Canadian Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)

Have you heard of the Canadian Scanning Code of Practice? It could be very valuable to you!

Most Canadian retailers take part in this practice. In Quebec it’s the law and in other provinces, it’s voluntary. Basically, if you purchase an item believing it to be a certain price but the item actually scans at a higher price then advertised, you receive the item free up to a $10 value! If the item is priced more than $10, then the retailer will give you a discount of $10 off the corrected price.

The code applies to all UPC, bar coded, and/or Price Look Up (PLU) merchandise sold in stores, with the exception of goods not easily accessible to the public (example: prescription drugs and behind the counter cosmetics), and individually price-ticketed items.

To be eligible for the Item Free Scanner Policy, the item must match the product description on the corresponding shelf tag.

Does that make sense?

Quite often the cashier won’t give you the product free without you mentioning the Scanning Code of Practice. So if you notice a wrong price, speak up!

At participating retailers you should see a sign on the entrance doors and at the till that reads:

Scanning Code of Practice: If the scanned price of a non-price item is higher than the shelf price or any other displayed price, the customer is entitled to receive the first item free, up to a $10 maximum. If a Code of Practice problem cannot be resolved at the store level, please call 1-866-499-4599 to register your complaint.

If you would like more information, visit this site: Retail Council of Canada

Here is a list of participating retailers:

  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • The Groupe Jean Coutu (NB and Ont only)
  • Lawton Drug Stores
  • London Drugs
  • Lovell Drugs
  • Pharma-save (BC and Sask)
  • Canada Safeway Limited
  • The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company of Canada Limited
  • Loblaw Companies Limited
  • Sobeys Inc.
  • Metro Inc.
  • Thrifty Foods
  • Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
  • Co-op Atlantic
  • Federated Co-operatives Limited
  • Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
  • The Home Depot Canada
  • Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd.
  • Toys r Us
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Wal*Mart Canada Corp.
  • Giant Tiger Stores Ltd.
  • The North West Company
  • Best Buy/Future Shop
  • Home Hardware franchisees
  • Thrifty Foods
  • Overwaitea Food Group
  • The Harry Watson Group
  • Longos Brothers Fruit Markets

5 Reasons to Stock Up on Dollar Store Flip Flops

Now that spring is here, your local dollar store will no doubt be well stocked with flip flops in every color and style. Snagging flip flops at your local dollar store isn’t just budget savvy, these flip flops can come in handy all throughout the summer for all sorts of reasons. Want to know more? Look at 5 reasons to stock up on dollar store flip flops so you can make the most of these little gems! You will be amazed at how valuable they can be.

5 Reasons to Stock Up on Dollar Store Flip Flops

1. Keep emergency pairs in the car.

Have you ever had a pair of flip flops break on you? When that happens you can find yourself in a pickle. Buy an extra pair of flip flops for everyone in your family and keep the pairs in the car. That way should you encounter any breaks, you have a back up. For just a buck, it is well worth buying extras and tossing them into the trunk for emergencies.

2. They make cute garden markers.

Buy a few pairs of children’s flip flops and use them as whimsical garden markers. Add some hot glue to the back of them and press them to a wooden stake. You can then write the name of the plant directly on the flip flop with a magic marker. How cute is that?

3. They make for fun pool time.

The fun thing about flip flops is they FLOAT! You can use them for all sorts of pool games. On the underside of your flip flops you can draw words or shapes and use them to play matching games. You can also craft mini boats with them, allowing kids to decorate the flip flop as they wish before setting it sail. These ideas make for some frugal summer fun.

4. Flip flops are perfect for protecting floors and walls.

The rubber that flip flops are made from is durable. Grab a few pairs of dollar store flip flops and cut the foam into squares. You can then use the foam pieces as door stoppers to protect your walls or even place them under table and chair legs to protect the floors. Add some of these foam chunks to planters and flowers pots and they can help act as fillers and even help absorb water.

