Tuesday's Tip 33: What is Unnecessary?

by Beth Montgomery on January 1, 2009 · 3 comments

in Frugal Series, Tips & Basics

A while back, Money Saving Mom announced she decided to do without paper towels. By reading the responses from her readers, you would have thought she had decided to give up oxygen. Think about it though… what does a paper towel do that some other product can’t handle just as well? Cloth towels work perfectly and since you reuse them, they are cheaper than paper towels. You can cover a dish in the microwave with a coffee filter, which is cheaper.
This got me thinking… what could I do with out? Let me ask you, what is in your home that you could do without? Think about it, then save money by simply not buying it any more.
What can you live without? What have you cut out of your life to save money and cut your budget? Share!
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1 Anonymous September 15, 2009 at 5:50 AM

I never buy paper towels. We use towels to dry our hands and as napkins, cloths to clean up spills, newspaper to clean glass, and we purchased a plastic dish cover for the microwave. It took my husband a little time to get used to it but it works just fine. The only thing I haven't found a good solution for is draining grease, maybe I should use a baking rack. For now, to drain grease, we use paper napkins left over from restaurants outings.

2 Maggie September 15, 2009 at 8:13 AM

I quit buying napkins, unless they are free. It sounds weird, but we are clean eaters most of the time. The baby gets wiped up with a washcloth, and my husband and I can always use a cloth napkin or even a paper towel if we really need it.

Also, we don't use paper plates unless they are free, and even then, we save them for a party.

I don't generally buy juice, unless it is free. We like fruit and we like water. :)

3 Kelly Stout April 28, 2011 at 9:04 PM

You can use newspaper for draining the grease from deep fried foods!!!!

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