This month's resolution is to look at how I spend my money (and my time and resources) and see how I'm being wasteful. I'm not necessarily trying to make my life harder; I'm trying to consider if the little (or big) luxuries are worth it.
I'm also trying to be extra thankful for those luxuries. We all take our standard of living (whatever level that may be) for granted. I use disposable diapers. I consider their usage to be a significant benefit to me by sparing me loads of laundry and hours of labor (washing, drying, folding). I'm not going to give up disposable diapers, but I will recognize that they are a luxury. If I were truly poor (third-world country poor), I would not use disposable diapers.
Now, I need to consider brand. I buy Luvs. They are cheaper than Huggies and Pampers, but not as cheap as generic. I used to buy generic at one grocery store chain, because they were just like Huggies. I don't live near that chain anymore and haven't tried the commissary's cheaper brand yet. Mental note: buy cheap diapers the next time I'm at the store. I have to at least try them and see if they'll suffice.
Another luxury I use often is paper towels. Paper towels are one of the many alternatives I reach for in dealing with the multiple spills that occur hourly around here. Honestly, I reach for paper towels first more often than not. I'm going to try to rewire my brain to automatically reach for a cloth towel first. I do laundry every day anyway. I don't see a few extra towels in the load as significantly affecting my day.