5. They make inexpensive gifts.

Don’t get caught without a gift this summer. A pair of flip flops with a ribbon tied on makes the perfect gift for a hostess or summer birthday. They are also great to give as party gifts if you are hosting any backyard parties or cookouts. Guests will love getting a pair of flip flops to relax and unwind in.

Who knew flip flops could be so valuable? For just a dollar or so each, they are well worth stocking up on during the warm weather season. Consider these 5 reasons to stock up on dollar store flip flops and put this inexpensive find to work for you.

7 Ways to Inspire Your Family to Use Less Water

Are your monthly water bills sky high? Do you feel like your family isn’t vigilant when it comes to preserving this resource? It’s so easy for people, myself included, to get into wasteful habits. However it can also be easy to pull out of these habits. If your family is using more water than it needs each month, it’s time for an intervention. Look below at 7 ways to encourage your family to use less water, so you can be sure to not only save a few bucks but help save the planet’s resources as well. Here are 7 tips to get you started.

7 Ways to Inspire Your Family to Use Less Water

1. Keep a timer in the bathroom.

A timer in the bathroom can help cut down on lengthy showers which no doubt send tons of money and water down the drain. A simple minute timer near the shower is a great way to set the allotted time and hear a reminder when it’s time to get out.

2. Encourage turning off the tap while brushing teeth.

One of the easiest ways to waste water is to let it run while you brush your teeth. A family can send gallons down the drain this way. Make it a family rule that the tap should be turned off when teeth are being brushed. This way, water isn’t needlessly going down the drain.

3. Model water conservation when you cook and clean.

When you cook and clean, model water conservation to your kids. Fill the sink with a bit of water to wash produce instead of letting the water run freely. Don’t fill up pots with any more water than you need. Then be sure to save this  water so you could water house plants or your flower pots outside. When cleaning, don’t let water needlessly run unless it’s time to rinse the sink or your cleaning supplies. When you model this behavior, kids are more likely to try it.

4. Take short showers instead of baths.

Try to convince family members to take showers instead of baths. You will waste less water this way and even your water heater will get a break. If kids really love baths, see if you can convince them to take more showers and stick to one bath per week.

5. Get sufficient wear out of clothing before tossing it in the wash.

Don’t let kids toss clothing in the wash after it has been worn only once. (Unless it’s truly dirty!) Teach them to evaluate clothing and make sure it is in need of a wash. Jeans can be worn several times before they need to be cleaned, as can most sweaters. Don’t be so quick to toss clothing in the wash and instead get a few uses out of it.

6. Don’t run dishwashers/washing machines unless they are full.

Running a half full dishwasher or washing machine is quite wasteful. Instead, be sure no one runs it unless it is 100% full. Show family members what that looks like so they know how to make the best use of the space both appliances offer.

7. Avoid filling sinks, tubs, and cups all the way full.

When taking a bath, doing dishes, or even getting yourself a drink of water, avoid filling items all the way full. See if you can use less water and still get the job done. When drinking water, of course you can always pour more once the original amount is gone. This just prevents you from pouring more than you can drink in one sitting.

Are you ready to start using less water, start saving money, and start being kinder to our planet? Then try these 7 ways to inspire your family to use less water and see how easy it can be!

I’d love to hear what works for your family when it comes to saving water! Let us know in the comments below!

30 Fun and Frugal Easter Basket Filler Ideas

It’s time to start thinking about Easter baskets and all the goodies you can fill them up with. Nothing is quite as exciting as watching children open their Easter baskets, but, what if you are on a limited budget this year? The good news is you can still fill those Easter baskets to the brim without going overboard on your budget. Look at 30 fun and frugal Easter basket filler ideas so you can fill those Easter baskets without breaking the bank! You will find lots of ideas perfect for making your Easter baskets sweet and special.

30 Fun and Frugal Easter Basket Filler Ideas
You will find that most of these items can be found at your local dollar store. In fact, some of these items actually cost less than a dollar. Choose a few items of interest and see how easy it can be to build a basket for $10 or less.

