Recently, my friend asked me how much (liquid) detergent I use for my laundry. When we discussed it with each other, we were surprised to realize we use very different amounts. In discussions with different friends at different times I realize how differently we all use, wash, clean or buy items. And so, I have pondered a few things lately.
There are times when I am considered wasteful:
- I wouldn't use anything even a day past it's expiration date.
- I throw away leftovers if they have been in my fridge for more than 48 hours.
- You will never see me, my children or my husband with a hole in our socks (and no, I don't darn them...)
- If I am putting leftovers in a container and the container isn't quite big enough, instead of getting a bigger container out, I throw away what doesn't fit.
- I only buy name brand paper towels.
- I have ____ (choosing not to disclose the exact number) pair of shoes.
- I always have to have orange juice in my fridge, and I will only buy it ready made, never the frozen concentrate.
- A lot of items I buy are store brand. In fact the other day we opened our fridge and everything screamed 'Great Value.' (Butter, sour cream, cottage cheese, cream cheese, etc.)
- We only take the kids to sit-down restaurants if they have a free meal from school or a kids eat free night. (And even then it is not very often!)
- I love to look at clearance racks and am not ashamed to find a good bargain.
If you are using liquid detergent how full do you fill the little plastic cup?
Approximately a 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 or full?
Do you have a budget? Do you stick to it?
How many times will you use your shower towel before washing it?
If you find a new recipe, but the ingredients are too expensive, would you buy them regardless, or wait to try the recipe?
How many pair of shoes are too many?
And last but not least,
What item could you NEVER live without, no matter the cost?
Want to know my answers?
Tell me yours first.