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Generally what is the cheapest to use of the paper products? Paper towels, napkins, tissues, or TP? I just spent $9 on tissues for about a month's supply :(
You cannot live without toilet paper, but the rest is a waste of money and trees.
Stop buying tissues, use handkerchiefs.
Stop buying paper towels, make tea towels and throw all of them in the washing machine once a week.
Stop buying all the rest and find substitutes.
You will be amazed at how much money you will save and how less wasteful you will become.
Toilet paper is essential, and you can buy the cheap stuff, if you can stand it. I like to buy a little better quality, as it is not necessary to use as much. I use cloth napkins. Have napkin rings with names on them, and use the same napkin for several meals.
I started out using nice dishcloths for napkins, and later got some nice cotton ones. I wash them with the whites or with the tea towels. They last for years. Paper napkins only get used for picnics or wiener roasts.
I use tea towels and dishcloths for general wipe-ups and cloths for cleaning. I buy paper towels so seldom that I don't even worry what they cost. A paper towel is a wonderful thing for cleaning up messy spills of gross stuff like cat vomit! Or for wiping the grease out of frying pan or something like that.
I still use tissues as I think that they are more hygienic than handkerchiefs, but handkerchiefs are certainly an option. I think that you should purchase the appropriate product for the job; you cannot make one paper product do the job of another efficiently. Toilet paper will not wipe up spills and is not gentle on the nose. Napkins will not do the job of a paper towel.
I think 1.00 to pay for 200 tissues is a steal, so I buy one for the desk and the bedside table.
As for the TP I spend a bit more, like others have posted, for the comfort.
I don't buy paper towels, but Handiwipes, again at the DT. Napkins, no.
However, keep in mind that more trees are killed to make that pizza flyer than you and I can ever buy, so please recycle and save money when you can.
After raising two children (and their friends, lol), I really do think it's just cheaper and simpler to have specific products-facial tissue for noses, paper towels for clean-ups, paper napkins for eating.
When I lived in America I found all my paper products were much cheaper when I bought them at Dollar General-except facial tissue, which for some reason was always a better bargain from CVS and Walgreens; watch for sales.
I bought Bounty paper towels, DG toilet paper marked safe for septic tanks, DG napkins and paper plates, and Zip-Lock freezer bags from DG. I found I could get good quality products at a consistently low price there. Their TP, napkins, and paper plates are great products.
Sometimes cheaper isn't better, though, be careful that you aren't actually using more of the cheap stuff than you would from a quality product. You have to experiment, and in doing so, I also found I could get a better deal on facial tissue in the drug store.
My lifestyle has changed; it's just me and my husband, so we don't need paper napkins and plates, for example, but we do buy paper towels, and facial tissue for sanitary reasons. I figured out that I was washing his handkerchiefs at a higher cost than it cost to use paper facial tissue, and using facial tissue is a lot more sanitary than a cloth handkerchief.
I hope this doesn't gross anyone out, lol, but we stuff used facial tissue into empty toilet paper rolls, and use those for fire starting-we heat our house and water with wood stoves, and those rolls never hang around long enough to spread germs:)