Category: DIY

I drive around town and look in dumpsters.. not for trash, for cardboard boxes not too far in, that don’t have trash or foodstuff on them, take them home, re-assemble them into box-shape with some tape, and use them to ship the things I sell on ebay. Free publications around town of various types (GreenSheet is one locally, another is a spanish one) can be balled up into small balls. Fill the empty spaces in the boxes with balled up paper. Keeps costs down for selling online. IYAMCHEAP.

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I make my plant markers from old mini blinds. I cut a deep V at one end that goes in the ground and mark the top part with the name of the plant or row of seeds I’m planting. I also use anything I think would look neat as a plant pot outside: old wheel barrow, a picker’s basket, coal scuttles, even a toilet tank. A leather strap then hangs the basket on the tree on an old hook I found. It grows great shade plants like Begonias and Impatience plants. One year, I even planted a boot that had been thrown in the ditch by our place! IYAMCHEAP

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I like giving gifts for holidays and special occasions, but don’t see the point in spending money on wrappings that will just get tossed aside. I also get “junk” catalogs and fliers that are typically printed on colorful, glossy paper, so I’ve taken to using those as wrapping paper! My friends and family think it’s clever, and it’s much less tedious than hoping you can reuse paper from what was given to you; IYAMCHEAP.

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2848 | Corvallis, OR | USA | , | Comments

I got myself a crockpot. Getting meals ready with a hectic college schedule is impossible sometimes. Now I throw some inexpensive and healthy (veggies, beans, little to no meat) soup/chili recipe in the crockpot while I do homework and clean the house. The crockpot is huge, so it makes enough for me and my boyfriend to have dinner, and leftovers all the next day. Far better than fast food! IYAMCHEAP

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2825 | New York, NY | USA | , , | Comments

As a high schooler, I have a lot of friends whose birthdays are during the school year. I learned this this trick from my mom. For their respective birthdays, I bake them a cake or cupcakes and make them a card. They love it! What they don’t know is that really IYAMCHEAP.

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2794 | Indianapolis, IN | USA | | Comments

Rather than fork out $2-$5 a pop for those baking soda deodorizers for my closets, I make my own from regular baking soda and coffee filters. Fold the filter into a packet, fill it with baking soda, and the place in a closet to prevent moisture build-up and funky odors. For what some spend for a single deodorizer, I can make 20 or 30, because IYAMCHEAP.

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Instead of buying lipsticks that I rarely use that also dry out and dry my lips out, I buy the small pots of lipbalm like Carmex or Burt’s Bees. I then buy cheap blush from a dollar store. Using a cheap eye shadow brush I add a little blush to the pot and have a cheap tinted lip gloss that is better for my lips and last forever. And I can use the balm un-tinted or make it as light our dark as I want it or what ever color I want with out paying anymore. More than $500 saved so far. IYAMCHEAP!

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I am a gardener. Instead of buying peat pots or starter trays, I make starter pots from old toilet paper rolls or cardboard boxes. You just make a square by folding, snip about 1/2″ in each corner, and fold the edges to make the bottom. I also use sticks and branches that have fallen into the yard to stake up plants instead of buying stakes. Free is the best price for my garden, because IYAMCHEAP!

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