- What is your paper towel consumption like?
I try to be pretty conservative with them, but I always have used a lot. However, I get those half-sheet-perforated rolls from Costco, which means I pay less for them and use less when I can. For some things, I’ll even tear a half-sheet in half. And on the occasion when I use a paper towel to dry a bowl or mug or something, I dry the paper towel and use it later for the same purpose once or twice more. I do use them for a few things I suspect many people don’t. I use them when I prep food in place of a cutting board most of the time, and I put a few beneath my rice cooker when I’m making rice or quinoa, since I have one of those cookers that doesn’t have a lockdown lid. And it’s a small little rice cooker, so it gets a bit splashy.
- What condiment do you use most often?
Undoubtedly soy sauce, what most people around here call shoyu. Like most of my Hawaii compatriots, I put it on (and in) most savory dishes, although I’m making a few lifestyle changes and decreasing my sodium intake may have to be part of that. It’s really the one change I don’t want to make, though. so I’d like to see how things go.
- What is your sticky note consumption like?
I’m well stocked but I only use maybe one every other day under normal circumstances. In the middle of big projects I’ll use more. I ran out of my favorite, most productive Post-its a few weeks ago: 2-inch by 3-inch melon-colored stickies. They served me really well. So far I’ve only seen them as part of a three-color pack on Amazon. Not the way I’d like to purchase them.
- What’s your coin jar setup?
My coin jars used to be my rainy day fund, but now they’re my end-of-pay-period feed-myself strategy. I’ve never liked carrying change, especially as a bus-riding commuter and pedestrian, so I have a jar at home (actually a plastic, quart-sized Baskin-Robbins container) and one on my desk at work (actually a paper coffee cup until I find something I like better) and I empty my pockets into them upon arriving at either place. I’ve had to drain them both in the week before payday each of my last three pay periods. It’s been a rough month and a half.
- What’s something you’ve purchased recently that was lower in price than usual?
I recently stepped into a Jack in the Box to get a chocolate shake while I waited for a bus. The cashier recognized me from years of my patronage at a JitB near the school where I used to teach and she gave me a 10% discount. That wasn’t much of a savings but it was a really nice gesture. She didn’t even tell me she gave me the discount but I noticed the price I paid was lower than the price on the menu, and then she explained what she’d done.