Very much the same as you. I am a scratch cook and do not waste paper products. We buy paper towels, but we put them in inconvenient places so we have to think twice. And the rags are ready at hand under the kitchen sink.
My only exception is the occasional frozen meal or canned soup for the Butler to take to work, where he has a microwave but no other conveniences, not even a table to eat at or a coffee pot.
We use very few coupons for the same reason. We don't buy processed foods very often at all.
I had a feeling you would pretty like-minded here, Becky!
So glad to find that your post title "consumption" has nothing to do with the disease! I love your 'don't buy' list! Very much like mine with a few exceptions.
I do purchase some plastic baggies and wrap for hubbies lunches.
I have a lot of plastic bags, Lady Farmer, but try to really limit my use of them. I do use those waxtex bags for packing sandwiches (think school lunch in the 60's and yes they still make them!). I think they are slightly more environmentally friendly than plastic. I also use reusable containers when possible when I'm taking my lunch on the road. Again - not perfect in this area, just trying hard.
He will be retiring in the not too distant future, so I shouldn't have to do that anymore. I can/freeze lots of our own fruits and veggies and hubby hunts so I rarely buy meat.
There's nothing like home-grown, home-canned produce. Good for you!
I make my own laundry det. also and use vinegar for cleaning, too. Cold meds. give me heart palpatations so I don't use them, either. I do purchase a lot of pet food, though, and I am happy to have the companionship with two cats, and purchase organic feed for my chickens. (Our dogs, horses and cattle are gone now, but will be getting some again one day. But they don't have coupons for farm animal feed, anyway!)
I would gladly buy dog food - just wish we had a doggie - maybe someday!
I love to make my own soap or get some from my daughter who makes it also. I am looking for a good homemade deodorant recipe (with shea butter). Don't like the store bought for health reasons or effectiveness ~ tmi?
tmi? I don't think so...tmi would be if I shared here that I mend my undergarments. Ooops!
I try to purchase the best ingredients I can afford ~ organic if possible. I would rather purchase healthy food than pay for expensive health care!
And I totally agree with your job description and about stewardship! Great post! Blessings!
You can get updates on Ric at www.caringbridge.org/visit/ricbloom. You will need to put in an email, and then do it again, as the first time it will not recognize you. If this comes under the category of frugal...my toy choi (pakchoi) plants are 4 inches high....should be ready to sample in about 3 weeks. No bugs have found my grow light yet. Lookin' good. Linda
Where did you get those seeds Linda? Sounds wonderful and thanks for the info on Ric.
Dee from Tennessee
Well, I 'm not proud At All of what we do buy....my "excuse" is I'm just so tired when I get home that I don't have the energy. As retirement looms nearer, things will change.
Don't feel bad Dee. Because I don't work outside the home, I consider the money-saving things I do to be my job.
Okay---here's my dumb question. I cringe -- and have for a loooooooong time---- at how much we spend on paper towels. My question is....just where and how do you accumulate that many rags??? I know you're shaking your head or rolling on the floor laughing, but honestly, I can't keep rags!! And it's Awful what we spend on paper towels.....help!!! I just feel like it's money thrown away when I buy paper towels. (I can't believe I've written this question where the "whole world" can see it!)
First of all Dee - the "whole world" that sees your comment consists of my dh, folks, sibs and kids and a few Northwoods friends. All of them very loving. :)
My rag bag consists of our old clothing that is beyond mending. Old socks that I cut open, tee shirts cut down to size, washcloths and dishcloths that are a little threadbare for everyday use, old sheets cut into squares, old flannel shirts with buttons removed for the button jar. I have box in the bottom of my linen closet that contains all these rags. As I use them for washing the floor or windows or counter tops, I just throw them in with the regular laundry. If I use them to clean up something oily, I throw them out.
You can buy old tee shirts at the thrift store for a little bit of nothing and cut those up to start your rag bag. Or I know that places like Malwart sell industrial cleaning 'rags'. You could probably buy those for the price of a few rolls of paper towels.
As long as I don't wash oily rags (including those which I have cleaned something with Murphy's oil soap - its smell transfers to the rest of the laundry) I have no trouble washing rags with regular clothes. After all, once upon a time they were regular clothes!
I even 'inherited' a box of rags from my mother-in-law. Every once in a while I will pull something out of that box that Pat remembers from his childhood!
Hope that helps! The main thing I use paper towels for now is draining bacon grease. And the only time we eat much bacon is when tomatoes are in season. BLT's!