30 Fun and Frugal Easter Basket Filler Ideas:

1. Chapstick or lip gloss.
Chapstick is perfect for both boys and girls. Little ones will love their own lip gloss.

2. Sunglasses or sun visors
Now that spring is here, visors or sunglasses will no doubt get some use.

3. Candy, gum, sweets
You can’t have an Easter basket without some candy and edible treats, right?

4. Fruit snacks, nuts, dried fruit
For a healthier option, try fruit snacks, nuts, or even dried fruit for a snack.

5. Playing cards or trading cards
Kids love trading cards and playing cards, both of which can be found at your local dollar store.

6. Toothbrush, kid’s toothpaste
Kids love getting new toothbrushes. Pair them with kid friendly toothpaste.

7. Bubble bath or kid’s shower gel
This will no doubt encourage some bath time fun.

8. Hair ribbons, hair ties, headbands, hair accessories, hair gel
Girls will love having a fresh selection of hair accessories. Choose from a wide variety at your local dollar store.

9. Kid’s gardening supplies like seeds, small pots and gloves
With spring’s arrival this will allow kids to get out and get active in the yard and garden.

10. Colorful socks
Find some fun spring or Easter themed socks to toss into the Easter baskets.

11. Miniature figurines
Dollar stores have all sorts of little character figurines which many kids love collecting.

12. Kid themed drinking cups
Find kid themed plates, cups, and dishes. Kids enjoy having their own dishes to snack on!

13. Snack sized snack foods like pretzels, chips
These are perfect for after school snacks and kids will love having their own supply.

14. Nail polish, nail files, nail art
This idea is perfect for the little fashionista.

15. Kid themed placemat
Dress up your dinner table with some kid’s themed placemats, also found at most dollar stores.

16. Easter Bunny ears
Grab some bunny ear headbands at your local dollar store for the perfect Easter treat.

17. Kid themed shower sponges/washcloths
Make bath time fun with kid themed sponges and washcloths also found at your local dollar store.

18. Puzzles
Puzzles are perfect for keeping kids busy on a rainy spring day.

19. Children’s books
Find some fun children’s books perfect for cuddling up with each night.

20. Coloring books and activity books
Keep kids busy with an assortment of coloring and activity books and crayons.

21. Crayons, markers, colored pencils
Let the little artist out of your child with an assortment of crayons and other coloring supplies.

22. Stickers, sticker pads, sticker books
Kids never get tired of stickers. Give them a fun spring selection to get creative with.

23. Journals, notebooks, scratch pads
These are perfect for kids to sketch their thoughts and doodles on.

24. Keychains
Kids love attaching these to backpacks!

25. Playdough, cookie cutters, dough roller
Encourage fine motor skills with an assortment of dough and accessories.

26. Craft kits, mini painting kits, craft paint, paint brushes
For the budding artist, craft supplies are always fun.

27. Jewelry making supplies like twine, beads
Let kids get creative with their own jewelry making supplies.

28. Sidewalk chalk
Sidewalk chalk is perfect for staying busy on a spring day!

29. Beach toys, beach buckets, sand castle tools
Summer is just around the corner and kids will no doubt love having beach toys on hand.

30. Silly string
Is anything more fun (and silly) than silly string?

As you can see, these Easter Basket options are fun and affordable. Head to your local dollar store and see these treats and more, perfect for filling up your Easter baskets this year!

I’d love to know, what do you put in your kids’ Easter baskets each year? Let me know in the comments below.

Little Things that Add Up to Big Energy Savings (Plus, a Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Recipe)

We’ve been in our new home for about 2 weeks now. I’ve had the chance to put our most used stuff away in their proper place and we’ve been enjoying getting into the swing of things! This includes being conscious of how we’re using our electricity in our bigger home.

Thanks to BC Hydro’s fantastic electricity tracking tools, we’re able to pick the best ways to save electricity. One thing I’ve noticed is that on laundry day (Monday), our energy usage does a big jump. Because of this, I’ve started using cold water with most of the washes.

