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Old 07-19-2020, 01:56 PM
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I finally quit trying to keep up with the dishes. I feel like Iíve done nothing but Wash dishes and clothes since March. I bought my first package of paper plates in years this week. Has anyone else turned to a convenience product due to all of the staying at home?


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Old 07-19-2020, 01:58 PM
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YES, every once in awhile, we'll get paper plates to ease up our dishwashing (we don't use the dishwasher...it's just the two of us). We've got a good stack on oval-shaped Chinet plates right now.
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Old 07-19-2020, 02:18 PM
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I have a stash o paper plates left over from when I was teaching. When I retired, I took them home. Every once in awhile, I don't feel like dealing with the mess of dishes, so I take one from the stash.
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Old 07-19-2020, 02:50 PM
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Ha!! I have occasionally used a real plate now that I'm cooking more. Most of the time I'm a paper plate girl. It's just me so it's just super convenient.
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Old 07-19-2020, 02:51 PM
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We have plates, cups, bowls, and plastic utensils in our emergency stash. If the power goes out and we can't use the dishwasher or city water gets contaminated.


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Old 07-19-2020, 02:56 PM
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Yep! Iím there too!

I also broke down and ordered a pizza Friday night! I usually buy a frozen one at the store since itís so much cheaper!
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Not during this pandemic
Old 07-19-2020, 03:09 PM
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In the past I have turned to paper plates to get a break from the dishes. I found that simply meant more trash to take out. I'd rather do the dishes than take out the trash. If I need a break from the dishes, we can adjust what we eat for that particular meal or day. I don't blame anyone who turns to paper plates. I've just decided for me it's not something I typically do anymore.
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Old 07-19-2020, 03:10 PM
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I’m trying to be environmentally responsible, but I’m torn.
*I live alone and have zero company now so it takes forever to fill the dishwasher. I don’t want to waste water and electricity by running it less than full, but it gives me the creeps to let dirty dishes sit in the DW for 2 weeks.
*I love the ease of 1 paper plate per day, but I worry that I’m irresponsibly producing waste.
I go back and forth. Mostly I use dishes and wash them by hand.

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We use them at times
Old 07-19-2020, 03:35 PM
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If the meal is heavy, wet or needs cutting, we use the dishes-otherwise, it is paper plates.

I don't care what kind or type so I buy the cheap paper plates-usually off brand. DH prefers those heavy pressed paper cardboard plates. We don't generally buy the styrofoam if we can avoid it.

When I went to Walmart yesterday, they were out of all paper plates in all sizes, types or brands. They had a few styrofoam plates in the Equate brand. I am not totally out so I skipped it for now.
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Old 07-19-2020, 03:49 PM
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Years ago my family was addicted to paper plates. It was so easy to grab one for just about anything. I always felt guilty about using them. They are expensive and so wasteful. The only time we use them now is for big gatherings (I only own 6 real plates), picnics, or when we have a hurricane and there is no power.


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Old 07-19-2020, 04:03 PM
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I'm living with 10 people right now so the dishes are crazy. We use paper for lunches and regular for dinner so we only have to run the dishwasher once a day and we aren't spending all day cleaning the kitchen.
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Old 07-19-2020, 04:14 PM
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Depends on the meal.
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Old 07-19-2020, 04:28 PM
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We use them every once in a while. I tried to order some today from Walmart and they were out.
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Old 07-19-2020, 04:29 PM
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We always have paper plates around. We eat a fair amount of sandwiches and burgers, and they're perfect on paper plates. Anything vaguely wet gets the real thing.

We always have a bulk stash of plastic flatware bc in normal times we have about 3 or 4 parties a year. Our rule is more that if we can all sit around the table (seats 6) we use the real thing, otherwise it's plastic time.
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Old 07-19-2020, 05:02 PM
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We don't use them at home.

But next week our kids and grandkids are coming to "cousin camp" at a resort. 11 of us at every meal. You can bet paper plates are on my shopping list. We won't be able to keep up with the cooking and clean up otherwise.
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Old 07-19-2020, 05:25 PM
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My DH buys plastic silverware, Styrofoam cups, bowls and rectangular plates for sandwiches.

I know it isn't environmentally responsible. We have had so much going on with the four of us that it is hard to keep up.

He restocks when Walmart has them available.



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Old 07-19-2020, 05:29 PM
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Never! It took almost 6 months to break my DH of the paper plate thing when we first met.
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Old 07-19-2020, 05:42 PM
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Never! My trash pickup is once every two weeks and there is a bag limit. I would have way too much trash if I used paper plates.
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Old 07-19-2020, 06:05 PM
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Like others, I'd rather wash plates then deal with more garbage. I find plates to be the easiest thing to wash of all the dishes, but garbage is a pain!
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Old 07-19-2020, 06:49 PM
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I use them for painting and crafts. We buy the huge packs from Costco and split them with my mom. She doesn’t like dealing with dishes because she doesn’t feel well. Neither of us has a dishwasher. Sometimes we are just lazy. I aLso keeP a stash in my classroom in case there is a random cake in the staff room.
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Old 07-20-2020, 02:49 AM
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We are guilty of using them for convenience at times. Sometimes I just need a break from running the dishwasher daily now in pandemic times. We use them mostly for lunch sandwiches and fruit or whatever else we have.
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