How Transitioning From Paper to Cloth Can Help Save You Money

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How Transitioning From Paper to Cloth Can Help You Save Money

Have you ever thought about how much your family uses paper on a daily basis? I am not talking just about sheet paper that you use to write on or use in your printer, but other products made of disposable paper products as well. Paper towels, paper napkins, toilet paper, baby wipes, hand wipes, and disposable paper products are all quite convenient and often find their way in to our daily routines. However, these paper products, being disposable, are not exactly doing any favors to our planet or our pockets. These disposable paper products are not only taking up room in the landfill, but they are quite pricey as you continue to replace them after use. So what is your alternative? Transitioning to cloth of course! Below, you will find out how transitioning from paper to cloth can help you save money.

When using cloth instead of paper, you will find that you won’t be running out to buy more paper products when your supply runs out, you will simply wash your cloth products and use them again. So how much can you save? Take a look and see how easy it is to save money when you opt for cloth instead of paper. This is going to be fun!

5 Ways Transitioning From Paper to Cloth Can Help You Save Money:

1. No more paper towel purchases.
Let’s say you use two rolls of paper towels a week for your cleaning jobs. That roll will cost you around $1.00 each, or $2.00 total. Over the course of 12 months, you have spent $96 on paper towels that you throw away. Replace those paper towels with six cotton towels you purchased at a retail store for $2.00 each. They will not only last you for years, but you have only spent $12.00. You save $84.00!

2. Say goodbye to pricey napkins.
Napkins last you one meal and then you toss them out. What a waste! A package of 100 napkins costs you around $2.00. If you use one for all three meals a day, which is around 10 packages a year, or $20.00 a year, per person in your household. If you have a family of five, you just spent $100.00 a year on your napkins. Instead, you could buy a six pack of cloth napkins for around $5.00. Buy a pack for each family member and your total is around $20.00. You just saved $80.00 by switching from paper napkins to cloth!

3. Bye bye baby and hand wipes.
If you have children, chances are you go through massive amounts of baby wipes and hand wipes. Sure they are convenient, but they can be pricey too. A container of baby wipes is around $2.00 on the low end and will last you around one week. Hand wipes are about the same cost. Over the course of a year your usage will vary, but you could easily spend around $100.00 a year on wipes. Instead, you can make your own using cloth and some simple cleansing ingredients. Making your own will cost you less than $15.00 and can be used over and over. So, you can potentially save as much as $85.00 a year!

4. Say so long to diapers.
This is a great place to start using cloth and save some dough! Everyone knows how pricey paper diapers can be. A package of around 22 diapers is about $10.00. The amount of diapers you go through in a week will vary, but you can easily spend $100.00 every few months on disposable diapers. Instead, you can buy cloth varieties anywhere from $4-$15 each. These will last you from baby to baby unlike your disposables. Your savings will vary, but you can easily save hundreds of dollars a year.

5. Forgo expensive toilet paper when you use family cloth.
This concept is a little foreign to people, but family cloth is essentially reusable toilet paper. Instead of buying paper toilet paper for around $6.00 a 12 pack, you can spend just pennies per piece of cloth. Use the cloth once, put it in a hamper, wash it, and then reuse it. You can easily save hundreds of dollars a year by skipping the toilet paper and using family paper instead.

As you can see, when it comes to transitioning from paper to cloth, there is some serious money to be saved. In this series, we will continue to explore the money saving benefits of using cloth products over paper and hopefully give you some helpful tips on getting started.

So keep on reading and find out how easy and frugal it really is to switch from paper to cloth!

Did you enjoy this informative cloth post? Check out our entire series on cloth:
How to Decide if Family Cloth is Right for You
Fabulous Family Cloth and How It Can Save You Cash
How to Make Your Own Cloth Baby Wipes

DIY: New Sew Bottle Gift Bag

DIY: No Sew Bottle Gift Bag

With the holidays here, you may find yourself invited to an assortment of Christmas parties and gatherings. Being the excellent guest you are, you will probably want to bring a hostel gift along with you. This season, don’t worry about spending big bucks on impressing the hostess, instead, make your own gifts for less. A simple bottle of sparkling cider (purchased with coupons of course!) paired with this no sew bottle gift bag is the perfect treat! Take a look below at how you can make your own.

