This is why we love Dollar Tree – everything in the store is $1 or less and very often that means big savings.
This week at Dollar Tree we found Cut-Rite Wax Paper (by the makers of Reynolds Wrap). The deal was a 65 ft roll for just $1.00. In lower NY the grocery stores usually sell Cut-Rite 75 ft rolls for $1.79. The difference in price per foot? A 75 ft roll at $1.79 is 2.3 cents per foot (.02386 cents), while the Dollar Tree 65 ft roll at $1.00 is only 1.5 cents per foot (.0153846 cents). That means the 75 ft roll at $1.79 costs 33% more per foot than the 65 ft roll sold at Dollar Tree for $1.00.
According to the representatives at Reynolds, the average cost of a 75 ft roll in lower NY is $1.57 (2 cents per foot). In order for a 75 ft roll of Cut-Rite Wax Paper to be the same cost per foot as the $1.00 65 ft roll at Dollar Tree it would have to cost you $1.15. That means a 65 ft Roll at the price of $1.00 = 75 ft Roll at $1.15. So, if your local grocery store or supermarket sells Cut-Rite Wax Paper for anything more than $1.15 for a 75 ft roll, it’s worth buying the 65 ft roll at Dollar Tree (or any other dollar store that sells it for $1.00 or less). We’re sure Cut-Rite can be purchased at an even lower price if you can get it for wholesale, and we say by all means go ahead if you can. That’s a great idea for buying clubs.
We have used other wax papers, made by other companies, mostly generic store brands. And while the general look and feel was about the same, we did find Cut-Rite seemed to hold up better under use. It ripped easier when we wanted it to, it didn’t rip apart easily when it should hold together (held up better when a little wet). And we just feel better using a known name brand with a good reputation, since it is something that touches our food. We purchase one generic roll of wax paper that was made in China, but we never used it. We are also very concerned with any products made by unknown manufacturers in China, especially generic food related products that come out of China due to past problems with poised baby food and dog food, toxic wall board and other products. Just Google the words toxic made in china and you’ll be able to read all the articles on this issue. This a big reason we prefer to stick with Reynolds and other big name brands when it comes to product safety.
WE RECOMMEND STOCKING UP ON CUT-RITE AT A GOOD PRICE:
If you use a lot of wax paper (like we do) then it’s well worth buying as much as your budget can afford (if you have a place to store it) if you can get this great price. In fact, all of us here at Practical Ways To Save Money are going back to our local Dollar Tree stores (in lower NY) today to buy all the Cut-Rite Wax Paper they have on the shelves. Why so much? Here are some facts to help you decide if buying up wax paper at a great price is practical for you.
WHY USE CUT-RITE or ANY WAX PAPER?
> We called Reynolds Corporation today to confirm Cut-Rite Wax Paper has an infinite shelf life. That means it can sit in the box on a shelf for a hundreds years or more and still perform as good as the day you bought it. That does not mean it can’t be damaged if stored improperly (if kept in extreme temperatures). For example; the typical melting point for paraffin wax is between about 115 and 154 °F (46 and 68 °C) so you don’t want to store your wax paper in extreme heat conditions for a prolonged period of time. If you live in a hot climate and don’t have air conditioning, just keep your wax paper in the cellar or a dark closet. But that rule goes for just about all of your groceries and home goods.
> Wax paper is the least expensive way to cover items in the microwave. Just a small piece placed loosely over any dish keeps foods from splattering as they heat up. Using another plate means another plate to wash, using a paper plate is expensive, and using a plastic cover is toxic.
> Wax paper is a healthier choice than plastic wrap or plastic containers whether it’s used in the microwave or not. Wrapping a sandwich in wax paper keeps it just as fresh as using a plastic fold over bag.
> Great for covering a table or desk while doing messy arts and crafts projects.
> Great for lining drawers that might get messy with tools or craft items.
> Cover high shelves (in places you can’t see the surface of the shelf) so dust and grease don’t settle on the surface. Just change the wax paper once or twice a year and you won’t have to climb up and clean the dirt and grime. This is especially useful in homes where there are smokers or in kitchens or rooms near kitchens that tend to have a lot of grease in the air.
> Rub wax paper on the edge of a sticky door (wood or metal door) to help it glide open and closed easier.
> Wax paper does not have to be washed (saving water, dish detergent, and time).
> Wax paper, when discarded, has less of an impact on the environment, compared to plastics.
