Pay the Paper Price

It was another hectic day today.

More things that I checked off my Busy Beeter List today included:

A great run outside.

72F, sunny, no humidity, not a cloud in the sky.


Then I came in and did some at-home in-garage yoga for 20 minutes.

I went to the grocery store and replenished some produce.

Eating the rainbow?  Not a problem here.  Especially purple, apparently.

Perfect plus, right up there with white nectarines, are such a treat.

I restocked my paper products.  I am getting over the bad cold I managed to come down with on my birthday and had used up all the Kleenex I had on hand.  Just call me Rudolph. But I’m back in business now.

And gosh, taking care of bodily functions like butt and snot wiping are expensive! Why are paper products so expensive? I guess they know you need them and will pay whatever it takes.  Since most of us aren’t going to use leaves or old newspaper.

For food, it was time to make something that produced planned leftovers.  To the rescue, Vegan Sloppy “Bean & Lentil” Joes

We skipped the buns.

Bunless, meatless, lentil-based “Sloppy Joes” <– How’s that for using your imagination.

But the filling sure is tasty and filling and I used real Manwich in the recipe.  So good.  And vegan for all inquiring minds.

And I made Cinnamon Sugar & Ginger Roasted Potato Sticks

These are such a dessertey-like way to fix potatoes.  No complaints from me.

For snackage, I had an appetite for Chocolate Coconut Oil Protein Popcorn

Chocolate Chips + Chocolate Protein Powder is a great way to turn popcorn into a protein-errific dessert. <– Yes, that word is cheesy and I don’t care. Plus, the nooch, too, adds protein.

From my last post, Busy Beeter, I enjoyed hearing if you’re a fan of beets or not (most of you said yes) and what tasks you’ve been crossing off your list.

And also most of us seem to get entirely too absorbed and too sucked into our computers and computer work.


1. Do you think paper products from paper towels to tissues to toilet paper are pricey?

I do!

There are some things I love to be frugal about, but paper products are not in that category:

Cheap paper towels seem to require at least twice as many to get the same job done and they shred and erode in the cleanup process anyway.

Cheap tissues are just so scratchy on my face that I feel like it’s sandpaper on my skin.

Cheap toilet paper is just plain wrong.  It’s thin, it doesn’t really allow you to wipe properly (TMI but it’s true!), it shreds, it’s scratchy, it’s just not pleasant.

I use cloth napkins and stopped buying paper napkins 5+ years ago and have saved so much money.  I just wash our napkins with the regular laundry and don’t iron them, and yes, there are food stains on them, but I can live with that.

I know some are paper towel-less and only use cloth towels, too, but I haven’t gotten that far.  Sometimes I just need something disposable.

So I refuse to buy el cheapo paper products but always shake my head at what they can charge!

2. How’s your week going?  Anything fun happening for you?

I took 10 minutes today and walked through an antique shop.  I didn’t buy anything but it was fun to see if there was anything I just “had to have” that was cute and fun.  No such luck.  But I did just score the $1 dishes over the weekend so I got my dishes fix in that way.

P.S. Giveaway reminders:

NuNaturals Stevia

Taste of Adams Avenue

48 comments on “Pay the Paper Price”

  1. I take turn with roommates for paper products which lessens the burden. And I actually tend to just buy the store brand to save $.

  2. My hubby and I have made a change to healthier eating (at least we’re in the process). Manwich was always our post-snow shoveling meal tradition (here in the northeast), and pretty much the only times we ate it. I can’t wait to try your version. I suggested a tofu manwich once, and that did not go over well, but lentils, potatoes and beans I think he could deal with. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I think that paper products are pricey. Apparently, the average American only uses 7 rolls of toilet paper in a year. Is that why I think paper products are a annoying expense?

  4. Oh I would love 72 and no humidity right about now! I do think paper products are a bit pricey to be honest. I feel guilty using paper towels even. If I don’t really use it when eating, then I fold it up and set it aside for the next meal (frugal LOL)

  5. Cinnamon sugar and ginger roasted potato sticks is such an unique idea! And it does sound really good! I have been craving potaoes lately, maybe this is the thing I should make out of them!

    Wish you a great end of the week! Im having an awesome week actually, but I look forward to the weekend too. We are having a summer party for all my colleagues from the gym Im working at, and I think it will be so nice and too much fun :)

  6. Ugh paper products ARE expensive. But, buying the cheaper versions isn’t worth it b/c like you said you need 2x as much. And, they aren’t the nicest texture if you know what I mean!

  7. All that produce looks delicious!! I’ve been all about the grapes lately. And when they’re not as hard and crisp as I’d like them, they make for perfect frozen grapes :)

  8. Lol, so true on paper products and hubby likes the expensive Cottonelle with Aloe. :-P The potato sticks look great, I need to try those.

    1. Yes and I’m trying to use less of them, especially paper towels opting for microfiber cleaning towels instead.
    2. Long and busy, I’m be ready for some fun and relax time this weekend. We’re almost done the office project, probably one more trip to Ikea and some cable management to make it look perfect. :-)

  9. Those taters sound awesome! And I agree on spending the extra bit on paper products- that’s one thing that you really notice a difference with if you get the cheaper version!

    I’m excited for father’s day! It should be fun!

  10. I totally agree about paper products. Not only are they expensive, but buying the cheapest is just not an option. I have some washcloths that I use as “napkins” sometimes, and they definitely have food stains. But they work!

    Since I got a ton of cleaning and sorting done yesterday I love how I can look around my desk and just feel like things are in order. That’s the best thing to me that’s happened all week!

  11. Yes! Paper products are very pricey. We use the cheaper recycled paper towels that you can tear off in small or large size. And we buy middle of the range toilet paper. I don’t need it to feel like cotton, but I don’t want paper cuts either ;)

  12. Yes, paper products are so expensive and we go through them like crazy! You can insane with my symptoms… Ahem. I buy the sandpaper toilet paper for me, charm in for Dustin because a package lasts him like 3 months and I’d go through it in 6 hours, lol! Our local grocery store pure the Scott bundles on sale for half price every couple months, like9 bucks for 24 rolls, so we stock up when the sale hits. We go through tons of tissues, our allergies are insanely bad. A stack of 3 with lotion lasts about 3-4 weeks. I think a bulk store membership would go to good use in our house, lol.

  13. I bought an attachable bidet for $30 and have been saving tons of money. Why would I want to spend so much on something I am literally flushing down the toilet? Plus I have never felt so clean. Now hate having to use TP in public bathrooms- its just never as fresh and clean.

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  15. Glad to hear you’re feeling better! And YES! Paper products are costly. Kleenex especially, but like you said, you can’t use crap Kleenex (or toilet paper) without getting nasty redness! Ugh…Sometimes they get you by the short and curlies, right?

  16. My college roommates and I used to switch out our fancy toilet paper for sandpapery gross tp that we stole from classroom bathrooms whenever we had house parties to “save” our expensive stuff!

  17. i have had to lecture the family on how many squares i consider reasonable (and i am generous) they can use per bodily function….husband just rolled his eyes at me….i tried at least : )

  18. I am always shocked by how expensive toilet paper is!!! It is ridiculous!

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