In the past few months, I've started to buy paper plates. I went years without buying them. But here I am back to buying them. They're not expensive at Save A Lot. I buy the super cheap, thin paper plates. I think there's 80 or 100 in the package. I'll have to double-check the cost. I use them for home lunches, snacks and sometimes like tonight (hotdogs), I'll use them for dinner.
The problem is that I'm not sure why I suddenly am drawn to them and how they have made it back on my shopping list. Obviously, I do dishes and can't say I enjoy it, but I've never really minded doing them. I hand-wash now because my dishwasher is old and doesn't always work right and I just said forget it and hand-washing was quicker and easier and probably cheaper.
I know that I like the convenience of paper plates. We do have a minimal amount of dinner plates, too. But it's definitely a small added cost to buy them for not really a great reason.
Now it passes the Gabe test. For example, if Gabe thinks something is a waste of money, he speaks up. He's never said oh geeze, not more paper plates. He surely would comment, so he doesn't have any opinion so far. Then again, maybe he doesn't want to hear me retort, how about YOU do dishes?! LOL I don't know.
As I'm looking at my non-frugal but convenient habits, I have room for improvement. This is one area albeit small. I also noticed when the kids say Mom we're out of paper plates, that I sort of wince as if I should respond, yeah so?! LOL
So what do you think?
Please consider the fact we are a family of 6. LOL Not that I need you to back me on my paper plate purchases. LOL I mean if I was looking at it from a purely wasteful/green aspect, then I wouldn't buy them at all and have made that decision before for many years. So I think my reasoning is mostly just that it's easier to grab a paper plate.
Edited to add, keep in mind that I rarely buy paper towels and cut them out years ago at the same time. I do keep a roll handy because we have pets and there's just some messes I refuse to face without paper towels. LOL
Do you use paper plates other than for parties? If not, is it a cost factor? Are you the primary dish washer? Does that play into your decision?