Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Real Utensils Instead of Plastic

I have previously shared how my family made the move to cloth napkins for everyday use. My husband was skeptical when I first implemented this idea, but over a year later, it is still working well for us.

Then, late last year, I made the move to using dishes for parties and gatherings, instead of paper plates. This has been working out really well for us. Now that we are in picnic season, I have been pulling out the plastic plates from our cupboards for the kids to use - I just feel that they are even more drop proof.

Plastic ware had some challenges for me. We always seemed to use the plastic ware at different rates. I generally would purchase the bulk packs at the warehouse club to get the best value on plastic utensils, but with the uneven use, I found myself having to pay more to get a box with a single type of utensil. As a result, it seemed that before every party, there was always the question of do we need to run out and pick some up - will we run out part way through the weekend, or do we have enough. I was always worried (just because I am me) when I had to pick up something new and the plastic ware didn't match.
(my party silverware in my organizer basket for party use)
Well, a few months ago, I finally made the move to real utensils for parties and gatherings. I was able to get 36 place settings of forks, spoons and knives at Sam's Club for under $30. To help keep it together for storage, I picked up a stacked organizer at Target for under $10 (I don't remember exactly how much).
I can't calculate (well, I actually probably could - but won't) how much we have/will save by not purchasing plastic for all of our events, but I know that in the long run, it will be a net cost savings and it certainly has simplified life around parties and gatherings.

That Works for Me.

This post shared at Frugal Friday.


LivingSoAbundantly said...

I love how you have them organized, and that will save money. :) Great idea!

yettie said...

I love the organizer. Going to look for it. Stopping by from WFMW

Barb @ A Life in Balance said...

Love the silverware organizer! I keep mine in a bin, and then have to sort everything whenever I want to use it. Yours looks so much nicer!

Some green changes are easy, and some are a bit harder. Good for you for making the changes!

'Becca said...

Real utensils just feel so much better in the mouth! And you can put them through the dishwasher (if you have one) rather than carry out a trash bag with a bunch of sharp things trying to poke through it!

simply heidi said...

What a great idea. I never would have thought of buying enough to accommodate large gatherings, but it makes such good sense. I'll be on the lookout for silverware sales. Thanks!