How To Save Money On Your Paper Products

  • 120
  •  
  • 511
  •  
  •  
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Today’s post is about how to save money on your paper products. Do you use way more paper towels than your mom did? How many in a day do you use? I don’t remember my mom even using paper towels at all. My husband and I talked about when we started using paper towels. He said, “I don’t think we used them when we first got married”.

MY LATEST VIDEOS
MY LATEST VIDEOS

He was going to school and working two jobs so I doubt very much paper towels were in our budget. In fact, they would have been a luxury back then. Now that I am semi-retired paper towels are again a luxury to me. We are all looking at our budgets to see where we can cut costs, right?

Calculations on Paper Products

When writing my book: Prepare Your Family for Survival I had to calculate how many rolls of toilet paper and paper towels we would need for so many days, weeks and months. This will help people to think about what to store for those unexpected situations that may arise after a disaster or unforeseen emergency.

Paper Products-Use Cloth Instead

A few blogs on Pinterest talked about making their own “cloth” paper towels, which is something I could do. Using my serger and buying the fabric using a coupon to save money by making my own is an option. But, I don’t want to make my own. I don’t want to go pick up the fabric or cut and serge the edges with my serger. So I bought 60 ready made 2-ply diapers.

Yep, I ordered them, opened the box and washed them. Zip zap bam, done! I decided on these very thin ones because I could stack several in my countertop container and wash and dry them quickly if I needed to. I am always thinking if I lose power can I use these? Yes, they will wash and dry easily because of the thickness.

My Favorite Cloth Towels

Here are the ones I bought: Linteum Textile REUSABLE BIRDSEYE BURP CLOTH / BABY DIAPERS 12×16 in. Washable 2-Ply Prefold Cloth Diapers 12-Pack or Gerber Birdseye Flatfold Cloth Diapers, White, 10 Count For me purchasing them for a little more than $1.00 a piece was a great buy.

I use about one paper towel roll in two days which I figure it costs me about $15.00 a month depending on the brand and how many sheets are on the rolls. It will take me about four months, give or take, to recoup my cost of these cloth ones.

I realize I will use soap and pay for utilities to keep these clean. Of course, I will still buy a case of regular paper towels occasionally because I don’t want to use my cloth ones to drain my bacon or greasy foods.

When I do laundry I plan to wash these at the same time I wash my whites, which will include wash clothes and hand towels. That way I really won’t be using much more in utility and detergent costs since I’m washing the other items anyway. Maybe a little longer in the dryer, but not much.

I am still learning the withdrawals of using a quick paper towel and toss habit, but I am determined to use only one or two cloth paper towels per day. The plan is to use one paper towel roll per month. Wish me luck, it’s all about saving $$$$. Do you have any tips for saving money on your paper products?

Update, this is the best idea I have for saving money or at least one of my favorite ones!

Food Storage by Linda

Subscribe To My Posts:

20 thoughts on “How To Save Money On Your Paper Products

  • November 18, 2015 at 8:13 am
    Permalink

    Linda,
    I also try to limit my use of paper towels. To that end I purchased a couple of the bundles of hand towels at Sam’s Club about 8 years ago. They are about the size of a dish towel.
    I think they are 12 towels to a pack. They go in the laundry with a load of towels. They are thin so dry faster than the pre-folded diapers with the extra bulk in the middle.. I use them for drying dishes and hands, wiping counters, as napkins, bibs for toddlers (clothespin the end at back of neck) wiping up spills, for canning which is very wet and needs a lot of towels, all food prep except as you said for draining bacon and other greasy chores. Also great for wiping up floors, cleaning bathrooms, washing the car, wiping down appliances, dusting, and once they are old enough to be lint free they are good for window washing too.
    Now I only use about a roll of paper towels a month, sometimes less.
    Mary

    Reply
    • November 18, 2015 at 8:21 am
      Permalink

      Hi Mary, see you thought of the cloth “paper towel” way before me. I kept looking for just the right towel size! We don’t have a Sam’s Club here, they have the best towels! I love the message you wrote about having bought them 8 years ago! Just think of the money you have saved in 8 years! Woohoo! Thanks for commenting. I am adding this to my post! Linda

      Reply
  • November 18, 2015 at 8:49 am
    Permalink

    I often find fabric at the thrift shop or cut up old t-shirts and other knit fabric that doesn’t require hemming to use as various wipers. Sweatshirt squares make great floor washing cloths. Sometimes the cut edges curl but they haven’t unravelled through many washings. I use paper towels only when really greasy stuff is involved, then they go in the compost. If one of the cloth wipers does happen to get really disgusting I can toss it without a pang but haven’t had to do that yet. Like you I wash them with other kitchen cloths though I give things with especially icky germ or grease factors a very hot soapy quick wash in a basin first. I hang most of my laundry indoor or out depending on weather so the slightly thicker knits don’t really make a difference like they would if using a dryer. Cotton and cotton blends work well, full synthetics are not as absorbent. Fleece tends to not be so great.

