Getting good towels at a good price

How to Save on Towels

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How to Save on Towels

We need to buy some new towels. We need everything from hand towels up to bath towels. Trouble is I don't have a lot of money to spend. Can anyone suggest how to save on towels?

Wait for Back-to-School Sales to Save on Towels

Can you wait just a little longer? Back-to-school sales are coming soon, and they always have towels for super cheap!
Charlene (via Facebook)

Buy a Few at a Time

Good towels are hard to find. The thing is if you buy the cheap ones, you run the risk of them falling apart. I bought some of the cheaper ones ($1.50 to $3 each), and I have only had them for about a year and a half and they are falling apart. Do the research and find out which ones hold up the best for the best price. Then buy them as you can afford them. Washcloths and hand towels are the same. I have some that have fallen apart quickly, but the ones I got for my wedding (10 years ago) came from Target and are still holding up. Your best bet is to buy these a few at a time. It may be a little more expensive initially, but in the long run, it will save you a lot of money

Save on Towels at IKEA

If you have an IKEA store near you, you can get very good towels and washcloths at low prices. Washcloths start at $3 for a pack of four, and the huge bath sheets are as low as $7. They even have plain white guest towels (12 by 20 inches) for 50 cents each.

Buy Secondhand

I buy secondhand bath towels, washcloths, and hand towels at thrift stores. It really helps if you don't insist that all your towels have to be the exact same shade, since you don't usually find a matched set at a thrift store. A range of closely-related colors is a good look, or if your bathroom is all white, you could choose different jewel tones like red and deep blue.

For me, this is part of my weekly thrift store shopping. If you thrift shop as a hobby, perhaps on your lunch hour, you can target certain desired items that you will always check on in any thrift store. For me, it's a particular kind of glassware and particular sizes of picture frames, sheets, and towels. If you always keep track of what you need, then you will recognize it when you see it. So I have a well-stocked linen cabinet for very little money.

This is recycling at its best! The recycling continues when I then take old worn-out towels to the Humane Society for the use of rescued dogs and cats. The animal rescue organizations are continually in need of these.

Do You Care if They Match?

If you don't care if the towels match or not, then go the clearance sections of the towel/linen department of your local stores, such as JCPenney, Kohl's, Macys, Elder-Beerman, etc.! I've bought hand towels and bath towels at JCP for more than half off because of a discontinued color.

Also, I have found towels at garage sales just because the person had remodeled/changed the color of her bathroom!
Barb in Smithville, OH

Pick Up Retired Towels

A friend of mine saved big by contacting a local hotel. Hotels switch out towels regularly, so they don't get shabby looking, and the old ones have a lot of life left.

Save on Towels at Thrift Stores

Yes, go to the thrift stores. You would be amazed at towels that have never been used. I, for example, bought towels that I never put out, and when I did, they didn't look right, so I gave them to the thrift store.


No One Gets Left Behind

If you live near a public pool, ask the attendant what they do with towels that are left behind. Kids are always leaving them behind and most don't ask for them back. Many pools donate them. Take them home and wash them, and you have your towels!

Begin the Cutting Down Process

The first step is to go through your entire linen closet and search for usable towels. Look through the towels that have issues and begin the cutting down process. Turn the old towels into hand towels and washcloths. Turn the towels that cannot be trimmed down into rags for cleaning/car towels. Then wait for the white sales both online and in stores. Add a coupon and shop.

Find Cheap and Serviceable Towels

For wash, face and dish cloths, go to an auto supply or janitorial store and purchase a bag of towels. It'll be a mixed batch and they are not pretty, but they are serviceable. For bath towels, go to a seconds store or a discount and buy the least expensive bath towels you can get by with. To keep the personal towels in good shape, reuse them. Assign them to family members to use for the week, instead of the use once and throw in the clothes basket. Many people subscribe to this method on the premise that the body is clean when the towels are used. This certainly will save your towels.

Make Your Towels

I made my own. They were inexpensive and pretty! I just found some nice, thick terry cloth on sale and cut it out the same size as my older bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths. Plus, I added about a half of an inch. Hemming them all the way around was the only thing I had to do. Now, I have beautiful, matching towel sets!
Miley in Wichita, KS

Rotate the Use of Old Towels

One way to save is to make hand towels and washcloths out of the old bath towels that are not too worn. In my house, it's the middle section of the towel that wears thin first, so I cut across the ends about a quarter way up or so and make a hand towel. Also from an end section, I could get anywhere from two to four washcloths, depending on the width of the old towel. I just use my sewing machine and zigzag the cut ends. By doing this, I only have to purchase new bath towels. If you use solid color towels, you can always have a matching set of bath linens.
P. Sutton

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