How To Save Money On Feminine Care Products

21 April 2014


What got me interested in this topic is an article my husband recently mentioned to me about a brilliant man in India, named Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented a revolutionary machine for poor communities to manufacture their own sanitary napkins.  In some parts of the world girls stop going to school once they start their menstrual cycle, and according to the article referenced above, “Approximately 70% of all reproductive diseases in India are caused by poor menstrual hygiene - it can also affect maternal mortality”.  That is very sad and eye-opening.  We are fortunate in the west to have a plethora of options available for purchasing feminine hygiene products.  Many of us assume that the money we spend each month on feminine hygiene products is a necessary evil, something which is difficult to save money on.  Fear not, bargainmoosers, I have some tips on how to save money on our necessary supplies.  The tips don’t involve using old scraps of material, these ideas are easy to implement, and some are even better for the environment.

The Diva Cup

I used a DivaCup for about a year when I was in university.  It is surprisingly easy to use and is extremely cost effective.  It costs $39.99 on  Additionally, sells DivaWash, which I recommend to purchase along with the DivaCup to ensure cleanliness of the cup.  They have very particular restrictions around how to properly clean and care for the cup, so in order to get the most bang for your buck, take proper care of the cup.  In terms of cost savings, I find it easy to spend approximately $10 per month on feminine hygiene products.  $10 x 12 months equals a total cost of approximately $120 per year.  They recommend you replace the DivaCup once per year, and at a cost of $39.99, you will save approximately $80.00 per year by using the DivaCup.  Check out their website for their Q+A section, it is really informative.  I have a $10 gift certificate for which I got through a WagJag I purchased a few years ago, and I think I will use it towards a DivaCup purchase.   There is a certain “ick” factor to using a DivaCup, but once you are familiar with how to use it, that quickly dissipates.

Luna Pads

Personally, I am not a huge pad wearer.   I have always been an athletic person, and have found that tampons are an easier option for my lifestyle.   With that being said, I know there are some women who swear by using pads for their cycle.  What are Luna Pads, you might ask?  They are a reuseable, washable pad system whereby you purchase pads and inserts which you wash and re-use.  To be honest, the idea of washing out my pad seems pretty icky to me.  It’s likely not something that I will invest in at any point in the future, although I could make use of the pantyliner kit.  Check out Luna Pad’s Q+A section to find out all about their products.  In terms of cost of Luna Pads vs. disposable pads, if we use a similar estimate to our tampon calculation where we assume we spend about $10 per month on pads, our total cost per year for pads is about $120.  The deluxe LunaPads starter kit costs about $130 and they say it will last for approximately 5 years.  This means that your annual cost using LunaPads is under $30 per year, or less than $2.50 per month.

 Use coupons and combine them with sales

Another relatively easy way to save money on feminine hygiene products is to look for sales and combine the sales with the utilization of coupons.  P+G  has coupons quarterly which are published as an insert, and there are almost always coupons for always and tampax products.  Usually it’s a coupon for $0.50 off per package.  I always wait until packages are on sale for $2.99 per box, and when I combine the sale with the coupon, I can purchase a box of tampax for about $2.50 per box.  Check out our coupon forum for more great coupons and deals.   Even if you don’t use a coupon, however, shopping for sales is the best way to get a great price on feminine hygiene products.

Shorten your period

Another, off the beaten path way to reduce the costs of your period is to attempt to shorten your period.  I have never tried to do so, but I am definitely interested in trying some of the natural methods outlined in this wiki on how to shorten your period.  I still have some red raspberry leaf tea from pregnancy that I will try during my next period.

Environmentally friendly options

Last but not least, many of the options we listed above are fantastic options to be more environmentally friendly.  According to sustainable personal finance, an estimated 12 billion feminine hygiene products are put in North American dumps each year.  We will soon be running out of space to store our disposable products.  It’s time to make a change.

As women we are blessed with our monthly visit from aunt flow.  I say this sarcastically, as getting our periods suck.  Try to save as much money as possible each month by using some of these methods.  Bargainmoosers, do you have any tips to save money on feminine hygiene products?

Photo credit: Bekah Spangler


  • Avigayil M.
    Totally use a Diva cup. have for... omg... 3 years! Woohoo! I own two of them, makes it easy.
    • Lianna
      Outside of the ick factor, does it hurt? Is it uncomfortable? I have this terrible image that when wearing it the stem that protrudes off of it will be visible or that it will pop off... help!
      • Sue
        I've been using a Diva Cup for many years now and would never switch back to using pads or tampons. I do sometimes use them when I'm going to be away from home for an extended period of time because I don't like dealing with the Diva Cup in public washrooms, but otherwise it's great. I trimmed the stem down to almost nothing and I also found I had to turn the cup inside out to make it shorter because I have a lower cervix so it was leaking if I didn't turn it inside out, but it's very comfortable once in. You don't even know it's there at all.
      • Avigayil M.
        If you are really sensitive it can hurt when you learn to insert it. But once you learn the proper fold for your body, it slides in just fine. I didn't need to trim the stem at all and it doesn't bother me a bit. I find it useful to grip when I need to pull the cup out. It depends on your body really. I probably have a higher cervix than the other commenter. You get to learn your own body really quickly. also, once the cup is in it will not just randomly 'pop out'. it is safe and secure until you take it out. Another thing not really mentioned is that with proper care, one Diva Cup can last up to 5 years (and sometimes longer). That is a pretty awesome savings.
  • Andrea
    I buy my tampons and pads at Costco. If you watch the weekly door flyer, these products are frequently on sale, so that's when I stock up. They are also cheaper to begin with than most stores.
  • Kat
    I take my packs of the pill back to back. So for two months in a row I don't have a period - then I allow myself to have one, and then repeat the process. It allows me to save money on tampons, and every other month I don't have to put up with cramps.
  • Anita
    I found the DivaCup to be too expensive, so I bought a Fleurcup (they ship from France) and if you can snag a coupon code for 5 euros off, it ends up costing half of what a Divacup costs. I love mine and will never go back to pads or tampons again :)
  • Heather R.
    Great tips, everyone! Anita, I will definitely look up the Fleurcup as an option. Lianna, it definitely does not hurt. I found it easier to use than tampons and it stays in place.

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