The cost of living crisis is squeezing household budgets and having a big effect on us all. Everyday essentials are becoming harder to afford, including period care. A recent study by Plan International discovered that 1 in 4 young women are struggling to afford period products since the start of 2022.
In this blog, we’re looking at ways you can save on your period care and how you can also take steps to support others if you’re able to.
Buy on offer to save on your period care
You can save on period care by shopping when it is on offer. Supermarkets and high-street retailers frequently run promos so you can save on your period care products. To shop our certified organic cotton period care on offer, you can save £1 on our tampons, pads and liners in Tesco until 28th June.
When you shop with us directly, you can get 30% off your first order. For ongoing savings, you can get 10% off every order when you subscribe to get repeat deliveries every 3 months. Don’t let the thought of a subscription put you off – there’s no long-term commitment. You can skip, edit, pause or cancel whenever you need to!
Choose to bulk-buy your period care
Another way to get your period care for less is by buying in bulk. If you’re loyal to a particular brand or product, then this can be a smart move as you’ll not only save money but you’ll also be prepared for your next period in advance. If you’re loving our organic cotton range, we offer ‘Power Packs’ which are 12 boxes of your favourite TOTM product discounted by £5.
Try a reusable period care product
Reusable period care is not only kind to the planet but can also help you save on period care in the long-run. Menstrual cups are a zero-waste option that offer a significant cost saving. You only need 1 menstrual cup and can reuse this in place of tampons and/or pads on your period for years to come. If you’re new to cups, we’ve created a handy guide to help you learn more about making the switch.
If cups are not for you, then you can also get reusable pads, reusable period pants and even a reusable tampon applicator (which can help you save money as non-applicator tampon are typically cheaper than applicator tampons).
Top tip – do your research beforehand and look for a quality reusable product. You want to ensure this can be reused for years to enjoy a cost-saving. The quality of the materials used and manufacturing is important for savings but also for safety therefore look for reputable brands. The initial up-front cost can make it a challenge to invest in a quality reusable if you’re struggling financially. We therefore recommend to scope out your chosen product and shop when on offer. You can pick now up reusable period products in supermarkets and high-street retailers across the UK, and these will often be on offer. You can find our menstrual cup in Tesco, Morrisons and Superdrug.
Free access points
In these challenging times, it can be a struggle to afford period care which we understand can be distressing. We believe in period dignity for all and whilst these essential products are yet to be made available in all public spaces across the UK, there are ways that you can access period care for free. We’ve provided a few options below:
Across England, Scotland and Wales, schools have been given grants so they can provide free period care to students.
You can request free period care products in Lidl Ireland and in Morrisons stores across the UK. These are ‘no questions asked’ initiatives as these retailers are keen to support period dignity. For Lidl, you’ll need the Lidl Plus App to access free products and with Morrisons you need to either ask ‘for Sandy’ or a ‘period product pack’ instore. A member of staff will hand you an envelope with free period products inside.
Public or council-run initiatives:
If you live in Scotland, then you can access free period care in public spaces across the country. The Government have launched an app called ‘Pickupmyperiod’ which lists 700 locations you can access free products. Outside of Scotland, some counties such as Surrey have also made period care available for free in public sites such as libraries. As this differs by location, an easy way to learn what local period dignity initiatives are available near you, is to Google ‘Free period products’ followed by your local community or nearest city. If you’re based in Wales, then some councils allow you to order free period products thanks to Welsh Government funding. We recommend checking your local council website for more information.
Community-led food banks are in operation across the UK to support people who cannot afford essentials items, period care included. To find a food bank near you, take a look at websites such as The Trussell Trust where you can search by postcode.
Through our Period Dignity Scheme, we are working with organisations across the UK to make period products freely available in workplaces and universities. Leading companies and educational institutions have signed up including Starbucks, Sweaty Betty, Hargreaves Lansdown, Teesside University, Cardiff University SU and Tiny Rebel. If you would like more information, then please reach out to our team.
How can you support others and donate period care?
If you are in a position to support others, donations can be a massive help to support period dignity. Donating to your local food bank or supermarket can be a great way to help those in need. Food banks generally prefer donated pads and tampons over reusables, and it’s important to ensure the box is fully sealed.
You can also donate to In Kind Direct, who are working tirelessly with a network of charities across the UK to provide access to essential goods. At TOTM, we’re proud to be supporting In Kind Direct and you can donate products directly through our website or via your subscription. Here’s how:
Gift a box of pads:
When ordering your period care online, you can choose to gift a box of pads at the checkout. We take stock of these donations every quarter to then donate boxes of our pads to In Kind Direct which are made available to their network of UK charities. You can also add this to your subscription (if you have one) as an ongoing donation.
Donate your next order:
As a subscriber, you can also choose to ‘donate your next order’ if you don’t need a top-up. We’ll donate the equivalent of your total order value in boxes of pads to In Kind Direct as part of our quarterly donation drop.
If you need more advice on this topic, please feel welcome to contact us directly and we can provide further support and assistance wherever we can.