Anything more expensive and it’s like flushing money down the toilet (Lame joke alert).
  • Use a coupon. Every month in the P&G coupon insert there’s typically a coupon for a Charmin product. Lately, it’s just been $0.25 off of one. “Like” the Charmin Facebook page for coupon promotions. A few weeks ago I was able to snag a coupon for $1.00 off one Charmin Basic product. Also, keep an eye out in magazines, and be sure to sign up for all the P&G samples and mailers as they almost always come with good Charmin coupons.

Now, put your Staples Rewards 5 percent discount, ink cartridge recycling rewards, sale price, and coupon together to get an excellent deal on toilet paper.

Here is what my last transaction looked like a few weeks ago:

  • $12.00 for two packs of Charmin Basic 16 double roll (32 regular rolls)
  • $0.60 Staples Rewards 5 percent discount
  • $2.00 for two $1/1 Charmin coupons
  • $8.00 for four Ink Cartridge Recycling rewards

Total: $1.40

That is less than a nickel for each regular roll and only $1.40 for two packs that would regularly cost $20.00. I don’t know about you, but that is almost as good as free to me! By the time I need more tissue, I usually have accumulated a decent amount of ink cartridge rewards and the toilet paper will go on sale again. Now, I never have to cringe while paying $5.00 or more for 12 rolls of store brand toilet paper.

This has been a guest post by Jennifer from Pelzer, SC
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24 thoughts on “Roll Up Savings: How to Save on Bathroom Tissue”

  1. NydiaG says:

    I liked your comment about toilet tissue; too bad we do not have Staples in our town; but I buy my toilet tissue at the Dollar General stores, I wait until they give me a coupon for $5. off for a $25 purchase; then I take 5-$1. coupons for 12 rolls of Extra Soft toilet tissue, I buy 5 packs of 12 for $15. with tax $16.40. It is better to pay $3. than $5. and I like Scott tissue. I, some times get Scott paper towels also.

  2. Tee says:

    I have been doing coupons for years. And have been reading KCL. But you guys have put in MQ’s. What is a MQ???

  3. Anonymous says:

    So glad I have a 1-2 year supply of tp. The new puppy has discovered how much fun it is to play with when he’s in time out in the bathroom :)

  4. Anonymous says:

    PS – normally, you can recycle up to 10 ink cartridges per month… (oops sorry – you already mentioned that…) =)

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hey Jennifer! I use my ink recycling rewards to get hand soap from Staples for free….their “Lucky” brand is $1 for a big bottle, and I always stock up when I get my rewards each month…I’m glad I’m not the only one who uses Staples for something other than office supplies! =) Great article BTW!

  6. Cherie' says:

    The nearest Staples is an hour from me :(

    • Jcatz824 says:

      Now that’s a BUMMER!! They have great deals on many things. Glad I only have to drive about 10 miles to my closest Staples.

  7. AlmostRetired says:

    I use a lot of HP cartridges on my work computer. I’ve been saving them and now I’m going to use them! I’ve really been struggling with a low stock pile of TP and paper towels. Looks like I’ll be shopping at Staples!

  8. Sabrina says:

    I like charmin strong. Looking for what is a stock up and stockpile price for that

  9. Saving in Savannah says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! I have been doing this for almost a year now and you’re right, Charmin Basic may not be the best tp, but it certainly is not the worst. Also, look for sales on Bounty Paper Towels that you can also get for cheap or even free. When I have a good supply of tp, I use 2 months worth of Staples Rewards that is usally $40.00 and buy ink cartridges. I hate paying money for tp and ink!

  10. wendyn. says:

    this is so true…i have been buying Lysol (3pack/tall cans) from our Lowe’s Hardware store for only $5.40 plus they take MQ’s!!!! This is how much you would pay for one can in most stores….also Mr. Clean products are marked down frequently as well as 3pk of Lysol wipes for just $2!!!!!!!!

  11. Ashley says:

    Great article! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Anonymous says:

    WoW! Definitely going to give this a try, thanx for the tip!

  13. kelly says:

    How is it on the extreme couponing show on tv they always get coupons for tp that are for free ($9.99 or the price of the tp)? Just wondering cause I can never find these anywhere.

    • RecentGrad says:

      Kelly, there were some big issues with the authenticity of such coupons. I believe the one episode where they used Quilted Northern coupons was completely off because those coupons were fraudulent. In my experience, I have never seen such mega cents off coupons or coupons for free products (unless you had a complaint about one of them and they replaced it for you). I wouldn’t give that show too much thought.

      • Anonymous says:

        You are rught… And not only with TP but with sodas and other products… I mean, seriously, the TP and PT Qs are for $0.25 lately!!! If you are lucky it can be $1.00 off… I don’t like how that program misleads people… :(

  14. Karen says:

    Great info, I have 2 empty cartridges already. Will be trying this, thanks!!!

  15. jdaz2012 says:

    Wow that’s amazing.. So if I turn in 4 ink cartridge, I can get 8.00 in rewards I can use towards the toilet paper as a coupon and stack it with a manuf? Do they accept all kinds of ink or is it just ones that they carry? cause I have a kodak printer .. This sounds too good to be true tho! Thanks for the info! :)

    • Tina says:

      You can use any ink cartridges, however – IF you use hp ink, you can often get up to $6 per cartridge back when staples advertises it in their flier. That’s when it’s best to hold on to your cartridges until that kind of deal comes around. I have Lexmark ink (boo), but it’s still nice to get that money off to put towards other things. :) dh and I do the tp deals too!!

    • Jcatz824 says:

      Presently they accept ALL cartridges.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I think I will do this. Thanks for sharing.

  17. kimberleem says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Cathy Hein says:

    Thanks for the info!