DIY:No Sew Bottle Gift Bag

Supplies needed:
Cloth place mat (use any of the holiday selections Dollar Tree or your dollar store have for your to pick from!)
Ribbon
Snowflake ornaments
Hot glue, glue gun

Directions:
1. Using your glue gun, run a generous line of glue along the edges of the mat. Place the glue on the underside, the side that the design is not on. You want to leave one short side untouched and unglued, as this will be the side your bottle slips in.
2. Fold your place mat in half. Press the edges together so the fabric adheres.
3. Allow some time for your glue to dry. You don’t want to rush it as placing a bottle in your bag too soon can tear the seam.
4. After an hour or so, go ahead and place your bottle inside your no sew bag. Use a length of ribbon to tie the bag around the bottle neck as we did. Curl your ribbon if you wish for some extra flare.
5. Using your hot glue, attach a few of your snowflake embellishments to the fabric. Add a generous dab and press the snowflakes firmly to the fabric until they are adhered.

That’s it! Your gift is now ready for giving. This is a lovely and above all inexpensive way to wrap up your hostess gift, plus, your hostess will be able to reuse the bag if she wishes.

Head to your local dollar store and grab all of the fixings to give this fun and frugal DIY project a try!

How To Plant a Container Garden in 10 Easy Steps

Have you ever wanted to create a container garden? I can show you how in 10 easy steps!

How To Plant a Container Garden in 10 Easy Steps

Some times, a full sized garden is just not going to work for you. It might be that you don’t have a large plot of land, or it might be that you live in a rental house, apartment, or condo. In our case, we just don’t get enough sunlight in our yard. Thick trees cover our landscaping and cast shade all over our yard, leaving just a few small patches of land that get consistent sun during the course of the day. Because we didn’t want to give up gardening entirely, we decided to look into container gardening as an option. Guess what? It works perfectly for us! Using container gardening (which is essentially just a small garden in a pot or other container) we were able to take advantage of the small sun spots in the yard and make our little container garden grow! If this sounds like something that may work for you, take a look at how to plant a container garden in 10 easy steps!

Container Garden in 10 Easy Steps:

 

1. Choose your container.
You can find pots in all sizes and varieties at your local gardening center, or get creative an use an old wash tub or crock like we did! The more plants you want to grow, the bigger you will want your pot to be.

2. Pick your plants.
Not all plants are good for container gardening. If looking for vegetables, stick to small tomato varieties or small pepper varieties. You can also do a huge assortment of herbs, and even strawberries if you wish. Flower wise, look for flowers that don’t grow too tall or spread. Marigolds or impatiens are ideal!

3. Consider your location.
You want to place your planter somewhere where it will get at least 6 hours of sun a day. For us, one tiny patch in our front yard was all we had, so our container garden got it! The nice thing is if you find a spot that works better, it is as easy as moving your container.

4. Start planting.
Fill your container with quality soil. Section the container mentally into quarters. You are welcome to mix plants in one pot, for example you can grow some peppers next to impatiens and basil. They can all go into the container together and will be just fine. Dig and plant as you normally would in a garden, allowing for plenty of space and depth. In ours, we did a variety of flowers and mixed in yellow cherry tomatoes.

5. Water as needed.
Be sure your container drains well, and water as needed. Soil should always be damp and moist. If it is not, you risk losing the plant. Be vigilant and water well. Consider Gilmour spray nozzles if you have many containers to water.

6. Feel free to fertilize.
Even though it is a small garden, it still needs proper nutrition. Add a few tablespoons of Miracle Grow to a gallon of water and feed well every few weeks.

7. Wipe out weeds.
I have noticed that weeds tend to not be a problem with container gardens. You deal with them far and few in between. However, you will still want to comb through your plants and make sure they are free from dangerous weeds.

8. Harvest on time.
Don’t let produce or herbs stay in the container any longer than need be. Once they are ripe go ahead and pick them so there is plenty of room and resources for the other plants.

9. Add a trellis for height.
If you are growing any climbing plants, a very simple and small trellis or stake can help plants grow vertically. This is a nice touch decoratively and a great way to make the most of small space.

10. Prevent pests.
If critters are turning your containers into their own personal salad bars, prop the containers up in wire stands. You can even spray the stands with cooking spray to make them slippery. It will keep them out of your containers and allow your plants to flourish.

See how easy it is to grow your own container garden? You are just ten steps away from making your own a reality. Don’t let a lack of space keep you from enjoying fresh produce, herbs, and flowers, try creating one of your own this weekend!

Fluffer Nutters – Kid Friendly Snack Recipe

We are always looking for new snacks to add to our afterschool and weekend menu, and this is one of our favorites! They are so simple to make that the children can make them on their own depending on the age. If they are a little younger, they may just need a little help.
Items Needed:
Bread
Nutella
Marshmallow Cream
Directions:
Spread Nutella on one slice of bread
Spread Marshmallow Cream on the second slice of bread
Place slices of bread together
Slice and enjoy

 
*Note – This can be made with any type of bread that your family enjoys! 
Leave us a comment with what bread you use for yours and how your family enjoyed it!