I’ve Been Wasting Money on Toothpaste — Have You?

Ever since I was placed in the “gifted” class in elementary school, I’ve liked to pretend that I was at least a bit smarter than the average bear. And yet, every few years, something occurs that smashes my premise and shows me how dumb I really am — like when I was 24 and learned that the proper lyrics to the “Star Spangled Banner” are “whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight” and not “who’s brought stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight.” The latest edition of this embarrassing trend came as I learned that I’ve been misusing toothpaste for decades and probably wasted a fair bit of money in the process as well.

Now I’m not suggesting that toothpaste is a waste of money in and of itself. Instead, I’ve recently learned that I’ve just been using too much of it. Despite years of commercials that display completely covered toothbrushes like a caterpillar on a leaf, it turns out the proper amount of paste per brushing is about the size of a pea. Apparently my wife was already well aware of this fact so I’m not sure how it eluded me for some long.

While this overusage probably wasn’t too harmful to my dental health, thinking back it’s probably had a pretty sizeable impact on my bank account. If you assume that I’ve been using four times more toothpaste than I needed on a daily basis over the course of the 14 or so years since I’ve lived on my own, that has to really add up. Sure, at an average cost of about $3 per tube, we’re not talking about a semester of college wasted on Colgate here, but it’s significant nonetheless.

So why am I sharing this? For one, even more than I pride myself on being relatively intelligent, I also fancy myself as having a good sense of humor. Thus, it’s enjoyable to poke fun at my stupidity and let others in for a laugh. However, even if my limited polling of friends in the days since my discovery has suggested otherwise, I have to believe there are still others out there with the same toothpaste misconceptions I had until, say, three weeks ago.

With that, hopefully this silly revelation of mine can help you save some money moving forward — and prevent you from feeling as dumb as I did.

Author

Kyle Burbank

Founder ~ Moneyat30
Kyle is a freelance writer - including being the head writer for Fioney.com. He also serves as editorial director for the Disney fan site LaughingPlace.com and the founder of Money@30.com. In 2015, Kyle and his wife Bekah moved from Los Angeles to Springfield MO in pursuit of greater financial freedom. Together, the pair enjoy travel, coffee, and spending time with their dog Rigby. Additionally, as of 2023, they become first-time homeowners.

Other Articles by Kyle Burbank

bed at Tru by Hitlon Wichita

Hilton is Offering Double Points on Hotel Stays This Summer

Hilton is making it easy to earn bonus points on hotel stays this summer. For stays from May 2nd to September 2nd, Hilton Honors members can earn 2x points. All you need to do is register on the Hilton site and you'll be good to go. Of course, you will...
Solis 5G alone and attached to a backpack

2024 Solis 5G Mobile Hotspot Review

For years, I've been a regular user of Solis mobile hotspots and have used them for several international trips (and some domestic). Of course, as the years have gone on, my Solis 1 device has grown a bit old. While it still works just fine, it has been discontinued and...
working off a Solis WiFi Hotspot

2024 Solis WiFi Hotspot Review: Using the Skyroam Solis Lite Overseas

As someone who regularly “workations” and relies on a solid Internet connection to be productive while traveling, it’s kind of crazy that I went without a WiFi hotspot for so long. That’s mostly because I had never come across a particular device that jumped out at me.  Well, that was...

Leave a Reply

The "Email" field is empty, you must enter some text to proceed.The text you entered in the "Email" field appears to be invalid, please edit it and try again
Get Posts in Your Inbox
Featured Articles
bed at Tru by Hitlon Wichita

Hilton is Offering Double Points on Hotel Stays This Summer

Hilton is making it easy to earn bonus points on hotel stays this summer. For stays from May 2nd to September 2nd, Hilton Honors members can earn 2x points. All you need to do is register on the Hilton site and you'll be good to go. Of course, you will...
Solis 5G alone and attached to a backpack

2024 Solis 5G Mobile Hotspot Review

For years, I've been a regular user of Solis mobile hotspots and have used them for several international trips (and some domestic). Of course, as the years have gone on, my Solis 1 device has grown a bit old. While it still works just fine, it has been discontinued and...
working off a Solis WiFi Hotspot

2024 Solis WiFi Hotspot Review: Using the Skyroam Solis Lite Overseas

As someone who regularly “workations” and relies on a solid Internet connection to be productive while traveling, it’s kind of crazy that I went without a WiFi hotspot for so long. That’s mostly because I had never come across a particular device that jumped out at me.  Well, that was...
Current Rewards music app

Current Rewards (Current Music) iOS App Review

Some time ago, Instagram introduced me to an app called Current Rewards — also known as Current Music (and not to be confused with the neobanking app Current). For a time, I got pretty into it and even purchased the Mode Phone, which took the Current Rewards concept to a...