For several months now we have been abstaining from using excess paper products. Not exactly because its good for the environment, although, that is a nice perk- but because, DANG they're so expensive!! And I don't know about you, but when I would have a roll of paper towel out on the counter I found a gagillion reasons each day to use it. And I couldn't ever just use one sheet. No, no. Every clean up required about two or three more sheets than I really, honestly, could've used. So, we were blazing through the paper towel, and when those ran out unexpectedly, I would blaze through the paper napkins. It was a vicious circle of money being wasted and pumping more paper and waste into the landfills.
It was a little weird to get used to just using cloth for all of Life's messes, but quickly I observed how much more efficient it is at cleaning up those spills than paper towel was. Where as I would generally over-use my paper towels, I now only have one wash cloth in my hand at a time. I find that it can clean my entire kitchen versus using multiple paper towels. I can rinse out my wash cloth and keep on going. If I plan it right, I am able to wash my dishes and scrub down the kitchen all using the same cloth! Now that not only saves me money on buying paper towels and napkins, but it also cuts down on the amount of water and electricity it takes to wash a bunch of extra loads of laundry. Double-win!
We are always looking for new ways to cut down the costs @ HEB (our grocery store). HEB is fantastic and most of their prices are fair, however, we do only buy healthy, whole foods, so our bill is higher than most and X-ing out anything superfluous really makes a huge impact on our budget. All the "extras" really add up quickly and take us from a manageable amount of money spent to "Oh-no-she-didn't"-land real fast.
I know it will be weird at first. (Everything I tell you about is, right?) But, after a few days I think you'll love it just as much as we do.
Happy Savings! (I think I really 'dig' this new sign off.)