Monday, November 30, 2009

Tightwad Living: Cloth Napkins

One of my favorite tightwad weapons is the old fashioned cloth napkin. In our house we would go through tons of paper products so as much as possible I have replaced paper with cloth. You can see that I have no preferred pattern, my only requirements are that they be 100% cotton and be inexpensive. Most were purchased years ago for fifty cents each at various stores. When I find some on sale, I buy enough to set my table with one pattern at once. My mom has picked up several sets for me at flea markets or yard sales so I have quite a collection to choose from.
The biggest benefit is the difference it makes at the table. There is something so nice about using a cloth napkin and people always comment on it when we have company. It makes the meal seem very special to them. I've even had someone refuse to use the napkin because they didn't want to get it dirty! That cracked me up. I throw them in the wash after dinner and wash them with the next load of laundry. It takes a few minutes to fold them but now my kids can fold them neatly and they are so proud to fill the drawer with their carefully folded work. I make sure to set their folded napkin at their dad's place and tell him who folded his napkin. Also, Joe started carrying a cloth napkin in his lunch box everyday and he has really enjoyed that. All that to say that using cloth napkins is probably my most-liked Tightwad Living ideas, it saves money and enriches our home. And if you come eat with us, I'll even let you choose your own pattern!

22 comments:

julie (jane's apron) said...

We grew up using only cloth napkins (most of them that my mom made). Something we're going to start doing around here. Thanks!

Kristyn Knits said...

Your post reminds me...I need a better system for having my cloth napkins at the ready instead of in the living room with my other linens.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment! Hope to see you again.

stitching under oaks said...

I'll pick that cute red and white plaid napkin! We use cloth napkins too! Just started last year and we love them. I thought they'd be a lot of work...but you're right, they are simple to wash and fold and reuse!

6p011278d9ce2028a4 said...

We do the same thing with dishtowels. I need to pick up some napkins. Most of the time we just don't use them :) Love all your cooking! kyndale

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