Then and Now Part 2

I have made a list, a long list, of the items in our home. I kept track of the items we purchase on a regular basis (yearly) for our grocery+ needs. The “Before Less Waste” is what was purchased before going with less waste. I compared this list to another list made for the time I am trying to use less plastic, the “July-October”. The third list is where we currently are.

Cleaners
Before Less Waste
July-October
November to present
Dawn Dishsoap
Dawn Dishsoap
Dawn Dishsoap
Clorox Bleach
Clorox Bleach
Clorox Bleach
Liquid Tide Cold Water Detergent
Liquid Tide Cold Water Detergent
Liquid Tide Cold Water Detergent
Finish Dishwasher Detergent
Finish Dishwasher Detergent
Finish Dishwasher Detergent
Bounce Dryer Sheets
Dryer Balls
Dryer balls
10% Vinegar
Windex Spray Bottle
Windex Refill Container
Do not need this product
Lysol Cleaner, Spray Bottle
Lysol refillable container
Do not need this product
Downy Fabric Softener
Do not need this product
Do not need this product
Tide Oxi Detergent
Do not need this product
Do not need this product
Lysol Toilet Cleaner
Do not need this product
Do not need this product
Febreeze
Do not need this product
Do not need this product
Arm and Hammer Carpet Deoderizor
Do not need this product
Do not need this product
Commet Cleaner
Do not need this product
Do not need this product
Scrub pads
Do not need this product
Do not need this product
Stove top cleaner
Do not need this product
Do not need this product
Paper products
Before Less Waste
July-October
November to present
Cashmere Toilet Paper
Large Cashmere pack(24+) or Royale
Large Cashmere oack(24+) or Royale
Bounce Paper Towel
Royale Tiger Towels and cotton rags
Royale Tiger Towels and cotton rags
Kleenex or Scotties Tissues
Royale packs or single box. Swan brand is cheapest.
Single tissue boxes(on sale) or single Swan tissues(cheapest)
Toothpicks, Diamond
Toothpicks, Touch brand
Toothpicks, Touch brand
Bags and other plastic
Before Less Waste
July-October
November-present
Bread Bags
Breadbox
Breadbox
Small garbage bags
Small garbage bags
Xlg garbage bags
Compost Bags
Compost Bags
Compost Bags
Xlg Blue Bags
Xlg Blue Bags
Xlg Blue Bags
Parchment Paper
Parchment Paper
Parchment Paper(maybe)
Tin Foil
Tin Foil
Tin Foil
Plastic Straw
Steele Straw
Steele Straw
Ceran Wrap
Do not need this product
Do not need this product
Glad/Ziplock Bags
Do not need this product
Do not need this product
Bathroom
Before Less Waste
July-October
November-present
Purel Pump Bottle
Purel Refill Bottle
Purel Refill Bottle
Liquid Soft Soap Pump Bottle
Handmade Bar Soap(The Farmer’s Wife).
Nova Scotia Fisherman Bar Soap
Menstrual Pads
DivaCup
DivaCup
Disposable Razors
Disposable Blade
Disposable Blade
Toothbrush
Toothbrush
Toothbrush
Crest Toothpaste
Crest Complete, recyclable container
Crest Complete, recyclable container
Irish Spring bar soap
Irish Spring bar soap
Irish Spring bar soap
Dove body wash
Handmade bar soap(The Farmer’s Wife).
Nova Scotia Fishermans bar soap
Shampoo + Conditioner
Shampoo Bar(The Farmer’s Wife)
Shampoo Bar(The Farmer’s Wife)
Kids Shampoo, Loreal
Kids Shampoo, Loreal
Kids Shampoo, Loreal
Johnsons’ Baby Body Wash
Johnsons’ Baby Body Wash
Dial baby wash
Body Spray + Perfume
Body Spray + Perfume
Body Spray
Degree and Speed Deoderants
Degree and Speed Deoderants
Degree and Speed Deoderants
Foundation, mascara, eye and brow liner
Foundation, mascara, eye and brow liner
Arrowroot and cocoa foundation, mascara, eye and brow liner
Johnsons’ Baby Lotion
Johnsons’ Baby Lotion
Do not need this product
Pantry
Before Less Waste
July-October
November-Present
Gallio Olive Oil
Gallio Olive Oil
Gallio Olive Oil
Compliments Canola Oil
Compliments Canola Oil
Compliments Canola Oil
Mazola Vegetable Oil 2.8 litre
Mazola Vegetable Oil 2.8 litre
Mazola Vegetable Oil 2.8 litre
Compliments Vinegar
Compliments Vinegar
Compliments Vinegar
Gravy Packet
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Taco Spice Packet
Bulk Barn
Taco spice Packet
Boullion Cube
Bulk Barn.
