For most of my married life (if I have had access to a dryer) I have fallen back to using whole sheets instead of ripping them in half. But last year when we came back to live in the States and I started actively trying to find ways to cut corners and make a dollar stretch, I started ripping my dryer sheets in half. I rip them in thirds if it's a small load (like when I'm washing something that hasn't been washed before). I was already buying the cheapest dryer sheets I could find, but ripping them in half makes them even cheaper. I used some whole sheets from this box, but even with my partial whole-sheet usage, it took me six months to use 120 sheets. I think I can make the next box stretch even more if I only use half-sheets...it's like a little game.
Before you leave a comment telling me that I should be line-drying if I really wanted to save money, here is my defense (and remember, what works for me might not work for you and vice versa). First off, if we suddenly found ourselves jobless, I probably would stick a line out in the yard and do what needed to be done. However, one of the things I loved most each and every time we were Stateside was wearing dryer-dried clothes and using dryer-dried towels. I've worn my share of line dried clothes overseas and I won't go back to stiff socks and crinkly trousers if I can help it. ;-)
These were taken when we lived in Mozambique - I missed my dryer-dried socks! ;-)
So it's a little thing, but if you are like me and you love your dryer - every penny saved counts! Happy Friday!
Linked to the Frugal Friday post over at Life as MOM and Super Savings Saturday at Money Saving Mom.