Pry Yourself From Paper: Tip-of-the-Day #95


It's pretty easy to start using cloth napkins and dish towels instead of paper napkins and paper towels. It may add incrementally to the laundry, but certainly not enough to continue with paper.

My boyfriend and I were going through several rolls of paper towels a week and there's only two of us! By eliminating that alone I was able to save $10/wk, which over the course of the year adds up to more than $400!

Other things to consider: use a metal mesh filter for coffee (instead of paper filters), pick up an inexpensive kitchen chalkboard for grocery lists (instead of using memo pads or post it notes), pass on grocery bags altogether and bring a recyclable tote the next time you shop, use tupperware instead of wax paper or plastic for storing foods.

The upfront cost on alternatives are a bit higher than the paper you've been used to using, but if you consider that there is no replacement cost, you come out ahead in a few short months.

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