Saving Money During Your Time of the Month

This blog is written by a woman. Hi.

I am brand loyal.

I love my always® brand “thin liners”. And after receiving (what seemed like) a lifetime supply of Tampax® Pearl® tampons once from my dad (long story), I’ve been pretty brand loyal to their expensive, yet effective, product.

Let’s face it, women, this stuff ain’t cheap.

Here are some Canadian Proctor & Gamble coupons, if you’re a fan of Tampax, Tide, Crest or Venus razors and the like.

But how often are we educated about alternatives?

The ultimate way to save money during your time of the month, other than some sort of drastic surgery, is to cut down on how much you have to buy.

  • Make your own pads (if that’s your thing), or
  • use a DivaCup.

When I first heard of the DivaCup, it was at university, in the hallway where someone had set up a table for some club, and a girl held it up to me like a keychain and was telling me about its environmental benefits. I was grossed out, and feeling quite awkward as she talked freely to me about her period.

I don’t think there is a way I can talk about the benefits of a DivaCup, without  making you feel uncomfortable, so I will tell you its financial benefits, and leave the rest of the research up to you.

Click the image to go to NaturallyHip on Etsy. She sells handmade pads out of Burlington, Ontario.

Here are the DivaCup Frequently Asked Questions. it’s a great place to start.

You can buy the DivaCup at well.ca with free shipping to Canada, for $40, and the DivaWash (optional) for $10. So that’s a $40-$50 investment, and it’s recommended you replace it either once a year, or whenever you see signs of wear. (If you live in America, you can buy it online at drugstore.com – Canadians, it’s offered slightly cheaper there, but shipping is $20).

Tampax Pearl tampons cost about $8, when not on sale (and goodness knows I’ve had to buy them many-a-times full price). They last about 1.5 – 2 cycles for me,  which I’d estimate runs me around $50-65 a year. Add to that the cost of pantyliners and occasional pads, and I’m probably spending close to $80 a year. On the DivaCup website, they suggest women spend $150-200 US a year on feminine hygiene products.   I’m looking into using the DivaCup because I think it might serve my physical needs better than tampons, but women who use more tampons or pads could save a lot of money from using the DivaCup.

Would you ever consider using an alternative method to pads and tampons? What are your reasons: environmental, financial, comfort?