Thursday, April 29, 2010

Towels and Napkins



I have noticed on a lot of frugal living or green living blogs that cutting down on disposable products is better for the environment and the budget. About a year ago, I eliminated paper plates and plastic cups. We purchased the entire family water bottles and only do juice or milk boxes on road trips or special occasions. Now I have taken another step in cutting down on disposables. I was noticing that my children were using up to 3 paper napkins a dinner! In addition, I felt like I was constantly buying them. The cheaper the ones I bought, the more they used! We didn’t seem like cloth napkin people. Cloth napkins are formal and our dinner hour is less than formal. So, I set out on a mission to kind cute, cloth napkins. I found a pack of 12 white cloth napkins at Target (I LOVE TARGET!) for $4.99. They were fine, in my price range, but didn’t satisfy the cute part of the plan. When I was suit shopping with kid #1 for his First Communion, I found adorable cloth napkins at Kohl’s on sale with a 30% off coupon these napkins were $1.87 each. I bought 12! I know there is a bit of a cost in the beginning, but I have already been one month without napkins. The kids use only one and sometimes can leave it at their spots for a second use. The same is true with paper towels. At $9.99 a package, they can be a bite in the grocery budget. I found these fun, colorful (and organic!) bar towels at Kohl’s too. With my coupon they were about $9 a pack. I assigned a spot for used towels and every night (or every other if the load is small) I run a load of towels before I go to bed. In the morning I put them on the deck on my new drying rack to dry. (I’ll post a picture later.)

Budget note: My birthday was this month. I used my birthday money to buy the Kohl’s towels and a drying rack. (Last year I used it for a label maker and plastic bins!!!)

2 comments:

  1. This is great to hear! We've been using cloth napkins and towels for a little over 4 years now and I could never go back! Keep your eye out at second hand stores like Value World and Salvation Army for cute cloth napkins. That's where I've gotten most of mine. I actually scored about 20 super cute vintage cloth napkins at the church flea market a couple of years ago for $1! I also started cutting up old clothes to use as cleaning rags and that is working really well. It's so fun to have someone else to talk about this with!

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  2. Thanks for the tip! I need to start shopping at those spots. I have never ventured into second hand stores.

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