As a fair skinned redheaded gal who has had a bout with skin cancer I could preach all day how important it is to wear your sunscreen every single day and to re-apply it throughout the day.
I am pretty darn religious about sunscreen for my family. Even though you are supposed to wear sunscreen year around, the stores and sunscreen companies rarely have coupons and sales for it outside of the summer season.
So summer is the one time of the year where I watch diligently for a great stock-up deal on sunscreen and buy enough to last our family a whole entire year.
Our family is a big one and that means we easily go through about one-half to a full bottle or more of sunscreen a week, more in the summer when we are out and about in the sun swimming and playing in the water. So my goal is to stockpile a good 40 bottles of sunscreen.
A single application of sunscreen is 1 oz. for the average sized adult.That is about a shot glass full of sunscreen!
If you are a smaller sized person or a child you will use less and of course if you are a bigger person you may use more. You should reapply sunscreen every 2 hours if you are outdoors and more often if you are sweating or swimming.
Now of course that seems like a lot of sunscreen, but that is what works for our big family and our usage. Your families needs will of course be different. But I urge you to take a a little time to calculate how much sunscreen your family will use in 1 year and take advantage of these summer sales and coupons and to stockpile enough sunscreen to get you through until next summer.
In my neck of the woods sunscreen can easily cost $4.00 a bottle or more for the generic store brand sunscreen in the winter when there are no sales going on and if we are using 1/2 a bottle a week that really adds up!
Instead, my savings plan of action is to get it for at least half price ($2.00) per bottle and save a lot of money. If I can get 40 bottles of sunscreen for $2.00 per bottle that is a out of pocket cost of $80. But I would rather spend $80 now versus $160 over the course of the year buying a bottle every two weeks when I don’t know what the prices are going to be. The stores can really jack the prices up in the winter!