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”.
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!