Creative & "Hip" Ways to Re-Purpose Items
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Do you have any great ideas for how to re-use and re-purpose items?! Hip2Save reader, Rebecca, definitely does! Check out her email below (and picture above)…
Saving money is a priority in our family, as it is with all of your readers. But using coupons isn’t the only way your site helps us save…
We try to reuse and re-purpose as many items as we can, and by thinking outside the box, we have been able to save tons of money. One example of how your site helped us save more money is with the Mars Candy coupon that you posted about on December 31st as well as January 31st.
I took advantage of the coupon and purchased the heart shaped containers of M&M’s for my 4 children. When they opened the hearts this morning, I discovered that the candy was in a bag inside the container. My son went to throw the container away, and it dawned on me that the heart shape would make a great cookie cutter! I tested it out this morning, and it works great! So not only did I get the M&M’s for a great price, but I got several cookie cutters out of the deal as well! This saved me an additional $2-$3 per cookie cutter, and because I have several heart shaped containers, all 4 of my kids can use them at the same time!
Reading Rebecca’s email really got me thinking about the fact that one of the best ways to save money is to find ways to re-use items. …And since Hip2Save readers are so darn creative and practical 😉 , I thought I would open up this question to all of you! With that being said, if you have a great idea for how to re-purpose an item that might otherwise be tossed into the trash/discarded, please head over here and submit your idea. I am going to try to regularly highlight these “hip” ideas!
In the meantime, if you want some great ideas and inspiration for re-purposing items, check out this email from reader, Barbi…
Collin, I don’t know if you have ever heard of this book…“The Tightwad Gazette” by Amy Dacyczyn. This book was written many years ago, but still continues to sell. It is on Amazon with 255 reviews and almost 5 Stars. It is fun and easy to read. Articles are short, sweet and to the point. It is written like a newspaper, multiple articles on one page with hand drawn illustrations. It is all about how to save money….or depending on how you look at it…not spend money. Although some of her ideas are far fetched, there are equally great articles that get the wheels turning in your head. I love this book and have re-read it many times. Most libraries carry it to rent also. Two of my most favorite lessons I learned from her was #1 before you purchase something just because, stop and think how long you actually have to work to pay for it. That new release DVD, would probably equal out to about 2 hours. OUCH.
Another idea caused me to develop the following motto….Stop before you drop and throw. Meaning try to give every item at least 2 lives before I toss something in the garbage. Cut up clothes to use as rags, use grocery bags for trash can liners, junk mail for printer paper, etc. Her articles are far more interesting than this and she covers every single aspect in life. Remember I said that, because I mean everything. If you read the book you will know what I mean. In all those spare minutes, pick up this book, suggest it to H2S groupies, I think it will be well received.
* If you are interested in snagging a copy of the book, The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn, then you may want to head over to Amazon.com. You can currently snag this book for $15.61 + FREE shipping with Amazon Prime. I’m thinkin’ I may just have to snatch up a copy! Thanks, Barbi!