Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Budget Boot Camp Challenge #10~Go WithOut!

I called this challenge a HUGE success since I have been trying to do this for the past few years.   Clair suggested we pick an item our family loves to use and go with it for a week.  She suggested getting rid of some of the disposable items in our lives.  It not only saves money but also the environment.  She suggested baby wipes, ziploc bags, and paper towels.  Since I have an intense relationship with all of those items I decided to discuss some other items that we have given up over the past few years instead and how that affected me and my family.  
We used to love these little fluffy delights in the shower and tub.  Me in particular....  I made me feel like a girl and as though I was giving myself a little extra attention in the shower.  However I realized that they are not good for the environment and I get just as much love from my washcloth in the shower.


We also love body washes.  I sadly cut most of those out too.  The only time I get body wash is if I can get it for free because again the waste from the bottles is bad for the environment.  


I stopped using my swiffer mop almost two years ago.  I don't miss it.  My mom gave me a steamer mop for Christmas and I love it.  It has saved me a ton of money.  I just use water now!


I also quit using sponges to wash my dishes.  I now use a brush or dish clothes.


This week I went without my face wash.  I ran out and thought why not go without it and see if I can survive!  I did survive I used a Dove bar soap and I also  tried an avocado facial and it was perfect.  So I saved money and the environment this week.


What are you doing to decrease the use of disposables in your home?  Any tips or suggestions are also welcome!!


As always visit our facebook fanpage to see what the other challengers did without this past week.
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