Wednesday, February 3, 2021

A Few Frugal Ideas

 Not a lot going on today.  Thought I would throw a couple things out there that have saved me money and re-cycled things.  Nothing exciting - but that is life.  Not everything is momentous - but every little thing we can do to save or re-cycle is big!!!

Do you ever buy these containers of luncheon meat.  There are usually ham, turkey and beef ones available.  I get them now and then.  KEEP those containers!  They are great for refrigerator storage and great to send leftovers home with someone.  You don't have to worry if you don't get the container back!  Generally there are a couple different sizes available.  Peel off the top label, wash it out and boom you have storage containers. (keeps out of landfill)

Do you have a sweatshirt that is a tiny bit snug?  I have a few.  Most are old and maybe a stain or two - so I don't really want to donate.  I usually wear a t-shirt or tank top under them.  I have figured a way to get a looser fit and use the sweatshirt for knocking around the house and yard.
Cut the bottom band off!  That is it!  It makes such a difference.  No need to hem as the material won't fray. (Like I said these are for bumming around in).  I keep that banding to maybe use in another project.

This would make great sleeve bands on another project or maybe even a waste band.

Valentines Day is right around the corner.  I have never been big on this day or the celebration, but some are.  If you want to make a cute and easy token gift for someone - try this.

Chocolate bars wrapped in white paper (printer paper will work) and draw on some faces and add a pair of gloves!  Too cute.  If you live in a warmer climate you could maybe wrap in brown paper (grocery bag) to look like sand and decorate accordingly. (glue on shells or add a cloth sweatband).  Get creative.
Doesn't cost much, it's fun and frugal and it is yummy and useful!

Finally, a quick and easy way to make something new with leftovers.  I think I have shown this before, but it is very handy.  Love having alternatives to us those leftovers!

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Super easy - uses up everything - super tasty - and they make a great snack or side to any meal.  There is no limit to what can be used as fillings!

There you have a few fun things on this Wednesday.  
Love ideas on saving and reusing things.
We all need to get a bit more creative.

HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!!!!

24 comments:

  1. Great tips Cheryl! I always keep my lunch meat containers! I just take off the label, wash them well and they last for years. Now that I've been saving them for awhile, I have collected a nice set, that no one would know came from lunch meat! ;) Take care, stay warm and enjoy your day!

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    1. They are great! No one would ever know you didn't purchase them. AND you don't feel bad if you lose one or it gets destroyed!
      Have a good day

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  2. Good tips!
    I do keep lunchmeat containers and I would be so happy to get a chocolate bar snowman ⛄️

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  3. What a neat idea on the mini pot pies. :)

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    1. They are easy and very tasty. You can make them with any leftovers.

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  4. Cute snowmen! Great ideas -every little bit helps!

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  5. The banding from the bottom of the sweat shirt can be used for the bottom of the sleeves when they get too Stained or frayed.

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    1. Sure enough!! Never thought of that. Great idea.

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  6. I surely keep all useful containers, I even choose which product (in the same price range) to buy by choosing one with re-usable container. Luckily our plastics don't go to landfill, they either go to recycling plant or end up as a fuel to produce either heat or electricity ( or both). But I need a lot of containers because I freeze a lot of berries in summer and I use only containers (tubs).
    Most food packacking here is recyclable by law, tips, plastics, cardboard etc.

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    1. Good for you. Much of our packaging is recyclable as well - but so many people don't bother. They just trash things - it is really disgusting.
      Those containers would be great for berries! Better to use those than bags that would be throw away. (I do keep and wash bags too).

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  7. Good ideas. The banding would work as garden ties for taller plants (tie tomatoes to stakes, for example). Cut open and into length strips. I do this with old socks as well. Celie

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    1. Yes it would work for that. Good idea. I have used old nylons back in the day and I have used old socks too. They kind of give a little so as not to choke the plants.

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  8. I had a huge stack of those lunchmeat containers before Christmas and when the kids were here I just sat them out and told them to pack up any goodies or leftovers that they wanted to take home and they all went home with them. I was so glad to have nice sturdy containers that I could offer and not need to have returned.

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    1. You got to share the goodies and the containers can easily be replaced. Love it.

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  9. When I was making large sandwiches for the missionaries I bought these and you bet I reused them. Love the candy bar and gloves idea.

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    1. They sure do come in handy.
      Those snowmen are just too cute!

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  10. Such great tips, I save ice cream containers to use as food containers. Love the snowman idea, they would make a great Christmas gift topper.

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    1. I save ice cream containers as well - the gallon ones. They are great for storage. I have even decorated with paper and given "goody baskets" in them.
      It would, or topping that gift card envelope!

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  11. Great tips today! I especially like the mini pot pies. Yup, keep all containers...you never know when you need them to send goodies or leftovers home with someone. We used to buy raw honey from a place in Martinsville and they may dandy containers for all sorts of things. Right now the Urban Farmer is collecting the kitchen scraps in one that he has on the back porch so it doesn't stink up the house. When it is full he will dump it into the compost bin. Love the candy bar snowmen! So cute!

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    1. Ice cream buckets make good compost collection bins. I often do that.
      No sense throwing things away that we can re-use. Keeps it out of the landfill.

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  12. I love the sweatshirt band idea! Also, really love re-using items food comes in for storage. Makes ya feel smart ;)

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    1. Thanks. It sure loosened up the feel of the sweatshirt!
      I like to re-use everything I can.

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