Friday, August 14, 2009

Day 102

Today was the day. We were at Costco and I had to buy toilet paper. This is the first time in nearly 9 years that I have purchased toilet paper for our household. We've finally brought the last 24-pack of Grandpa's toilet paper into the house. I wonder how many hundreds of dollars our "inheritance" of toilet paper has saved us in purchases in that amount of time?

Editing to add the full story, just for Ruby! LOL

Ok... Charlie's Grandpa lived during the Depression. They couldn't afford things like toilet paper so they had to use pages out of catalogs, and when those ran out, they had to use corn cobs. He said they weren't so bad when they were fresh, but when they dried out... twitch

So he always said "I'll never use corn cobs again" and every time he went to town (they lived out in the country), if there was a good price on toilet paper, he bought a case, whether they needed it or not. By the time he died in 2000, he had toilet paper stuffed in every nook and cranny of their place. They lived on 10 acres with a huge garage/shop. There were cases of toilet paper stuffed up in the rafters. Stacks of toilet paper in the basement. Everywhere he could store it, there was toilet paper.

My in-laws took a bunch of toilet paper back to SoCal with them after Grandpa died. Twice, they filled from the axles forward, to the top of the inside of the camper shell. Charlie's uncle took a bunch back to Tennessee with him, too. He was picky though and only took the "good" stuff, so he didn't take as much. We packed my station wagon to the brim, front, back and in between. There was barely room for me to sit in there and shift. We piled it up in our garage in a stack about 3 feet deep, 6 feet wide, and 5 feet tall. And that was 10 months after Grandpa had died and Grandma moved back to Tennessee with her son, so we lived in their house to take care of it for a while. So we used toilet paper there for 10 months, plus all the toilet paper that had gone to the other family.

Just last week we finally brought in the last of Grandpa's toilet paper. It's going to be quite a shock to me to have to start buying toilet paper after nearly 9 years!


  1. *blinks* I'm sorry .. say again? You inherited toilet paper from your grandfather? NINE years.. YEARS of toilet paper?! o.O
    Wow now thats a lot of toilet paper! Where the frell did you keep it all??
    And ya I imagine that saved ya lots of money.
    *still boggled at the idea of inheirting 9 yrs supply of TP*

  2. Heh, yeah, I think that saved you a whole heck of a lot of money over 9 YEARS of it. *chuckles* That's definitely the most unusual inheritance story I've ever heard. :D

  3. wow!! what an interesting story!!! and how NICE that you have saved hundreds (or more) of money from years of free toilet paper