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When you are on a tight budget you look for every way possible to save money, even if it’s just a few dollars per year. Right?
But sometimes I wonder if it’s really worth it. Am I really saving money? How much?
Well, I love to crunch numbers, so I decided to do a little analysis to find out if homemade dishcloths really save you money.
We’ve been using homemade dishcloths for a while, but we used to use sponges like these. We replaced them every couple of weeks. Based on the current price at Amazon, these sponges cost $0.94 each and using 26 sponges per year would cost us $24.44 annually.
I’ve had the hook for years. The yarn was in my stash and I don’t recall what I paid for it. But, if I were to purchase these items on Amazon today it would cost me $3.14 for the yarn and $4.33 for the hook, for a total of $7.47. So I’ll use $7.47 for my analysis.
With this 4 oz. skein I was able to make a total of 5 dishcloths/scrubbers. I made 2 textured dishcloths using this pattern and this pattern. I made 1 scrubber out of a little bit of the yarn and an onion bag using this pattern. (I only had 1 onion bag, so my scrubber is a little thin. I think it would be better if it was made with 2 bags.) I also made 2 little scrubbers with the remaining yarn using this pattern. Aren’t they cute? (The oval scrubber was supposed to be round, but I didn’t have enough yarn to make the full pattern.) If I skipped the 3 scrubbers I could have made a total of 3 textured dishcloths.
Even if I threw these dishcloths in the laundry after each day of use, I would expect them to last at least a year or two. Let’s assume they last a year.
So do homemade dishcloths really save you money?
$7.47 vs. $24.44, for a savings of $16.97 annually!
Every little bit helps so, I say it’s worth it!
What do you think? Do you make your own dishcloths?