I got a good laugh today on my lunch break reading this post over at AskDong. Dong talks about how he scolded his dad for buying super cheap toilet paper and proceeds to analyze how little money would be saved by using the cheap TP as opposed to the “luxury” TP. According to his analysis, one would only save about $1100 over the course of a lifetime by using the super cheap store brand sandpaper TP as opposed to a super nice brand like Quilted Northern, and argues the real savings is likely even less than that because he didn’t account for “the fact that about half my toilet paper usage is provided free at work”.
For us, we are pretty cost conscious and not brand loyal by any means. However, we don’t buy the super cheap 1-ply stuff that is like sandpaper. We used Angel Soft for over a year after hitting a big grand opening sale with coupons at CVS a couple of years back, and lately we have been using either the Member’s Mark or POM stuff from Sam’s. Both of those are decent 2-ply toilet papers and are reasonable soft. For us, either of these are a good compromise between comfort and cost.
So here’s the question: Do you go cheap on the TP, or splurge for the good stuff? Leave a comment and give us an idea of just how much money you’re throwing down the crapper (literally)!