    Reply
    • November 18, 2015 at 12:36 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Alice, thanks for the tips on the washing cloths! We must all watch every penny these days! I like the idea of the thrift stores! Great tips, Linda

      Reply
  • November 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm
    Permalink

    On the greasy items, I use coffee filters instead of paper towels as they wont stick to the foods being drained. Otherwise, my go to is my families worn out cotton tee shirts. Couldn’t live without my rag bag. Just toss them in the bleach load of laundry. Newspapers clean windows best for me.

    Reply
    • November 19, 2015 at 6:41 am
      Permalink

      Hi Beth, I need to add this to my post. I never thought to use coffee filters! Great tip! I used to use newspapers to clean windows now I use microfiber rags I use over and over. Great way to use up the newspapers! We all have worn out tee shirts! Thanks so much! Linda

      Reply
  • November 19, 2015 at 12:42 am
    Permalink

    Interesting that you would post about this now!! I am making re-usable rolled towels as Christmas gifts! I combined old bath towels with flannel to make the towels. I will be putting snaps on them and snapping together 6 for family members to replace their paper towel roll. Some members of the family will not get them as they are addicted to paper towels for cleaning and like the ability to throw them away. I would rather save the money, give new life to old towels and keep the towels (paper and terrycloth) out of the land fill.

    Reply
    • November 19, 2015 at 6:45 am
      Permalink

      Hi Susan, wow what a fabulous Christmas gift! Those 6 family members are going to love those! I am adding this comment to my post! I love it! Thank you! Linda

      Reply
  • November 19, 2015 at 10:25 am
    Permalink

    I started using the yellow microfiber towels that Costco sells in the automotive department. They’re great for big spills! I’ve also cut some in quarters. Use them all the time.

    Reply
    • November 19, 2015 at 12:25 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Christine, that’s a great idea! I am going to go add this to my post! Thanks so much for this great tip! Linda

      Reply
  • November 20, 2015 at 12:37 pm
    Permalink

    My Dad, one of the many who survived the Great Depression, saved on paper towel if they were just wet by laying them on the side of the sink and reusing them. He could well afford to use as many as he wanted but I guess old memories die hard. He was a man who did all his own work including auto mechanics, building, and all repairs..and I have all the spare parts, used lumber, cans and cans of used nails and screws to prove it..lol. God love him, he taught me well. I miss HIM and his ways…

    Reply
    • November 20, 2015 at 6:06 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Sandra, you were raised by a very good father. I bet you are a very good worker in many areas because he was such a good example to you and I am sure many more people. We need more people like him to set examples to the world. I have some jars full of nails and screws too! My dad was a mechanic as well. He made brakes for cars. I remember after he died, I was having car trouble…I didn’t have him to answer my questions. I took for granted all his knowledge. We need to sharpen all our skills because I believe it is only matter of time we will have something happen very similar to that Great Depression but it will be called something else. May God bless us all. Hugs, Linda

      Reply
  • June 2, 2016 at 10:04 am
    Permalink

    I’m confused as to which Gerber diapers you purchased. The link you gave shows a 24×27 inch single thickness diaper, but the pic in your article shows a tri-fold, thick in the middle, diaper. Which one do you use? Stephanie

    Reply
    • June 2, 2016 at 11:16 am
      Permalink

      Hi Stephanie, thanks for letting me know that. They discontinued the ones I bought. Let me go look if they are back in stock, thanks so much! Linda

      Reply
      • June 2, 2016 at 11:27 am
        Permalink

        Hi Stephanie, these are back in stock so I added them to the post: Linteum Textile REUSABLE BIRDSEYE BURP CLOTH / BABY DIAPERS 12×16 in. Washable 2-Ply Prefold Cloth Diapers 12-Pack

        Reply
    • June 3, 2016 at 7:30 am
      Permalink

      Hi Stephanie, I deleted the ones I bought a few months ago because they sold out. I have now added them back to the post. Thanks for the heads up! Here are the ones I bought: Linteum Textile REUSABLE BIRDSEYE BURP CLOTH / BABY DIAPERS 12×16 in. Washable 2-Ply Prefold Cloth Diapers 12-Pack
      I just added them back to my post. They are awesome because they are thinner than the usual pre-fold diapers.

      Reply
  • June 2, 2016 at 10:20 am
    Permalink

    I use small terry, white towels I buy in the auto department. I wash kitchen clothes , towels, etc. all in one load of hot H20.

    Reply
    • June 2, 2016 at 11:15 am
      Permalink

      Hi Diana, I am going to go add your comment to my post, thanks for the white towel tip from the auto stores! Linda

      Reply
  • October 26, 2018 at 2:33 pm
    Permalink

    I go the rag route, but also use a lot of coffee filters not only for grease, to drain bacon and fries but also when I’m making toast, sandwiches, bagels they are $1.00 for 100 most places and at that price my kids can both have a crumb catcher without me doing laundry. I also have quite a collection of cloth napkins I got (some for free at yard sales)

    Reply
    • October 26, 2018 at 3:25 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Judy, I love that idea of using coffee filters, awesome idea! Linda

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *