12 rolls of store brand paper towels are like $12. That is what I use because most of the time they are just used to wipe spills or clean my hands. I use the red lint free cloth rags for other stuff.
One of the first times I bought the blue shop towels at WM, I carelessly left my car detailing bucket out on the kitchen floor. I returned from the bathroom to find that Wolf, my big (14 lbs., not fat) black cat had savaged the roll with teeth and claws, pretending it was prey. The roll was almost useless. It bothered me because the cost was 2x that of a roll of ordinary store brand towels. The rolls you can get at the Dollar Tree, while they're not as absorbent, have as many sheets for $1 as opposed to $2-something.
(On the rare occasion I buy them now, I make sure to keep them out of Wolf's reach.)