We cut back on spending for toiletries quite a while ago.
Baking soda for tooth brushing. We get our floss and brushes from the dentist, several times a year and free for the asking.
We purchase bar soap, unwrap and let it dry out until it cracks before using. Takes quite a while so you need to keep on top of it. The dried out soap lasts FOREVER in the shower. We have hard water and if we don't use the dried out soap it melts away in ONE week.
We found out that the dollar store brand of Pantene ProV 2 in 1 works just a good as the pricey brand name.
Baby oil and sugar for a great skin softening scrub in the shower, baby oil from the dollar store too.
Baby oil and petro. jelly for dry skin needs, other than on face.
A tip I picked up on here: olive oil dabbed on the face works great for dry spots.
We recently have found Queene Helene cocoa butter cream in a small jar and it works great for dry skin; the lotion in the tall bottle is thick and rich and both are great dollar store finds: $1.00 for each of those items. A very soft cocoa butter scent, which is very nice.
We haven't been able to find a good replacement for our favorite Gillette Daisy Classic razors and the they have jumped in price by just over $1.00 in the past few months.
Also haven't found a cheaper replacement that we feel works as good in the feminine products department.
That is the killer. Up and up and no relief in sight. Dial down, conserve, or go w/o AC and the bill just keeps rising.
Dh commutes about 90 miles round trip daily for his work. Teen dd and I conserve our gasoline as much as possible by walking about to the store, etc. and condensing driving to the minimum. We still have to allot $350 monthly for gasoline.