We also have a programmable thermostat in our new home so I’ve programmed the temperature to be cooler at night while we’re sleeping. I’ve also been turning the heat down if we are going to be out all day.

All that to say, BC Hydro has a list of 21 little things that add up to big energy savings that I’ve been putting to use. Here are my favourites:

Turn off unnecessary lights

Two 100-watt incandescent bulbs switched off for an average of two hours per day could save you $12 over a year. Save $12

Use natural light

A single south-facing window can illuminate 20 to 100 times its area. Turning off one 60-watt bulb for four hours a day is a $9 saving over a year. Save $9

Take shorter showers

Hot water is expensive. If two people in your home cut their shower time by a minute each, you could save $30 over a year. Save $30

Turn water off when shaving, washing hands, brushing teeth

Reduce your hot water usage by 5% to save about $21. Save $21

Fix that leaky faucet

Fixing a hot water leak in your faucet can save up to $33 per year in energy costs. Learn how to fix that leak. Save $33

Unplug unused electronics

Standby power can account for 10% of an average household’s annual electricity use. Unplug unused electronics and small appliances to save $50 a year. Save $50

Manage your thermostat

If you have electric heat, lower your thermostat by two degrees to save 5% on your heating bill. Lowering it five degrees could save 10%. If you have a programmable thermostat, program it to lower the heat at night or when you’re at work all day. Save $72

Be strategic with window coverings

Promote airflow through your home and block the afternoon sun. You could save you up to $10 (2 fans) or $45 (1 window unit AC) during the summer. Save $45

Run full loads

Cut one load of wash per week, even if you’re already using cold water only, and you could save $30 a year on your laundry costs. Save $30

Wash laundry in cold

By switching from hot to cold water for an average of three loads per week, you could save up to $27 per year on your energy bill. Save $27

Hang dry your laundry

If you do eight loads of laundry a week and use your clothesline for 50% of those clothes, you could save $47 a year. I hang a lot of my husband’s clothes so they don’t shrink! Save $47

Be efficient with refrigeration

Keep your fridge and freezer at their ideal temperature. For your fridge this is between 2°C and 3°C and your freezer should be at -18°C. Save $25

Skip the heat-dry setting for the dishwasher

That heat-dry setting is expensive. De-select it and, based on one load of dishes a day, save up to $37 for the year. Save $37

Use the microwave, slow cooker or toaster oven

A microwave takes 15 minutes to do the same job as 1 hour in an oven. Use a microwave, slow cooker or Instant Pot instead of your oven 4 times a week and save $20/year. Save $20

Because I’m big on fuss-free meals, I’m putting my slow cooker to good use saving us electricity. I also told you I had a recipe for Slow Cooker Taco Chicken! It’s so easy and you can put it together in no time!

Slow Cooker Taco Chicken
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp Taco seasoning (Adjust to your personal preference)
  • Salt + Pepper, if desired
  1. Place chicken at the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Pour Chicken broth on top of the chicken.
  3. Sprinkle Taco seasoning over everything.
  4. Cook on high for 3- 4 hours.
  5. Shred with a fork when cooked through.
You can also replace the chicken broth with crushed tomatoes.

I’ve got one final thing to tell you about. It’s exciting because it’s a contest and you could be the winner! Enter to win a smart energy prize at! There are three prizes to be won:

  1. Grand Prize of a Maytag ENERGY STAR® Washer & Dryer pair.
  2. iRobot Roomba
  3. Nest package.

Now it’s your turn. I’d love to know your tips for saving electricity? What do you find makes the biggest difference in your bill?

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Lower Your Electricity Bill with Smart Energy Management Tools

Lower your Electricity Bill with Smart Energy Management Tools

With our upcoming move to a bigger home, I’ve got energy consumption on my mind. Specifically, how can we keep our bill from doubling just as our square footage is doubling? As a budget conscious British Columbian it’s important to me to be mindful of our energy consumption especially since our goal is to save money and ultimately conserve energy to the benefit of our planet.

