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When Frugal isn't Frugal

September 27th, 2015 at 09:29 am

Sometimes my attempts at being frugal backfire.

A couple of months ago, I bought a large shampoo. It's the same brand as the bodywash we use. All natural, no added scent (just the scent of ingredients). And it isn't expensive; in fact it's pretty inexpensive.

But here is the thing: it doesn't work! Ack! My head is sometimes itchy. My hair never feels clean.

I've been using it anyway, because I don't like to waste things, but I finally gave up.

I spent about 20 minutes in the shampoo aisle sniffing shampoos because I'm pretty sensitive to smells/perfumes but I don't want entirely unscented. And I found a not-quite-as-cheap shampoo that smelled great. It was a brand I'd used before.

And now my hair is clean. My head isn't itchy. I am so happy!

Is there anything you spend a little more money on because it's worth it?

8 Responses to “When Frugal isn't Frugal”

  1. Carol Says:

    Shampoo you don't like is good for cleaning tubs. Fill tub,pour in lots of the shampoo, let sit, then empty. Maybe wipe a bit, but no scrubbing.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I can't think of anything off hand.

    I use Pantene or Suave for my shampoo. Either of them seem to work about as well.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Sometimes the adage "you get what you pay for" is true. I've found that as well. I used to use cheap dish washing detergent. I'm back to Dawn because although it costs more, it lasts long and I don't use as much.

    Hey, you tried. It's not like you went and bought the most expensive stuff. You tried a cheaper product, found it didn't work, and moved on. Live and learn.

  4. Buendia Says:

    I agree... and my hair looks better today... and I didn't use as much. I was trying so hard with the other one that I kept increasing the amount I used.

    It's hard when you have issues with scents/chemicals, but this doesn't cost too much... I wash my hair every other day anyway, so I save there...

    I am going to use the other stuff to clean the tub - great idea Carol!

  5. greenleaf Says:

    I use old odds and ends of shampoo I don't care for as a shaving cream substitute- works just as well and leaves your skin moisturized!

  6. CB in the City Says:

    Shampoo you don't like also works great for hand washing lingerie and delicates.

  7. Ima saver Says:

    Yes, I buy the more expensive toilet paper, especially when it is on sale. I just don't like the dollar store brand.

  8. crazyliblady Says:

    I totally agree. If you can't use that shampoo for something else, maybe you could give that bottle to someone who is not sensitive to the ingredients.

    The thing I spend a little more money, and also time, on is food. I like to grow some of my own veggies and I also buy organic vegetables and fruits when it is possible for the sake of my health.

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