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Why throw your money away?
Honestly, you work hard for your money why throw it away on reusable plastic items. Quit filling the landfills and start saving money. Did you know that by swapping up to reusable coffee cups, stainless steel straws and lunch containers you could save $100 a month.
I know this because we did it. We swapped up to reusable coffee mugs, stainless steel water bottles, cloth napkins, reusable lunch containers and we saved over $100 a week.
No more disposal fees, no more single use items and we saved big because we brought our food, water and coffee to work with us. No more paying $2 plus for a bottle of water or $5 for a specialty coffee.
Cutting the single use and saving.
About a year ago we got rid of all the plastic containers and plastic cutlery in our home. Believe it or not you use more plastic and single use items than you realize.
Think about it is there a roll of paper towel on the counter and paper napkins in the drawer. You are not alone.
In an effort to save money and save the planet.
A large number of cities joined the ant-plastic-straw movement. Why? Because folks we are eating out more than we ever have before and our double shot, almond milk cold brew coffee comes with a plastic straw.
I am not down playing the coffee drinking at all, I love my cold brew coffee. Just get it in a reusable cup or skip the straw. Some companies have even devised a sippy style cup lid.
Straws are bad for the environment and most do not get recycled. If you really do prefer a straw try one of these. I got a box and use them all the time, I even have one in my lunch bag. They are dishwasher safe and the kids love them.
Bring your own bags.
I am not sure about where you live but here in the Pacific North West we get charged for plastic bag use in most stores. Some don’t even carry plastic bags anymore. It is paper or bring your own.
Which is great because plastic bags generally end up in the disposal and not reused or recycled. So why pay for your plastic bags when you can bring your own.
I invested in these great reusable cloth bags and bring them everywhere. To the grocery store, the farmers market and the big box stores. We also keep easy to store crates in our vehicles for when we do a big grocery shop.
You can even get small mesh reusable washable produce bags that you can use for produce and bulk items, this way you are further eliminating plastic use and saving money.
Paper products a big waste of money.
I will let you in on a secret we use to waste a large amount of money on paper products. Paper towels, paper napkins, paper plates for parties. You name it we would use it. I would clean up messes with paper towels and keep them on hand for cleaning the house. We used paper napkins with every meal.
Then I read Zero Waste Home and it changed everything. I got rid of our paper napkins and paper towels. Instead we now use cloth napkins and kitchen towels. We are cutting down on waste and saving money.
Yes, I know you can get paper napkins and paper towels for cheap at the dollar store but why waste the money when you can have beautiful cloth napkins at home for everyday use. Honestly, I think I think I picked up my favorite napkin set at the thrift store, so I got it super cheap.
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Why waste your money when you don’t have to?
You work hard for your money, why waste it on things you really don’t need. Wouldn’t you rather have a great coffee cup that keeps your favorite blend ice cold or piping hot. And why pay the big box stores for plastic bags you will never ever use again?
Here is a list of some over the great re-usable items we use in our home:
- Stainless Steel Water Bottles
- Travel Coffee Mugs
- Reusable Cloth Shopping Bags
- Reusable Produce & Dry Goods Bags
- Cloth Napkins
- Bento Lunch Box Containers
- Stainless Steel Straws
You can find other great zero waste, money saving items here.
Have an amazing day,
Saving & Simplicity