June 27, 2005

  • This is not precisely A Burning Issue or anything, but what the heck happened to the price of paper towels? 

    While the price of gasoline has been getting headlines for its
    relentless rise into the stratosphere, a similar hike has been going on
    with paper towels.  Whatever happened to an inexpensive roll being
    60 cents or something?  A roll of Viva at Target was $1.79! 
    For ONE ROLL of paper towels!

    Shocking. What's the world coming to, that's what I wanna know....what's the darn world coming to. 

Comments (10)

  • I just bought a package of 8 rolls at Giant for $5.

    Maybe you should move to PA?



  • You're right, there can be bargains found...WalMart's a decent source, but I wasn't there today, and Target (actually, SuperTarget) didn't have an especially good sale on.

    I remember being horrified the first time I saw the regular price of a roll of Brawny or Viva break a buck.

    Now it's crowding two bucks.

    What's the world coming to?

  • Buy generic like your mom does!! Or else on sale with triple coupons, never buy full price!! Read your ads!! I failed, sigh, I tried, sigh, oh well.

  • When was the last time you bought paper plates? Now those are getting up there. Unless you by the el cheapo ones that require you to use 2 or 3 plates just to hold a piece of toast, otherwise it would go flopping on the floor.

    Butter side down.

    Hmmmm.... If buttered toast always lands buttered side down, and cats always land on their feet, what would happen if I strapped a piece of buttered toast (butter side out) to the back of a cat and dropped it from a height of five feet?


  • You'd have a mad, messy cat.

  • Ooooh - Somebody's already tried it!. Be sure to read the other two articles linked at the bottom of the page near "Editor's Note"

  • If you search long enough, you can probably find the guy who developed a generating turbine this way (in theory, of course.) I think I heard of this before the Net was widespread (I think Ray came across it in the Journal of Irreproducible Results) but no doubt someone's posted it by now.

    Anyhow, what you do is you use two kinds of paper plates -- the super cheap ones for non-drippy sandwiches and the like, and the slightly thicker, but still cheaper than Dixie "greaseproof" ones you can get at Walmart (I've never seen them anywhere else) for messier stuff.

    And ALWAYS buy generic paper towels. Don Aslett, cleaning guru, says they're the best thing for windows because they're not soft and leave no residue and have a relatively hard surface that is lower in streaking effect.

  • [stunned] Jane thinks I wash windows.

    Jane, honey, you are so cute I could jest eat you with a spoon.

  • Jane, you're supposed to use newspaper to wash windows.  Even I know that. Paper towels are for everything else.

    Anne, we use Brawny - generic are yucky.  You might as well keep a box of Kleenex on your counter, and just grab 2 or 3.  I love paper towels.  It'll be a sad day when they fall out of our budget!

  • Why on earth do you want all that yucky newsprint on your hands when you're trying to clean?


    And generic towels are the opposite of Kleenex, Philip dear. They're harder and coarser than namebrand, not flimsy. They have their uses because of that. The downside is that they are less absorbent. The upside is that if you are not using them to sop up spills, but to clean, they stay firm longer.

    Anne, don't worry, I was speaking theoretically. For me washing windows is kind of a special, holy ritual -- the kind of thing you don't want to do TOO often lest it lose its specialness.

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