Unit price is an important way of comparing the effective cost of different package sizes. Generally speaking, the lower the unit price, the better the deal, and larger packages usually offer a better unit price. Savvy shoppers know [...]
Don't buy in bulk when you have coupons The warehouse stores make it easy to purchase huge packages of paper goods, but those stores normally do not run sales and only some accept manufacturers' coupons. Assuming you are not brand loyal, stock up at the supermarket when a big sale comes [...]
Tear outside the lines The perforation on paper goods is merely a suggestion. A small mess might not require an entire paper towel, so try ripping the amount you need off the roll rather than following the manufacturer's suggestion. Some companies now offer towels with [...]
Size matters As with most items at the supermarket, unit price is the most informative way to compare the cost of similar items. With paper goods, the unit price includes the total square footage of paper and the number of layers in each sheet. Don't look at the [...]
Quality saves money Not all paper goods are created equal. Choosing the quality of product that meets your needs will save you money. If you buy 1-ply toilet paper, but use 3x as much, then you are paying more per use than with 2-ply paper. Those thick, absorbent paper [...]
Buy inexpensive wrapping paper Wrapping paper, gift bags and other festive ornaments can be expensive at the grocery store or home goods store. Discount stores (e.g., Dollar Tree) are a great alternative for finding less expensive gift wrap and these stores often have a wide [...]
Be sneaky with the tissue A large box of visible replacement rolls makes it easy to be wasteful with extra tissue on the toilet. You will naturally be more frugal with the tissue when you don't know exactly how much is left. Consider putting your stash out of reach and out [...]
Stop using (too much) toilet paper To save money on toilet paper, be conscious of how much you are using. A small amount of paper can go a long way. If you are in the habit of pulling out a long train of toilet tissue, try to remember that each sheet costs money. At the very least, [...]
Switch to paper at the checkout Paper bags from the checkout can be put to use in the kitchen. Use them to supplement paper towels when draining oily food or wet vegetables. Those paper bags and newspapers are an inexpensive absorbent alternative to stacks of paper towels.
Forget paper napkins Investing in a number of simple cloth napkins can help your budget and the environment over time. Consider your usage, the price of paper napkins and cost of laundry before making the switch. The same applies to facial tissues and handkerchiefs.
Save convenience goods for inconvenient times Few daily kitchen tasks should require one-use items like paper towels, paper plates or plasticware. These items go straight into the trash and are a drain on your wallet. Put some hand towels in the kitchen for drying hands. Use a sponge to clean [...]
Don't throw paper goods away Paper/plastic goods do not have to go immediately into the landfill. Higher quality goods might just require a quick rinse or wipe down before going back into use. Sometimes a napkin, paper towel or wipe is used for a small task or to clean up minor [...]
Keep it handy, keep it simple A well-stocked changing area will improve your cash flow as well as your sanity. Keep a zipper lock plastic bag with facial tissues as an inexpensive (and refillable) alternative to expensive single-use packs. Try a roll of paper towels with smaller [...]