Want a quick and easy way to cut some spending our of your budget AND give Mother Earth a little hug?
Cloth napkins and washcloths!
This was a novel concept to me, because I grew up in a household where cloth napkins were reserved for special occasions, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner. Every day napkins were paper. When Diesel and I set up house, we registered for cloth napkins-- y'know for all those fancy sit-down dinners we were going to have in our placial manor. Said Crate & Barrel napkins sat on a self in our linen closet for a good 4 years, all the while we were purchasing and using paper napkins. About a year ago, as I started trying to find ways to be more "green," one night we ran out of paper napkins; right then and there it dawned on me: USE CLOTH NAPKINS!!! Of course, our 4 Crate & Barrel napkins only went so far, so eventually I had to run out to Target and pick up 8 more. Then I remembered that someone had given me a set of cloth napkins in a picnic basket a few years ago and I dug those out. Now we have 16 napkins tucked away in the drawer of our dining table.
Interestingly enough, my cheapy Target napkins have retained their color better than my expensive C&B napkins. Oh, and to save on the cost of laundering, we reuse our napkins through a couple meals (unless they get really messy-- like on the rare occasion that we eat crab legs for dinner!).
My next easy-peasy money and earth saving tip is buying lots and lots of washcloths and using those in the place of paper towels. I own roughly 2 bazillion of them. I like to buy the multi-pack of bathroom washcloths at Target. They're something like $7 for a package of 7, whereas the kitchen washcloths tend to be more pricey. I use them for just about everything.