Bulk Barn
K-cups
Recyclable K-Cups and Bulk Barn ground coffee
Recyclable K-cups and Bulk Barn ground coffee
Red Rose Tea
Red Rose Tea
Red Rose Tea
Hot Chocolate Packets
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Billy Bee Honey
Atlantic Gold Honey
Bulk Barn
Molasses carton
Molasses carton
Bulk Barn
Wrapped Chocolate Bars
Bulk Barn, Box board or tin foil wrapped
Bulk Barn, Box board or tin foil wrapped
Compliments Ice Cream Cones
Compliments Ice Cream Cones
Compliments Ice Cream Cones
Candy
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn or boxed
Uncle Bens White Rice
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Canned Soups
Canned Soups
Canned Soups
Spaghetti
Spaghetti
Spaghetti
Lasagna
Lasagna
Lasagna
Ragu
Ragu
Ragu
Taco Shells
Taco Shells
Taco Shells
Compliments Bacon Bits
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Fresh Gourmet Croutons
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Nestea Iced Tea Powder
Nestea Iced Tea Powder
Canned Iced Tea
Panko Bread Crumbs
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Canned Tuna
Canned Tuna
Canned Tuna
Mr. Noodles
Do not need this product
Do not need this product
Knorr’s Side Kicks
DIY
Do not need this product
Kraft Dinner
Do not need this product
Do not need this product
Pam spray oil can
Do not need this product
Do not need this product
Baking
Before Less Waste
July-October
November to present
Arm and Hammer Baking Soda
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Salt
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Compliments Vanilla extract
Club House Vanilla extract
Club House Vanilla extract
Spices
Lots of kinds at Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn or glass bottles
Redpath Sugar
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Quaker Large Rolled Oats
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Robbin Hood Flour
Robbin Hood Flour
Robbin Hood Flour
Redpath Brown Sugar
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Redpath Powder Sugar
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Fry’s Cocoa
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Magic Baking Powder
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Fleischmann’s Corn Starch
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Compliments Coconut
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Sprinkles
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Decorating Icing
Decorating Icing
Bulk Barn
Fluffo Shortening
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Breads and Breakfast
Before Less Waste
July-October
November-present
Kraft Peanut Butter
Kraft Peanut Butter
Bulk Barn and Kraft Peanut Butter
Nutella
Nutella
Nutella
Store bought bread
Home made
Home made
Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix
DIY
DIY
Corn Flakes
Corn Flakes
Corn Flakes
Cheerios
Cheerios
Bulk Barn
Shreddies
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Raison Bran
Bran Flakes and Raisons at Bulk Barn.
Bran Flakes and Raisons at Bulk Barn.
Quaker Oatmeal
Quaker Oatmeal
Quaker Oatmeal
Snacks
Before Less Waste
July-October
November-present
Compliments Granola Bars
DIY
DIY
Pretzels
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Orville Boxed Popcorn
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Mott’s Fruit Cups
Mott’s Fruit Cups
Mott’s Fruit Cups
Almonds
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Cashews
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Pistachios
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Peanuts
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Crackers
Crackers
Crackers
Grahm Crackers
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Chips
Chips
Chips
Packaged Cookies
Storebaked Cookies and homemade
Homemade
Juice Box
Reusable Container
Reysable container
Double Bubble Gumball Refill Carton
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Rice Cake
Do not need this product
Do not need this product
Goldfish Crackers
Goldfish Crackers
Do not need this product
Fruit and Vegetable
Before Less Waste
July-October
November-Present
Prince Edward Island Potatoes
Prince Edward Island Potatoes
Prince Edward Island Potatoes
Bulk onions in mesh bag
Single onions
Single onions
Bulk Garlic in mesh bag
Single Garlic
Single Garlic
Packaged Lettuce
Single lettuce
Single lettuce
Multiple Turnips in bag
Single Turnips
Single Turnips
Packaged carrots
Single bunch of carrots with tops still on.