That’s why when I was setting up our change of address over at BC Hydro, I was excited to come across the tools and resources available at These tools make it easy to make smart energy choices by equipping consumers with the tips and tools necessary to help make choices that improve your wallet and life.

First things first, understanding how you use electricity can help you save. By tracking your energy consumption using BC Hydro’s online energy tracking tools and checking back regularly (once a month or so), you’ll gain a better understanding of how things such as seasonal changes, your everyday habits, vacations, and even family gatherings in your home affect your electricity use and your bill.

The available electricity tracking tools at BC Hydro allow you to:

  • See your electricity use right down to the hour.
  • Compare your electricity use to similar homes nearby, to last year’s electricity use, and to the average outside temperature.
  • Set up alerts and reminders.
  • Download your home’s electricity use data for offline analysis.
  • See your projected bill amount based on current patterns of use.

There’s even a $50 reward incentive if you, as a BC Hydro customer, join BC Hydro’s Team Power Smart and start  a Reduction Challenge and successfully reduce your energy consumption by 10% over 12 months! I’m game!

To start tracking, you’ll first need to create an online account. If you have one already, login and select view detailed consumption from your account to access the electricity tracking tools. Once you have logged in, you can view your detailed consumption. Be sure to check back monthly to see how you are doing.

If you’re a BC Hydro customer, I’d love to hear your thoughts on your energy consumption. After logging in, were you surprised to see how you were using electricity? I was actually surprise to see that even though the temperature outside is warming up, we’re still using a fair amount of electricity! What are some changes you could start making to reduce your bill?

Don’t forget to join Team Power Smart and start a reduction challenge for your $50 reward!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BC Hydro. Many thanks for reading and sharing!

25 New Uses for Old Things

One aspect of the frugal lifestyle is using things you already have on hand, even if they don’t work perfectly for the task. Rather than running to the store to buy something (and most likely spending a ton), you could try improvising using something you already own. It’s amazing how much stuff we already have to work with, once we’re able to train ourselves to stop running to the store for every thing we think we “need”.

In today’s post I hope to help spark creativity and give you new ideas for looking at the things you already own in a new way. With the ultimate goal, of course, making you rethink your normal spending habits.

Is there something you need right now, that you were planning to buy, that you could possibly create a solution for using something you already have?

I rounded up 25 amazing and creative ways to use old things in a new way. I am very inspired by these upcycling ideas, and I hope that you will be too!

  1. Single Earrings used as Push Pins – via Real Simple
  2. Upcycled Crib into an Art Table – via a Little Learning for Two
  3. Cheese Grater as an Earring Holder – via Simply Frugal
  4. Empty DVD Case into a Coloring Kit – via Stacy Vaughn
  5. Rake Wine Glass Holder – via Country Living
  6. Egg Cartons for Ornament Storage – via Apartment Therapy
  7. Empty Pop Boxes into Can Storage – via Then She Made
  8. Cookie Sheet Serving Tray – via Martha Stewart
  9. Cookie Sheet Magnetic Tray – via Fave Crafts
  10. Wooden Crate as decorative Shelving – via Curbly
  11. Upcycled Sweater Pillow – via Infarrantly Creative
  12. Old Drawers into a Book Shelf – via Country Living
  13. Old Door into a Coat Rack  – via Pinterest
  14. Old Nightstand into Kids Work Bench – via The Frugal Granny
  15. Whisk into a Tea Light Holder – via Minha Casa (use with caution!)
  16. Upcycled Books into Shelves – via Real Simple
  17. Altoids Tin into Pin Cushion – via Felt Magnet
  18. Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art – via Imperfectly Perfect
  19. Shutter Magazine Rack – via My Repurposed Life
  20. Rain Gutter Kids Bookshelves – via Sunshine on the Inside
  21. Plastic Spoon Chrysanthemum Mirror – via Addicted 2 Decorating
  22. Mason Jar Herb Garden – via Camille Styles
  23. Wine Cork Bathmat – via Crafty Nest
  24. Upcycled Spoon Ring – via Through the Front Door
  25. Upcycled Blue Jean Tote – via Denim Do Over

Have you ever upcycled or re-purposed anything?  What did you make?  Which of these 25 projects inspires you the most?

