So, this week: Cloth napkins.
A few years ago when we were getting ready to go back to school, I decided that a good way to save money would be to use cloth napkins and stop buying the paper ones. The logic is this: for the 6 of us (there were 4 of us back then, but I’m going with current numbers) we go through about 20 napkins a day. If you buy a package of 200 napkins for $3, that would last about 10 days. It would cost about $110 a year to keep us in napkins.
So, my sweet MIL let me raid her scrap drawer. I took her scraps, cut them into rectangles and serged around the edges and voile! Napkins! For those who do not have access to a serger, gather your scraps of fabric and just hem them. Or if you are particular about them all matching, go buy some cute fabric and cut it up. Most of my napkins are about 8”x6” and work great.
And for those who are not sewing inclined, head to your nearest dollar store. Usually they have cloth napkins in 2 packs, and sometimes you can even get cute ones. I keep a small basket out of the way in our kitchen where we throw all the used napkins, and we have enough that I can usually only wash it once a week. It works out great for us and saves us more money than you would think.