We are really lucky in that both sides of our family live right here in town. When we celebrate a birthday there are at least 20 people in our tiny house. While it is such a blessing to have family so close it can make get togethers much more expensive especially if you don’t have enough dishes for 20. My everyday dishes are a set of 12 as is my silverware and my glasses so that leaves me needing to purchase dishes. At first I bought paper products using coupons and that wasn’t too bad but not only was I spending money on the dishes I then ended up with lots more trash, which we pay per bag not good. Then I had a great idea while perusing the end of summer clearance at Walmart. About 3 years ago I bought a set of blue plastic dishes for 30 people, they were on clearance so they were a steal. I bought plates, cups, silverware and serving bowls. The only thing missing are little bowls ( so far I have avoided that by choosing my meals wisely). The initial cost was about $30 and I have more than made up for it over the years. I keep the dishes in my basement and they reappear every family get together. Not only are they saving me money but they are reusable which is great and plastic so they are outdoor and kid friendly. This is a simple way to save money on dishes and our overall entertainment budget while also being green. Now is a great time to start thinking about this and watching for deals some stores already have dishes out for spring that will go on sale when the summer dishes come in.
About Ellen Peppercorn
Hi my name is Ellen Peppercorn and I am a 36 year old happily married mom to 5 little girls living in Columbus, Ohio. My husband, my five girls and my faith are the most important things in my life, they are my world! After starting That Chic Mom (formerly Thrifty & Chic Mom) ten years ago I am happily blogging daily here about all of the things I love… fashion, beauty, family, cooking and all the products that help me be a better mom or make my life easier as a mom.
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