Do you feel like tampons and pads are ridiculously expensive? Before I got started with reusable products, I felt like basically every single time I walked down the aisle at the grocery, or drug store.
Secrets to Saving Money on your Period
Okay, so who doesn’t like to have a bit more money in their bank account at the end of the month? Everybody, right?
Stop spending more than you have to by making the switch to some reusable period care products. More details below so keep on reading for the specific ways to save money on your period.
We’ll give you the rundown about:
- Menstrual cups
- Reusable cloth pads
- Period panties
- Buying disposable products online.
How to Save Money on your Period
Save Money on your Period Tip #1: Use a Menstrual Cup
The average person spends around $5 per month on tampons. That doesn’t seem like a big deal, right? But add that up over the years, and then decades that you’ll have your period and it can quickly become thousands of dollars.
What if I told you there was a way to spend less than $1 a month on period products? Would you think I was crazy?
This way is a menstrual cup. A top-quality one like the Lena Cup is going to cost you around $25, but most people find that it lasts for around five years. That comes out to $0.41 per month. And of course, thousands of dollars over a lifetime.
Are the Cheapest Menstrual Cups a Good Buy?
Save Money on your Period Tip #2: Reusable Cloth Pads
Disposable sanitary napkins cost around the same amount as tampons per month: $5. Switching to reusable cloth pads can also save you thousands over a lifetime.
For an even more frugal period experience, you can make your own cloth pads for 1/2 to 1/3 of what it costs to buy them on Amazon. Check on Pinterest for some patterns and suggestions for materials to use in them.
Most people really like using cloth pads, but there are a few disadvantages to be aware of:
- They can shift around a bit during exercise
- You have to carry the soiled ones with you when not at home (use a Wet Bag)
- You have to wash them (throw them in with your regular laundry and wash in cold water).
How to Make your Own Reusable Cloth Pads
Save Money on your Period Tip #3: Period Panties
Next up on the list of ways to save money on your period are period panties. They are just like regular underwear, but they have a leakproof layer in them. Some of them have an absorbent layer as well and in some cases, they can absorb as much as a jumbo tampon.
Most people use period panties as a back-up to a menstrual cup or tampon. Over the medium to long-term, it’s cheaper using menstrual underwear for this than disposable pads or pantyliners.
Save Money on your Period Tip #4: Organic? Buy Online
In our experience, it’s better to buy organic tampons and pads on Amazon. You’ll have the full range of size and styles options. You’ll also be able to see customer reviews to help you find the best ones. Most importantly, prices are cheaper, and in some cases, they’re about half the price of in stores.
Save Money on your Period Tip #5: The Ziggy Cup for Period Sex
The final way to save money on your period is by making the switch from disposable Softcups to the reusable Ziggy Cup. If you like to have non-messy sex during your period, then these are your go-to products.
The Ziggy Cup is a very similar to a Soft Cup in terms of design in function. However, it’s made from medical grade silicone (same as most menstrual cups) and can last for at least a couple of years.
If you regularly use Softcups, consider making the switch today to save a lot of money!
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