I got these numbers by looking at the price per unit on the price tags on the store shelves. These are not “on sale” prices. This is an eye opener for me too. Good to know what we are paying for.
I see that there are quite a few items where it is cheaper to buy in bulk or packaged. BUT, I am avoiding those as the cost is not that much different anyways. The savings I am saving else where may make up for that. I also have stopped buying certain products all together for benefits towards health and environments. Making my own from scratch, that is usually always better. I have found that if you make your own foods, and not buy the pre packaged/mixed items, you eat much more healthy.
Downy Fabric Softener
Lysol Toilet Cleaner
Stove top cleaner
Menstural Pads (switched to Diva cup and re usable pad)
Diapers ( switched to cloth and re usable cloth liners)
Wipes( I made re usable ones)
Diaper Genii Refill bags
Papertowel (1 roll will last weeks, occasional purchase)
Granola Bars (I make my own)
Bread and sub buns ( I make my own)
coffee pods for myself (ground coffee)
Shampoo for myself (Shampoo Bar, more expensive though.)
Liquid soap (Bar soap for now on)
There are probably other things, I can not think of right now.
My list I made back in August, shows I removed 20 items, removed 70 waste packaging, 7 compostable packaging and 27 recyclable packaging. Today I am sure those numbers are higher. To start, I just looked at my options for a product. Checked to see if I can buy it with no packaging. If I could not, then I check if I can buy it in recyclable packaging. If not, I ask myself, do I need this product. Can I swap something else in its place? Can I afford to pay a little more for friendlier packaging? Am I saving else where so I can afford more on this product. It really comes down to making your own notes. keeping track of the brands and packaging. Waste packaging is no good. Recyclable packaging, has a chance. Compostable packaging is better, but still uses resources. No packaging (use your own like Bulk stores) is best.
Here are two examples of switches I made to avoid waste packaging, for the most part.