So, you want to know how to save on toilet paper… that wasn’t the thought in naming our family So, you want to know how to save on toilet paper... that wasn't the thought in naming our family blog How We Roll, but let's roll out the statistics: Studies have been done on how much toilet paper the average American How We Roll, but let’s roll out the statistics:

Studies have been done on how much toilet paper
the average American uses.

One independent study we’ve found was penned by Josh Madison on his website Josh was kind enough to break down how much TP he used over a one-year period. He provides extremely detailed data in his report; down to the start and end date of each roll, and average sheets used and cost per day. His study showed that in one year and four days he used  49 rolls of toilet paper bathroom tissue,or 49,000 sheets, at an about cost of $52.43.  Now, I’m not sure what Josh was eating but that breaks down to 134 sheets a day – that seems like a lot!

Market Watch reports that the average consumer users 57 sheets of toilet paper per day. That calculates to a 12-pack lasting a family of four about 18 days. At that rate, they would need to buy that 12-pack 20 times per year. That works out to about 41 sheets per person per day.


No matter how you look at it we do use a lot of toilet paper.


Not only is this expensive to our wallets, but to our ecology. Being frugal is being a good steward of what we have in every sense of the word. We not only use toilet paper for the uses mentioned above, but for packaging material, eyeglass wiping, nose care, hair-do’s, make-up remover, toilet seat covers, and wedding dresses according to The Huffington Post.


Butt, what would you use if you didn’t use toilet paper?


We found a few interesting answers for you on the ol’ WWW.

  • My first thought was baby wipes. Most homes have those, though they create the same tissue issue when it comes to being a good steward of our money and ecology.
  • There is always the bidet. This one claims to be smart with electronic heated toilet seat with warm air dryer and temperature controlled wash functions… it even has his and her settings for your sitting pleasure.
  • This article gives directions on how to make toilet paper out of paper you find around the house. Are you intrigued? That would definitely come under recycling, I can see the headline now, “Neighbors steal stacks of newspapers and catalogs from hoarder… story at 11!”
  • Well, here is an option that definitely is roughing it. Using a smooth rock you can do what’s referred to as the “scrape method,” which I’m told was very popular in some ancient societies. Rinse the rock to remove residue before ‘scraping’ again.
  • I read that in Roman times people washed themselves with a damp sponge. Then, they would wash the sponge with water and vinegar so they could reuse it later. This doesn’t sound too sanitary.
  • It seems that a number of plant leaves that can be used instead of the usual TP. Though it seems that there are just as many to avoid.
  • In the video below, Wanda tells how she has started saving money on toilet paper by using “Family Cloths”. These reusable cloths are a money-saver and seem a little more doable than the ideas above.



I would love to hear what you think about all of this. Do you have a favorite option that we missed?


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