12 Tips to a No Waste Kitchen

Homes in general create a large amount of waste. However, I happen to think the kitchen is the biggest offender of all the rooms in the house. From rotten produce to packaging there’s almost an endless amount of waste coming from this one room! If you have been considering a zero waste kitchen there’s no better time than now and I’ve got some tips to help you get started.

Twelve tips to a no waste kitchen.

The first step to reducing kitchen waste is to reduce and reuse packaging. Be mindful when buying packaged items. Jars and containers can be reused for other reasons. Visit your local farmer’s market to buy fresh produce and bring a basket so you do not need to take plastic grocery bags. Not only are these foods better for you, they have a lower impact on the earth. I’ve also learned that Bulk Barn will be introducing a reusable container program at all Bulk Barn locations starting February 24!

Regrow produce from leftovers. Yes, it’s true! Several produce items can be regrown using the ends! From celery to pineapples to green onions and more, you are bound to find a favorite thing your family can regrow.

Put overripe fruit to use by making bread, muffins, and other fun treats. We are all familiar with treats like banana bread but you can do this with nearly any overripe fruit in your fridge.

A great way work towards a zero waste kitchen is to compost and boost your garden nutrients at the same time. Instead of throwing out what your family does not eat, use it to build up your garden and feed your family again. Banana peels and eggshells are great to toss right into your garden beds.

Invest in storage that makes food last longer. Produce can go bad fast but with the right storage, you can make it last longer than ever. Washing fruits in a bit of Apple Cider Vinegar will kill off mold spores that make them go bad faster. Storing carrots and celery in water can make them last weeks at a time.

Related: The large container in this set is great for storing produce!

Ditch the sponge for a washable dishcloth that lasts longer and cuts down on bacteria that can make your family sick.

Ditch the paper towels for a washable option like reusable towels or microfiber cloths. Reuse cans for draining things that cannot be washed down the drain, like bacon grease.

Make eggs last longer. When storing store bought eggs put them directly into a sealed container in the fridge. These eggs no longer have the protective coating the chicken leaves on the eggs so they can absorb odors, flavors, and bacteria from your fridge. If you have your own chickens don’t wash the eggs. Slightly dust off feathers and bedding that may be on them and store on the counter. Do not WASH until you go to use them.

Shop with reusable supplies like cloth grocery and produce bags. One trick you may enjoy is bringing laundry baskets or big storage containers when you go shopping. Have the cashiers toss everything into the baskets instead of bags. Move the basket to your car and from your car to your home. It cuts down on waste and makes getting everything in easier. You may want to separate refrigerated and pantry goods in these baskets to make putting everything away easy.

Don’t buy more than you need. So often we see a sale and buy more than our families can use before it goes bad. If you do not have a deep freezer, control the impulse to buy out that clearance meat. The same goes for buying produce, milk, eggs and even pantry goods that can go stale.

Go homemade.  To cut down on packaging waste for convenience items like cookies, granola bars, apple sauce cups or even frozen entrees, start making those items at home and storing in reusable containers or your baking ware.

I can’t write anything relating to food without mentioning the importance of menu planning. Menu planning is especially vital to reducing food waste and lowering your grocery bill. If you really struggle with menu planning, then try out $5 Meal Plan. It happens to be my favorite meal planning service. It’s just $5 a month (the first two weeks are free!), and you get menu plans sent straight to your email along with the exact shopping list you need in order to create the meals. Each meal costs around $2 per person or less. This service allows you to save time because you won’t have to meal plan anymore, and it will save you money as well! If you are interested in joining for free, click here.

Armed with these tips, you should be able to make little steps towards a no waste kitchen. Changing one thing at a time will enable you to keep more money in your pocket too!

I’d love to know how you reduce food and packaging waste in your home. Please share in the comments below!

