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5 Things You Can Quit Buying at the Grocery Store

Updated on February 7, 2009

A large portion of many people's grocery bill each week is disposable items.  These are things that you use once and then throw away.  Think about it, a pack of napkins that would last my family only a week costs more than $2.  That is $104 a year I would be spending on something that goes in the trash.  Disposable items use way too many of the Earth's resources to make, require us to spend money for the pleasure of using them once and then they clog our landfills.  Not a good habit we are in, is it?

1. Paper napkins are the easiest things to stop buying if you ask me.  Cloth napkins can be made out of just about any scrap fabric and they are easy to make.  If you don't want to make them, you can buy them for pretty cheap and will probably recover your costs within just a few months once you stop buying paper napkins.

2. Trash bags are another item that you can cross off your list.  One of the cheapest 100 count packs on the market costs over $6 at Wal-Mart.  If you are like me, you have the plastic bags that you carry your groceries home in all over your house.  These things seem to multiply before my eyes.  Reuse them in your kitchen trash can for free.  You will have to take out your trash more frequently, but that isn't hard and free is always good.

3. Sandwich baggies are another money sucker.  Invest in some reusable containers to hold lunch items or leftovers.  A 100 count box costs over $2 and people that use these frequently will use a box a month, unless they reuse them.

4. I buy about one roll of paper towels a year.  I only use them for really greasy foods.  I have plenty of towels and rags to clean up messes with.  I know many people that use a roll of paper towels each week!  That can add up to $10 or more each month.

5. Kleenex is a fairly new creation that is very expensive.  Make or buy some handkerchiefs to use for blowing your nose. 

All of these items that can be reused are items that do not take up much room in the washer and dryer.  They will not add a bunch of money to your electric bill.  Cutting these items out of your budget could save you $20 a month and it will be much better for the environment to use reusable items wherever possible.  


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    • kappa022 profile image


      9 years ago from Florida

      Awesome hub, great advice, thanks for sharing.

    • Matt Harless profile image

      Matt Harless 

      9 years ago from Indiana

      These are some great tips!

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      Haydee Anderson 

      9 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      using reusables can lessen our bills while at the same time we can help in reducing the garbage. nice hub.

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      9 years ago

      Great tips, Thanks for this hub. :-)

    • Lifebydesign profile image


      9 years ago from Australia

      I grew up with hankies and I loved them, although I do like the convenience of Kleenex. It really is about changing habits. Good practical tips!

    • LondonGirl profile image


      9 years ago from London

      damn - great tips, but we don't buy any of those things anyway (-:

    • blessedmom profile image


      9 years ago from USA

      Useful tips. I use the plastic bags for disposing my son's diapers. I tend to empty the trash can everyday so smaller bags come in handy.

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      Marye Audet 

      9 years ago

      Great ideas except the gorcery bags.. Reusable bags for groceries are much better, and if you have a compost area, and recycle your trash should be very minimal. We generally have one trash can per week for our family of 8 and that is often not full.



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