3 Ways Smart Couples Save Money Shopping

Smart Shopper

Ever notice how running out for toilet paper turns into what feels like one of the biggest decisions of your life? You and your significant other stand open-mouthed in front of a massive wall of toilet paper at Walgreens / CVS / Rite Aid and try to choose the right brand to buy and what size to buy it in.

Do we want to pay more for the extra fluffy kind? If we get a pack of four double rolls, is that a better deal than a pack of eight regular rolls?

Suddenly, you’ve wasted ten minutes of your life – 20 minutes between the two of you – doing mental acrobatics for freakin’ toilet paper.

Or maybe you make things easy and go with the cheapest one or simply stick with the same brand each time.

If this is your typical way of shopping for everyday items, you’re doing it wrong! As one savvy couple jokingly told us,

If we buy something at our local drug store, we’ve failed.

Here’s how smart couples save money on drug store items and groceries.


1. They buy in bulk.

Let’s stick with toilet paper, or “bathroom tissue,” as marketers would like for us to call it. It doesn’t feel like a big deal to spend $4.99 each time you go to CVS to buy a pack of four rolls, right? Wrong! It’s a waste of money. Instead, you’ll save a lot, sometime more than 50%, if you buy large packs of 12 or more rolls from Amazon, Jet.com, Costco, Walmart and others.

See the difference:

CVS: $4.99 (plus tax) for 4 double rolls. $1.25 per roll.

Save on Toilet Paper - CVS

Jet.com: $9.99 (plus tax) for 12 double rolls. $0.83 per roll, 34% savings vs. CVS.

Save on Toilet Paper - Jet


Amazon: $27.40 (plus tax) for 48 double rolls. $0.57 per roll, 54% savings vs. CVS.

Save on Toilet Paper - Amazon

Now think about how much toilet paper you go through in a year. The savings add up!

Live in a small apartment with little storage? We’ve seen savvy couples store large packages on top of kitchen cabinets, under the bed, and even in the oven (if they’re not big cooks). Don’t let small space living discourage you from big savings!

Unfortunately, for those who are literally living paycheck to paycheck, buying in bulk may be unrealistic. You’ll have $25 worth of toilet paper but no money for milk, eggs and bread. Buying in bulk only works if you have extra cash, so if you have the ability to save up a little bit of your paycheck, see if you can go from buying small packages to buying in bulk so you can start saving on your daily essentials.


2. They “Subscribe & Save” on Amazon

Amazon Subscribe and Save

For items that you regularly need to replenish, Amazon’s Subscribe & Save is a great addition to your life tool belt. It’s awesome because you:

  1. Save money – 5% for 1-4 subscriptions arriving in a month and 15% for 5 or more arriving in a month
  2. Save time – automate your shopping and get regular deliveries so you save time on decision making and purchasing


3. They Shop on Jet.com

Jet.com is an e-commerce site launched in 2015 that competes with Amazon to sell household goods and thousands of other items. Key features:

  • No membership fee.
  • Free shipping on orders over $35.
  • Buy “Smart Items,” which are marked for discounts. The more Smart Items you buy, the more you save.
  • You don’t need to buy in bulk in order to get savings.
  • Waive your right to return an item in order to get additional savings.

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