How I Save on Paper Products
by Stacey Carroll, Contributing Writer
With the sudden advent of Kleenex hand towels, another way to waste money on paper products has been invented. Unless you have frequent company or a guest bathroom that you never use and never walk into, you don’t need paper hand towels. Think about how many times a day you wash your hands. That’s a paper towel or two every time. Now think about how many of those boxes you’d go through a day, week, month year. It’s money you don’t need to be spending when a regular washable hand towel will do just fine.
With that being said, there are some household paper products that you do need.
This is a no brainer. We all need toilet paper. Otherwise, we’d be wiping our tail ends on wash cloths or hand towels and then putting them in the washer. While that might save money, I wouldn’t put butt-dirty towels into my washing machine.
What I do instead is look for coupons or store sales on my favorite brands of toilet paper. In truth, there are only two brands of toilet paper I buy: Scott and Charmin Basic, and I can find coupons in most Sunday papers that save me anywhere from .50 cents to a dollar per pack.
The cheapest box of facial tissues will do. I can find them for .84 cents a box, and when I can’t, I can find them for a dollar a box. Unless you have a cold or severe allergies, you don’t need the softest facial tissue out there. Also, don’t waste them by using them as paper towels and napkins. Facial tissues are not designed for that. You’ll end up using half a box a meal. That’s wasted money.
Paper towels are very versatile. They can be used to wipe up spills, dry your hands, clean a counter, as napkins, and as nose wipes. I recommend using them for draining the grease from foods only. Hands can be dried on a conventional towel. Counters can be cleaned with wash cloths. Facial tissues can be used to blow your nose, and cloth napkins work just as well as any paper product.
By using your paper towels for draining grease off food only, you are saving yourself countless dollars on paper towels because you aren’t running through a roll every three days. A three pack of paper towels can last me a month or longer.
I don’t buy napkins unless I’m going camping or on a picnic. For hand wiping needs during meals, I use cloth napkins. Cloth napkins can be washed with the regular laundry and reused, thus, saving me lots of money in paper napkin costs.
Stacey Carroll is the author of the thriller series - Avia. She also authors the paranormal erotica series - The Blooddoll Factory. Stacey grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. she went to college at Indiana State University (ISU) and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in aerospace in the professional pilot program. She has flown Cessna 152s, Cessna 172s, the Pipe Seneca and the King Air. She also graduated with a minor in computer science that specialized in web design.
She has always been interested in reading and writing, and the first book she was ever read was the Grimms Brother's Fairy tales. From the ages of 6 to 11, she read the Nancy Drew series. By the age of 11, she had graduated to Stephen King novels. A few of her favorites include Carrie, Tommyknockers, The Dark Tower Series up to book 3 (That's where it stopped in the late 80s/ early 90s), Pet Semetary, The Shining, Night Shift, The Stand, It, Cujo, Christine, The Eyes of the Dragon and Thinner (Richard Bachman). In her teen years, she moved on to Anne Rice and got through about four of those books before they degraded. If you've ever read Anne Rice, you know book 5 isn't readable. Stacey has read a couple Harry Potter books as she was introduced to them in the early 2000s, and she's never read or watched anything Twilight or 50 Shades. Sorry. I'm a vampire purist, and nothing needs to be said about the latter. You already know.
She is currently an author and freelance writer. She received an honorable mention in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine in 2008 for a short story entitled The Field. In 2014, she was published in 13 Stories by Us by MacKenzie Publishing.
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