Switching to reusable products saves money in the long run, so we had Casey Slide, a frugal living contributor for the Money Crashers personal finance site, conduct a cost analysis to show just how much you can save. As promised, we've thrown two more disposable items into the ring!
5. Plastic Cutlery to Reusable Cutlery
"We always used plastic cutlery in packed lunches and on picnics. Depending on what we eat, we may need a full set of cutlery. Not only does this add up when you must have one of each and a set for each person, you also end up with more items that need to be packed and carried around. Also, the fragility of plastic cutlery means it never seems to do the job. Fortunately, you can find some great reusable alternatives out there that combine the functionality of all three utensils."
- Cost of Plastic Cutlery per Year: $72.73 (27 packs of 36 sets for $2.69 each, for four people using one set a day, five days a week, 48 weeks per year)
- Cost of Reusable Cutlery: $9.95 (One set of Light My Fire Sporks 4-Pack)
- Total Savings: $62.78 (the first year), $72.72 (each additional year)
- Break-Even Point: Approximately 50 days
6. Bottled Water to Reusable Bottles
"I think everyone knows that buying bottled water wastes money. You really do not need to purchase bottled water ever again, with the exception of having some stored in case of an emergency such as a natural disaster. But many people still default to buying bottled water, and their money goes down the drain again and again. You can begin saving a lot of money by investing in a water filter and some quality reusable bottles."
- Cost of Bottled Water per Year: $511.00 ($0.35 per 16-oz bottle, for four people drinking one bottle per day, for 365 days)
- Cost of Reusable Bottles: $105.40 (Four Klean Kanteen 27 oz Stainless Steel Reusable Bottles at $16.35 each, plus a water filter for $40.00.)
- Total Savings: $405.60 (the first year), $511.00 (each additional year)
- Break-Even Point: Approximately 2 1/2 months
Stay posted with two disposables replaced per week! Only four more left!