You like Crest, she likes Colgate, he likes Aim, they like Arm & Hammer. You like gel, she likes paste. He likes whitening, you like tarter control. If there’s one thing I’ve noticed people being quite particular about, it’s toothpaste. And with so many choices out there, why shouldn’t we have personal preferences?
It’s come to my attention since getting married and having a spouse with his own personal toothpaste preference that there are financial downsides to being picky. Furthermore, toothpaste companies can be a little misleading in their packaging and pricing and the last thing we want is to be duped. Today I’d like to share with you three money-saving tips when it comes time to replace your empty tube of toothpaste.
1. Check the tube ounce size on the box
My husband recently pointed out to me a sneaky little phenomenon on toothpaste boxes. Not all boxes that are the same size contain the same size of tube inside! For example, you might have two equally-sized boxes side by side on the shelf, but the tube inside one might be 6 oz, while the tube in the other might be 8 oz. It’s certainly marked on each box, but the marking tends to be small and not immediately obvious. Be careful to check this before just grabbing any box off the shelf because the price might not always fairly match the size.
2. Buy toothpaste in packs
As I’ve said with other products, there’s more upfront cost, but usually the price is lower since you are buying more. Plus, buying in bulk like this gives you the chance to plan ahead and stock up. Toothpaste doesn’t exactly go bad, so there is nothing to worry about if you buy several tubes. But don’t forget to check the ounces on the boxes within packs too! Last month I was comparing two separate 3-packs of toothpaste. Both packs were Crest, but they were slightly different flavors and textures. After carefully studying each pack I discovered that even though both packs were the same price and the same package size, one pack contained several more ounces than the other.
3. Switch brands depending on price or sales
I mentioned in the introduction that people can be very particular about toothpaste brands, textures, colors, and features. I used to be one of these people. I bought Colgate Tarter Control Plus Whitening Paste exclusively (it’s what I grew up with). Whenever we visited relatives I scoffed at the green gel toothpaste people would use (for some reason I had an aversion to putting green goo on my teeth). I even disliked changing flavors within the Colgate brand. I got so used to the same taste on my toothbrush that it was kind of a shock to change. But I got over it once I decided that it was far more economical to buy the brand of toothpaste that was either cheaper in general or currently on sale at the store.
Where I shop, different toothpaste brands are on sale in regular cycles. I try to stock up on my favorite toothpaste when it goes on sale, but at some point the supply might run out unplanned. And if you need toothpaste, you need toothpaste! So if you find yourself in need and your favorite brand isn’t on sale, what do you do? Consider switching to whichever brand is on sale at the time because it could be half the price! After a few brushes you’ll probably get used to the new flavor, and if not, then you can always switch back next time.
What’s your favorite brand of toothpaste? Do you have any creative tricks of the trade to save money when buying new tubes?