Whoever invented paper towels should have a monument built in their honor. I love paper towels. To the point where if you asked me three things I would want with me on a deserted island, a roll of paper towels would be one of the three. Once in a while, we buy a bulk pack from Sam’s, but in most cases we pick up a triple-pack from the grocery store or even Walgreen’s. So, yeah, around here, we go through them a lot. Well, this used to be the case…
Every few months, Greg and I have a little pow wow where we sit down and talk about places in our budget where we can save a little more money. Not only does it keep us on track, but it helps us keep the lines of communication open when it comes to the nickels and dimes. After all, the more money we save, the more money we can set aside for fun stuff (vacations, etc). Back in December, we decided to try pairing down on the number of cleaning products
we I buy. My relationship with cleaning supplies is much like my relationship with lip gloss – if it looks cool, I buy it “to try it out”. On the top of the list of things to pair down were my beloved paper towels. We “guestimated” that we use at least 3 rolls a week – which, yeah, seems like a lot considering it’s just us and Bentley.
our my enthusiasm, we decided to challenge ourselves to use flour sacks rather then paper towels. They are affordable, you can find them pretty much anywhere (at Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, and even the Dollar Store) and after four months of using them, I am officially converted.
I have a small bin in the laundry room closet that’s specifically for dirty flour sacks. When one gets dirty, I rinse it out, toss it in the bin and once the bin is full, it’s time for a wash (and in reality, they are so affordable that if one gets super grimy, I can just toss it). They are durable and super absorbent – perfect for drying dishes, wiping down the countertops, or cleaning up small spills. Oh, and when you go to wash them, don’t use fabric softener. If you do, they won’t be as absorbent.
By adding flour sacks to my arsenal, we’re now down to 1 roll a week – sometimes less! That my friends, is a miracle. Not only have we successfully met the challenge, but we’ve saved money (around $352 a year to be exact), and a few trees in the process. It’s a win win!
Are you a flour sack convert too? Have any helpful, easy money saving tips? We’re all ears!