home life, natural living, shopping

Paperless Towels

After saying that I don’t use rolls of paper towels I figured I needed to clarify a bit, since I do use paperless towels. I stumbled upon these at a small local shop that supports women’s crafts and businesses, so I feel good when I stock up on these.

I currently on my second paperless towel. They last a long time and honestly, I only put my first in the compost because it got super grungy-looking even after washing, so I moved on to a gray one that wouldn’t look as messy.

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I have only used this brand so I can’t vouch for other paperless towels, but I love these. I mostly use them to wipe down counters and the kitchen table, but they are so durable I’m sure they can do whatever you need!

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money, shopping

Online Shopping

I will admit it – I am addicted to online shopping.

I know this space is all about saving money and not having things, so that’s a weird thing to admit. Except I don’t mean that I overspend or indulge when I shop online. I am just addicted to the convenience.

I use Amazon Subscribe and Save for almost all of my household goods. I get toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner delivered every few months. I get toilet paper delivered every month. I get bags of coffee beans and cleaning supplies. Subscribing means I get a small discount on each purchase, which probably makes it a good deal, but I’m sold on the fact that it comes to my door on (or around) the same date each month, and I don’t have to think about it. To me, it’s like having your bills set on autopay – you know it’s going to get done, so you can put it out of your mind.

Every so often I get online and look at my subscriptions to change the frequency or get rid of one altogether. I only get what we need, and it’s easier for me than getting it all from a store – and probably a bit cheaper, especially with Prime shipping.

I need to research the shipping aspect, though. How much am I damaging the environment by having a big box of supplies shipped to me via plane or truck every month? Is it better than driving my car to the store every month, and possibly driving back for what I forgot? I’m not sure, but right now, with everything on my mind, it’s worth knowing these necessities are taken care of without any effort. I still go to the grocery store every two weeks for our food, and can pick up anything extra there, but it’s less of a hassle.

Do you do Subscribe and Save, or order most of your stuff online? Do you think you spend more or save more this way?

home life, money, shopping

Canvas Bags

I couldn’t do yesterday’s post and NOT make today about Canvas Bags! They’re famous!

I keep several canvas bags and reusable grocery bags in my trunk. Sometimes I even remember to take them into the store with me.

I most often use them to haul my library books around, but I’m trying to be more conscious about taking them in to the grocery store with me.

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My favorite canvas bag.

I’m so glad stores here have started putting bins for plastic bags in the entry. I’ve always used those as trash bags in my small kitchen and bathroom trash cans, but I know it’s still not great to use them at all since they never really biodegrade.

Do you have canvas bags? Do you use canvas bags? Are you currently singing “Canvas Bags”?

I am.