Oh wait, it's Wednesday. Either way, here is my idea. (Ok, it isn't my idea. I got it from elsewhere, but it is important!)
Did you know that foaming hand soap is regular soap, watered down? It is. Really. Doesn't it make you mad that foaming hand soap costs more than the "regular"kind, but contains less soap? It makes me mad. Which is why this is nifty.
Last year, at Bath and Body Works, I bought some hand soap. Then, about a month later, I got a postcard telling me about the 5 for $15 sale. I refused to buy more soap, as I already had bought some at 3 for $15, but I remembered. And I waited. And waited. And waited. Finally, they held the sale again! (It is probably still going on. It started Monday.) Alann mentioned that he preferred the foamy soap, and I prefer the foamy soap (it doesn't seem to dry out my hands as much), but I hated that it was the same price for less product (the ounces are different).
A blog I read (and can't find the post to save my life) mentioned that foamy soap is just watered down regular soap. If you google it, lots of people apparently know this. They just didn't tell me. All you need is the foamy soap dispenser and then you can make foamy soap to your heart's content. So this is what I did. I bought two foamy soap dispensers (full of soap from BBW) and 3 regular soaps for $15. I already had one foamy dispenser in my bathroom, which I had been secretly refilling from Alann's regular soap. It wasn't really a secret. He just never asked and I didn't tell him what I was doing. (Sometimes he thinks my ideas are crazy, not genius.) So we now have 3 foamy soap dispensers, full of soap, and an understanding not to throw them away. When they run out, I will just refill them with soap and water. With BBW soap, I use a 50-50 ratio, but I have read that 25% soap and 75% water is the right ratio. I like the 50-50. I think it depends on your soap and your preferred bubble-age. Mix gently. I prefer the "swirl" method to the "shake" method, but whatever. (It is afterall just soap.) I add water and mix and add water and mix until the little blue beads are no longer suspended. All of the little blue beads will drop to the bottom of the foamy soap bottle and sit there. (I guess you could rinse them out between refills if they bothered you.)
If you are a foamy soap connoisseur, you will notice that "home-mixed" is a little lighter. The foam isn't quite as tight, but it washes just as well. And, it saves you money, because you are using much less soap. You could go even more frugal and quit buying BBW soap, but let's face it, it just smells good. (Yes I know, it is antibacterial, which is against my beliefs, but you have to pick your battles sometimes, and searching out good smelling pro-bacterial soap is not one I have time for.) (Oh and I got a free thing of lotion with a card that they sent me. Awesome.)
So there you have it. That's my frugal tip for the...time being.
(Oh, I am also on twitter now thanks to teene. Beccasev)