Single bunch of carrots with tops still on.
Berries in clam shell
Berries in clam shell
Berries in clam shell
Apples in bgs
Buy in bulk single apples
Buy in bulk single apples
Oranges in bag
Buy in bulk single oranges.
Buy in bulk single oranges.
English Cucumbers
Field cucumbers
Local field cucumbers
Frozen String Beans in bag
Buy in bulk fresh single string beans
Buy in bulk fresh single string beans
Broccoli wrapped
Buy single broccoli with no wrapping
Buy single broccoli with no wrapping
Peppers in bag
Buy single peppers
Buy single peppers
Refrigerator
Before Less Waste
July-October
November-present
ADL Whole Milk and Chocolate Milk
ADL Whole Milk and Chocolate Milk
ADL whole Milk and Chocolate Milk
ADL Coffee Cream
ADL Coffee Cream
ADL Coffee Cream
ADL Sour Cream
ADL Sour Cream
ADL Sour Cream
Scotsburn Cottage Cheese
Scotsburn Cottage Cheese
Scotsburn Cottage Cheese
Black Diamond Cheese
Black Diamond Cheese
Dairy Isle Cheese
Source, Yoplait Yogurt Tub
Source, Yoplait Yogurt Tub
Soyrce, Yoplait Yogurt Tub
Iogo Nano Yogurt Drinks
Iogo Nano Yogurt Drinks
Iogo Nano Yogurt Drinks
Salad dressing
Salad dressing
Salad dressing
Bold BBQ Sauce
Jarred BBQ sauce
Jarred BBQ Sauce
Jam
Jam in Jars or DIY
Jam in Jars or DIY
Kraft Parmasan Cheese
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Aunt Jamima Syrup
Aunt Jamima Zyrup and Real Maple Syrup
Aunt Jamima Syrup and Sensations Real Maple Syrup
Eldo Paso Salsa
Eldo Paso Salsa
Eldo Paso Salsa
RealLemon Lemon Juice
RealLemon Lemon Juice
RealLemon Lemon Juice
Miracle Whip
Miracle Whip
Miracle Whip
Blue Bonnet Margarine Squares
Parkay Margarine Squares
Parkay Margarine Squares
Boxed canned Pop
Boxed canned Pop
Boxed Canned Pop
Becel
Becel
Becel
Heinz Relish Container
Heinz Relish in jar
Heinz Relish in jar
Compliment’s Mustard in container
Mustard in jar
Mustard in jar
Heinz Ketchup in container
Heinz Ketchup in container
Heinz Ketcbup in container
Feischmann’s Active Dry Yeast
Feischmann’s Active Dry Yeast
Bulk Barn
Feischmann’s Instant Yeast
Feischmann’s Instant Yeast
Bulk Barn
Heinz Worchestershire Sauce
Heinz Worchestershire Sauce
Heinz Worchestershire Sauce
VH Soya Sauce
VH Soya Sauce
VH Soya sauce
HP Sauce
HP Sauce
HP Sauce
Compliments Bacon
Compliments Bacon
Compliments Bacon
Deli Meat Packaged
Deli Meat Packaged
Deli Meat Packaged
Compliments Hotdog
Compliments Hotdog
Compliments Hotdog
Eggs in Carton
Eggs in Carton
Eggs in carton
Graves Apple Juice
Allen’s Apple Juice
Minute Maid canned Apple Juice
Five Alive Citrus Juice
Oasis Orange Juice
Five Alive Canned Juice
Fruitopia Carton
Oasis fruit drinks
Fruitopia Canned Juice
Yoplait Yogurt Tubes
Do not need this product
Do not need this product
Kraft single cheese slices
Do not need this product
Do not need this product
Freezer
Before Less Waste
July-October
November-Present
Compliments Waffles
Compliments Waffles
Compliments Waffles
Packaged Meat
Packaged Meat
Packaged Meat
Cavendish Farms French Fries
Cavendish Farms French Fries
Cavendidh Fsrms French Fries
ADL or Scotsburn Ice Cream
ADL or Scotsburn Ice Cream
ADL or Scotsburn Ice Cream
Cold Treats
Cold Treats
On Hold
Chocolate Chips
Bulk Barn
Bulk Barn
Bagels in bag
Bagels in bag
Single Bagels at Bakery
McCain Pizza Bites
McCain Pizza Bites
McCain Pizza Bites
Arctic Garden Frozen Vegetables
Do not need these products
Do not need these products
Medicine cabinet
Before Less Waste
July-October
November to present
Coppertone Sunscreen
Presently looking for a better option.
