Saving money isn’t always easy…but that doesn’t mean that it has to be hard. In fact, there are a whole bunch of ways that you can save money while taking a shower, something which you probably do regularly anyway. Wouldn’t it be great if you could save money while getting clean? I thought so! That’s why I’ve compiled this list of clever ways to save money in the shower. The good news is that they’re practical too!
- Swap your showerhead. Installing a low-flow showerhead in your shower is a great way to save moneywithout even feeling it. Low-flow showerheads are designed to offer a pleasant water pressure while using significantly less water than standard showerheads.
- Switch to generic products. Most standard shampoos and conditioners are available in generic versions for a fraction of the cost of salon-brand products. Suave, for example, makes a high-end version of Nexxus conditioner, which has kept my hair feeling silky for months. You can save several dollars per month just by changing your shower products to comparable cheaper versions.
- Use an electric razor. Women’s electric razors cost $15 and up and can be used reliably for years. They pay for themselves after about 2 or 3 months (depending on the type of disposable razor you’ve been using), and they provide a close shave without shaving cream – so you can save even more.
- Use less shampoo. You know how most shampoo and conditioner bottles recommend that you use a dime-sized amount of product? They’re not lying. Over-washing or conditioning your hair is not only a waste of money, but it’s also useless. Your hair won’t be cleaner if you use more shampoo, just like your dishes won’t be cleaner if you use more than a bit of dish soap. Once your hair is clean, it’s clean. The same is true for soap. Instead of over-lathering, reduce the amount of soap that you use, and you’ll still be perfectly clean. One more thing – using too much soap or shampoo will require more time to wash off, which will raise your water bill.
- Take a shorter shower. A low-flow showerhead uses about 1 gallon of water per minute, while a standard showerhead can use about 2.5 gallons per minute. With that in mind, you can see that shaving a few minutes of your shower time each week can prevent you from using gallons of water, which is good for your wallet and the environment.
And…if you’re a super-saver, here are three more radical ways to save (that are still hygienic, of course):
- Collect the water while it’s heating up. Standard showers take 30 seconds or more to warm up before you can comfortably get in. Instead of letting it go down the drain, collect it in a bucket and use it to water your garden or clean the floor.
- Skip the shaving cream. There’s no question that shaving cream can leave your legs feeling smooth, but you can likely simulate the same feeling by using conditioner or a lotion-based soap, both of which cost less than a shaving cream does.
- Lower the temperature by a few degrees. You may enjoy a steaming hot shower, but you likely won’t notice if it’s a few degrees cooler, a concession that will reduce your heating bill. This does not mean that you need to take a cold shower, just a slightly cooler one. If you don’t want to give up your hot shower, consider cooling it down just at the end – you may even find it easier to get out.