Cheaper Than Cheap Tip Of The Week #1 – Pretend You Are Running Out

by The Happy Rock on July 21, 2007

I am starting a recurring tip series about frugality called “Cheaper Than Cheap”. The idea is to provide helpful frugality tips that border on fanatical to the point of being humorous. Love them or hate them, let’s hear what you think.

Cheaper Than Cheap Tip #1 – Pretend You Are Running Out

Yesterday, I noticed when items like shampoo, dish soap, and toothpaste are running low I become much more conservative in my usage. I squeeze out the minimum drop needed to wash my hair as the shampoo begins to run low. When I have a brand new bottle I am much more liberal my whole palm ends up covered in shampoo. It doesn’t help that the amount is harder to control with a full bottle. If you can relate, here is the frugal system for you. Next time you finish a bottle of shampoo or a similar item don’t recycle the bottle; save it. From the new container put just enough into the old container to keep the frugal skimping side of you in control. Basically the exact opposite of the excellent tip for tootpaste posted at Lifehacker.

Good idea, crazy, what do you think? Share your opinion through the poll below(must be on the site to see) and through the comments.

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marie August 8, 2007 at 7:18 pm

I find it absolutely true. When I get close to the end of one item, I notice that I’m much more careful of the amount that I utilize.



JohannaB December 7, 2007 at 7:25 pm

I’ve been doing this for awhile. I think it’s making a differences in how much body wash, toothpaste, hand cream, and shampoo that I use. I find I am using less and not missing it a bit.

Thanks for the post.


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