Cheap Family Activities for Family Day

Since Family Day is today in BC and February 20 for the rest of Canada, I thought I’d share some ideas for cheap family fun!

  • Have a picnic inside
  • Have another family over for dinner – this is way cheaper then eating out!
  • Start your garden seeds inside – Use this as an opportunity to teach your children about patience, responsibility and how things grow!
  • Movie night – grab a movie off your shelf that you haven’t watched in a while and make some homemade microwave popcorn!
  • Have a theme night/day – Mexican, Italian, pirate…the list goes on. Plan dinners and activities around your theme!
  • Have a craft night – paint, sew (here are some simple felt sewing ideas), draw…etc!
  • Head to your local library – stock up on reading material or even sit in on story time!
  • Have a game night – pull out those board games and cards!
  • Unplug – Turn off the cell phone, TV, computer and just reconnect with your wonderful family!
  • Go bird watching – see how many different types of birds you can spot. Maybe bring along a bird book from the library.
  • Go ice skating – many ice rinks offer free skating on certain days
  • Build an indoor fort – camp out in it or have a picnic in it!
  • Check out this list on Grocery Alerts for free or cheap activities to do in BC for Family Day

I’m sure many of these ideas can be adapted to families or couples, summer or winter!

What other free or cheap activities can you suggest?

10 Things to Stop Buying Today

We all need to save money these days. It feels like the value of a dollar gets smaller by the day! These everyday items you can stop buying and easily replace with less expensive options and even help out the planet in the long run.

Ten things to stop buying today:

Paper towels

While there may be a time and a place to put paper towel to use, most of the time old towels or old shirts can work just as well. I actually like using old rags better than paper towel for cleaning glass. They don’t leave little bits of paper on the mirrors! They’re also easy to toss in with your dish rags and towels to wash on laundry day.

Disposable Disinfectant Wipes

When it comes to common products that make life easier but are wasteful, disposable disinfectant wipes come to mind. Sadly these also have quite a high cost. You can easily make your own by filling a small container with a disinfectant solution and tossing in rags. This is a great way to reuse old t-shirts! Because you are using old t-shirts, you can toss it guilt free if the mess is too hard to get out of the cloth.

Glass Cleaner

Another thing that can be a waste of money is glass cleaner. At $3 or so for a bottle of cleaner you are basically throwing your money away. You can save a large amount of money by filling a bottle with half water and half vinegar or rubbing alcohol. It works just as well for just a fraction of the price.

Dryer Sheets

You can save big bucks by making your own Dryer sheets. You can find my recipe to make your own homemade dryer sheets right here. To make things even easier, you could simply add some white vinegar to the liquid fabric softener part of your washing machine.

Diaper wipes

If you are a mom, you know how handy diaper wipes can be, even for older kids! The good news is, you can make your own easily and save money. If disposable is a must try cutting a paper towel roll in half for this. If not baby wash cloths from the dollar store are perfect for a washable version. Mix a few drops of baby wash or castile soap into about a cup of water, then pour over top of the cloths or paper towel that are in an airtight container.


Lotion can be made for a fraction of the cost without all of the chemicals that are bad for you. All you need is 1 part shea butter and 1 part coconut oil. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to make it smell amazing!

Shaving cream

You can use nearly any oil, body butter, or even conditioner in place of shaving cream. This is a great one to stop buying for healthier skin too.

Foaming hand soap

Foaming hand soap can be made for next to nothing. Refilling your bottles saves you so much money! Simply fill your used foaming hand soap bottle with 1/2 water and 1/2 soap. Shake well.

Related: DIY Foaming Hand Soap

All purpose cleaner

It’s so easy to whip up a batch of homemade all purpose cleaner. Here’s my recipe that you might like to try. Or you could simply use some castile soap mixed with water.

Modge Podge

Every craft lover knows the wonders of Modge Podge. The good news is this expensive crafting staple can be made by mixing half school glue and half water together. Use the same as ready made for all of your crafting fun.

I’d love to know some items that you have stopped buying because you’ve found an alternative. Let me know in the comments!