The average American uses nearly $10 worth of toilet paper every month. Daily, we use 8-9 sheets of toilet paper every time we go to the bathroom — that’s 57 sheets every day! An average roll costs about $0.84 and contains 150 sheets, so you’re using 11 rolls per month. Add kids to the mix (and don’t think for a second that they use less toilet paper than you), and you’ve got a costly, ongoing monthly expense on your…hands.
Cut your toilet paper expense by 70%. Instead of an average of $0.05 – $0.06 per foot, follow these 10 tips to pay no more than $0.02 per square foot on your choice of brands including Charmin, Cottonelle, and Quilted Northern.
Under normal circumstances, tips 2-10 is how to save on toilet paper. Use tip 1 now for ways to save during the coronavirus outbreak.
For more ways to shop smart and stay safe, check out our Comprehensive Coronavirus Guide.
1. Never trust toilet paper roll size.
But roll size is actually subjective, determined by negotiations between the retailer and the manufacturer. Mega roll, double roll, and regular roll mean nothing. The roll comparison chart from Charmin is bogus in about a third of the cases.
A 30-pack of Charmin double toilet paper rolls at Costco and a 30-pack of Charmin double rolls at Target are not the same size. Even within one retailer, like Amazon, depending on the specific toilet paper pack, your square footage per roll varies by up to 25%.
|Amazon||Charmin 36 mega roll/72 reg roll||751.5 ft||10.4 ft/reg roll|
|Costco||Charmin 30 double roll/97 reg roll||865 ft||9.0 ft/reg roll|
|Target||Charmin 9 double roll/36 reg roll||280 ft||7.8 ft/reg roll|
|Walmart||Charmin 9 double roll/36 reg roll||280 ft||7.8 ft/reg roll|
2. Always calculate price per square foot.
Square footage will always be listed on packages, but online shoppers will note that square footage is often missing in product specifications. If you can’t locate square footage, the next best way to calculate unit cost is in sheets per roll. The size of individual sheets varies by about 5% between brands, which is why we prefer to calculate cost per square foot instead. Price per square foot is a near-perfect unit cost. The only thing it doesn’t take into account is the difference between a one, two, and three-ply paper.
3. Stalk toilet paper sales with the free Krazy Coupon Lady app.
Toilet paper deals, (along with detergent, breakfast cereal, and baby diapers) are our favorite deals to find! Each week, Krazy Coupon Lady publishes at least three toilet paper deals at national retailers like Target, Walmart, Amazon, Kroger, Safeway, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, and Costco. Download the app to see them all! Then follow the step-by-step instructions to save 50 – 70% on the retail price!
Here’s an example of a recent deal at Walgreens:
Use one $1.00/1 – Angel Soft Bath Tissue Big Rolls 9 ct, online at Walgreens
Final Price: $1.99, or $0.22 per roll
4. Print toilet paper coupons online.
Toilet paper coupons are rarely hard to find if you know where to look. At KCL, we scour the latest websites, apps, and yes, even the Sunday newspaper. We find every toilet paper coupon available so you can clip, print, and download them today!
Printable coupons, especially those valued at $0.75 or above, are worth printing right away. Coupons worth $0.50 or less are more common and less likely to disappear quickly.
To easily find toilet paper coupons in the future, bookmark the pages below:
5. Shop at the best store for your brand.
Interestingly enough, different stores tend to have better deals for different brands. Depending on which brands you like, your best-bet retailers will vary.
Find the best Angel Soft toilet paper deals at Kroger.
Find deals on Angel Soft toilet paper just about anywhere. You can usually find a sale on the Angel Soft four-packs for $1, and there are often $0.25 – $0.50 Angel Soft coupons. In the past, Kroger used to double coupons, making for even better deals. We suggest going to a store that does double coupons. Here’s a deal we’ve seen at Kroger:
Use one $0.45/1 – Angel Soft Bath Tissue (angelsoft.com)
Or $0.45/1 – Angel Soft Bathroom Tissue from RP
Final Price: $0.55
Find the best Charmin toilet paper deals at CVS.
Buy 1 Charmin Bath Tissue, 16 ct $9.99, unavailable at this time
Spend $30.00, Receive $10.00 Extrabucks, Limit 1
Use two $1.00/1 – Bounty Paper Towels 6 ct or larger (coupons.com)
Or $1.00/1 – Bounty Towel Product 6 ct or larger from RP
Or $0.25/1 – Bounty Product from PG
And use one $1.00/1 – Charmin Toilet Paper Product 6 roll or larger from RP
Or $0.25/1 – Charmin Product from PG
And submit $1.00/1 – Bounty Products, 6 ct or larger, via rebate app (checkout51.com)
And submit $1.00/2 – Bounty Paper Towels, 6 ct or larger, via rebate app (ibotta.com)
Pay $26.97, Receive $10.00 Extrabucks and Submit for $1.00 Checkout 51 Credit and $1.00 Ibotta Credit
Final Price: $4.99 each, when you buy all 3
Find the best Cottonelle toilet paper deals at Walgreens.
Use one $1.00/1 – Cottonelle Toilet Paper 6 ct or larger (ibotta.com)
Final Price: $3.49, or $0.29 per roll ($0.02 per square foot)
Find the best Scott toilet paper deals at Target.
Use one $1.00/1 – Scott Bath Tissue 6-pk or larger at coupons.com, unavailable at this time
And use one $2.00/1 Scott Bath Tissue, 12 pack or larger, Fetch Rewards
And use 5% off your Target RedCard every day
Final Price: $10.44 when you buy 1, or $0.58 per roll ($0.012 per square foot)
Find the best Quilted Northern deals at Target.
In stock at some locations
Use one $0.50/1 – Quilted Northern Bath Tissue, 6 ct or larger (coupons.com) expires 3/30/20
And use 5% off your Target RedCard every day
Final Price: $9.02 each, when you buy 1 ($0.028 per square foot)
6. Don’t discount generics.
One of the first “aha’s” of couponing is that it’s actually cheaper to buy name-brand than generic when you use coupons! That’s usually true with toilet paper, but there are exceptions. Both Walgreens and Costco generic brands are frequently competitive with our after-coupon bargain prices.
Costco‘s Kirkland brand is competitively priced without coupons.
No coupons needed
Final Price: $19.99, ($0.012 per square foot)
Keep an eye out for coupons to use on Nice! brand at Walgreens.
Use two $1.00/1 – Nice! Ultra Soft or Ultra Strong Bath Tissue (coupons.com)
Final Price: $1.50 each, when you buy 2, or $0.25 per double roll ($0.006 per square foot)
7. Stock up at $0.02 per square foot or less (under normal circumstances).
Another one of those first couponing “aha’s” is the stockpiling principle. Aside from sales and coupons, it’s the thing that saves me the most time and money. And it’s stupid-simple.
When you find a product you use regularly (say, toilet paper?) at a significantly lower price than you normally pay, stock up. How much? A cabinet-full or a storage-unit-full? We suggest not buying more than a one-year supply ever. It’s just not necessary. And again, we suggest only buying what you absolutely need during the coronavirus outbreak and to be considerate of others.
Here are my stock-up guidelines for name-brand toilet paper:
$0.01/sq ft = I buy 6 month’s worth
$0.02/sq ft = I buy 3 – 6 month’s worth
8. If you run out, Kirkland brand toilet paper (sans coupons) is a sure thing.
9. Which just leaves one decision: over or under?
72% hang toilet paper with the first sheet over the roll
28% prefer to hang the first sheet under the roll
Which are you?