Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Bulk Liquid Soap Stories
Husband and I talked last night about being on a food budget. I generally think it is a great idea. And, I agreed to it. Two hundred dollars a week. Our vegetable CSA box continues for a month or more, so that is an added bonus.
I am looking at this as a creative challenge. If anyone can find the deals on gourmet foods and items, it is surely me. But, I do have a weakness and love for spending money on expensive food items like Niman Ranch Nitrate-free Bacon and truffle honey. A healthy balance is surely in order here. I have already made changes to how I shop by buying in bulk. Instead of buying individual bottles of liquid soap, I buy gallons of it. I asked the manager of my local natural foods store if it was possible. He said yes and placed a special order for me. I got an added discount because I bought more than $50. There are over 10 refills for a 12 ounce bottle in a gallon of soap. My gallons of soap are around $30, which is a MAJOR saving if you are spending 6 or 7$ for individual bottles. The best part however, is less waste and less plastic bottles to recycle.
I discovered Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds dish soap by accident. The 7th Generation soap was out of stock at the grocery store, and I decided to give Dr. Bronners a try. I mostly love Dr. Bronners because they contain no Sodium Lauryl Sulfates or similar surfactants. I have grown to love the fresh pine scent that is real pine oil, not synthetic oil. Now I can't go back.
If you estimate conservatively I am saving over 50% on the retail price of a 12 oz. bottle of soap. I think that is significant. I did a quick internet search and found vitacost.com offers Kiss My Face soap less than I bought mine for, and they only charge $4.99 shipping!
You can imagine how often a person like me washes their hands. I carry around a mini-bottle of kiss my face soap in my purse. It has come in handy in the grossest of places.