I try to use up everything I can. Even the last bit of lotion or ketsup. I am now trying to wear the clothes I have until they wear out. For work I have to wear clothes that are fairly nice but I want to wear what I have. When it starts to wear out or get stained I will replace it.
I am going to use up the "bits" of wrapping paper I have for my Christmas presents. My "scraps" of yarn are going to be crocheted into dishcloths.
12-09-2009, 11:20 PM
Shredding for gift bags...either the colored paper Sunday comics or the shiny trash magazine/advertisments we all get in the mail. Very colorful.
Some of the prettiest Christmas wrapping I've seen was my ex-sister in laws. They were having a very hard financial time several years ago. All presents under the tree were wrapped with the colored Sunday comics. It was so pretty.
12-10-2009, 06:26 PM
You guys have some really great ideas. Fixing up that little house will save you lots of money and you even added in some extra from what you have on had to fix it Pemberleyan. I think we can safely call that a two-for-one. I also try to use up the bits of wrapping paper and reuse tissue paper. Glad to know I am in good company. I never thought about shredding the shiny magazine pages and the comic strips from the newspaper. Excellent. SS I like the idea of not wasting time as well. When my go-out-the-door clothes become too stained or worn-out I put them aside and use them as 'play' clothes. You know the stuff you wear only at home and/or when you are cleaning or painting or...... When the underwear get too holey and raggedy I use them on my swiffer mop and use them one more time before throwing them out. They actually fit - not perfectly - but they are durable. I love the creativity with using up leftovers I've read. We have some really great ideas and creative people here.
12-10-2009, 06:39 PM
Yesterday was a kind of use it up day. I gave Christmas gifts to a friend of mine yesterday and she really seemed to like them. I reused a bag and tissue paper and bow to put them in. I gave her all gifts I had on hand in my gift closet. She was very pleased. I like having a gift closet, but I think I need to cut back a little. I tend to have a little too much on hand. Last night for dinner we ate up the leftover pizza and calzone from several days ago. Dh had a salad I made using up the remaining lettuce (the good parts), cherry tomatoes, the rest of a partially used onion and some green onions (not finished, but in process). Tuesday night we used up some popcorn shrimp, garlic biscuit (Red Lobster), mashed potatoes, grated cheese and carrots from Monday night (still have some carrots). That's all I can remember from the last two days. Oh wait, yesterday I used up the last $1.29 on an Albertsons gift card as they are going out of business and I didn't want to waste it.
12-10-2009, 07:11 PM
Great thread!! think DH is catching on in the food department!! We are totally cash poor and will be for awhile - you should see the creativity he is using in cooking meals!! Very impressive!!
I figure that I will spend about $1.50 to send about 80 Christmas cards using stamps I have from who knows when!! That is making me very happy because I love sending cards - although I bought two boxes of Hawaiian ones to send for the card exchange - for the rest, I have plenty of leftover cards to use up. For our Christmas letter that DH writes annually we used holiday stationery that a friend gave us - we'll be set there for several years!!
I'm wrapping the stocking stuffers for 8 stockings in recycled brown wrapping paper too!!
Cannot wait to see what other frugal ways we are using things up!!
12-10-2009, 07:22 PM
I'm using some of the older freezer stuff tonight for supper. Will have enough maybe to use for lunch tomorrow.
Cut up only used on one side printer paper into 3x5's for scrap to write on at hubby's work...they use a ton of memo pads. Or waste 1/2 of them is more like it.
Mouse died and I dug up an old battery that was thrown aside. Worked. Don't know for how long but for now.
Wearing jamas and jeans and extra day or two..cuts down on laundry, electric, soap and time. Don't really go anywhere anyway.
12-10-2009, 09:32 PM
ephofma, Thanks. I meant to say "large tree" instead of "large free." I happened to notice a similar dog house while I was standing in line at Lowe's this evening. It was heavy and nice, but made of a similar composite material. It was $62.98! I felt even better about salvaging my dog house. I hope to finish it up tomorrow before the rain sets in. I had to buy a few more bolts today.
I did a small clothing alteration for DH using elastic salvaged from underwear. I've started a t-shirt quilt, but can't think of a use for all of the t-shirt scraps. I have enough rags, and some of the more knit content t-shirts aren't good for that. Any ideas for t-shirt scraps?
I was reminded tonight when I put a load of clothing in the dryer that I really should cut dryer sheets in half. I don't always use them, but sometimes it's nice to avoid so much static cling.
12-11-2009, 09:38 AM
Pemberleyan, regarding the t-shirts, have you considered cutting up the body of the shirt and using that on a swiffer type mop? I forgot to mention that I do that as well with both wet and dry.
12-11-2009, 05:01 PM
for lunch me and the lil one had leftover soup and bread from 2 days ago, some tacos from last nights dinner, broccoli from this week... nice for the leftovers not to got to waste
12-11-2009, 06:40 PM
I love this thread!!! I am so ready to clear out some things from my house. My husband works at a grocery store, and I tell him the backstock is getting a little piled up. I suffer from buying more stuff because I can't locate what I already have here. I also buy so much I can't use it before it expires.
I am eating though my freezer and pantry stockpile. I am also using sample hba items. I also decided instead of buying more klenexes I use the ones here. (I tend to want them in every room).
I am also using up Christmas supplies. I usually buy more wrapping paper and cards at the end of each season 1/2 price. I just NEVER use all I buy. This year I bought no new supplies. I used up two boxes of cards, 4 rolls of partially used wrapping paper, and several bags I had on hand.
12-11-2009, 07:39 PM
I used up all my partial boxes of Christmas cards this year for the card exchange and will replenish after Christmas when Dollar Tree sells them for 1/2 off.
I used a bunch of solid colored scraps of scrapbook paper to make a Christmas countdown chain with my grandson.
I'm cutting up 8 X 8 pieces of fabric to make a crazy quilt. No rhyme or reason to the design. Just lots of memories as to what the material used to be. Hope to make it queen size for my bed someday.
12-13-2009, 11:23 AM
Wow! You ladies are doing awesome! I love the idea of using up on hand Christmas paper, cards, etc. and not buying more after Christmas. This is something I need to do. I really need to straighten up my office and put a moretorium on buying certain items that I know I already have duplicates of if I could just find them like dental floss, kleenex, toothpaste. . . . Using up items in the pantry and fridge always reminds me of how little shopping I really need to do sometimes. It's hard to do that right now though with all the Christmas dinners, parties, etc. I, too, need to remember to cut the dryer sheets in half more often. Scrapbooking and quilting are too things I would really love to learn to do - I think that would probably be another great way to use up 'leftovers'.
12-15-2009, 01:23 AM
I used up a small container of face cleaner last night. I also used up another box of Christmas cards filling out cards for the FV card swap.
12-15-2009, 01:25 AM
I used up a small container of facial cleaner last night. I also used up another box of Christmas cards filling out the cards for the FV swap.
12-15-2009, 01:48 PM
I am using a roll of Christmas ribbon that I inherited from somewhere - don't particularly like it - but the colors are good - looks great on the packages that I wrapped in bright yellow - leftover from a door covering at school!!
Have decided that I am not going to the after Christmas sales this year to pick up paper, cards, etc. Going to see how creative I can be with what I have....this is almost a scary thought, since I always visit those sales!! Hopefully this will lead to more freedom from things!!
About extra t-shirt scraps, if you cut them the long, no stretch way, you could use them for a soft rag quilt!!