How Much??!

*This post is brought to you today by scheduled blogger. I’m busy unpacking boxes, directing movers and praying the cable guy WILL come between 12 and 4 like they promised.

In this whole moving thing I knew there would be expenses. I knew groceries and household stuff costs a lot more now than it did 3 1/2 years ago. But just how much I hadn’t realized. Friday I went to Tarjay (my most beloved and missed place on the planet) to stock up on cleaning supplies, paper products and the like. I’m not a huge name brand shopper except when it comes to certain things like detergent. I have to use Cheer Free because I am freakishly allergic to a lot of detergents.

64 load bottle of Cheer Free and Clear $12.19 (the larger bottle was over $17 and I started hyperventilating in the aisle)

Okay, that had to be a fluke thing though right? Surely things all haven’t gotten super expensive while I was gone.

12 pack of Tarjay brand toilet paper $5.89 (really? for something that you use you know where and flush?)

8 or 10 pack (can’t remember) Bounty paper towels $8.99 (one of those name brand things I will spring for. nothing is worse than a paper towel that doesn’t soak up stuff)

I’m thinking the 800 sheet pack I saw at BJ’s was a better deal…

The next top ticket items besides a toilet brush (for $5.99) and a cleaning caddy which I didn’t have (for $8.99) was for dishwasher gel (100 oz $4.49) and a three pack of Kleenex brand tissues (for $4.49)

Are these prices reasonable? Normal? To be expected? I posted Thursday about saving money at the grocery store and got lots of ideas for coupons and such and loading up when the item is on sale. But I was still flabbergasted when the cashier told me my total was $98.18

$98.18??! For this?

clean this
Not pictured – paper towels, toilet paper

I think I got so much sticker shock because I haven’t bought these items in so long and I had to buy them all at once. We were not allowed to bring any cleaners, detergents or liquids of any kind from Germany. If the bottle were to break or leak during transport (which is a month long) the company would not pay the insurance to replace anything that got ruined. So I have to start from scratch.

Next stop? Food shopping Saturday afternoon in my new neighborhood. I need sugar, ketchup, salt, spices, coffee, olive oil – basically every staple found in a pantry. Please join me in praying that our appliances still work and I don’t have to replace those too!

15 thoughts on “How Much??!

  1. I think you nailed it.. it's only so expensive since you have to buy it all at once. BTW, they have SOME brand name cleaners at the Dollar Store if you feel like making another trip. Oh, and I LOVE Method cleaner… we use the green one for everything.


  2. Dang! You should have gotten some Target coupons. I think it just hurt because you had to buy all of them at the same time. Hopefully next time it won't be so bad and you can get them on a good sale.


  3. I am surprised those things didn't cost that much in Germany…I stand by my suggestion on your other post about saving money. Buy that stuff at BJs. You know you'll eventually use the 1000 gallons of detergent and it won't go bad. You'll still have to fork over the same kind of money but it will last longer and end up cheaper in the long run.But yeah, it sucks to have to pay all of that at one time. 😦 At least your house will be clean! 😉


  4. Ouch!! Not fun! I mean it isn't even a cute pair of shoes or anything!And many times, instead of buying BIG at a club store, buy small or meduim with a coupon and on sale, and it will be much cheaper per ounce, etc. Try it, its true! lol


  5. I feel your pain. Cleaning supplies cost too dang much. Can't everything be cleaned with either bleach or lemons? Ha.Hey, did you see? I was quoted by CNN today about Jon and Kate! Woohoo!!


  6. Oh my … I can't see the photo (work deal) but I'm sorry for the sticker shock. Cleaning items are the worst to buy, I mean you HAVE to have them or you'd be living in a hovel in NO time flat, which is likely why we get price gouged on them. I'm reminded to go rummage through my gramma's cupboards for unused cleaning supplies though. *sighs*blessings!


  7. Hi Andrea! I know a way to save more on toilet paper than any coupon or special. This covers all the bases = saves you money, helps the environment, helps your health, makes you feel better, it's so easy to do and it costs less than $50.00; Save money and the Earth and be clean at the same time! Add Bathroom Bidet Sprayers to all your bathrooms. I think Dr. Oz on Oprah said it best: “if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn't wipe it off with paper, would you? You'd wash it off” Available at with these you won't even need toilet paper any more, just a towel to dry off! Don’t worry, you can still leave some out for guests and can even make it the soft stuff without feeling guilty. It's cheap and can be installed without a plumber; and runs off the same water line to your toilet. You'll probably pay for it in a few months of toilet paper savings. As for water use a drought is always a concern and must be dealt with prudently but remember the water use of industrial users far exceeds the water use of household users and in the case of toilet paper manufacture it is huge. The pollution and significant power use from that manufacturing process also contributes to global warming so switching to a hand bidet sprayer and lowering your toilet paper use is very green in multiple ways.


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