How do I save on totlitries?

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How do I save on totlitries?
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Sat, 08-16-2003 - 10:45am
I already use generic for most prouducts, my daughter has alot of allergy/asthma/eczma problems, I was wondering are there coupons for ALL, cetaphil out there, is anyway to get these things cheaper? What about toliet paper and stuff?

Katy

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Sat, 08-16-2003 - 10:58am
I have allergy, excema problems here to. The only detergetn we can use is All free and clear. I see coupons frequently in the paper. But I can get a massive jug of the liquid at Sams. I think that is the best deal. I can never find the powder around me. One of the things to help on the toiletries budget is to use as little of something you can, while it still does the job. Try cutting back the amounts you use, so things will last longer. Good luck!

Jennifer

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Sat, 08-16-2003 - 11:15am
I buy toilet paper and facial tissues in bulk...which saves me over time. As to bath products, I usually water them down a TEENSE..and I never throw out a bottle of body wash or shampoo without using the last of it! I save tag ends of soap and put them in a jar with a little water and remelt them into soap....I've found I can even add MORE water and make my own liquid soap for hand washing. My son and the neighbor boys went through our liquid hand soap like it WAS water so I started using those little scraps of bath soaps as the basis for their washups. They have their own pump...and aren't allowed to use the "real" one....(they get it all grungy anyway!)

I find that things like cotton balls and Q-tips and such are cheaper at Costco...and if they come in such bulk that I can't possibly see using them in a decent amount of time or storing them....I just share some with my grown kids. I do know folks who kind of co-op on some purchases...and regularly share in the cost. One gal will buy a thing of ten hand wipes and the other will buy the 5000 Q-tips and they just trade half to each other and make up any cash difference in cost. Both end up with ample supplies at a cheaper rate than they'd normally pay. It's something to look into.

You might look at the manufacturer's sites on line for any bargains or coupons...and isn't there an on-line coupon place as well??? I've never used it because so many are available locally.

Marti

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Sat, 08-16-2003 - 2:01pm
We have excema here. So Cetaphil is a every day word at our house.

Wal-mart has their knock of versions (Equate?) of Cetaphil liquid cleasner and Cetaphil lotion. I checked the ingredients they were the same.

We tried the liquid cleanser and it seemed the same as the Name brand Cetaphil so that is what we buy. We tried the cetaphil lotion and it seemed the same only a little thinner. So we tended to put it on more, so we don't buy their brand of Cetaphil lotion. The name brand Cetaphil lotion for us. I am not sure if they have a version of the Cetaphil cream. They might.

Their brand of Cetaphil is normally next to the Name brand Cetaphil on the shelf. The label says compare to...

I have only seen coupons for Cetaphil lotion once. It was in a Diabetic magazine that the pharmacy was giving a way free.

Good Luck

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Sat, 08-16-2003 - 2:17pm
Thanks so much!!!

I am going to there site to see if they have any offers!

Katy

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Sat, 08-16-2003 - 2:22pm
hi! They have an online club that gets special offers:

http://www.cetaphil.com/

I signed up , you never know!

Katy

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Sat, 08-16-2003 - 3:02pm
I've seen lots of coupons for ALL, and it's also stocked at Costco (who sometimes gives out their own coupons for it, and often there's an additional rebate on it when they're running a promotion).

There are often coupons for tissues and toliet paper, but currently I'm finding it less expensive to buy the bundle pack of Kleenex Facial Tissues at Costco (6, 275 count, packages for $9.85 and most recently they had an instant rebate of $2 attatched to the product). Before that I would either buy Puffs at Target, $1.35 for a standard size box (but the prices went up) or earlier still I would buy bundle packs of Puffs at Wal-Mart (I think those are still a good deal, $3.99 for 3 boxes last time I checked) or store brand tissues at H-E-B, can't remember the price (only in Texas). Walgreens facial tissues are OK, and the best part is they go on sale for $1 for a large box sometimes (not sure of the exact count but I know it's around 200). I've also heard of people loading up on boxes of holiday themed tissues at Target on clearance for literally a few cents a box after the holidays, but you have to know when to go, be there early, in the right place at the right time, yada, yada, yada and suffice it to say I've never stumbled on any.

Toliet paper is one thing I don't buy at Costco. I find stores often feature it as a loss leader to draw customers into the store (that and Costco doesn't stock my favorite brand). If all else fails, Wal-Mart stocks a 24 pack (that is 10% recycled paper) for $4.99, it's also the style my daughter likes so that's the price I compare other brands against, but it's been a while since I couldn't find a better price. For me, I just wait for Cottenelle with Aloe to go on sale at a grocery store, or more often than not, Target (and sometimes I do have a coupon). I usually pay around $5 for 12 double rolls of the Cottonelle. BTW, ShurSavings Toliet Paper is not worth the price (any price), it is single ply! I didn't even know they still made that for home use . . .

Cetaphil . . . I'm not sure but I think I've seen this at Costco. If you have a Costco nearby, and that would be an option for you, I can check next time I'm there. I know I've seen Eucerin, Alveeno, Vaseline and various other brands. I don't typically buy lotion there as they don't stock some of the brands or any of the varieities I prefer. However, what they do stock is a pretty good value. Kiss My Face, if you use those products, has a half price sale once a year, on their website. Generally in the spring, I think (that's when I bought a gallon of Honey & Calendula lotion, great for dry skin, very healing).



I'm so sure I've seen coupons for Cetaphil (and in the Sunday paper, at that) but maybe I'm thinking of another, similar product? I know this is what my mother used in the 80's (and may still use today).

The advice to check websites is very good! Make sure you sign up for their mailing lists too. And don't just check product websites, sign up for your favorite stores too. I know that Smith's (in my area) works through Upons and another, maybe Value Page. Whereas Wild Oats enters their mailing list people automatically into drawings and sometimes they send coupons, like $5 of $25. Some cleanser companies have pretty fancy email newsletters, with articles, sweepstakes and high value coupons every month for that matter so don't stop with just stores and tolietries.

Carrie :)



Carrie
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Sat, 08-16-2003 - 8:58pm
Hi. My son had eczema really bad when he was an infant-I still have to be careful w/ soaps,etc. Anyway, I'm not sure if you've tried this but I used Vaseline (petroleum jelly) on him. After his bath, I'd rub it on and his eczema would be cleared up within a day or two. It made him a little slippery though-lol. I used Aveeno soap and Cetaphil on him for awhile too and those do get pricey~just thought I'd mention my experience w/ the Vaseline since it is so inexpensive. HTH jennifer