After emptying my bathroom trash for the second time this week I’ve started to pay attention to the amount of products I use in my daily routine (and the waste they produce). I use a lot of products–but I don’t think that I use more than most. I’m a new breastfeeding mum, so that means I use a couple more items that usual, but that is all.
So, here’s what I did.
I listed every product that I use for my morning routine (I was hesitent to include my make up. For some reason, I hate discussing the fact that I wear it–but in the spirit of honesty, you’ll find it there). Next, I wrote down that product’s average price (Mostly, from Riteaid’s website) Then, I listed the average time that product lasts (i.e. a bottle of shampoo generally lasts me two months, whereas my mascarra will last me six.) Finally, I divided the average price by the average amount of days the product lasts to get that product’s Daily-Use Cost. Below are the results.
The average amount of dollars spent on each product each day:
Shaving Cream ———————————————————-0.07
Tampons (If needed)—————————————————-0.20
My total morning costs—————————————–$4.25 a day
And—————————————————————-$29.75 a week
And—————————————————————-$119.00 a month
And————————————————————–$1,428.00 a year
Because I was curious, I asked my husband for the products he uses, the amount of time they last, and their price. These were the results. I will say this little exercise has made me grateful that I have a son (it’s also made me reconsider some of the toiletries I feel I need)
His total morning costs $1.79 a day
And $12.53 a week
And $50.12 a month
And $601.44 a year
If we both walked around like cavemen for one year, we’d be able to go on that illustrious (and evasive) vacation to Spain–That is, if we could keep our jobs…