If you are a woman, or a husband/baby daddy of one, you cringe at how much you spend on feminine products. Between tampons, liners and pads, the costs add up. I estimated that I spend $125 a year on menstrual products. And then I discovered reusable menstrual cups and realized my days of staring at drugstore shelves of colorful boxes while frantically doing math equations on my fingers were over.
How to save $600 on feminine products
One year ago, I said goodbye forever to panty liners and tampons, started using The DivaCup, and never looked back. I can say without reservation that the choice to give up conventional period products has been one of my smarter decisions.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the idea of a menstrual cup, here are the basics: It is a small, flexible, reusable cup made of silicone or latex that is worn internally to collect menstrual flow.
Here’s where the savings part of the conversation starts. No more body talk. Pinky swear.
A cup costs between $20 and $40 and can be purchased online or at your local health foods store. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the cup yearly, but the average time consumers actually do this is every five years. Let’s take a look at the numbers based on one year. (There are many different brands and types to choose from, but for the purposes of this post, we will refer to the one I am familiar with, the DivaCup.)
My yearly costs for the DivaCup:
1 DivaCup, $29.99 Natural Grocers
Total: $29.99 / year
My yearly costs for traditional feminine products:
120 ct Tampax Regular Tampons, $29.75 Costco = $.25/ea
4 tampons a day for 8 days = 32 * $.25 = $8.00 / mo
$8 x 12 mos
Total: $96 / year
49 ct CareFree Panty Liners $3.99 CVS = $.08/ea
3 liners a day for 10 days = $2.40 / mo
$2.40 x 12 mos
Total: $28.80 / year
Total of traditional products / year: $124.80
Did you get all that? I am saving $94.80 a year with the DivaCup. And if I wear that same cup for the averaged five years, I will save $594!
Feel free to plug in your own numbers to see how much tampons and pads cost per year in your house. Then get to saving money during that time of the month!
What monthly costs have you eliminated from your budget? How?