Non-negotiable household items costing money

Non-negotiable household items costing money

My partner and I are on a pretty strict financial diet. With just minimum payments made to our debting companies we only have about 18 dollars extra to spend a month (We have accounted for other minimal living expenses food, rent, utilities, gas etc in our budget). We are trying to really take a look at what household goods we can and can not live without. So far this is our list of non-negotiables. I was wondering if you would share yours or suggest cheaper alternatives to the ones we have. Toilet Paper Deoderant Toothpaste (we go back and forth on this I say I can live with just baking soda brushing my partner cant) Shampoo Conditioner Face wash Body wash Face lotion Pads and tampons (am considering sewing some reuseable pads) Kitty litter Cat and dog food (the animals needs will actually come first) Resolve Paper towels (utilized sparingly) Vitamins (Another thing we go back and forth on there is a health investment aspect to this item. Bleach (Diluted 10 to 1 with water for household cleaning and disinfecting) Brita and Pur filters (we have well water and it needs to be filtered but we fill reuseable water bottles) Laundry detergent Fabric softener (hard water) What have I forgotten? Our plan is to go back to this list before making purchases to see if we really need the item or if we are being swayed by convenience and comfort. ETA: I tried a diva cup many many times and I still own it but I have never been able to use it successfully. Paper towels: These would be used for things like dog and cat barf and animal fecal accidents. There are some things I just don't want to put through the washing machine. What are disposable free alternatives? I saw one suggest news paper but we dont get the paper. I could see if my parents would save theirs. I keep editing...the cat and dog food went into our food budget so thats not coming out of the 18 dollars although I see that I wasn't clear on that
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