Each week I thought it might be fun to focus on one frugal concept. It might be something from the ad, a tip from a reader or really anything. If it has a frugal focus that might help someone…then, I’ll try to feature it.
This week's frugal focus was sent in by Sue. She has some great tips for saving money and recycling at the same time! Check out all her awesome tips...she really has a GREAT system.
We all get junk mail (ick! what a waste of paper). I noticed that quite a bit of the stuff that comes in letters was printed on one side or not completely full on the back side. I have been reusing before recycling my mail by using the blank sections to print my coupons.
If I only need to print one coupon it is great NOT to use an entire sheet of paper. The piece of paper is completely used, so now junk mail is my friend! I bought 2 reams of paper in July 2011 (free courtesy of Staples during the Back to School sale). I have yet to open the 2nd ream, about a half inch stack left in the first one!
To make this easy to do, I made 4 file folders and labeled them 1,2,3 and BLANK. If the junk page had blank space for just one coupon--it goes in the 1 file, room for two coupons--in the 2 file, completely blank on the back of the letter--in the 3 file. Of course, the BLANK file is for the paper that is blank on both sides. (Another option if you lack space and time, is to just use the blank back of paper.) My paper shredder/recycle bin is right next to the bookcase where the file folders are. As I read the junk mail the paper is sorted to the proper place. My dad has started sorting his junk mail and giving me coupon friendly paper.
I admit, it DOES require a little thinking when I print my coupons to put the paper in the printer as needed. But I look at it this way, it helps the enviroment by using paper already made, the paper is free, and the back of a coupon doesn't need to be blank. Now before I toss a piece of paper in the recycle bin it is looked at in a different light. "Can I reuse this?" My awareness of reusable paper is not just junk mail! All letter size paper has the potential to be reused. The colored paper coupons get a second look or comment from the cashier. Which gives me an opportunity to tell how I reuse/recycle to help our community.
Thanks so much Sue.
If you have any tips to share, I'd love for you to send them to me. All those little things that we think are common knowledge may be news to someone else!