Check out these 10 practical tips for reducing your use of paper products at home, and watch your savings grow! While paper products offer convenience, they can also strain your budget. If you still want to keep using them after reading this, that’s perfectly fine! There’s no judgment here – we’re all on the same level. I’m just sharing the paper products I cut back on to help tighten our budget and save some extra cash.
While I’d truly wish to eliminate paper product purchases entirely, some items, such as toilet paper, remain essential – there’s no going without that! 😄 If you’re just embarking on the journey of minimizing paper products at home, consider replacing one item each month. This gradual approach can alleviate the feeling of being swamped and make transitioning to these new products smoother.
My Paper Product Reducing Journey
Back in college, right after marrying my husband, I started getting into eco-friendly living and got really engrossed in learning about it. I was eager for money-saving tips that also do good for the environment. During that time, my husband was a campus tour guide, and I worked at a nearby horse farm – so you can imagine, the money-saving aspect was a big deal for us! 😄
After some research, I slowly began swapping out disposable items, one by one. My very first switch was a reusable mop pad and cloth napkins, both of which I still have from the start. And even now, I keep discovering fresh ways to cut down on our use of disposable paper products, which ends up saving us even more money.
1. Don’t Buy Paper Towels
Paper towels can be really expensive, and they tend to disappear quickly in many households! We’ve saved a lot of money by switching from disposable rolls to a reusable kitchen towel option. We’ve built up quite a stash of kitchen towels and dishcloths, and it’s been a massive saver for us. Sure, there are moments when paper towels would come in handy – like dealing with pet messes, checking the car’s oil level, or cleaning up raw chicken mess. But you know what? In those instances, we just use toilet paper and things still work out just fine. It’s something we already buy, and it gets the job done.
2. Switch to Reusable Mop Pads
Swapping out mop pads is one of the easiest changes to make. Instead of buying packs of disposable pads that don’t do your budget any favors, give a reusable mop pad a shot. Just soak it in your floor cleaning solution or spray as you go. When you’re done, toss the used pad in the laundry. This way, you can use it over and over again, saving you money every time!
3. Switch to Cloth Napkins
When it comes down to my personal favorite alternative to paper products, cloth napkins are my pick. It’s a bit of a running joke with my husband, who finds my love of them quite amusing 😂. But instead of dishing out money needlessly on disposable paper napkins, I’ve wholeheartedly embraced cloth versions. I’ve splurged on purpose-made cloth napkins and even gotten creative with an old dish towel – and let me tell you, both options work like a charm. A quick toss in the wash, and they’re as good as new.
When we host guests for a meal, out come my trusty reusable napkins, seamlessly integrated into our dining routine. During our date night restaurant outings, if they go overboard with napkin placement, I discreetly collect the extras to bring home, just in case anyone prefers avoiding our cloth alternatives. Not that it’s ever come into play, but I enjoy having this extra stash of backups that haven’t cost us a dime.
4. Rethink Kleenex and Tissues
Skipping the use of tissues (Kleenex) is simpler than you might imagine. Instead of splurging on those tiny paper boxes, try using toilet paper. It’s that straightforward. Since you already have it around, why not use it and save some cash? You don’t require a special piece of paper solely for wiping your nose, right? 😄
If you’re looking for a more eco-friendly solution, there are reusable tissue books available – think handkerchiefs presented in a book-like format for better hygiene. While they can be a bit of a challenge to get people on board with, I carry one in my purse for when I’m on the go. Once I’ve used each “page,” I toss it in the laundry. It’s no different from a child wiping their nose on shirts and washing them afterward.
5. Avoid Paper Plates and Cups
Paper plates and cups simplify things and minimize dish usage, but they can quickly accumulate costs, especially if you opt for themed versions. When you’re dining at home, consider using standard plates and cups – sure, there’s washing involved, but you’re avoiding spending money (yes, washing dishes does incur costs, but it’s pennies compared to dollars). For parties, you can either invest in a basic set of dishes for special occasions or simply use your regular dinnerware. Often, guests appreciate the regular plates just as much, if not more! Say goodbye to ridiculous party supply costs!
6. Make Your Own Facial Wipes
Disposable facial cleansing wipes are ridiculously pricey, especially the ones that aren’t loaded with harsh alcohols and fragrances. They seriously gobble up a chunk of your budget. Instead, consider switching to cloth washcloths along with your usual facial cleanser. Many cleansers can handle makeup removal, so you just need a washcloth – something you likely already have on hand.
7. Use Wool Dryer Balls
I dislike dryer sheets the most. They cost a pretty penny, are loaded with unhealthy artificial scents, and create waste. Instead opt for a set of wool dryer balls and use a safety pin to keep static at bay. These balls can be reused for years, saving you heaps of money.
8. Choose a Filter-Free Coffee Maker
We’re all coffee enthusiasts here, except my husband 😂, but buying K Cups and liners can really rack up the expenses fast. Instead of going for these throwaway coffee products, consider a liner-free coffee maker or invest in reusable liners. For drip machines and Keurig machines, you can grab a reusable liner that’s easy to clean after each use. Just pop in regular coffee grounds – it’s a massive saver! If you’re aiming for a tastier experience, experiment with a French press or pour-over. Both choices don’t need liners and will cut down your costs significantly.
9. Start Using a Dry Erase Board
If you’re similar to me, I enjoy making lists and jotting down notes with pen and paper. While it’s cost-free when using leftover bits and pieces around the house, expenses can pile up if you’re buying paper just for this purpose. A budget-friendly alternative to these paper products are to opt for an inexpensive dry erase board. You can use it over and over without spending extra money.
10. Switch to Cloth Pads or a Menstrual Cup
This might be a little bit of TMI (too much information), but it’s honestly a game-changer in terms of saving money. Those disposable tampons, pads, and liners are seriously expensive and contribute to a ton of waste. Plus, many brands are made with not-so-great ingredients. By making the switch to cloth pads/liners and a menstrual cup, you’re not only saving money but also reducing waste, and these alternatives last for years! It’s a win-win, ensuring you’re always prepared when you need supplies the most.
Here’s a simple tip for making the switch: begin with the cloth liners and gradually move forward. If you’re feeling hesitant about trying the menstrual cup, believe me, it’s a life-changer – you won’t regret it! It means less mess, more comfort, and only needing to deal with it twice a day – sounds pretty appealing, right?
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