A few months ago I told you guys about James’ and my plan to pay off our new van before the mileage on the van hit the price of the van.
I originally planned on doing an update post each month on how much we paid toward the van and one way we cut expenses that month. The problem with this is that some of those money saving tips take time for the savings to really show up. Going paperless in the kitchen is one of those tips that takes time to reap the benefits.
What exactly does going paperless in the kitchen mean?
No paper towels, napkins, paper plates, disposable plasticware, and disposable cups, etc.
We rarely use paper plates, disposable plasticware, and disposable cups, but I usually have at least a few plates on hand for when we invite family and friends over for pizza. When James’ side of the family shows up, we run out of normal plates just like that!
However, we were going through napkins and paper towels lighting fast.
It was too easy and convenient to grab a paper towel or napkin to wipe up a spill, clean the girls off, or dry our hands. The problem is with paper towels, I’m brand loyal to the expensive Bounty brand, and the numbers just don’t support purchasing them.
I normally purchased the 18 pack at Target for around $19.00. If I was lucky, I would find them on sale and have a coupon, but usually the Procter & Gamble coupon was only worth $0.25 off. We would go through an 18 pack of Bounty paper towels in about 9-10 weeks. That is just under two rolls a week or about $2 a week in paper towels! That’s outrageous!
Now before you think we used them for anything and everything with reckless abandon, let me clarify: If I used a paper towels to dry my hands I spread it out to air dry and reused it later to either dry my hands again or clean something up. I tried to get the most use out of one paper towel as possible. However, we all know how messy little ones can be and how many times they spill stuff throughout the day.
When we decided to go paperless, I bought two packs of 100% cotton dish towels, two packs of wash cloths, and two packs of wash cloths with scrubby sides on them. We also decided to stop buying disposable sponges at the same time. The dish towels cost $7.99 for one pack of 6, the wash cloths cost $4.99 for one pack of 6, and the wash cloths with scrubby sides cost $4.99 for one pack of 4. The new towels cost less than $35.00 because I bought them at Bed Bath and Beyond and was able to use 20% off coupons and $5 off coupons (I bought other stuff at the same time too). Shortly after we went paperless, my uncle gave me three sets of cloth napkins.
Between the paper towels and sponges we were spending just over $7.00 a month on disposable products. That was just too much for me. After the initial cost of the reusable towels we are now able to save that $7.00 and apply it to our car payment. I know that’s only $36 and change since we went paperless but that’s over $88.00 a year.
We are not spending anymore in laundry costs either. Plus, Cakey can reach the towels on the counter and is learning to clean up her messes as soon as she makes them! That is a win-win in my book!
Have you gone paperless in the kitchen yet? Have you noticed a savings by going paperless?
Have a blessed day!
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