Most people waste a lot of paper products, and the cost really adds up. How many times have you gone to the grocery store and spent a good portion of your money on paper or cleaning products? Buying in bulk when items are on sale is always good, but it also helps to find ways you can use less.
My parents always cut their napkins in half, particularly at meals like breakfast or lunch when they ate fewer messy foods. Paper towels can now be purchased in select-a-sizes which allows you to fit the amount you use to the job.
An even better alternative of course is to use cloth napkins. Each member of the family could have their own napkin, identified by color. In most cases, it would last several meals before needing to be washed.
Microfiber cloths are a great substitute for paper towels. If you keep one handy in your kitchen to clean up spills, you will find yourself relying less on the paper variety. The towels clean up easily and dry quickly. Look in the automobile sections of your store where they often sell multi-packs for less.