As part of our mission to budget and cut back our spending, Andrew and I are trying to come up with some ‘fun’ challenges to save money. Our first challenge has the added bonus of de-cluttering (something we’ll definitely need to do before moving into our motorhome full-time.)
The challenge – Use all of the trial sized toiletries we’ve gathered over the years, before purchasing more full-sized bottles.
For most “normal” folk, this may not seem like much of a challenge. However, between our frequent personal travels, and Andrew’s bi-weekly travel for work, we spend many nights in hotels. We both hate the thought of all of those barely used toiletries going to waste (and the plastic ending up in the landfill) so we bring them home. The intention is to use them and recycle the bottles. You know what they say about the best of intentions…
So, when I was rooting around in our bathroom cupboard today, this is what I uncovered:
The grand total of my rummaging breaks down to:
- 21 bars of soap
- 1 bottle of bodywash
- 12 bottles of shampoo
- 2 bottles of conditioner
- 13 bottles of lotion
- 29 sample packets of various lotions and creams
- 4 bottles of sunscreen
- 2 bottle of facewash
Keep in mind these are all hotel/trial sized bottles and the list does not take into account all of the full-sized bottles we still have around the house as well.
Needless to say, we shouldn’t need to purchase any more toiletry items for the next while. (Maybe not at all if Andrew keeps travelling so much for work!)
We have lots more silly/fun challenges for ourselves to both save money for our European RV adventure and help us de-clutter our flat before we move into our motorhome full-time. Stay tuned for more!
We’d love to hear your money saving and de-cluttering ideas. We can use all the help we can get, so leave your suggestions in the comments below.
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