Squeezing Savings Out of a Tube

The following Best Savings Tip comes from reader, Deb:

Many cream and gel makeup, skin care, and hair care products come in plastic squeeze tubes. When I can no longer squeeze product out of the tube, I don't throw the tube away. Instead, I cut the tube in half right across the middle with scissors. If the tube is fairly long, I cut off and discard an extra inch or two from the middle of the tube.

I scrape out the product clinging to the inside of the bottom end of the tube and transfer it to the squeeze tip end. Then I wash out the bottom end and insert the squeeze tip end into it.

The result looks like a mini tube about half as long as the original product. I can easily pull the two pieces apart and get product out of the squeeze tip end with my fingers or a small cosmetic spatula. The amount of product clinging to the inside of the tube is usually enough to last several more days.

Suppose a tube of eye cream costs $15 and lasts about two months when you use it once a day. That means, the cream costs about $.25 per daily application. If you get another four days worth out of the tube, that's worth $1!

Not only does this save you money, but it helps you avoid making an emergency trip to the store to buy more product when you don't have a backup tube on hand.

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I do this with many of my cosmetics products. Are you a squeezer too?

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by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on July 29, 2011

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