Today's Reader Spotlight comes to us from Marie. She gives us tons of ideas on ways to reuse various items instead of tossing them in the trash. Not only will you save money but it's a great way to help the planet too! I bet if you took a minute to think of different ways to re-use some of your items you might be able to cut your budget a bit too!
Recognize this ??? It's a kitty litter container cut in half ...
Many of our coupon shopping decisions involve the containers of the items I buy. We have a large family that needs serious organization and as much as I would LOVE to just purchase tons of little organizing containers ... They just aren't in the budget :). These litter "boxes" are used in the garage for duct tape, paint brushes, bungie cords ...any of those garage items that need a central location. I also use them for Lego storage in the kid's playroom. We label and use formula containers for kids games with lots of pieces...the old Emerald Nut containers perfectly hold a set of Crayola markers. I also reuse the Emerald Nut containers for car snacks... They fit perfectly in the boys cup holders. The Dole fruit smoothie works for snacks as well. The clear Planters nut jars have become the piggy banks ...I have even cut the bottom
Portions of cereal and Keebler boxes for custom organization in the utensil drawers (you can cover those in contact paper as well if you want to make them cute ). The little cups from apple sauce fit perfectly in the bento style lunch boxes out boys use daily (and if they get tossed ...no worries ). Those little M&M tubes hold enough Legos to get through dinner at a casual restaurant ...but don't hold enough you are upset if they get left on the table.
On a different note ...I print coupons on the back side of all
That paperwork that comes home from school. Just make sure the content doesn't contain personal information or email addresses etc.
Those plastic bags from the Sunday paper ??? Diaper disposal bags , garbage bags for the car, doggie doo bags ... Also use them to send items to school instead of wasting a Ziploc.
Good for planet ... Saves money ...win win for us
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