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Roll Up Savings: How to Save on Bathroom Tissue


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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