> Wax paper is cheaper than sandwich bags and other plastic bags and containers.
> Can be used to clean garden tools – rub spades and other hand tools with a balled-up piece of wax paper; the roughness loosens grime, while the wax coats the metal to help prevent rust.
> According to This Old House magazine editiors, wax paper can be used as an alternative to Swiffer dry sheets. Cut a piece of wax paper the size of a cleaning cloth and attach it to a wet/dry mop to catch dirt in high-traffic areas.
> Wax paper can free a sticky zipper by lightly running over the teeth with wax paper.
> Use wax paper to buff faucets to give the surface a coating that will deflect beads of moisture and temporarily minimize water spots.
> Wax paper is not toxic to humans (and the environment) like plastics are.
> See below for warnings about how NOT to use wax paper
WHAT IS CUT-RITE WAX PAPER MADE OF?
According to the representative we spoke to at Reynolds, Cut-Rite Wax Paper is made of “tissue paper double coated in paraffin wax”. He also confirmed “paraffin wax” is not the wax you think of when you think of bees wax candles. Paraffin wax is a petroleum based product. According to Reynolds, Cut-Rite Wax Paper is made of food-grade paraffin wax*. Food-grade paraffin wax is often used for:
> Wax paper coating
> Shiny coatings used in candy-making
> Coating for many kinds of hard cheese, like Edam cheese
> Sealant for jars, cans, and bottles
> Chewing gum additive
* Although edible, food grade paraffin wax is nondigestible, passing right through the body without being broken down.
FUTURE COST INCREASE CONCERNS:
Normally, when we find a non-perishable item is made from a petroleum based product, we recommend purchasing it in bulk to keep from paying more when the price of a barrel of oil goes up (without getting too technical, in laymen’s terms – petroleum based products like paraffin wax and plastics are made of or are derived from oil). But a rep from Reynolds alleviated our fears of that by stating Reynolds has contracts with it’s suppliers that prevent spikes in oil prices from affecting the price of their products made with petroleum based materials. That means the price of Cut-Rite Wax Paper should remain fairly stable for the next few years when thinking about the cost of the petroleum supppliers, but keep in mind this does not mean the price cannot increase due to increases in the cost of shipping & warehousing or other unforeseen market fluctuations.
WHY IS THERE A SHORTER, 65 FT ROLL BEING SOLD IN DOLLAR STORES?
Being skeptics, we thought of all the possibilities; Reynolds might be discontinuing the 75 foot roll and this is the first we’ve seen of the change over to 65 ft rolls, or it might be counterfeit Cut-Rite Wax Paper of lower quality, or we thought maybe Reynolds offers dollar stores a special sized roll they can sell for $1.00. When we contacted Reynolds they alleviated our worries and confirmed the 65 ft rolls of Cut-Rite Wax Paper you see in dollar stores is a special size roll Reynolds makes just for dollar stores. So, no fear, if you see a 65 ft roll of Cut-Rite Wax Paper in your local dollar store, it’s the real deal and is Reynolds quality.
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For more information on Cut-Rite Wax Paper visit:
For more information about Reynolds products as well as coupons and recipes, visit www.ReynoldsKitchens.com or http://www.reynoldspkg.com/reynoldskitchens/en/home.asp
On a related note, the reps who answered the phone at Reynolds were very helpful and friendly!!
Toll Free Phone Number:
6641 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
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HOW NOT TO USE WAX PAPER:
Some people think of wax paper as being the same as parchment paper. That would be a mistake. Wax paper and parchment paper are different. While wax paper is made of paper coated in food-grade paraffin wax, parchment paper is coated in food-grade silicon. Silicon can withstand direct heat from gas, electric, and convection ovens but wax cannot. Using wax paper in the microwave is fine, but not in any other kind of oven unless the paper is completely covered by food (as when used as a cake pan liner and the batter completely covers the wax paper). And since the cost of making silicone coated parchment paper is much more than wax coated wax paper, you should not be wasting your money using parchment paper to cover items in the microwave. Parchment paper is also stiffer that wax paper, so using wax paper for wrapping foods is much more practical. Nether wax paper or parchment paper should be used in direct contact with flames, as in use over a camp fire or with a propane torch (torches are often used by chefs and cooks for various special techniques).
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We hope this article helps your budget and helps you with tasks around the house. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please feel free to post them below. We welcome your feedback!