I’m very excited to share this week’s Super Savings Saturday with you guys! As you can tell from the (colorful) picture, we bought quite a lot of plastic dishes this week.
I actually wouldn’t have stumbled upon this great deal if I had not recently read an article on bisphenol A (aka BPA-which is a chemical used to produce hard plastics). I had heard of BPA before and there was a huge concern over it a few years ago because of it being used to make baby bottles (hence the reason you can now find many BPA FREE bottles on the shelves), but I hadn’t given hard thought about it being in our every day plasticware….in the plastic bowls, plates, and cups that we use for our children every day.
The article (which can be found in All You Magazine) really made me think because it states that many studies have “linked BPA to reproductive abnormalities, breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and learning and behavioral disorders in children.” Wow. That’ll cause concern in a mother’s heart.
The article goes on to state that in order to minimize consumption of BPA, avoid using plastics with the number 7 on them and from my own research, you should also avoid plastics with the number 3. You can usually find out which number is on your plastics by taking a look at bottom of the plasticware.
We did and while most of our dishes had a 5 on them, we did have a few bowls with a 7 on them. We decided to stop using them all because even some with a 5 on them weren’t in the best shape anymore.
Over the next few days, we quickly realized how inconvenient it was not to use these plastic dishes for the kids anymore so we decided to make a quick trip to Jewel to try to find some BPA free dishes. Why Jewel? Because I didn’t want to pay alot for a whole new set of dishes, and I had catalinas left over from the sales they were running a few weeks ago. Those would help to keep the cost low.
But I wasn’t expecting that we would hit the jackpot! We found a ton of platic plates, bowls, and cups made by Crayola that are BPA FREE, microwaveable, and dishwasher safe. On clearance! For only $0.37 each! Thank the Lord.
We ended up paying $1.31 out of pocket for all the dishes and some Imodium (which was on clearance as well, but not pictured) . I used $15 in catalina coupons and a $5.00 Jewel gift card that I had.
We are now set with plastic dishes for awhile. I’m giving some away at Christmas time, and I put about half away for when we need them later on down the line. And there were still plenty left on the shelves at Jewel. You may want to see if your local Jewel carries these, too.
Did you grab any great deals this week?