The problem is, even with coupons, those little sponges get expensive. Well, I’ve found a great alternative. The cost outlay is a bit more initially, but in the long run, it really saves money if you use these a lot like I do.
The trick to this savings – like the trick to a lot of frugal savings, is simply knowing what things are made of, and then buying the generic name, instead of the brand name. They have a generic name, and it is ‘melamine sponge.’
I usually buy mine on eBay. I usually pay about $5-$9.00 for 50 or more. On the auction sites it can vary depending on when you search. Usually shipping is free, because these are super light, and I think a lot of the Asian countries subsidize shipping.
I search on:
Melamine Cleaning Sponge Lot
Here’s one eBay Search. Link to Ebay
I also have them available in the Wiresplice Frugal Store 50 sponges for $8.99 with free shipping in the cleaning department. I put all my best buys and finds there, so check it out, you might find other ways to save.
These sponges typically come in a plastic mailer that makes a convenient package for storage. The quality is not quite what the brand name offers, but I find them certainly good enough for the price and what I use them for. One sponge will get me through a day’s cleaning or most particular jobs. They tear a tad easier. Still I’d much rather pay even $9.00 for 50 than $3.00 for 2!
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