Presently looking for a better option.
Ombrelle Sunscreen
Ombrelle Sunscreen
Ombrelle Sunscreen
Off Bug Spray
Off Bug Spray
Off Bug Spray
Afterbite
Afterbite
Afterbite
Kids Tylenol
Kids Tylenol
Kids Tylenol
Tylenol/Advil
Tylenol/Advil
Tylenol/Advil
Tums
Tums
Tums
Bag of Halls
Hall stick
Hall Stick
Arts and Crafts
Before Less Waste
July-October
November-Present
Pack Of Bubbles
Large Bubble Jug Refill
Want to DIY
Chalk small pack
Large chalk pack
Large Chalk Pack
Construction Paper
Construction Paper
Construction Paper not wrapped
Crayola Paint, small size
Crayola Paint, large size
Crsyola Psint, large size
Crayons and Pencil Crayons
Crayons and Pencil Crayons
Crayons and Pencil Crayons
Markers
Markers
Markers
Googly Eyes, Pipe Cleaners, Pom Poms
Google Eyes, Pipe Cleaners, Pom Poms
On Hold
Stickers
Stickers
On Hold
Glue Sticks
Pritt Glue Stick
Homemade Glue
Baby Supplies
Before Less Waste
July-October
November-Present
Pampers Diapers
Cloth Diapers and Reusable Liners
Cloth Dispers and Reusable Liners
Johnson’s Baby Powder
Johnson’s Baby Powder
Arrowroot Powder, Bulk Barn
Vaseline for Baby
Vaseline for Baby
Coconut oil, Bulk Barn
Diaper Genii Refill bag
Do not need this product
Do not need this product
Other Groceries
Before Less Waste
July-October
November-Present
Duracell Batteries
Duracell Batteries
Duracell Batteries
Tape
Tape
Homemade Glue
Brita Filter Cartridge
Brita Filter Cartridge
Brita Filter Cartridge
Gift Bags
Plain Gift bags
Plain Gift Bags
Wrapping Paper
Plain Wrapping Paper
Plain Wrapping Paper
Balloons
Do not need this product
Do not need this product
Pets
Before Less Waste
July-October
November-Present
Cat Treat Bag
Cat Treat Container
Cat Treat Container
Iams hard cat food
Iams hard cat food
Fancy Feast Hard cat food
Fancy Feast wet cat food boxed set
Fancy Feast wet cat food individual cans.
Compliments large canned cat food
Arm and Hammer Cat Litter, large box
Arm and Hammer Cat Litter, largest box
Arm and Hsmmer Cat littet, Largest Box
Tetramin Fish Food
Tetramin Fish Food
Tetramin Gish Food
Nutrafin Fish tank Conditioner small size
Nutrafin Fish tank Conditioner snall size
Nutrafin Fish Tank Conditioner large size
Aqua-tech Fish Tank Filter
Aqua-tech Fish Tank Filter
Aqua-tech Fish Tank Filter

A lot of our products at home have changed, but I think it is for the better. By changing what I buy (where and how) I find we are eating healthier too!! I would love to be able to make much more things from scratch, but a person only has so much time for everything, especially with a large household to look after as ours!

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