Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Fill the detergent to the fourth line. Serving size is two tablespoons.
These are all things we’ve seen on product packages. Manufacturers place instructions for use on their products and recommended serving sizes and if we follow them, chances are good that we’ll end up spending more money than we should.
When it comes to many products, what the package recommends you use is simply a recommendation. It may be given under the guise that the product works best in that amount, and on a few rare occasions that’s probably true. But it may also be given in an effort to encourage you to consume the product faster. The more you use, the more you’ll have to buy.
I’ve been using 1/4 of the recommended amount of laundry detergent for years and my clothes still come out clean. On the rare occasion I do want to use dryer sheets, I cut them into thirds so that a box last three times as long.
A dime-sized amount of shampoo gets my hair just as clean as a quarter-sized amount does. Why wash money down the drain?
A quick glance at food labels tells me what the serving size is, but if I’m happy with a smaller serving, why not enjoy the savings?
Most oil change places will tell you to get the oil changed in your vehicle every 3,000 miles. But if you look at your vehicle’s owner manual, you may discover that you can do it every 5,000 miles.
Pay attention to those serving sizes and recommended amounts for use and see if you can’t reduce your consumption by just a little bit. Using less than the recommended amount may not save you a lot of money, but it will help you stretch your budget and allow you to make fewer trips to the store to replenish your supplies. When you do stick to the recommended amounts, make sure you measure, because “eyeballing it” usually results in using too much. And if you make sure you get every last bit from containers, you’ll save even more.
Your turn: Do you use the recommended amounts? Or do you use less?