wedding napkins

over the past 2-3 weeks, we have been using our old wedding napkins at meals.  while cleaning out the basement, we found a box of several hundred and promptly decided to use them until they were gone.  to be honest, i’m not sure why we kept them in the first place.  believe it or not, over the past 9 years, we just haven’t found the right occasion to use light blue napkins that read, “joshua and kim, june 12, 1999.” so we have decided to use them during our family meals.

using the napkins has had several benefits:

  1. we’ve been able to tell our kids about our wedding.
  2. we minimalize every time we sit down to eat.
  3. we are being good stewards of the environment.
  4. we’ve saved like $1.30 in napkin expenses from this month’s budget.

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  1. says

    instead of buying disposable napkins next time, invest in linen. you’ll be saving money and helping the environment at the same time.

    congrats on the minimalism thus far. it’s a fun journey, isn’t it?

    • Robert Speirs says

      What is the “environment” anyway? Minimalism should also mean ridding one’s life of meaningless, unnecessary concepts. Look closely and you’ll find this concept is empty. Discard (NOT “recycle”!) it.

      As to expense, how much time, money and effort do you spend buying and washing linen napkins? Are they really free of cost?

  2. says

    I’ve been trying to use up napkins a roommate left — in March. Granted, they’re pretty crappy napkins, so sometimes we use paper towels we got at Sams, but mostly we use cloth napkins and towels. I’m only starting to see a dent in the crappy paper towels now that I’m lining the bottom of our indoor compost bucket with them to help absorb moisture before we get around to dumping the contents into the pile.

    Oddly enough, the paper towels we got at Sams are way better than what our roommate left, even though we got them in the restaurant supply aisle instead of the regular paper products aisle. (Toilet paper from that section was remarkably good, too, somehow.)

  3. Michelle Summers says

    I recently went through my wedding box, after 11 yrs of “saving” the memorablia. I use my extra thank you cards from the wedding gifts, for any/all occasions now! I love them as much as I did the first time around! After all, it’s my monogram.

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