5 Things You Can Quit Buying at the Grocery Store
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.