That’s right. I watch Spongebob. But that’s not what this post is about today. I’m going to review 8 things that you’re probably wasting your money on. Few people realize how much they spend each month on these items
1. Paper towels: Paper towels have to be the most stupid invention known to man, in my opinion. They SUCK. You need a million just to clean up a simple mess, they’re soggy and gross, and they cost an arm and a leg. I have a color coded rag system- we have purple rags that we wash separately with the diapers, and make sure they’re disinfected with tea tree oil. They’re absorbent and we always have them. You can use old towels for rags as well, even cutting up larger towels and hemming the edges.
2. Sandwich Bags: Not only are they harmful to the environment, but they contain harmful chemicals like BPA that can harm your body, either by interrupting your endocrine system or causing cancer. Why spend all that money, when you can just use THESE! They’re reusable, and you can either wipe them out, wash them in the sink, put them in the dishwasher inside out, or shake them out and put them into the washing machine!
3. Bottled water: I have to admit, of all the things that piss me off, bottled water is right at the top of the list. Bottled water rapes the planet- you need petroleum to make those plastic bottles, and then the water is stolen out from under people. Not only that, but there are no federal guidelines regulating the safety of bottled water, so you can be drinking all sorts of chemicals and bacteria. Tap water is safer and better for you (and regulated quarterly). Get some stainless steel water bottles and skip the plastic leaching and grossness!
4. Takeout or school lunch: Takeout is expensive- we already know that you can prepare a meal for less than you can buy it, because otherwise, what would be the point of having a restaurant? And school lunch is nutritionally void and full of chemicals and pesticides. In fact, its currently being speculated that school lunch is partially responsible for the nation’s growing childhood obesity. I make my daughter’s school lunch for approximately $3/day and often less, which is pretty awesome considering we eat plant based organic. Get yourself one of these fancy tiffins (or stainless steel containers by LunchBots)! I got this beautiful little lunchbox at Joanne fabrics.
5. Bottles of spices: Do you realize that spices only run twelves cents to $1.09 in the bulk section at the healthfood store? That’s literally about $2/bottle for organic spices. I recently went to buy them in bottles and they were $6 or more. That’s just ridiculous.
6. Bottled dish soap: Perplexed by the bottle in this picture? This bottle retails for about $4.50, but when you bring it back to the store to have it refilled, it costs twelve cents an ounce. I can fill this whole bottle for about $2.50.
7. Entertainment: You can get Netflix for $8.99 now if you want to have movie night once a week, so why would you pay $50 for a babysitter and then another $40 at the movies?! Not to mention that state park admission is cheap and it’s good for your health to get out. Summertime too is good for beach trips and festivals. Instead of paying for overrated concerts, check out the local performances at a nearby college or theater.
8. Books you’re not in love with: I love classic lit- but let’s be real. It’s SO nice to be able to borrow a book from the library before you decide if it’s a forever keep. Reducing your consumption by borrowing a book reduces waste and energy consumption, and it gives you the opportunity to decide if you want to actually buy it. This eliminates the clutter of endless books you never read, and saves your pennies. Additionally, it’s great for children because they progress with their reading abilities rapidly, and often devour books, which can be costly and unnecessary.